“Opportunistic words of love for Jews and Israel cannot disguise the European far right’s toxic rhetoric of hatred.”
If you think Geert Wilders love of Israel is real and not disguising a more odious agenda consider the follow news report:
Jean Marie Le Pen, the founder of France’s far right Front National, has been convicted of contesting crimes against humanity for saying the Nazi occupation was not “particularly inhumane”.
Le Pen had told the far-right magazine Rivarol in 2005: “in France at least the German occupation was not particularly inhumane, even if there were a number of excesses – inevitable in a country of 550,000 sq km.”
What has this to do with Wilders you might ask? Alot. The anti-Islam campaigner is looking to form an alliance with other similarly-minded parties, including France’s Front National, to fight next year’s European elections, the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reported in April.
But his Party for Freedom is not the only extremist forum connecting up with other skinheads in suits. The United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) recently scored a spectacular gains in local elections there. And guess what? They love Jews too. In fact, they are aggressively pursuing critics of Israel in parliament and through the media and are ardent lovers of the Jewish state. They have even set up a Facebook account to say so.
Yet Farage and his party is forming like Wilders close bonds with the anti-Semitic Le Pen family. In fact last January Nigel Farage’s UK Independence party told its MEPs not to oppose a package that would fund some of Europe’s most extreme parties, according to the Guardian.
The Alliance of European National Movements, a grouping of far-right MEPs, is “looking to get £340,000 from the European commission, with a similar amount for a possible thinktank. The alliance includes Nick Griffin’s British National party, Hungary’s neo-fascist Jobbik party, Bulgaria’s far-right National Democratic party and the Front National in France.” I repeat: that alliance includes the far-right wing and virulently anti-Semitic Jobbiks in Hungary.
Mr Marton Gyongyosi, a Jobbik MP, was castigated recently for saying that a “security” register should be created of Hungarian MPs and civil servants who were of “Jewish origin”.
But not everyone is fooled. Danny Shek, Israel’s former ambassador to France, reportedly has expressed his dismay at support given by French Jews to Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National (FN).
Mr Shek said: “What worries me as a Jew and as an Israeli is that more and more Jews find her appealing. There is a growing popularity for the primitive formula, ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’.
“I wrote an article on the French elections for an Israeli newspaper, in which I said this, and I had 250 talkbacks. A good 70 – 80 per cent of them said I was a fool, picking up on this idea. They thought Le Pen was someone who was cleaning house.
“The fact that one in five French voters felt comfortable enough with a party that stands for xenophobia and antisemism is horrific, “ he said.