Australian lawmaker apologizes for Nazi analogy

By JTA
November 6, 2011 15:10

 
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SYDNEY, Australia – An Australian legislator apologized to the Jewish community for suggesting that a political activist group was “the Hitler Youth wing” of a junior party in the Labor government.

Senator Ian McDonald said during a debate Nov. 3 on the carbon tax: “GetUp! is the Hitler Youth wing of the Greens political movement, and I stand by that.''

But he later rose in the upper house to apologize to the Jewish community for the remark.

''I want to take this opportunity to unreservedly apologize for any offense taken by the remarks to the Jewish community,'' Senator MacDonald said.

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