This band, which has long utilized obvious Nazi and fascist symbols and imagery in its packaging and song lyrics, is part of a disturbing and growing international trend which introduces the language of racism and anti-Semitism to youth throughout the world.
ADL has long tracked the activities of extremists has found that many hate group members, especially neo-Nazi skinheads, have been drawn to white supremacy by listening to hate rock on the Internet, on CD's and at concerts.
As you are well aware, "Der Blutharsch" has had concerts cancelled in Germany and Switzerland because of their extremist tendencies and has recently drawn the ire of anti-fascist groups in the Netherlands prior to a concert in Leiden, because of their National Socialist orientation.
We find it disturbing and wholly inappropriate that such a group would perform in Israel. That this performance may upset and offend large numbers of Israeli Holocaust survivors is reason enough to cancel this event. However, this event legitimizes and adds to the growing business of packaging hate and anti-Semitism in an attractive form that appeals to young people.