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May 23, 2012 Off

Anti-Semite Dieudonne In the News in France

Update: Dieudonne ran unsuc­cess­fully for French Par­lia­ment as the Anti-Zionist Party can­di­date from Dreux. He was elim­i­nated in the sec­ond round of the elec­tion, receiv­ing just 1.14% of votes castHis film, L’Antisémite, has been banned from the Cannes film fes­ti­val for vio­lat­ing the festival’s pol­icy of not “threat­en­ing pub­lic order or insult­ing reli­gious beliefs.”

Anti-Semitic per­former Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala has gar­nered some media atten­tion in France since he announced on May 18 that he will be run­ning for Par­lia­ment as a mem­ber of the Anti-Zionist Party (Parti Anti-Sioniste or PAS) in upcom­ing elec­tions. Dieudonne is known for his per­for­mances which rou­tinely include Holo­caust denial, praise for Adolf Hitler, Nazi salutes, slurs against the Tal­mud and other anti-Semitic language.

This is not Dieudonne’s first time run­ning for polit­i­cal office. Most recently, he stood as a can­di­date for the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in 2009 with the Anti-Zionist Party, receiv­ing 1.3% of the vote. Accord­ing to its web­site, the Anti-Zionist Party’s pri­mary goal is to remove the “Zion­ist inter­ven­tion” from the pub­lic affairs of France.

Dieudonne, one of four PAS mem­bers run­ning for Par­lia­ment, hopes to rep­re­sent the city of Dreux, 50 miles west of Paris. The other PAS can­di­dates are run­ning in the 8th and 13th dis­tricts in the North as well as the 14th dis­trict in the Rhone region.

While Dieudonne has repeat­edly been pros­e­cuted for his racist and anti-Semitic per­for­mances and com­ments, none of his crim­i­nal con­vic­tions ren­der his can­di­dacy ille­gal. Accord­ing to an arti­cle in the French edi­tion of The Huff­in­g­ton Post, even if his cam­paign mate­ri­als incite hatred or racial vio­lence, the penal­ties would be sig­nif­i­cant (€45,000 fine and five years in prison) but would not make him inel­i­gi­ble for Parliament.

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May 23, 2012 2

Violent Clashes at “Other” Chicago Summit

Event announce­ment on Stormfront

The extreme right and the far left clashed vio­lently in the Chicago area over the week­end of May 19, with police mak­ing arrests on both sides. The scene, how­ever, was not the high-profile NATO Sum­mit hosted by the city of Chicago that week­end. Rather, the clash occurred at a small restau­rant in Tin­ley Park, Illi­nois, where a group of white suprema­cists were hold­ing their own con­fab, a “White Nation­al­ist Eco­nomic Summit.”

Around 15 white suprema­cists from around the coun­try attended this “eco­nomic sum­mit,” only to have it crashed by a roughly equal num­ber of left-wing and anar­chist activists asso­ci­ated with the Chicago-based South­side Anti-Racist Action (ARA), a group that has dis­rupted past white suprema­cist events in Chicago, and the Indiana-based Hoosier Anti-Racist Move­ment (HARM). The left-wing activists allegedly attacked the white suprema­cists with base­ball bats, ham­mers, and metal chains, caus­ing injuries that led three peo­ple to be taken to the hos­pi­tal with head injuries. Police sub­se­quently arrested five of the activists (all from HARM), charg­ing them with mob action, aggra­vated bat­tery and crim­i­nal dam­age to property.

The Tin­ley Park event was the fifth white suprema­cist “eco­nomic sum­mit” orga­nized since 2010, four of which have occurred in the Mid­west. It was orga­nized by white suprema­cists from Illi­nois and South Dakota under the aus­pices of the “Illi­nois Euro­pean Her­itage Asso­ci­a­tion.” Most atten­dees were mem­bers of the racist Storm­front web­site, and some had asso­ci­a­tions with other extrem­ist groups, such as the National Social­ist Move­ment and the Knights Party. The events are some­thing of an out­growth of a white suprema­cist con­cept known as the Pio­neer Lit­tle Europe (PLE) move­ment, which seeks to estab­lish mutu­ally sup­port­ive white suprema­cist enclaves through­out the United States.

Police also arrested two of the atten­dees at the “sum­mit.” Steven Eugene Speers, 33, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, was arrested on a child pornog­ra­phy war­rant from Texas, while Fran­cis John Gilroy, Jr., 65, of West Palm Beach, Florida, was charged with unlaw­ful pos­ses­sion of weapons by a felon.

Left-wing activists and white suprema­cists alike have been angered and ener­gized by this vio­lent con­fronta­tion, open­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of future vio­lent clashes or acts of retal­i­a­tion. The orga­niz­ers of the sum­mit, mean­while, are plan­ning a future event in Omaha, Nebraska.

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May 21, 2012 6

New Arabic Translation of Talmud Promotes Anti-Semitic Narratives

Update: The Anti-Defamation League pub­licly crit­i­cized the trans­la­tion and called on the Hashemite King­dom of Jor­dan to take steps to cor­rect the mis­lead­ing anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives in the intro­duc­tion to the Ara­bic trans­la­tion of the Talmud.

A newly released Ara­bic trans­la­tion of the Tal­mud – the first of its kind – con­tains an intro­duc­tion that seeks to revive age-old anti-Semitic con­spir­a­cies about the Tal­mud, includ­ing the accu­sa­tion that the ancient text reveals the racist char­ac­ter of the Jew­ish peo­ple. The intro­duc­tion also attempts to paint Israel as the modern-day embod­i­ment of the alleged racist ide­olo­gies found in the Tal­mud.

The trans­la­tion, which was pub­lished by the Mid­dle East Stud­ies Cen­ter (MESC), a Jordan-based think tank, specif­i­cally cou­ples anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives with anti-Israel pro­pa­ganda: “The dis­crim­i­na­tion which Arabs in Israel face is an exten­sion of the racist spirit included in many Tal­mud texts and explanations.”

In an effort to claim that the Tal­mud is an inher­ently racist text, the intro­duc­tion repeat­edly seeks to exploit and take out of con­text cer­tain pas­sages in the Tal­mud, includ­ing decep­tively refer­ring to injunc­tions that seem to “prove” that Jews regard non-Jews as infe­rior. The intro­duc­tion, for exam­ple, notes,
“These texts con­firm the racist and hos­tile per­cep­tion toward the non-Jews, espe­cially those who threaten the ‘cho­sen nation’ and stand in the way of its ambi­tions and hopes. There is no doubt that Israel is the best exam­ple of this racist posi­tion, both in the level of its daily crimes against the Pales­tini­ans and the level of its rejec­tion and con­tempt for inter­na­tional res­o­lu­tions and laws. For what applies to other coun­tries in the world does not apply to con­tem­po­rary Israel, as it is unique…Jews, accord­ing to this racist posi­tion [of the Tal­mud], are per­mit­ted to do what is not per­mit­ted for non-Jews.”
Else­where in the intro­duc­tion, the reader is informed that the Tal­mud claims that non-Jews are inhu­man, may be tricked or cheated, that it is per­mis­si­ble to kill them, and so on.
The con­clu­sion of the intro­duc­tion neatly merges the pub­lish­ers’ anti-Semitic and anti-Israel pro­cliv­i­ties:  “The Tal­mu­dic her­itage has a sig­nif­i­cant impact on the for­mu­la­tion of Jew­ish iden­tity based on holy [prin­ci­ples of] racial isolation…It [the Tal­mud] also estab­lished the extreme posi­tions that advo­cate hatred toward non-Jews, the vio­la­tion of their rights and loot­ing of their lands and prop­erty.” The pub­lisher then refers to the Zion­ist movement’s alleged “crimes” against the Pales­tin­ian peo­ple as an exam­ple of the Talmud’s val­i­da­tion of racist policies.
MESC, estab­lished in 1991, is a Jordan-based polit­i­cal think tank that focuses on the Mid­dle East and North Africa. The Cen­ter has a spe­cial unit on Israeli affairs, which mon­i­tors Israel, Zion­ist orga­ni­za­tions and Hebrew-language media. MESC is highly crit­i­cal of Israel, and orga­nized a con­fer­ence last year on the Pales­tin­ian uni­lat­eral dec­la­ra­tion efforts to which they invited senior Mus­lim Broth­er­hood lead­ers as well as Hamas officials.
Al-Jazeera has specif­i­cally pro­moted this book as a con­tri­bu­tion to the “estab­lish­ment of Ara­bic lan­guage Jew­ish stud­ies” as well as claim­ing that the trans­la­tion “iden­ti­fies the fea­tures of the Jew­ish char­ac­ter that blend ele­ments of racial supe­ri­or­ity with Mosaic teachings.”

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