London Teacher Fined $717 for Posting Hitler Picture on Facebook

Anti-Semitism watchdog condemns 'inexplicably lenient sentence' and questions why Mahmudul Choudhury 'came to be teaching London's children.'

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A London teacher has been fined £465 (2,760 shekels) for posting a picture of Hitler on Facebook with the words "you were right," the Mail Online reports.

Mahmudul Choudhury, 35, was reported to the police by a Jewish student who he had previously friended on the social networking site.

The father-of-two pleaded guilty to the offence and could face losing his job, though he is still employed as a teacher.

The Hitler photo shared by Choudhury was accompanied by the caption, "Yes man, you were right... I could have killed all the Jews, but I left some of them to let you know why I was killing them. Share this picture to tell the truth a whole world'.

Choudhury's contribution was, "Yes now we can see why #ProtectiveEdge."

The prosecutor told the court that Choudhury had said during questioning that "he could understand why people could find the image offensive but stated that he didn't want to offend anybody and that it was an accident."

"This is a young man in his mid-30's, a family man of impeccable good character, never been spoken to by the police before who was absolutely adamant he holds no anti-Semitic or other extremist views," Choudhury's attorney said.

Jonathan Sacerdoti, director of communications at the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, condemned what he described as "this inexplicably lenient sentence" and said he expected an investigation into "how someone who spread Jew hatred online came to be teaching London's children."

"Mahmudul Choudhury cannot plead ignorance and has today been spared any meaningful punishment for spreading a hateful message which helps create the climate in which Jews are currently being killed across Europe," Sacerdoti said.