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German neo-Nazi party builds alliance with Assad, Hezbollah

Stronger alliances are growing between the German neo-Nazi party Der Dritte Weg and the Assad regime, as well as the Syrian dictator’s strategic partner Hezbollah in Lebanon, The Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday. 

The website of the Der Dritte Weg (The Third Way) published an April 30 report on the right-wing extremist group’s visit to Lebanon to champion Hezbollah’s war against Israel, Benjamin Weinthal, the European correspondent at The Jerusalem Post, said. 

According to the organization’s website, members of the Der Dritte Weg met with the extremist Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) in Lebanon and representatives of the Bashar Assad regime in Syria.

Members of the Der Dritte Weg can be viewed on the website at the Hezbollah propaganda museum called Where the Land Speaks to the Heavens in the village of Mleeta in southern Lebanon. Kai Zimmermann, a senior leader of Der Dritte Weg, posed next to a plaque reading, “No, Israel is not invincible.” The neo-Nazi group labeled Israel a “terror state” on its website.

In 2013, Der Dritte Weg announced its formation and outlined a detailed call to boycott Israel. The group, whose goal is the creation of “German socialism,” titled its plan “What every person can do against the Zionist genocide.”

The Bavarian news outlet BR24 reported on Sunday that a young Der Dritte Weg activist traveled with a pro-Assad group called European Front for Syria to Syria and met with representatives of the regime and the fragmented country’s information minister.

The journalist Jan Nowak – a veteran observer of the alliance between neo-Nazis and the Assad regime – told BR24: “The central unifying moments [between neo-Nazis and the Syrian regime] are hatred of the West and of Israel.” He noted that the antisemitism of Der Dritte Weg manifests itself as praise for the “heroic resistance of Hezbollah against Israel.”

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency Verfassungsschutz – the rough equivalent of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) – monitors the extremist activities of Der Dritte Weg. According to a 2016 Bavarian intelligence report, “Antisemitism informs the ideology of the party.”

The Assad regime has long been a safe zone for Nazi activity and mass murderers.

The Syrian regime once harbored the Austrian Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner.