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Antisemitic Anti-Zionism Within the German Left—Die Linke

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This chapter analyzes the anti-Semitic anti-Zionism of the radical left in Germany, and focuses mainly on the far left party Die Linke. For several years, Die Linke has played an increasingly large role within the German political spectrum. The party was founded in 2007 as a result of the fusion of two other parties: the successor of the Eastern German Communist Party (SED) and the Election Alternative for Social Justice (WASG), a group of disgruntled social democrats and labor unionists who had split from the moderate left-wing Social Democratic Party (SPD). Ignorance concerning the destructive power of ideologies seems to be a particular blind spot of the leftist world view. This critical blind spot is repeated in the leftist attitude toward Islamism. Die Linke cannot and must not be dismissed as an irrelevant radical fringe on the left of the German political spectrum.

Keywords: anti-Semitic anti-Zionism; Die Linke; Eastern German communist party (SED); German; Social Democratic Party (SPD)

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