Report on left-wing antisemitism asserts that Europe’s far-left is normalising antisemitism

A report on left-wing antisemitism published by the Anti-Defamation League and four European partner organisations asserts that the entry of a far-left party into the Spanish government allows antisemitism to return to mainstream platforms.

The Anti-Defamation League and partner organisations in France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain published a report that focuses on a phenomenon often eclipsed in reports about antisemitism in Europe, which many associate primarily with neo-fascists, reports The Times of Israel.

The report asserts that when a coalition in 2020 allowed Podemos to enter the government, a party that ADL terms as „a radical neo-Marxist party,” adding that it has „Communist associates,” the move „disrupted the post-war exclusion of antisemitism from mainstream platforms, and antisemitism is now making inroads in the pro-independence Basque and Catalan parties.”

ACOM, a pro-Israel group in Spain that is a local partner of the ADL, reinforced, claiming that „60 years ago, before the democratic era, antisemitism maintained its classical forms and was clearly a right-wing issue in Spain, as in the rest of Europe. Today, anti-Israel antisemitism of the political left accounts for the overwhelming share of antisemitism, while the Spanish right is almost entirely pro-Israel and guards against antisemitism.”

Similarly, in the United Kingdom, the former leader of Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, welcomed antisemites to the party from the political establishment’s left-wing fringes, claims the report.

Moreover, in France, the far-left politician Jean-Luc Melenchon is harnessing and mainstreaming antisemitism, according to the French contributor to the report. Melenchon has made multiple statements widely condemned as antisemitic.

Furthermore, the organisation responsible for the report’s part on Germany claims that „the debates on the political left are normalising antisemitism and shifting the baseline,” adding that what once was „considered an extreme position a few years ago is now a centrist opinion in the wider discourse.”

The ADL highlighted that the U.S. Jewish community could learn a lot from the experience of Jewish communities across Europe, adding that „anti-Zionist rhetoric and terminology popular in European left circles are increasingly utilised by some in U.S. political far-left circles.”


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