Saturday, October 11, 2008

Austrian Neo-Nazi Joerg Haider Dies in Car Accident

"Haider met with Saddam Hussein and the two reportedly discussed the 'Zionist and US conspiracy' against Iraq. Along with other members of his Freedom Party, Haider [was] a member of the Austrian-Iraqi Society, dedicated to "the promotion of the cultural, scientific and economic relations between the Iraqi people and the Austrian population.

Haider also has ties to Abdul Monheim Jebara, reportedly an Iraqi arms dealer who acts as a liaison between Saddam Hussein and sympathetic far-right groups in Europe. Jebara may have arranged Haider's first trip to Iraq. In addition, Abdul Jebara works with a number of far-right extremists in Europe who have started an initiative known as 'SOS Iraq.' The group claims that it is seeking funds to stop the 'genocide' in Iraq and provide assistance to Iraqi children. ADL is developing more information on the trend of increasing ties between Iraq and extremists in Europe"---ADL (12-13-02)

Stopping genocide in Iraq. Doesn't that have a familiar ring. But now he's been killed in an unfortunate car accident. Israel Insider (10-11-08) reports:

Austria's far-right demogogue Joerg Haider, Governor of the province of Carinthia and leader of the extremist Alliance for the Future of Austria, died in a Saturday morning car accident at age 58.

The accident occurred early Saturday morning in the south of the country when his car veered off the road near the city of Klagenfurt and overturned. He suffered severe trauma to his head and chest. It was not immediately clear if he died at the scene or in a hospital.

"For us, it's like the end of the world," Haider's spokesman, Stefan Petzner, told the Austria Press Agency.

The ADL has documented Haider's relationship to Nazism, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust here.

Haider had ties to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and Iraqi arms dealer Abdul Monheim Jebara. According to the Anti-Demamation League (12-13-02):

Growing support for Iraq among far-right extremists in Germany and Austria is cause for increasing concern. The nexus of support for Iraq centers around Joerg Haider, the Austrian far-right politician and Freedom Party head, who has made three trips to Iraq thus far. Haider met with Saddam Hussein and the two reportedly discussed the "Zionist and US conspiracy" against Iraq. Along with other members of his Freedom Party, Haider is a member of the Austrian-Iraqi Society, dedicated to "the promotion of the cultural, scientific and economic relations between the Iraqi people and the Austrian population."

Haider also has ties to Abdul Monheim Jebara, reportedly an Iraqi arms dealer who acts as a liaison between Saddam Hussein and sympathetic far-right groups in Europe. Jebara may have arranged Haider's first trip to Iraq. In addition, Abdul Jebara works with a number of far-right extremists in Europe who have started an initiative known as "SOS Iraq." The group claims that it is seeking funds to stop the "genocide" in Iraq and provide assistance to Iraqi children. ADL is developing more information on the trend of increasing ties between Iraq and extremists in Europe.

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