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AP: Swiss Deportation Policy Blatant Racism

From an outraged Associated Press:

Swiss deportation policy draws criticism

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press Writer Photo

GENEVA – The campaign poster was blatant in its xenophobic symbolism: Three white sheep kicking out a black sheep over a caption that read “for more security.” The message was not from a fringe force in Switzerland’s political scene but from its largest party.

The nationalist Swiss People’s Party is proposing a deportation policy that anti-racism campaigners say evokes Nazi-era practices. Under the plan, entire families would be expelled if their children are convicted of a violent crime, drug offenses or benefits fraud.

The party is trying to collect the 100,000 signatures needed to force a referendum on the issue. If approved in a referendum, the law would be the only one of its kind in Europe.

“We believe that parents are responsible for bringing up their children. If they can’t do it properly, they will have to bear the consequences,” Ueli Maurer, president of the People’s Party, told The Associated Press.

Ronnie Bernheim of the Swiss Foundation against Racism and Anti-Semitism said the proposal was similar to the Nazi practice of “Sippenhaft” — or kin liability — whereby relatives of criminals were held responsible for his or her crimes and punished equally.

Similar practices occurred during Stalin’s purges in the early days of the Soviet Union and the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution in China, when millions were persecuted for their alleged ideological failings.

“As soon as the first 10 families and their children have been expelled from the country, then things will get better at a stroke,” said Maurer, whose party controls the Justice Ministry and shares power in an unwieldy coalition that includes all major parties.

He explained that his party has long campaigned to make deportation compulsory for convicted immigrants rather than an optional and rarely applied punishment.

The party claims foreigners — who make up about 20 percent of the population — are four times more likely to commit crimes than Swiss nationals

Commentators have expressed horror over the symbolism used by the People’s Party to make its point.

“This way of thinking shows an obvious blood-and-soil mentality,” read one editorial in the Zurich daily Tages-Anzeiger, calling for a broader public reaction against the campaign.

So far, however, there has been little popular backlash against the posters.

“We haven’t had any complaints,” said Maurer

“The symbol of the black sheep was clearly intended to have a double meaning. On the one hand there’s the familiar idea of the black sheep, but a lot of voters are also going to associate it with the notion of dark-skinned drug dealers,” said Geden.

The party also has put forward a proposal to ban the building of minaret towers alongside mosques…

It’s good to see that the Associated Press doesn’t waste any time getting in their editorializing.

They put it right in the lede:

The campaign poster was blatant in its xenophobic symbolism: Three white sheep kicking out a black sheep over a caption that read “for more security.”

The accusations are awfully familiar too:

Ronnie Bernheim of the Swiss Foundation against Racism and Anti-Semitism said the proposal was similar to the Nazi practice of “Sippenhaft” — or kin liability — whereby relatives of criminals were held responsible for his or her crimes and punished equally.

Similar practices occurred during Stalin’s purges in the early days of the Soviet Union and the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution in China, when millions were persecuted for their alleged ideological failings.

“Sippenhaft” was not put into law until after the failed July 1944 attempt on Hitler. In the short years left to the Nazis, it was probably applied to fewer than a few hundred cases.

Meanwhile, the principle had long since been applied elsewhere. And, as the article notes, in the USSR under Stalin, and for a far longer period, where it surely doomed hundreds of thousands of victims. 

Then, under the Communist Chinese, during the Cultural Revolution, it probably affected millions.

Nevertheless our media and the rest of the left must always give Hitler pride of place.

But back to the proposed referendum, bear in mind that the Swiss are talking about legal immigrants. (They simply don’t allow illegals.)

And remember too that according to our media and the rest of the left, we are supposed to model ourselves on the Europeans in all things.

But somehow that principle always stop short when it comes to how they deal with their immigration problems.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 1st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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