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2014-2015 Annual Assessment

The “new far right” phenomenon comprises two types of organization: entirely new formations such as the Dutch PVV and British UKIP, which are keen partners of the Jewish people, and more problematic old radical-right parties that claim to have transformed themselves from top to bottom. Visits to Israel by prominent radical-right politicians with problematic backgrounds, such as Filip Dewinter of the Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest/ VB) and Heinz-Christian Strache (Austria’s FPÖ), are part of this complex logic. Can Jews trust them? The Israeli newspaper Haaretz accused these rightist European politicians of “trading in their Jewish demon-enemy for the Muslim criminal-immigrant model,” and visiting Israel only to get “Jewish absolution that will bring them closer to political power.”11

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