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Skip to 0 minutes and 0 secondsWe can see then, that certain characteristics of the far-right, make it A hotbed for anti-semitic perceptions and attitudes. In varying degrees many of the anti-semitic notions that existed in this sphere, prior to the war, still continue to persist especially among the more extreme neo-nazi groups. These new forms of anti-semitism particularly Holocaust denial and distortion, should be added prior to further examining the blatant anti-semitic manifestations found in the far right. Let's first turn to the role and place of anti-semitism, in the more mainstream right-wing populist groups. Anti-semitism is an intentional issue in all right extreme movements parties initiatives. And it's in the right populist parties or movements, it plays a role but it's not intentional.

Skip to 1 minute and 1 secondBut it is an issue, and I think it's more dangerous in this white populist movements, because it it comes to more people. More people they try to attract people from from let's say mainstream society, and these people wouldn't really agree with really right extremist parties. There you could find also racist anti-semitism, which is not the case in right populist parties. There is more than what we call secondary anti-semitism. Anti-semitism which comes out of you can say 'anti-semitism because of Auschwitz', so which comes out of a field of guilt, and a feel of 'let's finally end these discussions we don't want to hear anymore about the Holocaust'.

Skip to 2 minutes and 8 secondsAnd so this is something you can really find in these right populist movements and parties, and some of them, are very pro-Israel. You see you might see Israel flags on 'Pegida' demonstrations- this is a movement in Germany which comes out of these populist right populous areas. It's mostly against foreigners and refugees, but it also tackles Jews and bad in to a certain extent they try to be to have a 'philosemite view', because they think they have a cooperation partner against Muslims, but the problem is of philosemitism, is that if the Jews or the Israelis are not doing what you think they should do, then it could very lightly switch over to anti-semitism.

Right-wing Populism and the perception of the Jews

Dr. Juliane Wetzel

Prior to further examining the more blatant antisemitic manifestations found in the Far-right, let us first turn to the role and place antisemitism holds today in the more “mainstream” Right-wing Populist groups.

How do some among the populist groups and movements view Jews today?

  • Kahmann, Bodo, “‘The Most Ardent Pro-Israel Party’: Pro-Israel Attitudes and Anti-Antisemitism Among Populist Radical-Right Parties in Europe,” Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 51. no. 5, pp. 396 - 411.

  • Mudde, Cas, The Populist Radical Right: A Reader (London: Routledge, 2016).

  • Wodak, Ruth, ‎Brigitte Mral and ‎Majid KhosraviNik, Right-wing Populism in Europe: Politics and Discourse (Bloomsbury: Indiana University Press, 2013).

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