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Netanyahu Condemns Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre But Aligns With European Fascists

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Saturday condemning a shooting attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that left at least eight people dead and six others wounded. The conservative Israeli leader called the attack, which law enforcement sources told news outlets was committed by 46-year-old Robert Bowers, was a "horrifying" act of "anti-Semitic brutality" in a video.

"I was heartbroken and appalled by the murderous attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue today," Netanyahu says in the video.

 link to thehill.com

Netanyahu acts differently, however when it comes to European neo-fascist, Islamophobic and anti-immigration politics and governments. Netanyahu paid a visit to ultranationalist Hungary in 2017, right in the middle of a political storm caused by the Hungarian President Viktor Orban's remarks that were deemed anti-Semitic. Israel has also armed the Azov battalion, a neo-Nazi paramilitary organisation in Ukraine.

Israel's regime under Netanyahu is presently waging a global campaign to redefine "anti-Semitism" (due to mounting opposition to Israel's resettlement policies), so Netanyahu's charged comments about the Tree of Life Congregation massacre in Pittsburgh today are multiple-layer murderously ironic.
During his July 2017 visit to Budapest, Netanyahu met leaders from the so-called "Visegrad Group", which includes Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He made statements and backed rhetoric which derided the European Union policies of openly accepting immigrants, particularly Muslims, from the Middle East and African nations.

"I think Europe has to decide whether it wants to live and thrive or it wants to shrivel and disappear," he said.

Netanyahu also derided "Old Europe" for daring to criticise Israel's dismal human rights record, illegal settlement policies and military occupation. Israel needs new ways to pressure Europe because pro-Palestinian policies and attitudes are slowly but steadily entering mainstream politics, as grassroots groups are becoming increasingly outraged by Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

Antisemitism is ok with Netanyahu, as long as the perpetrators/rhetoreticians are pro-Israel. Today's propaganda and rhetorical battle waged by Israel involves redefinition of "anti-Semitism" to mean opposition to Netanyahu's policies and "Jews" to mean his supporters. To oppose Netanyahu personally, or to oppose Israel's settlement project and the occupation of territories captured during the Israeli-Arab wars more generally, is for them the very essence of "anti-Semitism."

To Netanyahu and his backers, the only acceptable form of Zionism, and thus the only acceptable political position for loyal Jews or their non-Jewish allies, is unequivocal support for Israel's current government and its initiatives. Even the strand of Zionism embodied by J Street an American organization that promotes a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opposes Israeli settlements in the West Bank let alone Zionist groups to their left, now constitutes an "anti-Semitic" threat.

** article by Max Parry  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/10/436761.shtml

The distinguishing characteristic of Europe's new wave of fascism is not just jettisoning of anti-Semitism, but strong support of the state of Israel. For instance, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) which is now the largest opposition party in the Bundestag is bankrolled by the pro-Israel Gatestone Institute  https://theintercept.com/2017/09/22/german-election-afd-gatestone-institute/ and closely aligned with Netanyahu's  https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/germanys-new-nazis-see-israel-role-model Likud party. In France, Marine Le Pen's National Front (now known as National Rally) is historically anti-Semitic but has gradually shifted its agenda toward attacking Islam in recent decades as well. Steve Bannon himself even boasted he is an avowed "Judeo-Christian Zionist." On the surface this disturbing alliance between Holocaust-denying figures like Viktor Orban and Israel may seem unlikely, it also makes perfect sense considering both Zionists and the extreme right hold the historical view that Jews are fundamentally non-native to Europe and they have a common civilizational 'enemy' in Islam.

More here (several reference articles posted) :

An Unlikely Union: Israel And The European Far Right