Scottish Man to Serve Six Months for Anti-Semitic Facebook Post

A 23 year-old Scottish man was sentenced to six months in prison last week, after he sent a photo of himself with a Nazi flag to a Jewish woman deliberately to provoke her.

Nicholas Goodwin and friend Callum Cochrane sent the photo to Elissa Wilson on Facebook on January 29 – just two days after the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – after Wilson prevented Goodwin from contacting her son.

Goodwin will serve the sentence consecutively along with another he received for racist behavior, according to the Daily Record, after he threatened to stab a 15 year-old boy in December 2014 as he walked home for school.

Wilson welcomed the sentence on Saturday.

“When I saw that picture I felt instantly sick," she said. "I felt it was a threat and I was frightened. It’s disgusting."

“My immediate instinct was to phone the police, who took it very seriously. People might think it’s just a picture, but it’s more than that – even talking about it upsets me," she continued.

“I’m not a practising Jew but I’m Jewish by birth – my family are Jewish and it’s my history. The fact he sent that photo on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is intolerable."

“Six million Jewish people were killed in the Holocaust," she added. "For anyone to glorify that is just vile. I’m delighted with the sentence. It shows that things like this are taken seriously.”


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