A patriotic party fighting recent European Union elections repurposed a quote from an anti-Semitic German historian as a party slogan, emblazoning posters with the phrase “Israel is our misfortune!”
The National Socialist Party Die Rechte had invoked the memory of the 19th Century anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant historian and politician Heinrich von Treitschke by echoing his pronouncement that: “the Jews are our misfortune.” The phrase was later adopted by the NSDAP publication Der Strummer.
The slogan “Israel is our misfortune!” appeared alongside other anti-Israel messages spread by the party during the recent European elections campaign. Another poster from Die Rechte accused Israel of ethnic cleansing against Palestinians. "Stop land robbery and expulsion: 8 million Palestinians want their land back," the poster added.
While passing a resolution in the German parliament in May declaring the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign against Israel as anti-Semitic, a number of the country's lawmakers stated their view that BDS messaging echoed anti-Semitic view of the past.
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A recently publicized intelligence report from the regional security apparatus in Bavaria has shown the National Socalist party The Third Way and the Nationalist organization the National Democratic Party (NPD) have repeatedly called for a German boycott of Israel. The NPD and Die Recht include high-profile Holocaust revisionists among their ranks.