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PE lawyer accused of racist and anti-Semitic comments presses counter charges

JANUARY 15, 2016
PE lawyer accused of racist and anti-Semitic comments presses counter charges

A Port Elizabeth attorney is pressing charges against the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) after it accused her of making racist and anti-Semitic statements on social media.  

Maureen Jansen on Thursday would not give any further details, saying the matter was sub judice.

She denied the allegation that she called for the extermination of all Jews.

"Jews per se are peace-loving people. An example is that the Jews who remained in Palestine after the sacking of Jerusalem... and did not join the diaspora in Europe and elsewhere have lived peacefully alongside peoples of other faiths for 2 000 years," Jansen told News24.

"In the world today, thousands of Jews are protesting and distancing themselves from the atrocities perpetrated by Israel. They are vocal and have staged innumerable protests in countries like America and Britain," she said.

According to the SAJBD, Jansen posted a news article on her Facebook page in December, headlined "Israel caught receiving stolen oil from Isis militants".

She accompanied it with the comment: "Bloody Israelis should be exterminated along with all the 'Jews' everywhere who support Israel by action or silence. The Semites of the Torah are long gone. These monsters are Jewish converts not Semites."

There were allegedly a number of anti-Semitic posts on her profile.

The SA Human Rights Commission confirmed it had received the SAJBD's complaint on Wednesday morning.  

---News24: Source