Friday, February 19, 2016

Polish Magazine's Anti-Migrant Cover Draws Ire; Cover Photo Shows "The Islamic Rape of Europe"

A right-wing Polish magazine cover emblazoned with the headline "The Islamic Rape of Europe" triggered a storm of criticism on social media yesterday, with some comments comparing it to World War II fascist propaganda, the Times of Israel website reports today (February 19, 2016).

The cover of the news weekly "w Sieci" ("In the Net") showed a posed photo of a blue-eyed blonde woman, wrapped in a European Union (EU) flag, looking terrified as she is groped by several dark-skinned men. Most Poles are opposed to an EU plan requiring its member nations (including Poland) to accept thousands of migrants from war-torn Syria and Iraq, as well as other Asian and African nations.

The magazine said the cover referred to a rash of sexual assaults against hundreds of women by men of North African and Arab origin during the New Year's Eve celebrations in the German city of Cologne.

But the publication drew fierce criticism on Twitter. "'Islamic rape of Europe,' screams Polish magazine. They obviously forget Nazi depictions of Poles in the 1930s," said one Twitter user.

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