British Man Jailed Over anti-Semitic Tweet to Lawmaker

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A British man has been jailed for sending a “grossly offensive” anti-Semitic tweet to one of the country's lawmakers, the U.K.'s Jewish News reported on Monday.

According to the report, Garron Helm, 21, pleaded guilty to sending a tweet showing the yellow Star of David on MP Luciana Berger's head with the hashtag "Hitler was right."

He also reportedly called Berger a "communist Jewess" and wrote her, “You can always trust a Jew to show their true colours eventually.”

Helm was sentenced to four weeks in jail, but is only expected to serve two of them.

The Jewish News said this was the first time charges have been brought in Britain over anti-Semitic tweet to a public figure, or possibly anyone.

A police search of Helm's home discovered Nazi memorabilia and flags affiliated with a British neo-Nazi group.

Helm's lawyer, Mark Ellis, said his client was a troubled man who found solace among "people on the internet who he would call family and brothers," the Jewish News reported.

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