EAJ Policy Papers, No 35 (23 April 2020)
Growing interest of European “New Right” parties, such as the Alternative for Germany (AfD), to Russian Jewish immigrants, despite marginal electoral value of this group, may be explained by several reasons. Among them in these parties’ search for a channel of communication with Israel in order to revoke their antisemitic image and gain a legitimacy in the yeas of the local and international community. This afford is in tern welcome by not a few Russian Jews, attracted by the AfD slogans to fight anti-Zionism and defend Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. The question, what the real essence of this phenomenon and in what way the Jewish world, Israel and transnational Russian-Jewish and Euro-Asian organizations should address it.
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