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Libertas, Allies and Anti-Jewish Racism.

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News from the Daily (Maybe), Ben Tallis has resigned and highlighted some of Libertas unsavoury allies, particularly the League of Polish Families.

The fact that reactionary right wing parties are drawn towards anti-EU sentiment should not surprise anyone. But that this convergence of attitudes was not to be anticipated is perplexing, as surely one goes along with the other?

The League of Polish Families and one of its leaders, Roman Giertych are a nasty bunch as Richard Bartholomew documented in 2005.

In 2007, Reuters reported:

“The 30-second television spot by the League of Polish Families mixes images of Polish troops in Iraq and violence in the Middle East with pictures of President Lech Kaczynski wearing a skull cap on a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

“This is an attempt to attract people with anti-Semitic views,” said Piotr Kadlcik, the leader of the Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, which released a statement condemning the advert.”

Not forgeting the LPR’s one time youth wing, All-Polish Youth with their praise of Mussolini and Italian fascism, also as Wiki inform us:

“They also favoured economically boycotting the Jews, limiting their access to higher education (numerus clausus)[4] and actively campaigned for ghetto benches, segregated seating for Jewish students [5]”

The Stephen Roth Institute 2007 report on Poland has background information.

The 2006 issue of Jewish Currents points out:

“They have skillfully played upon homophobia, which they have helped push to the forefront of the public agenda in recent years. In 2004, while serving as mayor of Warsaw, Lech Kaczynski established his bona fides with the radical right by illegally banning the “Parade of Equality,” a gay-rights demonstration. Commenting on this event, Bishop Stanislaw Stefanek of Lomza warned the faithful that “the wealthiest people in the world, who want a small number of specialized geniuses to conquer the globe, drive the rest of humanity towards moral ruin and the complete destruction of the family. That is why they organize parades, cynical theaters of lies for a mob that has been intoxicated by propaganda” (Gazeta Wyborcza, June 25th, 2006).

The parallel between anti-Semitism and homophobia became even more disturbing (and more obvious) when thugs at anti-gay demonstrations took to chanting “Fags to the gas chambers” and “We will do to you what Hitler did to the Jews.” Homosexuality thus became a proxy issue for the Polish far right, a means of alluding to old hatreds. In a country with very few Jews, at a time when explicit anti-Semitism is increasingly seen as vulgar in polite society, this approach has proven to be an effective means of rallying support.”

All very telling.

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23/05/2009 at 00:53

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