Now it’s the Sweden Democrats! - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

Now it’s the Sweden Democrats!

Another chain has joined the rising anti-Islam far-right parties in Europe: the "Sweden Democrats" boosted their votes, coming in as the third party in parliament. The Sweden Democrats that stood out as a small Neo-Nazi organization toward the late 1980s, got 17.6 percent of the vote in the last election. Similar to the other far-right parties in Europe, this party is also practicing anti-Islam and anti-migrant politics.

Thilo Sarrazin's book that was published in Germany is again the focus of arguments. Sarrazin, who is an important figure of the Social Democrat Party, was a former member of the German Central Bank's board of directors.

Sarrazin's book, "Germany Is Doing Away With Itself," published in 2010, had become a topic of argument. Sarrazin's new book, "Hostile Takeover: How Islam Hampers Progress and Threatens Society," is now on the bestsellers list. In his book, Sarrazin twists the Quran in accordance with his views to show Islam as a religion that favors violence. Some German commentators state that Sarrazin is making a provocative effect on racist groups and resemble the book to the Ebola virus. The "Sarrazin case" shows that anti-Islam and anti-migrant racist discourses are surfacing in right and, even, left-wing parties.

Kent Ekeroth, a former parliament member of the Sweden Democrats, has an affiliation with U.S. President Donald Trump's former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Ekeroth's mother was a Jewish migrant who migrated from the Soviet Union to Sweden. Stephen Miller, an architect of Trump's migration policies, also comes from a Jewish family that took refuge in the U.S. Miller was among the favorite names of Breibart News, which used to be run by Bannon. Miller's uncle David Glosser wrote an article for the Aug. 13, 2018 issue of Politico magazine that harshly criticized Miller. Glosser said, "If my nephew’s ideas on immigration had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out."

It appears the mission to develop ties between the U.S. and Europe's far-right has been given to Bannon. After being fired from the White House, Bannon has been spending his time to join the far-right parties in Europe in blocs. Bannon expedited his efforts to establish a foundation called "The Movement" in Brussels to this end. One of the first names to join The Movement is none other than Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The Movement plans to form a strong bloc for the May 2019 European Parliament elections and have an impact on EU policies. The Movement is going to be the right-wing version of liberal billionaire hedge fund investor George Soros' "Open Community" foundation. Hence, Breibart's former London Representative Raheem Kassaam was saying, "Forget about the Merkels and all. Soros and Bannon are going to be the two biggest players of European politics in the coming years."

The United Kingdom Independence Party's (UKIP) former leader Nigel Farage, National Front leader Marine Le Pen in France and Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban are some of the names among Bannon's allies in Europe. Farage was one of the driving actors of the Brexit campaign that was carried out to separate the U.K. from the EU. Bannon, who defends that Western civilization is fundamentally established over Christian-Zionist values, is Israel's most ardent supporter in the U.S. Despite being Catholic, Bannon identifies himself as a Christian-Zionist and is in alliance with the pro-Israel wing of the Evangelical Christians in the States.

Another reminder is that Europe's extremist and racist right-wing parties are, without exception, pro-Israel. We should also state that Israel has concerns that the Muslim population in Europe may increase and gain influence over politics. There are also claims that Russia is supporting the populist right and left movements that are weakening the EU. These factors need to be taken into consideration when interpreting the populist movements and racist groups in Europe.

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