Neo-Nazism thriving in the Holy Land

Neo-Nazism thriving in the Holy Land

Concern is growing over the action of neo-Nazi groups inside Israel. Society is split over the reasons for young people turning to the hostile ideology.

In November 2008 eight members of a neo-Nazi gang in Israel were convicted and sentenced. The longest prison term was 7 and a half years, with the oldest convicted aged 20 years old and the youngest just 17.

The group was charged with violence against foreigners, drug addicts and homosexuals.
Many in Israeli society were sure that putting them behind bars would close this neo-Nazi chapter in Jewish history.

However, expert Zalman Gillichensky is convinced this is only the tip of the iceberg:

“The problem is that neo-Nazism is very popular today. It’s on the rise in Russia and other post-Soviet states too. Youngsters can connect with these organisations through the internet. It’s very easy to do, and they hear that they’re always right and strong,” says Gillichensky.

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