The policy aims of SOS Racisme and the electoral needs of the French socialist party have always been closely linked, and two organisations have historically shared leading figures. Its Spanish equivalent, Barcelona-based SOS Racismo, is linked to more extreme organisations–its prime movers are nationalist-communists and nationalist-socialists from ERC, EUiA, ICV and the youth wing of the PSC–but it has also served generally as proxy for publicising race problems on the right while ignoring those on the left.
However, where the French body has criticised both anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish acts, the Spanish group appears to believe that anti-Semitism ceased to constitute racism on the foundation of the state of Israel. So we find
- new attacks on the PP for opposing a new mosque in Badalona, but no mention of the baseball bat assault on the synagogue in central Barcelona two weeks ago, which left one of the staff with a broken arm and head injuries;
- attacks on businessmen in Torroella de Montgri for opposing the construction of a mosque there, but no mention of the vandalism of the Chabad house in Barcelona last month;
- an attack on the CiU for allegedly seeking to delay the construction of a mosque in Lleida, but no mention of pro-Hamas demonstrations in Barcelona featuring politicians from parties associated with SOS Racisme and gun-waving, nor of the Barcelona area being Europe’s major zone for the preparation of terrorists whose victory would mean the end of any Jewish presence in the Middle East.
SOS Racisme/Racismo is not by any means influential, even in Barcelona, but its behaviour will encourage those extremists who it claims to oppose and who are aware of what it says. For if the left refuses to criticise violence against Jews, why should the right object to violence against Muslims?
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