The guiding principle of the Hungarian government’s refugee policy is to differentiate between Christian “real refugees” who have been persecuted in their home country, and Muslim “dangerous refugees”. Our report looks how that works in practice.
Herold Peters-Hartmann is the chairman of the AfD (Alternative for Germany party) in Würzburg. In a video by MuslimTVDE, a project by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, he offers his perspective on Jews in Germany: They supposedly have "a lot of influence" is something that can be heard there among other things. Again and again, the AfD tries to position itself as a valiant fighter against antisemitism. But just recently, a study from Leipzig showed that antisemitic views are widespread among the voters of the radical right-wing party.
The current climate of fear and anxiety surrounding the coronavirus pandemic is acting as fertile ground for the dissemination of conspiracy theories and discriminatory discourses. Since the outbreak in Wuhan, Chinese people, and people of East Asian appearance more broadly, have been attacked and abused because they were seen as carriers of the virus. But as the infections spread across the world, specific religious and ethnic groups have also been targeted. These attacks range from shaming Muslims for allegedly failing to adhere to lockdown measures, to global conspiracies about Jewish people, drawing on historical prejudices and racist perceptions.