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May 29, 2014 8

American Racists Embrace Gains in Europe by Far-Right Parties

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Pat Buchanan

Fig­ures rang­ing from far-right pun­dit Patrick Buchanan to white suprema­cist leader Richard Spencer of the National Pol­icy Insti­tute are embrac­ing the gains made by far-right and extrem­ist par­ties in Europe dur­ing elec­tions to the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment in May.

The Amer­i­cans who are salut­ing the results of the elec­tions believe that the gains by the nation­al­ist and far-right par­ties indi­cate that Euro­peans have rejected increased immi­gra­tion and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in favor of a return to tra­di­tion­al­ist val­ues. Some also argue that Euro­peans are more inter­ested in the ardent nation­al­ism and patri­o­tism exhib­ited by Russ­ian leader Vladimir Putin than in inte­gra­tion and lib­eral West­ern values.

Buchanan, who pre­dicted the results of the elec­tions in Europe in a May 23 col­umn, argued that the rise of far-right par­ties means that Euro­peans want to pre­serve their “sep­a­rate and unique eth­nic and cul­tural iden­tity.” Buchanan fur­ther asserted that the gains made by far-right par­ties sig­nal a return to “tra­di­tion­al­ism and cul­tural con­ser­vatism, rev­er­ence for the reli­gious and cul­tural his­tory and her­itage of the nation and its indige­nous peo­ple.” Buchanan has hoped for the same in the U.S. In numer­ous books and columns, he has argued that Amer­ica is being destroyed by “Third World” immi­grants and that the coun­try needs to main­tain its white Euro­pean heritage.

In his com­ments on the Euro­pean elec­tions, Matt Par­rott, a founder of the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work, agreed with Buchanan and asserted that Euro­peans are more inter­ested in Putin’s nation­al­ism than in America’s lib­er­al­ism. He laments that white suprema­cists in Amer­ica will be “be forced to patiently wait on the side­lines” while tra­di­tion­al­ist ideals and openly nation­al­ist politi­cians come to the fore­front in the rest of the world. He sug­gests that America’s extreme right learn from the advances made by their coun­ter­parts in Europe.

In a pod­cast, Richard Spencer, the head of the white suprema­cist National Pol­icy Insti­tute, spoke with Roman Bernard of France about how anti-EU sen­ti­ment had become a “bogey­man” for far-right par­ties in Europe. They believe that anti-EU sen­ti­ment is “neg­a­tive pol­i­tics” and that Euro­peans should be focus­ing on cre­at­ing “white con­scious­ness.” White suprema­cists on both sides of the Atlantic hope that whites in Europe and Amer­ica will become “racially aware” and pro­mote their own eth­nic interests.

Anti-Semite David Duke put a dif­fer­ent spin on the Euro­pean elec­tions, which reflects his vir­u­lent anti-Jewish views. Duke asserted that Euro­pean vot­ers had rejected two ide­olo­gies that Jews allegedly force on them—immigration and globalization.

Amer­i­can white suprema­cist activists would like to see extreme-right par­ties and ide­olo­gies become more appeal­ing to the main­stream in Amer­ica. They see Europe as a model for mak­ing that hap­pen but acknowl­edge most Amer­i­cans are not inclined to accept “white nationalism.”

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May 22, 2014 0

Coverage Of The ADL Global 100 Poll In The Arab Media

The newly released ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism yielded a large amount of data regard­ing dis­turbingly high lev­els of anti-Semitic atti­tudes across the Mid­dle East and North Africa (MENA). The high­est num­bers in MENA were found in the West Bank and Gaza Strip at 93%, while Iran ranked low­est, with 56% of the pop­u­la­tion hold­ing anti-Semitic attitudes.adl-global100

The ADL sur­vey gen­er­ated wide­spread cov­er­age in local and regional Ara­bic lan­guage press, both in print and online news items and opin­ion pieces. The focus was almost entirely on the poll’s MENA results, and while most arti­cles only reported the fac­tual data, a small num­ber did include crit­i­cism of the poll’s findings. 

The fol­low­ing are exam­ples of the Arab media’s cov­er­age of the poll:

Con­flat­ing Israelis with Jews:

Refer­ring to the poll as indica­tive of atti­tudes towards “Israelis” rather than “Jews,” the fol­low­ing head­line appeared on the Egypt­ian news web­site Veto­gate: “Pub­lic Opin­ion Poll: 26% of the World’s Pop­u­la­tion Hate Israel.”

Arab schol­ars present their own analyses:

  1. Pro­fes­sor Ali S. Asani of Har­vard Uni­ver­sity was quoted in the Jor­dan­ian Al-Arab al-Yawm say­ing that the results demon­strat­ing high lev­els of anti-Semitism among Arabs and low lev­els among West­ern Euro­peans rep­re­sent a his­toric role rever­sal. Europe was tra­di­tion­ally a hos­tile place for Jews, while Arab and Mus­lim coun­tries were gen­er­ally con­sid­ered secure.
  2. Hus­sein Ibish, a Senior Fel­low at the Amer­i­can Task Force on Pales­tine based in Wash­ing­ton, DC, argued that the West Bank and Gaza results were skewed due to the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict. He was quoted in an arti­cle pub­lished the Dubai–based Al-Arabiyaweb­site: “The worst results are among the Pales­tini­ans. They answered the ques­tions related to the Jew­ish power and con­trol through (the prism of) their expe­ri­ence of occu­pa­tion. This is, for exam­ple, dif­fer­ent from ask­ing the Amer­i­can pub­lic such ques­tions. The Pales­tini­ans don’t see the Jews only as an eth­nic or reli­gious group, but see them through their expe­ri­ence with the occu­pa­tion army.”

Iden­ti­fy­ing ADL as an Israeli organization:

Instead of refer­ring to ADL as a Jewish-American orga­ni­za­tion, a small num­ber of Ara­bic news out­lets, includ­ing the Yemenite Nash­wan news­pa­per, stated that the poll was con­ducted by an Israeli orga­ni­za­tion.

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May 15, 2014 7

“Jews Vs. Nazis” Drinking Game Controversy

An offen­sive new Holocaust-themed ver­sion of the pop­u­lar “beer pong” drink­ing game has become a sub­ject of intense dis­cus­sion online and in domes­tic and inter­na­tional media. The game, dubbed “Jews vs.Jews vs  Nazis beer pong drinking game Nazis,” is played by set­ting up two groups of cups, one in the shape of a swastika and the other in the shape of a Star of David.

While the game has report­edly been played across the coun­try in the last few years, the most recent instance came to light after a Twit­ter feed ded­i­cated to anony­mous high school con­fes­sions tweeted a photo of cups set up for “Jews vs. Nazis” on April 27. The photo, which appeared to be from a high school in Florida, was sub­se­quently retweeted 1,800 times, favor­ited over 3,000 times, and cov­ered by the local news.

There are doc­u­mented instances of “Jews vs. Nazis” beer pong on var­i­ous social media sites going back to at least 2011. These pho­tos are fre­quently recir­cu­lated by peo­ple claim­ing they are from a recent event.

The photo from the sup­posed recent game actu­ally first appeared in March 2013 on Red­dit, a user-generated news site. It has since shown up on other blogs and web­sites where drink­ing games are a com­mon topic, as well as on a food blog and the web­site of a Col­orado radio sta­tion, which described five new ver­sions of beer pong for its lis­ten­ers to try.

The March 2013 photo, the most com­monly cir­cu­lated on social media, often also includes the game’s rules. In addi­tion to hav­ing the teams shape their cups into a swastika and a Star of David, the game’s over-the-top insen­si­tiv­i­ties include giv­ing the “Jews” the abil­ity to hide one of their cups as the “Anne Frank” cup and the “Nazis” the abil­ity to “Auschwitz” their oppo­nents, mean­ing that one of their play­ers must tem­porar­ily sit out.

Not only is this game pro­foundly offen­sive, its rules also encour­age anti-Semitism against the “Jew” team. The rules state: “Through­out the game you are sup­posed to talk a lot of s–t and say as many racist things as pos­si­ble to make it more enjoy­able. My Jew­ish friends actu­ally love this game haha.”

This game under­scores once more the crit­i­cal need for Holo­caust edu­ca­tion. A recent global poll on anti-Semitism con­ducted by ADL revealed that only a lit­tle more than half of the respon­dents had heard of the Holo­caust, though that num­ber was much higher in the U.S. where 89% of peo­ple acknowl­edged aware­ness of the Holocaust.

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