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August 11, 2015 6

White Supremacists Relish “Cuckservative” Controversy

The polit­i­cal pun­ditry over the use of the con­tro­ver­sial term “cuck­ser­v­a­tive” may have died down this week but the white suprema­cists who orig­i­nally pop­u­lar­ized the word’s use are still quite pleased about get­ting credit for bring­ing the term into main­stream consciousness.

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Andrew Anglin, the white suprema­cist who runs the pop­u­lar neo-Nazi web­site Daily Stormer, claimed recently that “We have been given a gift with the res­onat­ing #cuck­ser­v­a­tive meme, and we must make cer­tain to milk it for all it’s worth.”

The neol­o­gism “cuck­ser­v­a­tive,” a com­bi­na­tion of “con­ser­v­a­tive” and “cuck­old,” is used by white suprema­cists to describe a white Chris­t­ian con­ser­v­a­tive who pro­motes the inter­ests of Jews and non-whites over those of whites.

For white suprema­cists, the term is explic­itly about race and iden­tity and essen­tially describes what other white suprema­cists might term “race trai­tors.”   Who first coined the term is not clear, but what is clear is that white suprema­cists became its first early adopters.

Many white suprema­cists using the term “cuck­ser­v­a­tive” are from the “alter­na­tive right” a term used by white suprema­cists to refer to rene­gade con­ser­v­a­tives who have adopted white suprema­cist view­points and have essen­tially removed them­selves from main­stream conservatism.

The term “cuck­ser­v­a­tive” likely got its start on social media. In June, some­one began using the Twit­ter han­dle “The Cuck­ser­v­a­tive” and post­ing racist and big­oted tweets but the term may have been in use ear­lier. On July 15, a blog­ger named Alfred W. Clark wrote about the term “#cuck­ser­v­a­tive” in a blog called Occam’s Razor and com­mented that it was spread­ing through­out the alter­na­tive right.

Richard Spencer, who founded the white suprema­cist jour­nal Radix and runs the National Pol­icy Insti­tute, a white suprema­cist “think tank,” re-posted the arti­cle in Radix on July 16. One week later, con­ser­v­a­tive Red State blog­ger Erick Erick­son tweeted that the term was “a slur against Chris­t­ian vot­ers coined by white supremacists.”

From there, polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tors from both the left and right began writ­ing about the term cuck­ser­v­a­tive and argu­ing that it had made its way into main­stream con­ser­vatism when it appears that few peo­ple other than white suprema­cists were using the term. Some com­men­ta­tors made ref­er­ence to Rush Lim­baugh using it on his talk show radio pro­gram on July 22 but Lim­baugh actu­ally did not men­tion the word cuck­ser­v­a­tive but used sim­i­lar lan­guage say­ing that Don­ald Trump was dif­fer­ent from “your aver­age, ordi­nary, cuck­olded Republican.” cuckservative MLK

White suprema­cists rou­tinely seek to insert their slogans—and ideas—into the main­stream, try­ing to find a wider audi­ence for their views. From their so-called “14 words” slo­gan (“We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren”) to white suprema­cist Bob Whitaker’s numer­ous racist pro­pa­ganda mantras (e.g., “Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white”), white suprema­cists have tried many times—generally with­out success—to have their ideas become part of the pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion. For them, accep­tance of cuck­ser­v­a­tive into main­stream dis­course seems a rare “victory.”

White suprema­cists hope that the pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing cuck­ser­v­a­tive may attract dis­af­fected whites, angry at or dis­sat­is­fied with pop­u­lar main­stream con­ser­v­a­tives, to their own rad­i­cally racist move­ment instead.

In recent weeks, a range of white suprema­cists have writ­ten about the impor­tance of the cuck­ser­v­a­tive meme to the racist right. Kevin Mac­Don­ald, a retired anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor and a leader in the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party, wrote in his online jour­nal Occi­den­tal Observer that the cuck­ser­v­a­tive meme is “brash, witty” and “a new art form.” He added that the meme is “a great exam­ple of the new intel­lec­tual and moral con­fi­dence among white advo­cates,” and that its pop­u­lar­ity shows that “internet-savvy and socially adept Whites” are attracted to the white suprema­cist cause.

Greg John­son, who founded the white suprema­cist online jour­nal Counter-Currents, said in a recent arti­cle on that site that the “cuck­ser­v­a­tive con­tro­versy is an impor­tant oppor­tu­nity for White Nation­al­ists.” He adds that it was an oppor­tu­nity for white Amer­i­cans to real­ize that “whites are being demo­graph­i­cally dis­placed because of polit­i­cal policies.”

In an arti­cle in the white suprema­cist jour­nal Radix, Gre­gory Hood, a writer for a num­ber of white suprema­cist online pub­li­ca­tions, asserted that the cuck­ser­v­a­tive meme shows that the “alt.Right is ironic, sub­ver­sive and cyn­i­cal. It’s about turn­ing the tac­tics of the Left back on itself, decon­struct­ing the tropes and nar­ra­tives forced upon us.”

Spencer claimed that “#Cuck­ser­v­a­tive is, put sim­ply, impor­tant: it has got­ten under the skin of our ene­mies and has become a har­bin­ger for some­thing beyond con­ser­vatism. Thus, it is impor­tant that we get it right—and not allow the meme to be turned into just another syn­onym for ‘liberal.’”

The term “cuck­ser­v­a­tive” like most neol­o­gisms, prob­a­bly will have a lim­ited shelf-life, but white suprema­cists hope its usage will con­tinue far into the future.

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August 7, 2015 4

Press TV Exploits Iran Deal To Promote Anti-Semitism

Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language news net­work, is exploit­ing the inter­na­tional dis­cus­sion about the Iran nuclear deal to pro­mote anti-Semitic stereo­types of Jews and Israel as war-mongering and exer­cis­ing nefar­i­ous con­trol over the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment to act against the country’s interests.

Image from Press TV

Image from Press TV

Press TV has a long record of pro­mot­ing per­ni­cious anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as “news” to a world­wide audi­ence. Oper­ated by Islamic Repub­lic of Iran Broad­cast­ing (IRIB), Press TV serves as a mouth­piece for Amer­i­can anti-Semites, con­spir­acy the­o­rists, and Holo­caust deniers, who are pre­sented as cred­i­ble experts that help amplify the Iran­ian regime’s hate­ful messages.

Some exam­ples of the types of anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries recently broad­cast on Press TV regard­ing the Iran deal include:

  • “AIPAC crit­ics have said it acts as an agent of the Israeli regime and has a ‘stran­gle­hold’ on Con­gress with its exten­sive influ­ence and finan­cial power.”

(Scott Ben­net, “Amer­i­cans tired of Israel lobby and Netanyahu: Ex-US army psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare offi­cer,” August 1, 2015)

  • “Israel has done every­thing in its power for decades to make sure that the West and the Islamic world are at odds with each other, are at log­ger­heads, are fight­ing and squab­bling against each other so that Israel can rule the roost and carve out its empo­rium while every­body else is distracted.”
  • “This obvi­ously reveals to the world that Israel and global Zion­ism are the pri­mary imped­i­ments to world peace and sta­bil­ity, it’s not Iran.”

(Bran­don Mar­tinez, “AIPAC try­ing to tor­pedo Iran nuclear agree­ments: Ana­lyst,” July 31, 2015)

  • “The major­ity of Amer­i­can peo­ple are unin­formed about the destruc­tive influ­ence of the pro-Israel lobby in the United States and its dom­i­nance on US for­eign policy.”
  • “It would be nice to see the Amer­i­cans rise up against the kind of tyranny that does occur because of the Israel lobby.”

(Scott Rickard, “US media, pol­i­tics hijacked by pro-Israel lobby: Ana­lyst,” July 28, 2015)

  • “The Zion­ist lobby in the United States is using its tremen­dous influ­ence in Con­gress to place Israel’s inter­est ahead of America’s, includ­ing launch­ing more con­flicts in the Mid­dle East and try­ing to derail any nuclear agree­ment with Iran.”
  •  “They’re noth­ing but trai­tors to Amer­ica, push­ing another war for Israel vs. Iran like they did with Iraq.”

(James Mor­ris, “Israeli-occupied US Con­gress seeks war with Iran: Ana­lyst,” July 22, 2015)

For more infor­ma­tion about the anti-Semitism broad­cast on Press TV, read ADL’s full report.

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August 5, 2015 0

Egypt’s New Interest in its Jewish Past

There has been much dis­cus­sion about  the recent Egypt­ian TV drama The Jew­ish Quar­ter, which depicts the Jew­ish com­mu­nity in Egypt in the 1940s through a love story between a Jew­ish woman and a Mus­lim Egypt­ian army officer.

ADL noted that despite some expec­ta­tions that it would depart from the usual anti-Semitic canards typ­i­cally found in Ramadan-period pro­duc­tions, The Jew­ish Quar­ter divides Egypt­ian Jews into two cat­e­gories:  “good” Jews and “bad” Jew.  The good Jews are loyal to Egypt and sup­port its war against Israel while Zion­ist Jews, are depicted as wicked, liars, evil and try­ing to betray Egypt.

At the same time, as flawed as The Jew­ish Quar­ter is, it appears to reflect a new inter­est among Egyp­tians in its once-thriving Jew­ish community.

Exam­ples include, the 2012 Egyptian-made film, Jews of Egypt , which doc­u­mented the  his­tory of the com­mu­nity and a num­ber of recent arti­cles which have exam­ined the Jews’ his­tor­i­cal role in the country’s success.

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“No one can deny the role played by Egypt’s Jews through­out its his­tory, a role con­sid­ered vital and impor­tant”, noted one arti­cle pub­lished in Egypt’s Al-Wafd news­pa­per (July 21), adding that “They’ve always been part of Egypt­ian cul­tural and social fab­ric”. Other news­pa­pers go even fur­ther in their superla­tives as they invoke promi­nent Egyptian-Jewish fig­ures from the past, such as leg­endary singer Layla Murad (who later con­verted to Islam and was out­spo­ken in her crit­i­cism of Israel),  a fea­ture about whom was recently pub­lished in the country’s Al-Yawm As-Sabi news­pa­per (July 13): “She is the voice of love in her days, in ours and in every day”, says the arti­cle. “She is capa­ble of bestow­ing upon you pos­i­tive energy through which to face life’s futil­ity; capa­ble of mak­ing you sense the beauty of life; and capa­ble of cre­at­ing a new heart between your ribs, one that will know a new mean­ing of love and life.”

Why is there now this renewed inter­est in Egypt’s Jew­ish com­mu­nity of seven decades ago?  An arti­cle pub­lished (July 18) about The Jew­ish Quar­ter TV series in Egypt’s most widely cir­cu­lated daily – Al-Ahram – sug­gests one pos­si­ble answer, which is that it’s not about the Jews in and of them­selves. Dr. Hala Mustafa writes, “Nat­u­rally, this isn’t a his­to­ri­og­ra­phy of Jew­ish pres­ence in Egypt, but rather a demon­stra­tion of one fea­ture of Egypt­ian cul­tural lib­eral legacy. It is char­ac­ter­ized by diver­sity, wealth and plu­ral­ism in their fullest sense and exceeds the imme­di­ate polit­i­cal con­text. Jews were only part of a big­ger sys­tem which embraced cit­i­zens of non-Egyptian ori­gins and for­eign emi­grants, such as Greeks, Ital­ians, Arme­ni­ans, French and oth­ers. This nat­u­rally led to a mix­ture of West­ern and Ori­en­tal cul­tures, even­tu­ally pro­duc­ing a dis­tinct tol­er­ant Egypt­ian culture.”

It seems that in the midst of Egypt’s tremen­dous insta­bil­ity, with the country’s lead­er­ship mov­ing from sec­u­lar to Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and back again to a sec­u­lar regime; fight­ing Islamic ter­ror in Sinai; strug­gling over the country’s very ethos, the Egypt of the 1940’s sim­ply rep­re­sents a more lib­eral and tol­er­ant coun­try that some long for in these times of reli­gious extrem­ism and Islamic polit­i­cal awakening.

Whether this new inter­est will endure, much less trans­lates to a new approach to Jews and the Jew­ish State, remains to be seen.

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