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Madonna Speaks Out Against Antisemitism, Says Europe Feels Like Nazi Germany

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Madonna said anti-Semitism is at an all-time high in France and throughout Europe. Going even further, she said, WeâEUR(TM)re living in crazy times. It feels like Nazi Germany.


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Gillian M (11)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 8:17 am
As the international press repeatedly aired Madonna’s stage tumble during the “Brit Awards,” the American singer/actress was addressing more serious issues.

During an interview with Europe 1 radio, Madonna said “anti-Semitism is at an all-time high” in France and throughout Europe. Going even further, she said, “We’re living in crazy times. It feels like Nazi Germany.”

Madonna came down hard on France, explaining that the European nation has lost its way and is no longer a beacon of diversity and tolerance.

“It was a country that embraced everyone and encouraged freedom in every way, shape or form – artistic expression of freedom,” Madonna said. “Now that’s completely gone.”

She continued, “France was once a country that accepted people of color, and was a place artists escaped to, whether it was Josephine Baker or Charlie Parker.”

This is not the first time Madonna has spoken out against bigotry. In 2012, she described Marine Le Pen and her National Front party of France as “fascist.”

In the Europe 1 radian interview, which aired Friday, Madonna said what drove her to speak out against intolerance three years ago is even more pressing today.

“It’s not just happening in France, it’s all over Europe. But particularly in France. … The level of intolerance is so enormous, it’s scary,” she said.

Madonna, 56, was raised a Roman Catholic, but for nearly two decades has been a follower of the Jewish mystical teachings of Kabbalah. In July 2013, she and her ex-husband, director Guy Ritchie, celebrated their son Rocco’s bar mitzvah at The Kabbalah Centre in New York City.

By performing in Israel on numerous occasions, Madonna has defied the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the Jewish state. In 2012, Tel Aviv was the first stop on her world tour, and has repeatedly said she is “in love with Israel.”

jan b (5)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 8:26 am
Preferring a democracy like Israel should be a preference for all people who like freedom from oppression....especially women in the arab world.

No wonder -- looking for freedom ----The Jewish population of Israel grew by 1.7% over the past year, and the Arab population grew by 2.2% ---Arab muslims who are more intelligent are beginning to note that theocracies are not that great . Maybe some Americans who aren't ignorant could recognize that---and give up their support for the wrong ones.

ALLEN G (19)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 1:39 pm
Thank you for posting , Penny .

Ben B (18)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 4:18 pm
Bravo Madonna! Kol ha'kavod (all strength to you) Well said Jan. Thank you for posting Penny.

While I understand why the "more intelligent", perhaps secular, perhaps influenced by Western values of democracy or educated in the West, Arab Moslems would want to leave Arab countries ruled by theocracy, the military (whether by dictatorship or pseudo-democracy) or absolute monarchy, it would be better, I think, if they remained in their home countries to try to change their political systems and societies from within. Unfortunately if they've been influenced by the West, their compatriots are likely to view them as tainted, no longer Moslem and just as much "the enemy" as such regimes view the West in general. In which case their prospects and life-expectancy would not be good.

Hilary S (65)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 4:22 pm
good on her!! she might be quite happy to lose the BDS mob from her fan base.

Winn A (179)
Monday March 2, 2015, 6:05 am
AntiSemitism is disgusting and despicable. It was 200 years ago and it still is today. Know one should tolerate anti semitic remarks.

. (0)
Monday March 2, 2015, 6:49 am
I'm sure that Madonna isn't crying over the loss of a couple of BDS'ers!

Sandra F (114)
Monday March 2, 2015, 11:31 pm
Madonna criticized only Europa but in Amerika (remember the Ku-Kux-Clan) & South-America there are also many Anti-Semitism. Racism can not be tolerated, no matter what country.
Thanks for sharing Penny

Sandra F (114)
Monday March 2, 2015, 11:32 pm
Sorry, i meant Ku-Klux-Clan

Autumn P (0)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 1:10 am
Thank you for the article.

Isma k (563)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 5:07 pm
I don't know in how many cities and towns and European countries Madonna has been... but I don't aggree with her at all. I do live in Germany and Germany at the least my part of Germany in the North West is the same as it always was.. ... I also have a family home in England and there it is like it always was.. as well.. So why is she writing it so generally ? .. Has she been to all cities , towns, villages... spoken to people listen to their stories.. ect .. NO... so I think this is more of a publicity stunt.. .. Of course racism is still here in Europe as it had been many many years ago, but in my end of Germany I can see even that it is less than before...

Jonathan H (0)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 1:05 am

Gillian M (11)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 8:06 am
Isuma, I take it you have missed the fascists running through Germany? Anti-Semitism is alive and kicking through Germany, one only has to look on the internet. As for France, enough said! Sweden is almost Judenfrei.

I doubt that Madonna is accusing every single person in Europe of anti-Semitism but a brief look at the history shows how badly Jews have been treated and leopards don't change their spots over night especially with the increased numbers of Muslims promoting hatred.


Jonathan H (0)
Saturday March 7, 2015, 1:14 am
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