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October 17, 2013

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

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

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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