[Marxism] Fwd: Growing Far-Right Nationalistic Movements are Dangerously Anti-Muslim — and Pro-Israel

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 30 07:14:43 MST 2016

The Freedom Party “was created by a group of former Nazis in the 1950s,” 
and its rise in the 1990s created global controversy under the 
charismatic extremist, Hitler-admiring Jörg Haider. Today, Hofer 
demagogues animosity toward Muslims in all the standard ways: equating 
migrants with “jihadists,” warning of the “Islamification” of Europe, 
and pronouncing that “Islam is not a part of Austria.”

But not only does Hofer repudiate all anti-semitism and insist it has no 
place in his party – he made news earlier this year by calling for the 
demolition of Hitler’s childhood home and his party sponsored “a New 
Anti-Semitism Conference” starring the Israeli spy who captured Adolf 
Eichmann – but the Freedom Party has, in the words of an expert cited by 
the NYT, “made it part of their strategy to draw closer to Israel.” In 
2014, Hofer made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, laying a wreath at the Yad 
Vashem Holocaust memorial, and has touted his trip to Israel so 
flamboyantly in his campaign that he caused a mini-scandal for himself 
by embellishing a “terrorist” shooting he witnessed at Temple Mount. He 
vowed to make a trip to Israel an early priority if he’s elected.


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