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September 5, 2016 8:57 pm

Rise of New Far-Right Populist Party in Germany is ‘Nightmare Come True,’ Jewish Community Leader Says

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The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party logo, Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party logo, Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The dramatic success of a new far-right populist party in local elections in a northeastern German state on Sunday is “a nightmare come true,” a German Jewish leader said on Monday, Germany’s The Local English language news site reported.

“It is pathetic when a party — in which xenophobia, antisemitism, racism, homophobia, historical denialism and conspiracy theories are the basis for argument — can become such a strong social and political influence,” Charlotte Knobloch, president of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria, was quoted by The Local as saying about the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which beat German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party and came in second behind the Social Democratic party in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state elections.

Preliminary results showed that the Social Democratic Party won 30.6% of the vote, AfD received 20.8% and the Christian Democratic Union got 19%. The result was particularly embarrassing for Merkel as Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is her home state.

According to a Reuters report on the elections, the AfD, which was founded in 2013, has now won seats in nine of the 16 state assemblies in Germany. The report said the party has no chance of governing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as other parties have ruled out forming a coalition with it.

The Local said that Knobloch further warned that the AfD, along with other far-right parties, constituted a threat to Germany’s democratic foundations.

Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, was quoted as saying, “Clearly many voters are not aware or play down the fact that the AfD do not clearly distance themselves from right-wing extremists.”

The Reuters report cited a Bild newspaper poll that found AfD would win 12% of the vote — enough to make it Germany’s third largest party — if national elections were held next week.

As reported by The Algemeiner last month, the recent rise in support for far-right parties across Europe is being attributed to the Syrian refugee crisis, escalating Islamic terrorism and dissatisfaction with political elites.

“The refugee crisis speaks to a fear of aliens taking the native land,” Cas Mudde, a Dutch political scientist and an associate professor at the University of Georgia’s School for Public and International Affairs, said. “Authoritarianism is a reaction to the terrorism, and the connection made between refugees and terrorism. Populism plays into the European Union and its inability to deal with terrorism and the refugee crisis.”

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  • Mrs. C. Knobloch is a party member of the CSU/CDU and as such is a loser of the elections in northern Germany. For a CSU/CDU member it could be a nightmare I doubt that it is a nightmare for the jewish citizens of Germany.

  • Dani

    Extrems are always dangerous but the xtream blindness of most liberals is the worst danger of all.

  • Jerry1800

    stupid Jews don´t want to see the deadly threat by islamic headcutter invaders.

    am yisroel chai!

  • mhloutsidebeltway

    I find it pathetic that the official Jewish leadership in Germany labels the one party opposed to the government’s suicidal policy of allowing millions of anti-Semitic Muslims into the country as anti-Semitic. And by doing the Jewish leadership reveals that it does not represent the interests of Jews in Germany. Of course at the end of the day there is no reason for Jews to remain in Germany anyway, other than for cheap chocolate pudding that is far more expensive in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

  • nat cheiman

    You cannot blame the voters in Germany for that. Merkel invited this catastrophe and unfortunately, anti Semitism is part of the deal with these right wingers.

  • Jam

    The lie is that they were ever anti-Islam.. They have always been pro-Islam. they like all antisemites are opportunist thieves. When Munich happened, the right wing parties had given shelter, and plans for the attack, to the Islamists who murdered the people from the Jewish State.

  • yuval brandstetter md

    Jews do not need to meddle in the politics and fears of the Germans. The Jews have homeland where they can live and prosper. The return of Nazional Socialism in any of its forms is not their concern. They can pack up and return home anytime

  • I hope that this win for Afd will help to stop immigration of terrorists into Germany and stop it spreading to Europe that may already infected with Islam. ‘If my enemy is his enemy then we are friends’. Where will this go? Islam is the main enemy and the more people that recognize this the better. Iran and Islam are the Clear and Present Danger to the world of free men. Why does the EU not recognize that immigrants are not coming to Europe for the good of their families, most of them are coming to subvert their hosts.

  • Jonah

    Before you even think about elections and nightmarish scenarios if I am right hasn’t Merkle told her fellow countrymen to stock up on food and water. I think she is drafting doctors. She is now in the process of fueling a war with Russia. I think she is something akin to McCain all John wants is a war with Russia to settle the score over that Sam missle in Viet Nam that put him in a box for about five years. I think Merkle is hung up and carries a grudge about east Germany under communist control. You know a Woman scorned is a woman with a vendetta. You know if Getmany had not listened to Arrafats uncle and decided to kill all the Jews and attack the rest of the civilized world their would never have been an east Germany. Starting a war with Russia is not a brilliant move you will soon have gangs fighting in the streets for a loaf of bread after an emp attack. Russia has fought nazis and they darn well no how to defeat them. The Russians have been drinking vodka eating potatoes and cabbage….not producing bmw’s they are ready to go under ground and they have much more space to survive a nuclear war and a people with the will to take it to the mat. How is America preparing for this war?….they just passed a law to arrest anyone on campuses that refer to a man or a woman as a he or she you could inadvertently offend them if you would use the wrong pronoun depending on whether that person perceived themself on that day as a woman when you obviously thought he was a man and referred to her as a he rather than a she. Complicated…yes it is complicated. I guess you could be safe and refer to everyone as a he-she. Oh yes America is ready to fight a war, a war against sane humanity. If you do not comply with Obamas convoluted demented view on life you will get the hell bombed out of you by Merkle?….as Islam is taking her country over.

  • brenrod

    jews make a mistake by aligning with the muslim migrant threat against the natives of the nation. The muslims will continue to hate them and the natives will see them as a fifth column enemy.

  • brenrod

    the greatest threat today to jews is not the right wing but rather the left wing and musim alliance. The quoted Jewish leader appears to be an ignorant fool spouting generic rubbish. it is the left wing and muslims who threaten the Jews. The leader did not learn from history and does not recognize that when a peoples serious concerns go unanswered they will vote for whoever answers them… it is obvious that this fool of a jewish leader is clueless if he calls the muslim migrant threat xenophobic. Jews aligning with the muslim migrant threat will be seen as a fifth column by those who rightly are concerned with the threat. Calling folks with valid concerns xenophobes is a big mistake for Jews, a stupid mistake which does not take the indigenous population concerns into account..

  • Ephraim

    It is always ironic when those opposed to Islamofascism are also fascists. While their aim may be to keep terrorists out of their country (an admirable goal), they also hate everyone who is not them. In Germany, the rise of a Naziesque party is disturbing. However, it does not surprise me. For all the talk about the rehabilitated post-Nazi Germany, Nazism lives in the cells of many Germans and always will. It has always been just a matter of time before the 4th Reich became a possibility, G-d forbid.