The cover of a Polish magazine – depicting a blond woman being groped by several dark-skinned men – is drawing widespread condemnation and outrage. Carrying the controversial headline “Islamic Rape of Europe,” the magazine cover is being compared to Nazi propaganda.
As reported by RT News, this week the cover of a right-wing weekly magazine, wSieci (Network in Polish) displays a blond woman, wrapped in the European Union flag, being assaulted by several dark-skinned men with the headline “Islamic Rape on Europe.”
“Islamic rape of Europe”, screams Polish magazine. They obviously forget Nazi depictions of Poles in the 1930s. pic.twitter.com/Sic3TEvIq0
— John O’Brennan (@JohnOBrennan2) February 16, 2016
— Annia Ciezadlo (@annia) February 17, 2016
Widespread condemnation and criticism of the magazine cover has erupted on the social media platform Twitter, with many comparing its message to Nazi Propaganda, and one tweep commenting, “They obviously forget Nazi depictions of Poles in the 1930s.”
Many condemn the Islamic rape message on the cover, saying it will only increase Islamophobic prejudice in Europe. The anti-extremism group, Hope not Hate, said: “Even by the standards of a far-right publication, this is a shocking and crude attempt to link refugees, Islam and rape.”
A spokesman for the group went on to say that across Europe as a whole, “we are witnessing the mainstreaming of anti-Muslim prejudice and hatred by the radical right, often cloaked with a false veneer of concern for others.”
The magazine edition is reportedly dedicated to reporting what the media and Brussels elite “are hiding from EU citizens.” According to an editorial in the magazine, Islam and the West have been at war for the last 14 centuries. They claim the world is now witnessing a “clash of two civilizations in the countries of old Europe.”
— The Patriot (@ThePatriot143) February 17, 2016
The “Islamic Rape of Europe” magazine cover comes after the widespread sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve, which shocked the whole of Europe. Reportedly anti-immigration politicians throughout the EU bloc are using the attacks to justify opposing mass immigration by refugees and migrants.
According to the lead feature in the magazine, there have been widespread police efforts to cover up crimes by refugees, even prior to the Cologne attacks.
— June151775 (@InviolableOne) February 17, 2016
However, while many condemned the controversial “Islamic Rape of Europe” cover, others praised the graphic image.
Fantastic cover of the Polish weekly ‘W Sieci’, titled “The Islamic Rape Of Europe”. Unthinkable in the cucked West. pic.twitter.com/9mVZpF8szJ
— Kamil Kaminski (@MkVdh147) February 15, 2016
This isn’t the first time the magazine has courted controversy in Europe with its front-page images. Reportedly the magazine, which backs Poland’s governing Polish Law and Justice party, published a cover in January alleging a “conspiracy against Poland.”
That cover apparently showed German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, along with Russia’s Catherine the Great and Prussia’s Frederick the Great dividing Poland. This was reportedly an allusion to the 18th century division of Poland by the powers.
Kupcie koniecznie! Nowy numer “wSieci”: Spisek przeciw Polsce – Od Targowicy do KOD, od carycy Katarzyny do Merkel https://t.co/6pFuAJTLB9
— Michał Karnowski (@michalkarnowski) January 11, 2016
According to a report in the International Business Times, with the current migrant situation, Poland is one of four central and eastern European countries who oppose a quota system for distributing the migrants between member states.
Known as the Visegrad Group, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia reportedly discussed on Monday aiding Macedonia to close its border with Greece, thus preventing refugees from traveling through the Balkans to Europe.[Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images]