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October 17, 2013 57

Arkansas Racist Billboard Part of White Supremacist Strategy

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Source: harrisonar.net

An anony­mous white suprema­cist recently caused a stir in Har­ri­son, Arkansas, by leas­ing a 12’ x 24’ bill­board in order to dis­play the racist phrase “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White.” 

This is not a ran­dom slo­gan but rather a strat­egy that has emerged in recent years on the part of white suprema­cists to try to reverse alle­ga­tions of racism by imply­ing that any­body who speaks out against racism is some­how there­fore “anti-white.”

The pro­po­nents of this strat­egy are fol­low­ers of elderly white suprema­cist Bob Whitaker, a for­mer Repub­li­can con­gres­sional aid and minor Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion appointee in the 1970s and 1980s who embraced white supremacy and began writ­ing for neo-Nazi publications. 

Whitaker’s fol­low­ers con­sider him an “expert” on polit­i­cal pro­pa­ganda and have adopted his belief that the key to suc­cess­ful pro­pa­ganda is to come up with sim­ple slo­gans and end­lessly repeat them.  To this end, in the mid-2000s Whitaker devo­tees such as Tim­o­thy Mur­dock, who under the pseu­do­nym “Horus the Avenger” runs the White Rab­bit Radio web­site, came up with what they call the “Stop White Geno­cide Mantra” or sim­ply “The Mantra.”

The “Mantra” is a short, eight-paragraph state­ment based on Whitaker’s racist views that claims that con­cerns about racism are essen­tially cam­ou­flage for the “ongo­ing pro­gram of geno­cide” against the white race.  It ends with the phrase “They say they are anti-racist.  What they are is anti-white.”  From the “Mantra,” Whitaker adher­ents devel­oped the shorter phrase, which they end­lessly repeat, “Anti-racist is a code for anti-white.”  

Whitaker and Mur­dock fol­low­ers plas­ter this slo­gan every­where they can—across the web, in ban­ners over free­ways, as signs or stick­ers, and more.  Every month, white suprema­cists cre­ate peti­tions with this slo­gan on the White House’s “We the Peo­ple” peti­tion Web­site.  “Mantra” fans have lit­tered the white suprema­cist web­site Storm­front with the phrase so often that it has irri­tated even other white suprema­cists on that site. 

The Har­ri­son bill­board is sim­ply the lat­est effort in this white suprema­cist rhetor­i­cal strat­egy, one that has no more chance of main­stream suc­cess than any pre­vi­ous white suprema­cist slo­gan has ever had, from “White Power!” to “We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren.”  How­ever, as the bill­board has been leased for a year, Har­ri­son res­i­dents may have to put up with this ugly racist slo­gan in their midst for some time.

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June 19, 2013 0

Where Calling Someone A Jew Or An Israeli Is The Ultimate Insult

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Nas­ral­lah bill­board in Tripoli, Lebanon

A bill­board in the streets of Tripoli, Lebanon, insult­ing Hezbol­lah Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Has­san Nas­ral­lah demon­strates how even an enemy of the Jew­ish peo­ple like Nas­ral­lah is sub­ject to attack by his ene­mies as being a tool of the Jews.

The bill­board, appar­ently placed last week in response to Hezbollah’s sup­port of the Syr­ian government’s ongo­ing fight with Sunni rebels, shows Nas­ral­lah with the Star of David on his tur­ban, blood around his mouth and wear­ing a black eye patch, an appar­ent ref­er­ence to the iconic image of Israeli mil­i­tary leader Moshe Dayan. The script below the image said “Your mask fell off, oh you mur­derer of chil­dren and women.”

The bill­board is a reflec­tion of a larger schism within the Mus­lim world between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam. Both sides are invok­ing accu­sa­tions of being a Jew or Israeli against the other as the ulti­mate insult.

Tripoli, a city with a major­ity of Sun­nis, has expe­ri­enced esca­lat­ing sec­tar­ian ten­sion in response to Hezbollah’s sup­port for Syr­ian pres­i­dent Bashar Hafez al-Assad and his troops, which have been fight­ing Sunni rebels in Syria for over a year.

Images of the Nas­ral­lah bill­board have been widely shared on social media by those sym­pa­thetic with the Syr­ian rebels as well. Sev­eral Twit­ter users explic­itly accuse Nas­ral­lah of being a Jew, some claim­ing all Shia Mus­lims are allied with the Jews. It is a clas­sic exam­ple of blur­ring the the line between anti-Israel and anti-Semitism propaganda.

Last Feb­ru­ary ADL issued a press release denounc­ing a sim­i­lar con­spir­acy the­ory in the Mid­dle East, which claimed the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood was secretly allied with Jews.

This past month, videos posted on YouTube showed demon­stra­tors in Syr­ian cities chant­ing “Shia Shia oh you Jews… The army of Muham­mad will return.” The slo­gan is a take­off on the anti-Semitic slo­gan evok­ing the story of slay­ing thou­sands of Jews from the tribe of Khaiber in Ara­bia 1400 years ago.

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March 29, 2013 1

ADL Releases Report On American Muslims for Palestine

AMP press con­fer­ence at a Metro North station

The Anti-Defamation League today released a new report on Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine (AMP), the anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion behind this week’s ad cam­paign appear­ing on 25 Metro North train sta­tions in New York.

The ad, which was announced on the first day of the Jew­ish hol­i­day of Passover, shows an image of an Israeli aim­ing a weapon at a Pales­tin­ian child amid a back­ground of the sep­a­ra­tion bar­rier between Israel and the West Bank. The ad is indica­tive of the organization’s con­tin­u­ing efforts to pro­mote its extreme anti-Israel views to a wider Amer­i­can audience.

ADL’s report details AMP’s con­tin­u­ous efforts to dele­git­imize and demo­nize the Jew­ish state while pro­vid­ing anti-Zionist train­ing and edu­ca­tion to stu­dents and Mus­lim com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tion through­out the country.

Since its found­ing in 2005, AMP has at times pro­vided a plat­form for anti-Semitism under the guise of estu­dents for jus­tice in pales­tine, adl, ducat­ing Amer­i­cans about “the just cause of Pales­tine.” In more recent years, it has placed heavy empha­sis on pro­vid­ing sup­port and help­ing coor­di­nate the activ­ity of cam­pus anti-Israel stu­dent groups, includ­ing Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP), the pri­mary orga­nizer of anti-Israel events on cam­pus, as well as high school students.

Check out the full AMP report here.

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