(JTA) – A prominent neo-Nazi activist from Berlin was spotted holding up a banner at a demonstration organized by the city’s chapter of the boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) movement against Israel.
Marc Kluge, who in 2010 was identified by the anti-Israel website Indymedia as a central figure for neo-Nazis in Berlin and a former candidate for the far-right NPD party, was photographed on August 25 on Alexanderplatz holding a banner that read: “I boycott Israel, not the Jews! Racism kills! Made in Israel,” the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism on Wednesday reported on its website.
In Germany’s 2007 regional elections, Kluge was the NPD’s official candidate in the northern Saxony-Anhalt region. Kluge, who was not elected, often speaks at NPD and other far-right rallies.
Collaboration between anti-Israel activists from the BDS movement, who in Europe often belong to far-left circles that include many individuals from Muslim families, and far-right ultranationalists like Kluge is rare and unpopular in both camps.
However, opposition to Israel and anti-Semitic attitudes have occasionally served as the bridge for partnerships between members of both groups in Europe, including in Hungary, where the far-right and anti-Semitic Jobbik party has forged an alliance with Iran and Hezbollah officials.
In France, Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, an anti-Semitic comedian of Cameroonian descent, in 2014 teamed up with Alain Soral, a Holocaust-denier and well-known far-right skinhead, to form a political entity they named the “Anti-Zionist Party.”
Earlier this week, the AfD far-right party made considerable gains in Germany’s regional election.
It won 21 per cent of the vote and came in second in the election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, putting the CDU of Chancellor Angela Merkel in third place. The election in Merkel’s home state was won by the Social Democrats, who obtained more 30 per cent of the vote, and the election campaign was dominated by the issue of immigration from the Middle East.
Under Merkel, approximately a million people arrived in Germany from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.
The extreme-right NPD party, whose ban Jewish leaders are supporting, lost its representation in the state legislature.
The anti-immigrant AfD party is expected to win 15 per cent of the vote in the Sept. 18 election in Berlin, a new poll showed Thursday, a result that would give the party seats in 10 of 16 German state assemblies.