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October 30, 2015 3

American Anti-Semite and Holocaust Denier Willis Carto Dies

Willis Carto, one of the most vir­u­lent anti-Semitic pro­pa­gan­dists in the United States, died this week at age 89, accord­ing to Counter-Currents, an online white suprema­cist jour­nal. Carto had been active on the extreme right for over 60 years and was asso­ci­ated with var­i­ous move­ments from neo-Nazism to Holo­caust denial. He spread hatred against Jews through anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented pub­li­ca­tions and by hold­ing con­fer­ences that fea­tured other well-known anti-Semites and Holo­caust deniers.

Willis Carto

Willis Carto

Carto estab­lished an intri­cate net­work of big­otry and was most well-known for two out­lets that had a last­ing impact on the extreme right. He founded the Lib­erty Lobby, based in Wash­ing­ton, DC, in the 1950s, which became an impor­tant source of anti-Semitic pro­pa­ganda. Lib­erty Lobby united var­i­ous right-wing con­stituen­cies, from hard-right lib­er­tar­i­ans to con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti­com­mu­nists to racists, by using pop­ulist rhetoric to inflame their anti-government and nativist fears, while incor­po­rat­ing implicit anti-Semitic notions in many of its publications.

Lib­erty Lobby pub­lished The Spot­light, a weekly news­pa­per which pro­moted anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries. The Spot­light became the pre­miere pub­li­ca­tion of the extreme right from its incep­tion in 1975 until it ceased pub­li­ca­tion in 2001.

In 1979, Carto took the lead in a grow­ing area of anti-Semitism when he founded the Insti­tute for His­tor­i­cal Review (IHR), to cre­ate and mar­ket Holocaust-denial pro­pa­ganda. Based in Cal­i­for­nia, IHR oper­ated under a guise of schol­ar­ship and pub­lished “revi­sion­ist” stud­ies laced with anti-Semitic themes in the Jour­nal of His­tor­i­cal Review. It soon became the lead­ing Holo­caust denial orga­ni­za­tion in the U.S.

In the 1990s, Carto lost con­trol of IHR in a legal dis­pute but went on to found another Holo­caust denial pub­li­ca­tion, The Barnes Review, which is still in cir­cu­la­tion. Carto filed for bank­ruptcy fol­low­ing his legal prob­lems with IHR, which led to the end of Lib­erty Lobby and The Spot­light in 2001. How­ever, Carto and the for­mer staff of The Spot­light went on to found a new weekly pub­li­ca­tion, Amer­i­can Free Press, which con­tin­ued Carto’s run of anti-Semitic propaganda.

Amer­i­can Free Press and  The Barnes Review, attract the most vit­ri­olic anti-Semites. While it is unclear what will hap­pen to Carto’s anti-Semitic pro­pa­ganda empire, his death may dis­rupt or shut down the publications.

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October 29, 2015 0

Moroccan Group Stands Against Anti-Semitism At Pro-Palestinian Rally

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Screen­shot from Moroc­can news­pa­per arti­cle about the petition

A group call­ing them­selves “Moroc­can cit­i­zens united against incite­ment to kill Jews in Morocco” orga­nized a peti­tion to protest the anti-Semitic mes­sage of the “Al-Aqsa Intifada march,” a pro-Palestinian rally held on Octo­ber 25, in the Moroc­can city of Casablanca.

The pro-Palestinian rally drew inter­na­tional media atten­tion for fea­tur­ing men dressed as Ortho­dox Jews being led at gun­point by masked men wear­ing keffiyehs.

Report­edly, the peti­tion against anti-Semitism stated, “Even though it is of course every citizen’s right to pub­licly man­i­fest their sup­port for a cause that they con­sider just, it is obvi­ously ille­gal to call for someone’s death because of their reli­gious beliefs. ” The peti­tion also noted that scenes from the protest are spread­ing fear among the Jew­ish com­mu­nity in Morocco and across the world. It reads in part, “Such anti-Semitic acts are a threat to the secu­rity and the safety of Moroc­can Jews and a threat to [the prin­ci­ples of] co-existence in the coun­try. It is also against val­ues of plu­ral­ism and tol­er­ance which are enforced by the supreme law of the King­dom, which rec­og­nizes the Hebrew com­po­nent as an essen­tial part of the Moroc­can identity.”

Accord­ing to local Moroc­can news sources, more than three thou­sand Moroc­cans already signed the peti­tion, which called upon the Min­is­ters of Inte­rior and Jus­tice to bring their atten­tion to the rally, and hold account­able those respon­si­ble for its anti-Semitic scenes.

Mouna Izd­dine, a spokesper­son for the group, which orga­nized the peti­tion, told a Moroc­can news­pa­per, “The images reported by media out­lets chal­lenge the type of social exam­ple we are try­ing to pro­vide for our chil­dren. As Moroc­cans, regard­less of our faith, we want to live in peace and harmony.”

The vio­lent anti-Semitic mes­sage of the pro-Palestinian march in Casablanca raised con­cern as well for the safety of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity in Morocco. Jews in Morocco have a rich his­tory dat­ing back thou­sands of years. They have enjoyed great sup­port from the royal fam­ily, and Moroc­can soci­ety has tra­di­tion­ally been rel­a­tively accept­ing of the Moroc­can Jew­ish community.

The peti­tion orga­niz­ers pro­vide a valu­able learn­ing oppor­tu­nity about tol­er­ance and the fight against anti-Semitism. By stand­ing up against expres­sions of hate that tar­get fel­low Jews, under the guise of sup­port­ing Pales­tini­ans, those Moroc­cans who signed the peti­tion send a clear mes­sage not only to their fel­low Moroc­can Jews but also to the world at large. Their mes­sage is loud and clear; voices of rea­son can­not be silent in the face of hate.

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October 20, 2015 1

ISIS Promotes Murdering Jews in New Online Campaign

A banner promoting the ISIS video "Return the Terror to the Jews"

A ban­ner pro­mot­ing the ISIS video “Return the Ter­ror to the Jews”

Offi­cial media out­lets for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have released offi­cial pro­pa­ganda videos and state­ments encour­ag­ing and incit­ing vio­lence against Jews in Israel.

The pro­pa­ganda is yet another addi­tion to the cacoph­ony of online calls for mur­der­ing Jews and Israelis, which have already been prop­a­gated by Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions, indi­vid­u­als cel­e­brat­ing and pro­mot­ing ter­ror­ism, and even main­stream Arabic-language news out­lets.

The ISIS pro­pa­ganda also serves to fur­ther demon­strate the per­va­sive­ness of anti-Semitism in ter­ror­ist ide­ol­ogy, and the way in which ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions exploit pop­u­lar anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sen­ti­ment to mobi­lize and recruit sup­port­ers. A recent ADL report, “Anti-Semitism: A Pil­lar of Islamic Extrem­ist Ide­ol­ogy,” high­lights this use of anti-Semitism with exam­ples from ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other ter­ror­ist organizations.

A screenshot from an ISIS video shows images of terror attacks in Israel

A screen­shot from an ISIS video shows images of ter­ror attacks in Israel

In its cur­rent cam­paign, ISIS has posted at least eight offi­cial pro­pa­ganda videos incit­ing vio­lence in Israel. The videos were posted on social media with an Arabic-language hash­tag that trans­lates as #BeheadThe­Jews; some were also posted under the English-language hash­tag #Slaughter_the_Jews. Trans­lated titles of the videos, which are instruc­tive of their con­tent, include: “Return the Ter­ror to the Jews,” “Slaugh­ter Them and Don’t Show Them Mercy,” “Ter­ror­ize the Jews, Oh Peo­ple of Beyt al Maqdis (Jerusalem),” “Mes­sage to our Peo­ple in Beyt Al Maqdis,” and “Mes­sage to the Mujahideen (fight­ers) in Beyt al Maqdis.”

Many of the videos fea­ture images of ultra-Orthodox Jews, who are eas­ily rec­og­niz­able as Jew­ish because of their cloth­ing, and of Israeli sol­diers, includ­ing mul­ti­ple images of Israeli sol­diers engaged in Jew­ish rit­ual activ­ity such as eat­ing matzah and pray­ing while wear­ing phy­lac­ter­ies. They also show images and footage of attacks against Jews and Israelis, includ­ing bus bomb­ings and recent stabbings.

One of the videos, pro­duced by the media divi­sion of ISIS’s Nin­veh Province, clearly defines attack­ing Jews all over the world as fun­da­men­tal to Islamic extrem­ist goals. “Remem­ber that our war with the Jews is doc­tri­nal,” the video’s nar­ra­tor states; “it is a war between faith and dis­be­lief. There­fore, you must keep going with your fight and use all the legit­i­mate means in fight­ing them, includ­ing stab­bing and run­ning them over. Do not for­get about the explo­sive devices…” In a ref­er­ence to a Qu’ranic verse in which the entire world assists Mus­lims in killing Jews, the video’s nar­ra­tor goes on to say that, “Allah per­mit­ting, the promised day is approach­ing from which the Jews will not escape.”

A sam­pling of addi­tional quotes that encour­age vio­lence against Jews includes:

A screenshot from an ISIS video shows Israeli soldiers eating matzah, overlaid with an image of flames.

A screen­shot from one of the ISIS videos

  • “Bring back the ter­ror to the Jews with bomb­ing, burn­ing and stabbing.”
  • “Oh, you Monothe­ists in Pales­tine, to become lone wolves killing the ene­mies of God is bet­ter for you than to be with groups or par­ties that claim to be work­ing for the reli­gion of God while they serve as a bar­rier between the Muja­hedeen and Jihad.”
  • “Oh you peo­ple of Jerusalem, ter­rify the Jews.”
  • “Increase your oper­a­tions against the Jews who fed the Mus­lims all types of mis­ery and suffering.”

Some of the videos also advo­cate anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries. “[Jews are] the mur­der­ers of the prophets and mes­sen­gers,” alleged one of the videos, which went on to accuse Jews of hav­ing “cor­rupted the faith of the Chris­tians” and “mis­led the Shi’a.”

Sev­eral of the videos bor­row footage from pre­vi­ous ISIS pro­pa­ganda pieces that threat­ened Israel. One of them, for exam­ple, fea­tures an image of a child exe­cut­ing a man that ISIS alleged was a Mossad spy. The orig­i­nal video show­ing that exe­cu­tion had gone on to sug­gest that the cur­rent chil­dren of ISIS fight­ers will go on to con­quer Israel in the future.

An image circulated online states that negotiations and elections will lead to destruction, calling instead for readers to "sacrifice our money and selves"

An image cir­cu­lated online states that nego­ti­a­tions and elec­tions will lead to destruc­tion, adding that what is needed is for read­ers to “sac­ri­fice our money and ourselves”

The ISIS pro­pa­ganda also fea­tures ban­ners and images released by Al Bat­tar Media, the same media com­pany that was active in releas­ing images call­ing for Israel’s destruc­tion last sum­mer; the cur­rent cam­paign has recy­cled some of the images from last sum­mer, such as one depict­ing ISIS fight­ers stand­ing in front of the Dome of the Rock, and has added new images as well.

In a notable shift from pre­vi­ous ISIS pro­pa­ganda on Israel, the cur­rent videos and posters are focused more on pro­mot­ing the vio­lence than on promis­ing a future ISIS vic­tory over Israel (although the lat­ter is depicted as well). This may be a result of the indi­vid­ual nature of the cur­rent vio­lence, which is not claimed by groups but, rather, is being under­taken by indi­vid­u­als inspired in part by the infor­ma­tion they find on social media. ISIS can there­fore seek to claim credit for inspir­ing future attacks and assert that it is active in the present con­flict sim­ply by encour­ag­ing addi­tional vio­lence online.

Sim­i­larly, the cur­rent cam­paign fea­tures a heavy focus on defend­ing the Al Aqsa mosque, with one video even show­ing footage of Israeli sol­diers and explo­sions in the mosque. This cor­re­lates with the excuse being used to jus­tify the cur­rent vio­lence, which stems from false alle­ga­tions of Israeli attempts to take over that mosque.

The videos and images were dis­trib­uted on Telegram, an app that ISIS now uses as a pri­mary pro­pa­ganda dis­tri­b­u­tion ser­vice, but they were also cir­cu­lated broadly on more main­stream social media sites due in part to the strong pres­ence of ISIS sup­port­ers on social media and the unfor­tu­nately wide­spread fol­low­ing of con­tent call­ing for the destruc­tion of Jews and Israel in the cur­rent cli­mate of vio­lence in Israel.

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