Guardian: Far-right Covid conspiracy theories fuelling antisemitism, warn UK experts
Posted by Sinister Burt on October 12, 2021, 12:41 pm
Leaving the vague covid stuff to one side, I'm interested in the history of fascism and all that, and antisemitism is certainly still prevalent in it, but I had the impression that yer modern fascist types were just as likely to be pro-israel, and reserve their main bogeyman position for muslims - albeit that these views often rhetorically overlap with certain views in the 'respectable' media/establishment (eg Anders brevik's reading list, including Melanie Phillips etc (not to mention Israeli government)). But there wasn't a single mention of islam in the article - I suppose the exhibition is from Weiner holocaust museum, so a focus on antisemitism is maybe expected (and valid) - and maybe the exhibition had some stuff about Tommy Robinson etc the article didn't mention - but it misses the point if it suggests that fascism always = antisemitism I think. |
"A surge in Covid-19 conspiracy theories risks boosting antisemitism, hate crime campaigners have warned after the opening of an exhibition shedding light on interwar British fascism and its parallels today.
The Wiener Holocaust Library in London is staging the exhibition – focusing on the motivations and propaganda of British fascists and their European peers in the 1920s and 30s – out of concern about the recent growth of far-right ideas and populism in the UK and abroad.
Rare photographs including one of a woman on the streets of London wielding a union flag with a swastika at its heart are featured in the exhibition.
“We want – want quite consciously – to get people thinking about the parallels between the past and the present, as well as the differences,” said Dr Barbara Warnock, co-curator of the exhibition.
She said a copy of Action, the newspaper of Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists (BUF), carrying the headline The Return of Manhood, had similarities to the misogyny increasingly weaponised by the far right today. The newspaper’s front page also carries the Britain First motto – a fascist slogan that is also the name of a far-right group that last month had its application to register as political party approved by the Electoral Commission."