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Wilders: Le Pen’s anti-Semitic remark ‘disgusting’ – but only if that’s what he really meant

Imagine 2050 Staff • Jun 11, 2014

Anti-Muslim Dutch politician and Pamela Geller ally, Geert Wilders, has called the latest anti-Semitic remarks made by Front National founder Jean-Marie Le Pen “disgusting,” on the condition that’s really what he meant.

Mr. Le Pen, who already has a well-documented history of anti-Semitism, is once again facing scrutiny for comments he made in response to criticism from a popular French singer with a Jewish heritage. Mr. Le Pen touted in a video on Front National’s website he would make an “oven load” of the critic, a remark that has been called a clear reference to the furnaces used in Nazi concentration camps. The post has since been taken down.

Wilders, who is allied with Front National through Jean-Marie’s daughter, Marine Le Pen, said in a statement: “If these statements were indeed made and meant, then they are absolutely disgusting and I have told the Front National so.” Mr. Le Pen still remains a member of the party and was recently re-elected as a European MP, making him a potential ally of Wilders in the EU Parliament.

Wilders remains an ally to many American anti-Muslim activists including Geller. Their unwavering support of him and his anti-immigrant policies continues to raise concerns considering he has chosen to align himself with a group such as Front National, where Mr. Le Pen remains a prominent figure and continues to espouse anti-Semitic rhetoric.

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