In their letter, they seek to incite people in Europe to oppose the increasing influence of extreme right forces. It was published in the British newspaper The Guardian, the French Le Monde, the Greek Kathimerini and other leading newspapers.
So far, the letter entitled "We are all Greek Jews" has been signed by Benjamin Abtan - President of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement, the Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina, the British sociologist Anthony Giddens, former Foreign French Minister of Foreign Affairs Bernard Kouchner, Adam Michnik - historian, essayist, journalist and former member of Solidarnosc, the photographer Oliviero Toscani from Italy, the Israeli novelist and essayist A. B. Yehoshua, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain Miguel Angel Moratinos, the Serb Jovan Dijvak - defender during the siege of Sarajevo, the Literature Nobel Prize laureate Dario Fo, the director from Israel Amos Gitai, Beate et Serge Klarsfeld – president of the French Foundation "Sons and daughters of extradited French Jews," the philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Levy from France, Amelie Nothomb – a writer from Belgium, Dominique Sopo - President of the French organization SOS Racisme, American writer - Peace Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel and the Professor at the University of Oslo Thomas Hylland Eriksen. The letter reads:
“Thunderclap: on the 6th of May, the neo-Nazi party ‘Golden Dawn’ entered the Greek Parliament.
‘Golden Dawn’ - with its emblem inspired by the Swastika, its Hitlerian salute, Mein Kampf as its reference, its anti-Semitic and racist ideology, its negationism, its violence against immigrants, its threats against journalists, its personality cult, … - is a lineal heir of the German national-socialist party which led Europe and the world to chaos and bloodshed.
Unfortunately, Greece is not the only country concerned with this revival of Nazi ideology. In Latvia, this year, for the first time, the President of the Republic, supported the annual former Waffen SS march in spite of the strong criticism it gave rise to. In Austria, the FPÖ, an extreme right organization - which nurtures III Reich nostalgia - is favourite in the polls for the next parliamentary elections. In Hungary, the ‘Hungarian Guard Movement’- descendant of ‘The Arrow Cross Party’ – the former militia responsible for the extermination of Jews and Gypsies - holds direct responsibility for provoking attacks and murders against Roma people and terrorizes Jewish populations.
This revival was made possible by the systematic attack by extreme right parties on the aspiration to “togetherness”, the Republican ideal of recognizing that each and everyone belongs to the national community. This campaign against “togetherness”, is modelled on Geer Wilder’s strategy for his ‘Party for Freedom’ at the beginning of the 2000s. The core of this strategy is to hide the speech on inequality of races behind the cultural mask of fighting against a so-called “Islamization of Europe”.
In the context of an economic and social crisis, which favours a frenzied search for scapegoats and strengthens the fear of the decline of the Old Continent, this strategy has revealed itself worryingly efficient.
It has also enabled allegedly “regentrified” disreputable extreme right parties to support or even to become members of governing coalitions and favoured the “normalisation” of racist and anti-Semitic speech in Europe.
Finally, the alleged ”regentrified” Extreme Right has opened the way to organizations with which it shares racist and anti-Semitic ideology but which, just like ‘Golden Dawn’, can now at the same time win votes while openly promoting hate speech.
Faced with this terrifying situation - exemplified by the election of neo-Nazis deputies in the Greek parliament- we assert our solidarity: “We are all Greek Jews!”
We refuse that, whether in Greece, or elsewhere in Europe, we refuse that Jewish, immigrant, Muslim, Roma or Black people might fear for their lives because of who they are.
We invite all citizens, political parties, unions, civil society, intellectuals and artists to fight the extreme right by promoting and bringing to life the European dream.
To realize the European dream for which we are fighting, we must always remember that it was built on the ruins of Nazism. We must never forget about the Shoah. Our dream is of a continent free of racism and of anti-Semitism. It is the project of a society based on “togetherness” - beyond boundaries.
To see this dream embodied again it is urgent to put an end to two dogmas:
First, we must refute the dogma of austerity which is responsible for terrible damage, creating the conditions that explain the success of populist parties and which limits the future of Youth in Europe to the payment of debts - as if entire generations had to be sacrificed on the altar of perpetual austerity.
Secondly, we must refute the dogma of “The European Fortress”: this concept favours the spread of anti-migrant speeches and the lock down of Europe’s frontiers undermining the core element of European post world-war identity: its social welfare system - which requires immigration to be sustainable…
It is of the utmost importance for European institutions to renew the pursuit for democracy, social progress, and the promotion of equality; with the protection of those citizens who - even more so in times of crisis - are the target of racial and social violence.
The concept of Europe is often criticized., Far from giving up on Europe, we strongly believe that we must work toward a stronger Europe, thus giving new momentum and scope to the European dream.
If we are not able to give life to the European dream, we are condemned to the same nightmare, in Greece and in the rest of Europe.”