Confronting Growing Intolerance in Europe: A Debate
Anti-Semitism / Islamophobia / Racism

Confronting Growing Intolerance in Europe: A Debate

An interesting debate is taking place over at openDemocracy. It started with a post by Benjamin Ward, the director of the Europe and Central Asia division at Human Rights Watch. Ward documents what is discomforting for many to admit: “hatred and intolerance are moving into the mainstream in Europe.” There’s no doubt that Ward has a … Continue reading

Anti-Immigrant / Anti-Semitism / Bloc identitaire / France / Islamophobia

French nationalist party exalts “the whites of Europe”

Bloc identitaire, a far right French movement, celebrated on November 3 its ten year anniversary and set the direction for the 2014 municipal elections in welcoming Italian Euro-deputy Mario Borghezio, who exalted “the whites of Europe” and “our race.” “Long live the whites of Europe, long live our identity, our ethnicity, our race, ” Borghezio, … Continue reading

Anti-Semitism / Greece / New Dawn

Anti-Semitic forgery read aloud in Greek parliament

Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris read aloud last week an excerpt from the anti-Semitic forgery, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” to the Greek parliament. Though the protocols existed long before the Nazis, they were infamously distributed in the lead-up to the Holocaust as “justification” for the Jewish genocide in Europe. Continue reading

Anti-Semitism / Circumcision / France / Front National / Germany / Jews / Laïcité / Marine Le Pen / Muslims

Elie Wiesel “worried” about anti-Semitism in France

Elie Wiesel says he’s “worried about anti-Semitism in France” Eyes Over Europe co-founder Rachael Levy interviewed Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel about anti-Semitism in France, far-right French politican Marine Le Pen’s proposal to ban the Jewish kippa and Muslim veil in public, and the circumcision ban in Germany. Here’s an excerpt from the article, in which … Continue reading

Anti-Semitism / Circumcision / France / Front National / Germany / Islamophobia / Laïcité / Marine Le Pen / secularism

“Can You Be a Religious Minority and European?”

“Can You Be a Religious Minority and European?” That’s the question the blog of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) seeks to answer in its “Great Debate” feature this week. Professors, experts, and students in Europe hash out whether they think the continent can balance secular values with religious tolerance. Continue reading