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Jewish leader: European voters endanger countries' reputation with far-right successes

  • Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress speaks during an interview with The Associated Press  in Berlin, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Lauder is warning that European voters risk giving their countries a bad name by electing far-right politicians and says he is worried that Islamic extremists are trying to “use all means” to stir up hatred. Berlin on Sunday will host a  rally against anti-Semitism, which comes after tensions over the Gaza conflict spilled over into demonstrations in Europe that saw anti-Jewish slogans and violence.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Berlin, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Lauder is warning that European voters risk giving their countries a bad name by electing far-right politicians and says he is worried that Islamic extremists are trying to “use all means” to stir up hatred. Berlin on Sunday will host a rally against anti-Semitism, which comes after tensions over the Gaza conflict spilled over into demonstrations in Europe that saw anti-Jewish slogans and violence. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress speaks during an interview with The Associated Press  in Berlin, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Lauder is warning that European voters risk giving their countries a bad name by electing far-right politicians and says he is worried that Islamic extremists are trying to “use all means” to stir up hatred. Berlin on Sunday will host a  rally against anti-Semitism, which comes after tensions over the Gaza conflict spilled over into demonstrations in Europe that saw anti-Jewish slogans and violence.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Berlin, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Lauder is warning that European voters risk giving their countries a bad name by electing far-right politicians and says he is worried that Islamic extremists are trying to “use all means” to stir up hatred. Berlin on Sunday will host a rally against anti-Semitism, which comes after tensions over the Gaza conflict spilled over into demonstrations in Europe that saw anti-Jewish slogans and violence. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)  (The Associated Press)

The leader of the World Jewish Congress is warning that European voters risk giving their countries a bad name by electing far-right politicians and says he's worried Islamic extremists are trying to "use all means" to stir hatred.

Berlin will host a major rally against anti-Semitism Sunday after tensions over the Gaza conflict spilled over into demonstrations in Europe that saw anti-Jewish slogans and violence. In May, European Parliament elections brought successes for far-right parties.

WJC president Ronald Lauder told The Associated Press Saturday voters should ask themselves who they want to be and "what people see of our country," adding that far-right representatives can give "a bad image."

He voiced concern that Muslim extremist agitators are doing everything they can, particularly via the Internet, "to get people angry."