A new Israeli study into anti-Semitism with European politics shows how both the far-right and far-left are influencing mainstream politics with their hatred of Jews and how there was a convergence of views from both extremes of the political spectrum.

“We are seeing the penetration of the extremes into the political mainstream,” said Adi Kantor, one of the authors of “Contemporary Antisemitism in the Political Discourse of Five Western European Countries: Germany, France, Britain, Spain, Ireland.”

The study, a joint project of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv and the Jewish Agency, studied expressions of antisemitism by politicians and political parties in the five Western European nations between late 2019 and late 2020. The research does not include the spike in antisemitism that occurred in Europe and the US during Israel’s 11-day Operation Guardian of the Walls against Hamas in May 2021.

“We wanted to try to understand how this phenomenon is on the one hand influenced by deep, global trends and broad social trends, where it is influenced by local characteristics, like Islamists in France, the right-wing in Germany, (former Labour Party leader Jeremy) Corbyn in the UK, and where it is influenced by unanticipated events like the coronavirus or the ‘yellow vest’ protests in France,” said INSS researcher Shahar Eilam, a former high-ranking IDF intelligence officer.

The project investigated anti-Semitism on both the far left and far right of politics.

On far-right anti-Semitism they said:

Far-right parties in Western Europe have been portraying themselves as Israel supporters and even defenders of Jews, at the same time that party members continue to use expressions of classic antisemitism.

On far-left anti-Semitism they said:

Anti-semitism – defined as “malicious attitudes and stereotypes,” “comparison between Israel and Nazis,” and “denial of the right of the Jewish people to self-determination” — are overwhelmingly expressed by politicians on the left.

They saw that, worryingly, there is a growing convergence of left- and right-wing antisemitism, with similar messages and symbols being used by both extremes.

“We have to ask ourselves why,” said Kantor. “Why have people who were once centrists found homes in far-right and far-left positions?”

“For the extreme left and right to meet, there needs to be a certain space that allows it. There needs to be a vacuum in the middle that allows the two edges to meet.”

To find out more, click here.

Related Articles:

The rocks of Israel are “crying out” and revealing Bible truth

For centuries the land of Israel has been concealing treasures hidden deep beneath its surface. These treasures hold the key to understanding the Jewish history in the land...

Labour MPs McDonnell and Sultana addressed crowd chanting support for Hamas to ‘blow up’ Israeli city

Former Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Labour MP Zarah Sultana are under pressure to explain why they took part in a rally in which the crowd reportedly chanted...

Iraq to ‘execute’ citizens who contact Israelis or support Zionism

CUFI has called upon the UK Foreign Secretary to intervene urgently after Iraq introduced a shocking new law that would see citizens executed or given life imprisonment if they...

Israeli-owned London restaurant targeted with ‘Free Palestine’ graffiti

A London restaurant owned by an Israeli has been targeted by Israel haters in a shameful attack targetting a Jewish establishment. The entire front window of Michaels...

Palestinian terrorists shoot at IDF soldiers, hurl explosives in Jenin

Overnight, IDF, ISA and Israel Border Police forces conducted counterterrorism activity to apprehend wanted terror suspects and confiscate terror funds in Judea and Samaria....

SIGN OUR PETITION

in support of a National Holocaust Memorial next to Parliament

FREE booklet:

Britain’s stand with Israel – 12 actions CUFI would like the UK to take