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German YouTuber sentenced for hate speech

Controversial, German YouTube star ‘Julien’ has been found guilty of hate speech by Tecklenburg County Court in Germany, for a video he launched last year on his channel, JuliensBlog.

In the video, which received 800 000 hits over four months, Julien launched into a tirade against the striking train drivers’ union, Gewerkschaft der Lokführer. In the rant, Julien remarks that “those vermin [the union] should be gassed” and, “You know how Jews were transported to Auschwitz? That’s where these train drivers should be taken. I’ll drive the train. I’ll even do it for free. And without striking.” The YouTuber accompanied these statements with images of Auschwitz prisoners.

Julien received a 10 month prison sentence with two years’ probation. He was also ordered to pay a fine of €15,000 and cover all court costs.

In December of last year, Berlin courts fined Danish imam Sheikh Abu Bilal Ismail €1,300 for incitement to hatred but did not sentence him, following his sermon at a Berlin mosque where he called for the audience to “destroy the Zionist Jews…,” and to “count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one…make them suffer.”

Source: Westfälische Nachrichten