October 5, 2006


Belgium: Far-right party calls for Jewish support (Ynet, 10.05.06)

One of the most successful extreme-Right leaders in Europe, Filip Dewinter, recently called on the Jewish public to join his campaign against radical Islam and support his party.

Dewinter heads Belgium's Vlaams Belang party, which advocates strict limits on immigration and has been denounced as xenophobic.

The politician called Antwerp’s large Jewish community a natural partner “against the main enemy of the moment, radical Islamic fundamentalism,” according to a report in The Independent.

Vlaams Belang is expected to win at least one-third of the votes in regional elections in Belgium, which take place on Sunday. The expected success at the ballot box will make it the largest party in Antwerp, a city plagued by racial tensions and which has experienced race-related riots and murders this year.

There's plenty of time to settle the Jewish Problem after you deal with the Muslim Problem....

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 5, 2006 1:12 PM

"extreme-Right"? "the largest party in Antwerp" representing 1/3 of the electorate is extreme? "Extreme", as compares to what?

Posted by: ic at October 5, 2006 5:41 PM


Civilized people.

Posted by: Peter B at October 5, 2006 6:27 PM

We're looking for people to help us pack.

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at October 6, 2006 12:55 AM

If Islamic courts taking over Somalia and Hamas winning elections are good because it will bring stability and force those extremists to moderate their stance, should we view the growth of Vlaams Blok in the same light?

Or should we view their electoral popularity as the result of a fear-mongering campaign by the right-wing media in Belgium in preparation of a neocon take-over of the city government, similair to the reign of terror unleashed on New York by Giuliani, where the police guns down immigrants with impunity?

Posted by: Daran at October 6, 2006 4:54 AM

Stability isn't good, morality is. Racism/Applied Darwinism is immoral. If the Blok were to install religious courts they'd be among the prosecuted.

Posted by: oj at October 6, 2006 9:04 AM

Forgot that Vlaams Blok is called Vlaams Belang these days.

Posted by: Daran at October 6, 2006 11:29 AM

Not so sure Vlaams Belang is more amoral than the alternatives. Looking at the wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlaams_Belang) they are certainly less applied darwinist than many socialists. They oppose Islam, but since when is Islam or Muslim a race?

In the theoretical case that Vlaams Belang was going to implement religious courts, they would probably follow the traditional pattern and stuff them with loyal allies.
Could be the bias of my news sources, but the Iranian people seem to be somewhat disappointed in the performance of their religious courts.

Posted by: Daran at October 6, 2006 1:30 PM

Yes, there are no good options. Which is why it's a dying state.

Posted by: oj at October 6, 2006 1:39 PM