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Austrian president Heinz Fischer is worried about Israel

Guest post by Karl Pfeifer
Austria did not ask its surviving Jewish population to return after its liberation in 1945. Only very few Jews came back and had to confront a vicious antisemitism for several decades. Today about 7,000 Jews live in Austria.
As far as antisemitism is concerned, there was not much difference between the conservative [...]

Disturbing news of attacks on Paris synagogue [UPDATED WITH RESPONSE OF PIERRE MINNAERT]

Yesterday a Molotov cocktail was hurled at a synagogue in the Parisian suburb of Aulnay sous Bois. Happily no one was hurt and little damage was caused. Tonight reports are coming in that the Don Yitzchak Abarbanel Synagogue has been attacked by rioters protesting against the actions of Israel.
Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as [...]

J-M Le Pen is accused of antisemitism over response to FN critic Patrick Bruel

Several French artists are shunning the French Front Nationale.  After criticizing their stance on French TV, Jean-Marie Le Pen was reminded that one of those protesting was the singer Patrick Bruel, who is Jewish.  He responded:
On fera une fournée la prochaine fois.*
Fournée can mean ‘batch’, but also furnace or bakery, and Le Pen’s words have [...]

Good news from Ukraine, bad news from France

Despite hysterical warnings from certain quarters of an impending fascist takeover in Ukraine following the Maidan uprising, the two far-right Ukrainian nationalist parties– the Right Sector and Svoboda– got a combined total of just over 2 percent of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election, according to exit polls.
Anyone expect an acknowledgement of this from the [...]

Timothy Snyder: A vote for UKIP is a vote for Putin

In a must-read piece at The New Republic, Timothy Snyder points out a similarity between the Putin regime and the Stalin regime at the time of the Nazi-Soviet pact:
The embrace of anti-fascism as a rhetorical strategy is quite different from opposing actual fascists.
Putin now presents himself as the leader of the far right in Europe, [...]

The courage to commemorate

I want to pay tribute to two men for whom commemorating the Holocaust took no little courage.
The Washington Post reported:
Professor Mohammed S. Dajani took 27 Palestinian college students to visit the former Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Poland a few weeks ago as part of a project designed to teach empathy and tolerance. Upon his [...]

Prepare for Integrism! Radical Jew Hatred & the Decolonial Shakedown

This is a cross-post from Jacobinism
Western critics of regressive values within minority communities tend to elicit one of two accusations.
The first is one of misrepresentation. That is to say, the critic in question has – either through ignorance or malice – traduced benign cultures as backward and barbaric. Hostility to views perceived to be, say, [...]

Europe’s far Right ♥ Putin

Writing last week at The Washington Post, Anne Applebaum observed:
During his Brussels speech this week, Obama also declared that Russia leads “no bloc of nations, no global ideology.” This is true, up to a point: Russia’s “ideology” isn’t well-defined or clear. But the U.S. president was wrong to imply that the Russian president’s rhetoric, and [...]

French National Front picks Holocaust denier as candidate

Marine Le Pen’s efforts to disassociate the French National Front from her father’s antisemitic legacy were not helped by this news:
France’s far-right National Front party placed a Holocaust denier on its list of candidates for the municipal elections in Paris.
The candidate, Pierre Panet, wrote in 2012 that he “shares the analysis of Roger Garaudy,” a [...]

Anger boils over in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Guest post by Suada
Over the past several days, the largest and most violent demonstrations since 1992 have erupted in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The protests began in the city of Tuzla on 5 February, a city with a long left-wing working class tradition (in the 1980s it demonstrated in support of British coal miners against Margret Thatcher, and inter-ethnic [...]