Europe racists in Israel to find partner

Far-right political parties in Europe are visiting Israel to find a partner in racism campaigns.

Europe racists in Israel to find partner

Far-right political parties in Europe are visiting Israel to find a partner in racism campaigns.

National Front leader Marine Le Pen has shocked the French political elite in recent days by comparing Muslims who pray outside crowded mosques -- a common sight during the holy month of Ramadan -- to the World War Two Nazi occupation.

Oskar Freysinger, a champion of the Swiss ban on minarets, warned a far-right meeting in Paris on Saturday against "the demographic, sociological and psychological Islamisation of Europe". German and Belgian activists also addressed the crowd.

Geert Wilders, whose racists party supports the Dutch minority government, told Reuters last week he was organising an international alliance to link grass-roots groups active in "the fight against Islam".

Earlier this month, Wilders visited Israel and backed its occupied West Bank settlements, saying Palestinians there should move to Jordan. Like-minded German, Austrian, Belgian, Swedish and other far-rightists were on their own Israel tour at the same time.

"Our culture is based on Christianity, Judaism and humanism and (the Israelis) are fighting our fight," Wilders told Reuters in Amsterdam last week. "If Jerusalem falls, Amsterdam and New York will be next."

Wilders also attended a rally in New York to protest against a mosque planned near Ground Zero and the leader of the Austrian Freedom Party, Heinz Christian Strache, has said he wants to visit the United States to meet leaders of the Tea Party movement.

Marine Le Pen, who is preparing to succeed her father Jean-Marie as head of the National Front, refused to echo the views expressed by her father about Jews.

But, on Sunday, she suggested all public subsidies for building mosques must stop. Several politicians and Muslim leaders have said Muslims often pray in the street because they do not have enough space in mosques and urged that more be built.

Heinz-Christian Strache from Austria, German Freedom Party head Rene Stadtkewitz, Sweden Democrat MP Kent Ekeroth and Filip Dewinter, head of Belgium's Vlaams Belang party, are often accused of stoking Islamophobia with their statement.


Agencies

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