Islamophobic U.S. Megadonor Fuels German Far-Right Party With Viral Fake News

Fang, Lee

Publisher:  The Intercept
Date Written:  22/09/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21337

An American website, the Gatestone Institute, is peddling fake news focused on anti-immigration and anti-Islamic rhetoric that many fear will influence the upcoming German federal election.



Rosenwald’s site, the Gatestone Institute, publishes a steady flow of inflammatory content about the German election, focused on stoking fears about immigrants and Muslims. In one of the most recent posts, the website warns of the construction of mosques in Germany and claims that Christianity is becoming "extinct."
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said this month that if the AfD gets its projected 10 percent share of the vote, "We will have real Nazis in the German Reichstag for the first time since the end of World War II." New polls show that AfD may place third when voters go to polls in Germany on September 24 [2017]. Such a performance would mean that AfD will become the largest minor political party in Germany and enter national parliament for the first time.
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