Austria FM summoned from embassy in Israel over ‘Nazi’ shirt

Vastavam web: Austria’s foreign ministry has summoned an attache from its embassy in Israel after he posted a picture of himself on social media wearing a T-shirt bearing the name of a Nazi tank division.A screenshot of the post on Juergen-Michael Kleppich’s Facebook page shows him in the green shirt with the words “Stand your ground” and “Frundsberg”, the Falter weekly reported.The garment is sold by Phalanx Europa, an online shop that sells “patriotic” clothing for followers of the nativist Identitarian movement.

The episode is the latest embarrassment for a member of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) since it came to power in December in a coalition with the centre-right People’s Party.Kleppich, who is also an FPOe local councillor in a district of Vienna, had previously posted a photo of his grandfather in a Nazi uniform, complete with swastika, according to Falter.The FPOe, founded by ex-Nazis in the 1950s, has sought to clean up its image and its leader Heinz-Christian Strache says the party rejects all racism and extremism.

But in January an FPOe candidate in a state election quit after it emerged that his student fraternity had published a song book with lyrics praising the Holocaust.They included the words “Step on the gas, old Germanics, we can make it to seven million”. Six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust.Strache has visited Israel several times and supports moving the Austrian embassy to Jerusalem, as US President Donald Trump plans to do with the US mission.