[Marxism] Saudi Arabia’s Strange Bedfellows  – LobeLog

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Dec 28 06:17:55 MST 2018

Meeting the Saudi women, Sajjad Karim, a senior British member of ECR, 
was positively gushing about the “comprehensive nature of the reform 
process in Saudi Arabia”. Today’s Tories may be just about within the 
confines of a presentable centre-right, but they are allied in the ECR 
with some overtly Islamophobic forces, such as the Danish People’s Party 
and the Sweden Democrats, a party with neo-fascist roots. Among the 
ECR’s members is also the Dutch Calvinist party, which until 2006 barred 
women from joining and advocates for a re-establishment of the death 
penalty in the Netherlands. Bas Belder, the party’s leader in the EP, is 
a staunch supporter of Israel’s right-wing government and vice-chair of 
the EP delegation for relations with Israel. During the EP debate on 
Khashoggi’s murder on October 24, Belder accused him of being a 
“convinced Islamist, a spiritual leader of Muslim Brotherhood” and 
compared him to the late terrorist al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.


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