Comment: In the wake of the Gaza Flotilla incident last month, the Muslim Brotherhood helped engineer a demonstration in Vienna, at which Hitler’s political legacy was invoked. As noted in the following post, such behavior is illegal in Austria.
In addition to highlighting Hamas’s and the Brotherhood’s Nazi and fascist ideological and historical underpinnings, this demonstration also illustrates how European Islamists are helping to revive the spirit of anti-Semitism, at the same time as the growing, reactionary Muslim presence in Europe is galvanizing anti-Muslim sentiment and resulting pro-fascist sympathy.
Excerept: A UK blog has reported on recent anti-Israel/pro Hamas demonstrations in Vienna, Austria featuring displays of virulent anti-Semitism. According to the report:
If neo-Nazis would march in Vienna with a poster proclaiming “Hitler wake up”, the left-liberal Viennese weekly Falter would not describe this as “strange demand”, but ask why the police allowed this slogan (a criminal offence in Austria) to be shown unhindered in public. But when it reported a demonstration organized by anti-imperialist “activists” on June 1st, they found the demand “Hitler wake up” only “strange”. The big pro-Hamas demonstration in Vienna on June 4th was different from demonstrations in other European cities. One of its main speakers was Omar al Rawi, a Social Democratic (SPÖ) member of Vienna’s local parliament (Wiener Landtag), who is also “Integrationsbeauftragter” (officially responsible for the integration of foreigners) belonging to the Muslim religious community of Austria. Omar al Rawi, who is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, spoke in front of about 10,000 demonstrators shouting “Israel – murderers” who waived “Israel – child killer” banners. . . .