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1 rosiee  Sun, Apr 7, 2013 8:49:51am

Typical to blame the “right-wing” but in reality are these incidents by Muslims in France by Right wing muslims? Did they vote Le Pen? They are left wingers, just like the people who come out in droves for “pro-palestinian” marches shouting old blood libels. Was the USSR right-wing? It was pretty anti-semitic I heard.

2 ThomasLite  Sun, Apr 7, 2013 11:54:09am

re: #1 rosiee

Well I can’t speak for France but this report is about more than just France, and I do know something about rising antisemitism in the Netherlands, for example.
I can attest to a rise of right-wing antisemitism even here - and we have a populist hard-right which doesn’t profile itself as anti-Israel or in any way antisemitically at all.
Yet even here, that rise is visible. It’s marginal, but it is there.

Now I’ll agree with you a lot of incidents of an antisemitic nature involve perpetrators who profile themselves as actively (culturally, if not religiously) Islamic. This is true here (where it’s probably >90% due to a lack of an organized antisemitic extreme right) and in most, if not all, of the EU.

However, it is worth mentioning that those incidents, with very rare exceptions such as the killings in France last year, tend to be little more than vandalism and name-calling. It’s a problem and I honestly wish it wasn’t the case, but it’s nowhere near as threatening as some extreme-right antisemitic incidents. Those tend to be much more violent, and with much more risk of escalation.

Also, Antisemitic acts and sentiments from certain parts of the population self-identifying as Islamic are nothing new. Again, I’d prefer it wasn’t the case but it’s stable and it’s manageable. This right-wing antisemitism is on the rise, and both more dangerous and less predictable than what is, sadly, pretty much a fact of life already.

Sure, I think antisemitic vandalism and similar incidents from, in our larger cities, mostly young men (15-25) of Moroccan descent (this would account for >60% of incidents in NL, I’m led to believe) tend to be ignored by both press and law enforcement to a disturbing degree. This is true, and it’s a problem. It is, however, also a problem of manageable dimensions.

The threat of serious grievous violence of an antisemitic nature from those circles is deemed (rightly, I’d say) negligible. The first thing some extreme-right group would actually do to show up on any radar, OTOH, could well be bombing a synagogue or something to that effect.

So no, this isn’t press bias, this isn’t ignoring “left-wing” actions (and I think you’ll find most of the perpetrators in such incidents here do not identify politically at all, nor do they, usually, ever bother to vote); this is just trying to shed some light on new aspects and development of an existing problem without harping on and on about what basically anyone with ears to listen and an even marginally open mind already knows.

What’s the problem with that?

3 Aligarr  Sun, Apr 7, 2013 2:51:29pm

Anti-semitism is neither right wing or left wing …it is practiced by both , in organized groups or individually . It is the right wing groups that make the news as well as a few radical left wingers . And yes , the presence of muslim populations in Europe must be figured in the overall numbers .

4 _RememberTonyC  Mon, Apr 8, 2013 6:11:04am

If the moderate centrists spoke out on ALL hate crimes and named (and hopefully shamed) the perpetrators, the extremists would not be so empowered. Normal folks in the middle mostly want to do right, but moral leadership is important. And pandering to certain groups by ignoring their bad actions does nothing to strengthen the society heading into the future. As Hunter Thompson said in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, “bad craziness” is on the horizon.

5 Buck  Mon, Apr 8, 2013 1:53:24pm

The far right really has nothing in common with traditional right of centre politics. In fact the far right has more in common with the far left than with conservatives.

Designer John Galliano will not describe himself as Far Right on the political spectrum, yet his Antisemitic comments come as no surprise in the Marais quarter of Paris.

Of course some might characterise his antisemitism as a “little more than vandalism and name-calling”, as if that is less dangerous, but that would ignore the well documented fact that name-calling leads to vandalism, which leads to killing.


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