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The Left poses more danger for the Jews than the Right

Jewish groups in Europe and the United States have reacted with alarm to the gains made by far-right political parties in the last elections for the EU Parliament. Right-wing nationalist parties won significant victories in the United Kingdom, Austria, Holland, Denmark, Hungary, and Romania in four days of voting earlier this month. The Paris-based European Jewish Congress, an umbrella organization for Jewish communities in Europe, said: “As we assess the results of this week’s elections, one disturbing trend has already crystallized; the gains made by extreme-right groups is a Europe-wide phenomenon. The success of the far-right and nationalistic parties that won seats in the elections on the basis of racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic platforms points to a clear erosion of tolerance and a clarion call to European officials to immediately engage in intercultural dialogue. The success of such rabid groups as the Party For Freedom in the Netherlands, the Freedom Party in Austria, the Danish People’s Party, the British National Party, and Jobbik in Hungary, among others, will sadly only serve to embolden those who espouse the dangerous concepts of extreme nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.”

The New York-based Anti-Defamation League said it was “deeply distressing that the blatantly anti-Semitic parties received so many votes,” and called on European leaders to “ensure that anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry never again gain a foothold in Europe. (...) It is imperative that European leaders do not remain silent, but speak out and reject the hateful and bigoted worldview of parties of the far-right and their supporters.” The Geneva-based World Jewish Congress (WJC) said: “Far-right parties and extremists have made gains across Europe amid protest votes and low turnout for the European Parliament elections. The elections were held in all 27 EU member states from Thursday June 4th to Sunday June 7th two weeks ago. Support for centre-Left parties and governments collapsed across the European Union as fringe parties, picked up protest votes.”

Although these and other Jewish groups are not alone in their concerns about rising anti-Semitism in Europe, their fear of the far-right often obscures the indisputable fact that some of the greatest threats to Jews - and Israel - in contemporary Europe stem from the left side of the political aisle. Indeed, it is no big secret that all across the European continent, left-wing intellectuals are playing a crucial role in making anti-Semitism seem respectable. Of course, they are (usually) careful to promote their hatred of Jews only indirectly. Instead, modern anti-Semitism is typically disguised as anti-Zionism and an obsession with Palestinian victimhood.

European Judeophobia often takes on new life forms such as anti-Semitic boycott campaigns and anti-Israel demonstrations, the growing intensity of which the European Left not only overlooks or obscures but often actively supports. It is transmitted by Europe’s left-leaning mass media, which not only believes that the systematic demonization of Israel promotes the postmodern and postnational ideological worldview of Europe’s governing class, but also appeases the wrath of Europe’s Muslim immigrants, lest they expose the myth of the envisaged European socialist multicultural utopia.

As the European Left intensifies its common cause with the Palestinian movement, Islam itself has emerged as a major threat to Jewish life in Europe. Although definitive statistics are scarce, most of the acts of violence against Jews and Jewish institutions in Europe in recent years seem to be perpetrated by Muslim extremists. Indeed, a 2003 report published by European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia (EMCRX) attributed the increase in anti-Semitic violence in Europe mainly to Muslims and pro-Palestinian groups. But those findings were so embarrassing that European left-wing elites quashed the report and commissioned another one. A subsequent report published by the ECMRX, which used a more politically correct research methodology, concluded that the “noticeable rise in reported anti-Semitic incidents” was the fault of “young, white Europeans incited by traditional right-wing extremist groups.”

In any case, right-wing groups such as Geert Wilder’s Party for Freedom in the Netherlands and the Danish People’s Party, far from being the purveyors of “rabid” racism and anti-Semitism that the European Jewish Congress claims, are some of the best allies that Jews - and Israel - will find in Europe today. In fact, the Danish People’s Party is a strong supporter of Israel as well as the US-led War on Terrorism, of which Israel is a major beneficiary. It has called for stronger sanctions against totalitarian regimes and dictatorships, especially those in the Islamic world. It has also supported academic grants for specific research into terrorism and Islamism. For his part, Geert Wilders calls himself a true friend of Israel. During a recent visit to Jerusalem, Wilders said: “We see Christians and Jews as part of one culture. When I am here I am with my people, my country, my values. I feel more at home here than in many other European countries. Israel’s a democracy - it’s everything we stand for.”

Wilders and a growing number of other Europeans understand the threat that Islam poses to Europe and to the Western world. They are also taking a stand against an European left-wing political class that despises its Judeo-Christian heritage so much that it has become an undiscerning apologist for Islam. Unfortunately, the Islamization of Europe, which is being promoted by an intolerant left-wing multicultural dogma that gives immigrants more rights than natives, is one of the main factors contributing to the alarming rise of truly troublesome extremist groups like the Hungarian Jobbik party.

The European political right is far more nuanced and complex than catch-all labels such as “far-right” or “extreme-right” imply. Whereas right-wing groups in Denmark and Holland, animated by common sense, are pushing back against a European multicultural movement that has run amok and has pushed Western Civilization to the edge of the abyss, other groups like those in Austria, Hungary and Romania, animated by ignorance, are promoting hatred against any and all immigrants just for the sake of it. It is a world of difference. The knee-jerk tendency to stereotype the European right-wing as anti-Semitic obscures the fact that, with few exceptions, the only genuine European supporters of Jews and Israel are on the political right-wing. Indeed, in the end Jews have much more to fear from the European Left than they do from the far-right.

Dit artikel van Soeren Kern verscheen oorspronkelijk op "The Brussels Journal" en bij de "Strategic Studies Group" in Madrid.

Meer teksten van deze auteur op www.soerenkern.com.

7 Reacties:

At 15:57 AJ-Raalte said...

Goed artikel.

 
At 16:37 Geert Van Nauwelaerts said...

Inderdaad, "AJ-Raalte", goed qua opzet, maar de afwerking kon mijns inziens toch iets beter, ook al is dat zeker niet eenvoudig voor iemand wiens moedertaal niet het Engels is. Ik vind wel vaker teksten van die Sören Kern op het internet, maar dan wel vooral op rechtse en neoconservatieve websites zoals TBJ, het Hudson Institute, VDARE of Pajamas Media. Kerns teksten zijn steeds te smaken, vooral dan als ze over de Spaanse actualiteit gaan (Kern is een Spanjaard), maar ik kan er wel nooit een heuse libertarische lijn in terugvinden. Ik ken Kern niet persoonlijk, Vincent misschien wel, maar uit zijn teksten leid ik vooral een rechtse en neoconservatieve invalshoek af. Niet dat er eigenlijk toe doet natuurlijk, maar toch, even zeggen.

 
At 20:22 Anoniem said...

Vincent is zelf ook niet helemaal consekwent-libertair in de keuze van andermans artikels op Libertarian. Ik herinner mij recent nog zo'n neocon-artikel pro-kernwapens en zo'n paleocon-artikels over gezinswaarden, of erger nog, godsdienst.

 
At 22:45 Quentin said...

Ik denk dat we bij VDR het onderscheid moeten maken tussen zijn eigen teksten en die van derden. Zijn epistels zijn doorgaans gematigd tot extreem libertair, die van derden kunnen variëren van rechts-conservatief over gewoon liberaal tot libertarisch en anarchistisch. Waarom die tweespalt weet ik ook niet, maar zo wie zo is alles op Libertarian.be best leesbaar en te smaken! Doe zo voort, Vinnie!

 
At 22:52 jan said...

Sterke tekst van die Sören Kärn.

 
At 23:17 Danish Dynamite said...

Ziehier mijn neocon-bijdrage ;-)

"When we talk about Israel, we are talking about God's chosen people, Abraham and his children. And when you talk about aiding Israel, you are talking about aiding God.

It is written that if you are not for God, then you are against him. If we stop aiding Israel, then God will stop aiding us."

 
At 16:24 johaster said...

Iemand die de PVV van antisemitisme beschuldigd is slecht geïnformeerd.

 

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