Swedish politician quits after ‘Jewish pigs’ post
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Swedish politician quits after ‘Jewish pigs’ post

Social Democrat candidate, who also displayed a flag of jihadist Islamic State, decries 'slaughter' in Gaza

Palestinian brothers sit on the rubble of their house in front of an apartment block in part of the northern Beit Hanoun district of the Gaza Strip on August 5, 2014. (photo creditAFP/MARCO LONGARI)
Palestinian brothers sit on the rubble of their house in front of an apartment block in part of the northern Beit Hanoun district of the Gaza Strip on August 5, 2014. (photo creditAFP/MARCO LONGARI)

A Swedish politician quit his campaign after coming under attack for a Facebook post saying “our brothers and sisters in Palestine are slaughtered by the Jewish pigs.”

In his Facebook post on August 2, Omar Omeirat, a Social Democrat candidate for the town council of Filipstad in central Sweden, also called on Allah to “strengthen those who defend Palestine,” and displayed a flag used by the Islamist group IS, the Swedish news website The Local reported.

“I regret what I said,” Omeirat told Sveriges Television. “It was the wrong choice of words and no one should say something like that.”

Åsa Hååkman Feldt, a spokeswoman for the Social Democrat party told Swedish media that Omeirat had decided of his own free will to leave politics.

“Of course we condemn his statement,” Feldt said. “But it is Omar himself who has decided that he should take the consequences for his actions and leave the party.”

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