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Special Report: Rise of far right in Europe being overlooked

Western mainstream media had been fully geared up to cover the expected victory of the far right presidential candidate, Norbert Hofer, in the recent Austrian election. The win of the Green party candidate, Alexander Van der Bellen, robbed them of the opportunity to cover what they had been predicting as the first European post-Second World War far right head of state election victory.

Norbert Hofer
Norbert Hofer

Yet, the rise of far right European parties and candidates into the established international realpolitik, rather than their traditional fringe position, is something that has been and is being fundamentally overlooked.

In France, the far-right National Front won 6.8 million votes in regional elections in 2015 – its largest ever popular endorsement.

The far-right Jobbik party who polled third in Hungaryorganises patrols by an unarmed but uniformed “Hungarian Guard” in Roma (Gypsy) neighbourhoods.

In Denmark, the government relies on the support of the nationalist Danish People’s Party and has the toughest immigration rules in Europe.

While, the leader of the nationalist Finns Party is the foreign minister of Finland, after it joined a coalition government last year.

Andrzej Duda
Andrzej Duda

Less than a year after Poland elected Andrzej Duda, a previously little-known right-wing politician as president, Warsaw’s nationalist government moved to strip a leading Jewish Holocaust scholar of a national honour for asserting simply what the previous Polish presidential incumbent, Bronislaw Komorowski, acknowledged. Namely, that Poland was in part responsible for Nazi war crimes against its Jewish population during World War II.

Perhaps one of most shocking situations currently exists in Croatia. During World War II, Croatia was ruled by the Ustashi, an axis-aligned regime that was every bit as bad as the Nazis. The Ustashi killed over 600,000 people, 500,000 of which were Serbs. The Ustashi-ruled Independent State of Croatia had a population of around 6.3 million, meaning the Ustashi killed around one in 10 of its own people. Eighty percent of the nation’s Jews were murdered.

Ustashi
Ustashi – axis-aligned regime during World War II, every bit as bad as the Nazis.

Now the Ustashi are making a comeback. It has now penetrated cabinet ministers and the mainstream media. Ognjen Kraus, the leader of Croatia’s Jewish communities, said that the government “is simply not doing anything” and that it “does not want to.”

The nation’s new right-wing coalition that came to power at the start of the year is responsible for much of this change. As part of that coalition, Zlatko Hasanbegović became Croatia’s culture minister in January. He was once a member of a small far-right, pro-Ustashi party.

Ustashi supporters in modern Croatia
Ustashi supporters in modern Croatia

Since taking office, Hasanbegović has cut funds for progressive groups and independent media and has endorsed a revisionist documentary film that denies the scale of the crimes committed by Croatia during its alliance with Nazi Germany in the 1940s.

Reporters Without Borders, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Serb and Jewish groups in the region have all condemned the new government.

The government’s tolerance of such a man as a minister in government is creating a climate of fear throughout the country.

Croatian soccer fans frequently chant Nazi-era slogans during games with only indirect criticism from the government. During one game with Israel, fans were heard to shout, “We Croats! Ustashi! Ustashi!”

Efraim Zuroff, the director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s office in Israel and Eastern Europe, warned that Croatia is “a country where manifestations of fascism and anti-Semitism are very common, especially in the local soccer stadiums, but not easily identifiable by those ignorant of the country’s World War II and Holocaust history.”

In the UK much of the media coverage of anti-Semitic issues has focused attention to the political left following the storm that has engulfed the Labour Party. Equally, many in the western media, following mass immigration stories and terrorist outrages, have, unsurprisingly, concentrated on radical Islamist matters and any associated anti-Semitism. Yet, if world history, our history, tells us one thing, we cannot afford to ignore or overlook the rise of the far right. If the mainstream media will not do it we shall have to do it for ourselves.

Guilty plea for anti-Semitic attack on MP

Report in The Guardian:

A constituent has pleaded guilty to mounting an anti-Semitic verbal attack against Labour MP and shadow communities secretary Jon Trickett.

On 23 January 2015, Darren Mark Lumb, 47, stopped the MP for Hemsworth in West Yorkshire in the street and launched into an anti-Semitic tirade against him.

During the trial on Thursday at Leeds crown court, Lumb changed his plea to guilty to one count of religiously aggravated harassment and stalking with fear of violence, and one count of breaching an ASBO.

Lumb – who has been known to Trickett’s office for a decade – was released on bail on the condition that he did not approach the MP or any member of his staff and he will return to court on 3 March for sentencing.

Lumb has previously had links to the British National Party (BNP), the English Defence League (EDL) and the National Front, and served as BNP organiser for Wakefield and later West Yorkshire.

He has previous convictions for assault and disorder and was convicted in 2011 of using racially aggravated threatening or insulting words and behaviour after he reportedly called a petrol station worker “a black bastard”.

Lumb, who lives in South Elmsall, stood as a BNP candidate for South Elmsall and South Kirkby in the Wakefield Metropolitan district council election in 2011, where he won 441 votes, 2.6% below the Conservative candidate.

A friend of Trickett’s said the MP had been left shocked and shaken by the incident and that “he hasn’t experienced rage like it in his life”.

2016-02-04-22-41-15--1265389371Jon Trickett has been MP for Hemsworth since 1996. He served as the parliamentary private secretary to prime minister Gordon Brown from 2008 to 2010 and was then promoted to the shadow cabinet by Ed Miliband in 2011.

Le Pen at it again

Jean-Marie Le Pen has been at it again as the 86-year-old founder of the far-right National Front party defended having described Nazi gas chambers as a ‘detail of history’.

In words which will revive accusations that the far-right party remains an anti-Semitic one, Jean-Marie Le Pen said he had ‘never regretted’ making similar statements in the past.

His daughter and current leader of the party Marine Le Pen immediately distanced herself from the comments saying she ‘deeply disagrees’ with her ‘deliberately provocative’ father.

Mr Le Pen, who is still an MEP, said: ‘What I said corresponds to what I think. ‘The gas chambers were a detail of the war, unless we admit that the war was a detail of the gas chambers!’

While other National Front officials have been stripped of their party membership for racism, there has been no move to bar Jean-Marie Le Pen from a party of which he still holds the title of honorary president.

He is popular with many FN members and will stand as a candidate in December’s regional elections, despite having been convicted on numerous occasions of being anti-Jewish and for ‘inciting racial hatred’.

He has regularly made the comment about the Holocaust, telling the European Parliament in 2009: ‘I just said that the gas chambers were a detail of Second World War history, which is clear.’

Mr Le Pen was first convicted by a Munich court in 1999 for ‘minimising the Holocaust’ after telling a German far-right meeting that Nazi concentration camps and the gas chambers are ‘what one calls a detail’.

He has had a string of other convictions, including ones for violence and was briefly banned from being an MEP in 2003 following a physical attack on a French Socialist MEP.

Read more here.

 

 

French Jews and Le Pen’s National Front – ASW warns

ASW warns ………

Multiple reports emerged today indicating that French Jews are ready to discard decades of distrust of the far right by voting for Marine Le Pen’s National Front as a bulwark against radical Islam.

14 per cent of France’s Jewish community is expected to back the National Front in presidential elections in 2017.

Roger Cukierman, chairman of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions (CRIF), publicly endorsed Marine Le Pen yesterday, insisting that her political leadership of the far-right party had been beyond reproach.

This is in stark contrast to the period the party was under Ms Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie, with its antisemitic reputation.

……. and this is exactly the point!

If there is anything that our history has taught us it is that such nationalist groups are only ever looking for a temporary marriage of convenience to support and promote their own agenda. They are power hungry but to only serve their own ends. Nothing good for the Jewish community can come of such a union.

Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie Le Pen - Daughter like father?
Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie Le Pen – Daughter like father?