Den israeliska tidningen Haaretz uppmärksammar förstås Sverigedemokraternas framgång i det svenska valet och intervjuar Lena Posner, ordförande i Judiska Centralrådet. Hon tror att det inte dröjer så länge innan partiet kommer att visa sina rätta färger: “This is a neo-Nazi party… articulate, and talented…but very dangerous… We know where these people are coming from. They are Nazi sympathizers who, under their jackets, are still wearing their brown shirts.”
Men artikelförfattaren i Haaretz noterar den motsägelsefulla framtoningen hos Sverigedemokraterna och deras ofta visade sympati för Israel:
The SD did not include any anti-Semitic messages in its platform. On the contrary, it has two Jewish members among its top ranks and has actually come out in support of Israel at times. However, according to Posner, the vast majority of the approximately 20,000-strong Jewish community is nonetheless “devastated” by the results.
“Ninety-nine percent of the community are absolutely against everything this party is for. To be Jewish is to have values of humanism. We know what it means to have to flee and to survive and we strive to protect those who are persecuted,” she says. “But Sweden is now joining other Europeans in being xenophobic.”
Posner claims that the SD’s pro-Israel stance emanates from nothing more than a way to further battle the Muslim community, and has nothing to do with an affinity with the Jews or the Jewish homeland per se. “They love Israel because that sort of rhetoric is in tune with their hatred for Muslims. That’s it,” she says.
En ny röst i Riksdagen
Artikeln har förstås gett upphov till det vanliga kommentarsfältet på nätet, som väntat en blandning av seriositet och rasistisk populism. Många spyr sin galla över Lena Posner:
Ms Posner should keep her mouth shut… She is typical of so many so-called spokespeople for Jewish communities worldwide – who have nothing else to do but rubbish people in their homelands who simply want their homelands back – to halt immigration, and to halt Islamism… It’s time now for world Jewry to remove the ”Official Jews” who have become the enemy of Europeans in their own European homelands, and Jews to whom the Swedish Democrats and other groups like them have shown nothing but respect and consideration, and a fair and listening ear towards Israel of which the Islamists and their lobbies are ferocious opponents. As a British Jew I salute the Swedes. God is with you.
Någon kommentator tycker att judar absolut bör stödja SD: ”the enemies of our new enemy (islam) are our friends, even if their background is suspicious”. Andra är förstås mer bekymrade över SD:s proisraeliska hållning:
‘Posner claims that the SD’s pro-Israel stance emanates from nothing more than a way to further battle the Muslim community, and has nothing to do with an affinity with the Jews or the Jewish homeland per se.’ This or close to it applies to almost all the ‘support’ Israel receives. The danger, really, is that such friends don’t actually have your best interests at heart. Rather, they want you to act out their fantasies. Witness the thunderous applause that erupts among them every time Israel carries out a ‘Cast Lead’ or the like. It’s not their funeral.
Diskussionen lär fortsätta. Men med islamofobin som främsta ledstjärna dröjer det nog innan Sverigedemokraterna hittar några andra riktiga fiender bland religioner och nationer.