Jewish leaders in Spain are calling for an investigation after a patriotic event in Madrid featured anti-Jew speeches and National Socialist salutes.
About 300 people attended the event held near a cemetery in the Spanish capital where nationalist veterans who fought alongside Hitler’s troops are buried. In one speech, a young woman was filmed saying: “Our duty is to fight for Spain and Europe now weakened by the enemy, which remains the same but wears many masks: the Jew.”
As in many European countries, patriotic Nationalism has seen a massive and sudden rise in popularity in Spain in recent years. In 2019, the Vox right-wing party entered parliament for the first time as the country’s third-largest party, with 52 out of 350 seats.
The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain in a statement called on prosecutors to launch an investigation into "incitement to violence and discrimination" against some of the people who attended the event, including the young woman, who has not been identified in the mainstream media.
She also said: “The Jew is guilty and the Blue Division will fight it,” Ultima Hora reported.
The Blue Division, a National Socialist network, derives its name from the units of Spanish volunteers who fought in the Soviet Union during World War II alongside the troops of Adolf Hitler’s Germany. Veterans from that detachment are buried at the cemetery where the event took place.