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article imageSwiss politician's Twitter gaffe costs him position and job

By Gar Swaffar     Jul 1, 2012 in Politics
Urging a pogrom against the Muslim population in Switzerland has cost a Swiss politician more than he may have intended.
Urging a pogrom (as reported by NBC) against the Muslim population in Switzerland has cost a Swiss politician more than he may have intended.
The credit insurance firm Swiss politician Alexander Müller worked for has fired him, Müller has resigned from his post with his political party, and also his spot on the local school board.
The reason for all of the relatively sudden demotions is a tweet Müller sent out calling for a new Kristallnacht, but against Islamic mosques this time. Kristallnacht is the "night of broken glass" which occurred in Austria and Germany on November 9 and 10, 1938.
During the rampage, nearly 100 Jews were killed, synagogues numbering more than 1,000 were destroyed and 7,000 Jewish owned businesses were destroyed also.
MSNBC reports the tweet deemed so offensive, was in response to an acquittal for a Muslim man, who had been charged with a hate crime.
The Islamist man had said: ...it was "Sharia-compliant” for a man to beat his wife if she refused to have sex with him, the newspaper Tages Anzeiger (Daily News) and others said. Otherwise, Aziz Osmanoglu had said, the man might be unfaithful.
Although Müller erased the tweet, it made it out to the blogosphere, and achieved a quick following, which prompted all of the political and job consequences.
“we should take this pack out of the country. I do not want to live with such people” and “I would like to stand certain people up against the wall and shoot them. Less dirt on the earth would be good.”
Müller has now apologized, after calling a press conference to do so, publicly. Müller's statement also offended the Jewish population in Switzerland, with Rabbi Chaim Drukman being quoted in the publication, Islamophobia Today, as saying: “We will continue to live here peacefully with people of all faiths.”
The Anti-Defamation League national director, Abraham Foxman, also was concerned with the revelation of such a statement: “Holocaust analogies are never acceptable, but Alexander Muller’s call for a Kristallnacht against mosques is more than bigotry – it is incitement to violence,”
The Zurich leader of the political party, Swiss People’s Party (SVP), Müller belonged to , took the opportunity to condemn the statement publicly, calling the tweet "unacceptable"
After more than a year has gone by, being prompted by Müller to take another look at the actual Tweets and the entire sequence of events, a clearer picture has come out regarding what was said and by whom.
DJ was offered a link to an article in Tages-Anzeiger, that article offered an entirely different side to what had been posted throughout the media previously, NBC, JewishPress.com, All Twitter (Media Bistro), all grandly portrayed Müller as a Islamist bashing Right-Wing hate monger.
Despite keeping a Google News search going in English language media, nothing ever showed up to contradict the initial reports.
However, in the Tages-Anzeiger article a vastly different picture unfolds, showing a much different perspective on what was so blatantly reported by so very many news outlets.
From the article interview with Muller:
My Tweet was a rhetorical device and is to be understood in the sequence of several tweets. Of course, I have not seriously considered it a Kristallnacht. But the media have made it into a scandal, initiated by Tagesanzeiger.ch / Newsnet. The Young Greens subsequently announced a criminal complaint for violation of the criminal racist article. The media have too little researched, My Tweet taken out of context and placed under me as appropriate.
The interview is longish, however, it does showcase the understanding Muller gave to the issue of sexual slavery within Islam plus the issue of Sharia law in non-Islamic nations. The interview allows for a far more in depth understanding than a few Tweets used out of context will ever be able to provide. For those concerned with Sharia law and the effects on non-Islamic nations of having Sharia law considered as a viable defense in court, the interview is worth the time to translate and read.
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