Wilders/Le Pen Alliance a ‘Major Concern’ for European Jews

Dutch News
November 15, 2013

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Some Jews, panicking.

The Israel information centre CIDI in the Netherlands says it is concerned at the alliance between Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen, leader of the French nationalist party Front National.

CIDI director Esther Voet told television current affairs show Nieuwsuur Le Pen’s father has been ‘convicted three times for anti-semitism and trivialises the Holocaust’.

‘We’ve all seen the film in which he says the gas chambers were a detail in World War II. So I have few illustions about father Le Pen,’ she says.

Marine Le Pen has distanced herself from her father but he remains honorary chairman and is leading the Front National’s European election campaign. Wilders has always made support for Israel and Jews a central part of his anti-Islam campaign.


The alliance between the two parties has major consequences for Europe’s Jews, Voet said. ‘There is a risk that a larger group in the European parliament will now call for a ban on, say, ritual slaughter or oppose circumcision. Then you are hitting at the heart of being Jewish.’

According to the Telegraaf, Wilders accepts the fact that Le Pen senior will remain a Front National Europarliamentarian despite his convictions for anti-semitism.

The PVV is thought to get a large part of its financial support from Israel and Jewish groups in the US.