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The enemy of my enemy: how Neo-Nazis and ISIS found common ground

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Published: 23 October 2017

Last updated: 4 March 2024

THEY ALREADY SHARED intellectual mentors and a virulent anti-Semitism. Now white supremacists have adopted Islamist extremist tactics and training. And far-right populists, from Orban to Trump, act as radicalisers and recruiters for both

In 2015, 22-year-old Yohan Cohen was shot in the head while trying to protect the child of a customer in the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Eastern Paris. He was one of four Jewish hostages killed by the ISIS-inspired terrorist Amedy Coulibaly, who stormed the small kosher grocery shop armed with two Kalashnikov rifles and two Tokarev pistols.

The weapons Coulibaly used in this attack came from a seemingly unlikely source: an arms dealer who was a member of the extreme-right organisation Génération Identitaire in Northern France.

The connection between the jihadist Coulibaly, who had sworn allegiance to ISIS, and the far-right extremist Claude Hermant, who last month was sentenced to seven years in prison for arms trafficking showcases the paradox of extremism: a strangely symbiotic relationship between movements which at first sight appear diametrically opposed to each other.

Photo: A masked demonstrator at a "Freedom of Speech" rally of self-proclaimed white nationalists, white supremacists and alt-right activist in Washington DC, in June (jim Bourg/Reuters)

FULL STORY Mein Kampf meets Jihad: How Neo-Nazis are copying the ISIS terror playbook (Haaretz)

AND SEE: White supremacist leader shouted down at University of Florida (Times of Israel)
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