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July 19, 2012 0

Head of Anti-Hispanic Hate Group Interviewed by Anti-Semitic Publication

Glenn Spencer
The conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic pub­li­ca­tion, Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP) inter­viewed Glenn Spencer, who heads the anti-Hispanic hate group, Amer­i­can Bor­der Patrol(ABP), in an arti­cle pub­lished on July 16, 2012.  ABP reg­u­larly does video sur­veil­lance of the Mexican-American border. 

The arti­cle, “Obama Exec­u­tive Order Means Open Door Amnesty,” was writ­ten by reg­u­lar AFP con­trib­u­tor and con­spir­acy the­o­rist Vic­tor Thorn.  It focuses on Spencer’s views about Pres­i­dent Obama’s exec­u­tive order allow­ing many young undoc­u­mented immi­grants to legally remain in the United States. In the arti­cle, Spencer pro­motes anti-Hispanic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about Mex­i­cans tak­ing over the South­west and accuses Pres­i­dent Obama of try­ing to cre­ate a one-world gov­ern­ment under the ban­ner of “globalism.”

Spencer has been warn­ing of a plan by Mex­i­cans to “invade” and “con­quer” the South­west­ern U.S. for more than a decade. He has claimed that the Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment is “spon­sor­ing the inva­sion of the United States with hos­tile intent.”  Spencer has also attended white suprema­cist events and had a let­ter pub­lished on the racist web­site, VDARE.com.

Despite his views and activ­i­ties, Spencer has been given some degree of legit­i­macy by pre­sent­ing him­self as an author­ity on immi­gra­tion. In March 2012, he spoke to the Ari­zona State Senate’s Bor­der Secu­rity Committee.  

Thorn, who inter­views Spencer for AFP, is also very prob­lem­atic. In addi­tion to writ­ing con­spir­a­to­r­ial arti­cles for AFP, he has pub­lished books pro­mot­ing anti-government and anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries. His lat­est book, The Holo­caust Hoax Exposed: Debunk­ing the 20th Century’s Biggest Lie, clearly pro­motes Holo­caust denial. AFP itself focuses on anti-Semitic themes, from anti-Israel con­spir­acy the­o­ries to Holo­caust denial. AFP is pub­lished by long-time anti-Semite and Holo­caust denier Willis Carto.

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July 13, 2012 0

Anti-Immigrant Political Action Committee Sees Rise in Contributions for 2012 Election Cycle

US Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC, a polit­i­cal action com­mit­tee whose pur­pose is to “reduce immi­gra­tion” and “secure our nation’s bor­ders,” has seen a sharp increase in con­tri­bu­tions for the 2012 elec­tion cycle. The PAC’s pres­i­dent is Mary Lou Tan­ton, the spouse of John Tan­ton, the archi­tect of the mod­ern day anti-immigrant move­ment in the United States. 

Accord­ing to the web­site Open Secrets, which tracks fed­eral cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions, US Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC’s total receipts for 2012 to date are over $14,500 with almost four months to go before Elec­tion Day. While this fig­ure is rel­a­tively low, it is up almost ten-fold from the last elec­tion cycle, where the PAC only received a lit­tle over $1500 in total receipts. In the 2012 cycle, US Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC has donated $2500 to con­gres­sional can­di­dates, so far.
 
Open Secrets also lists indi­vid­ual donors who have given $200 or more to the PAC. Among the donors for 2012 is Sharon Barnes, a long­time board mem­ber of the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), an extreme anti-immigration group that was founded by John Tan­ton in 1979. Barnes, who has donated $300 to date, for­merly sat on the edi­to­r­ial advi­sory board of Tanton’s anti-immigrant jour­nal, The Social Con­tract. Another con­trib­u­tor of over $200 is John Rohe, who, along with his wife, donated a com­bined $500 to the PAC for the 2012 elec­tion cycle. Rohe is a good friend of John and Mary Lou Tan­ton, even pen­ning the couple’s biog­ra­phy, which was pub­lished in 2002. Rohe is also the Vice Pres­i­dent of Phil­an­thropy at the Col­com Foun­da­tion, an orga­ni­za­tion that donates mil­lions of dol­lars to anti-immigrant groups each year.
 
It is no sur­prise that US Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC’s con­tri­bu­tions are up since immi­gra­tion is a hot-button issue in the 2012 elec­tion cycle. The four con­gres­sional can­di­dates that the PAC has donated to thus far in 2012 are Lou Bar­letta (R-PA), Paul Broun (R-GA), Steve King (R-IA) and Allen West (R-FL). 

 

As a 501©(3) non-profit char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tion, ADL does not endorse or oppose any can­di­dates for polit­i­cal office.

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July 11, 2012 2

New Biased Billboard Campaign in Westchester

Sev­eral mis­lead­ing bill­boards fea­tur­ing maps of Palestine/Israel from 1946–2010 spon­sored by a local anti-Israel group are cur­rently on dis­play in Metro-North train sta­tions in Westchester.

The bill­board at a Metro-North train station  

The bill­boards attempt to show­case that all of Israel was owned by Pales­tini­ans pre-1948 when, in real­ity, much of the land was owned by non-Palestinian absen­tee land­lords who lived in Cairo, Bagh­dad, Dam­as­cus and Beirut.

They also try to con­vey that Israel is rapidly tak­ing con­trol of land that would com­prise an even­tual Pales­tin­ian state. ADL issued a state­ment on the bill­boards, describ­ing them as “delib­er­ately mis­lead­ing and biased.”   

The group that placed the ad, the Com­mit­tee for Peace in Israel and Pales­tine (COPIP), and its chair­man, Henry Clif­ford, have a record of advo­cat­ing against Israel. The group, for exam­ple, recently endorsed the Jew­ish Voice for Peace–led divest­ment cam­paign tar­get­ing TIAA-CREF for invest­ing in com­pa­nies that allegedly help Israel main­tain the occupation.

In the past, Clif­ford has inflam­ma­to­rily alleged that Israeli lead­ers have “always planned to take over all or most Pales­tine and to expel as many Arabs as would be necessary.”

What is per­haps most trou­bling is the group’s attempt to explain Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ism as a result of Israeli pol­icy or U.S. aid to Israel. A post on COPIP’s blog from May 2011 includes a flier that reads, “Moth­ers do not raise their chil­dren to be ter­ror­ists. Only when all hope is lost for a decent, secure life is a ter­ror­ist cre­ated.” It later asks, “Could it be that bil­lions of dol­lars in U.S. aid to Israel is actu­ally help­ing to cre­ate terrorists?”

COPIP is a mem­ber group of the US Cam­paign to End the Israeli Occu­pa­tion, a large anti-Israel coali­tion based in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

In the past year, anti-Israel bill­boards have appeared in sev­eral cities across the coun­try, includ­ing Den­ver, Detroit and, most recently, Los Ange­les.

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