May 2, 2019 | The Jerusalem Post

After ‘Post’ exposé, Finnish police investigate antisemitic MP

“We want to prevent state support for organizations that challenge Israel's right to exist."
May 2, 2019 | The Jerusalem Post

After ‘Post’ exposé, Finnish police investigate antisemitic MP

“We want to prevent state support for organizations that challenge Israel's right to exist."

The Finnish tabloid Iltalehti reported on Monday that the country’s office of the prosecutor-general requested that the police launch an investigation into antisemitic, racist and homophobic writings by pro-Iranian regime MP Hussein al-Taee.

The Jerusalem Post first reported Sunday on the scope of the newly elected Finnish Social Democratic MP’s hate-filled attacks on Jews, Israelis, Kurds, Somalis and Sunni Muslims. Al-Taee even compared Israel to Islamic State.

Al-Taee admitted on Monday at a press conference that he wrote the Facebook posts, including targeting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, stating: “Jew doing what a Jew does best. F***s up everybody to gain everything.”

He initially said that the Facebook posts were a plot to blackmail him, according to the Finnish News Agency STT.

The agency reported on Thursday that al-Taee was hospitalized on Tuesday and will go on sick leave.

Antti Ämmälä , a spokesman for the independent Finnish NGO Crisis Management Initiative – where al-Taee served as an advisor for Iraq – told the Post that, “at the moment, we don’t see a scenario where he would return to CMI.”

Dr. Efraim Zuroff, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Jerusalem office, told the Post on Sunday that, “This guy [Hussein al-Taee] is obviously an antisemite.”

STT reported that the Social Democratic Party parliamentary group’s chairman Antti Lindtman said on Thursday that, “the party would address possible repercussions al-Taee may face for his past inflammatory comments once he returns from sick leave.”

It is unclear if the social democrats and the Finnish security services will investigate al-Taee’s connections to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The United States government classifies Iran’s regime as the leading international state-sponsor of terrorism.

Benjamin Weinthal is a European correspondent at The Jerusalem Post and a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. 

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