Andrzej Lepper says he is not. Everyone else thinks he is – including anti-Semites!
Deputy PM Lepper, the leader of the rural based, populist Self defense party, is now Dr Lepper!
Last week he received an honorary degree from the private, Ukrainian college, MAUP.
Lepper has lent support to the college in the past, which has a rather dubious reputation politically.
The Anti Defamation League has been concerned about the place for some time:
‘MAUP is the main source of anti-Semitic agitation and propaganda in Ukraine. It organizes anti-Semitic meetings and conferences, regularly issues anti-Semitic statements and publishes two widely-distributed periodicals, Personnel and Personnel Plus, which frequently contain anti-Semitic articles.’
Other personalities to have received honorary degrees at MAUP include one-time member of the Klu Klux Klan, David Duke, who also teaches a course on history and international relations at the college (I’d love to be a student on that course!).
Andrzej Lepper denies being an anti-Semite and claims that the accusations are part of the liberal media agenda in Poland, which is against his appointment into the government.
This blog has pointed out Lepper’s dubious, far-right connections before.
Whether he is, or is not, an anti-Semite doesn’t really matter. More important is that he is perceived to be one, even by fellow anti-Semites.
On the UK skinhead forum, about which I reported on in the previous post, one meat head greeted the news that Lepper was now in the Polish cabinet with glee.
Good News, Lepper, the Polish anti-Semitic populist similar to Zhirinovsky in Russia, has just today become a central figure in Poland's new coalition government.
Lepper's ''Self Defense Party'' has today been given three ministerial cabinet posts. The jews are furious.’
Lepper is right about the Polish media being out to get him. In fact, he doesn’t have many friends outside of his own party...and a few racists in the United Kingdom.
Human rights group concerned about 'extremist' parties in Poland's new coalition, Kyiv Times, May 2
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