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April 24, 2014 1

Holocaust Denial Film In Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

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Screen­shot from “Off Your Knees, Germany!”

The Myr­tle Beach Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, to be held in South Car­olina April 23–26, 2014, is fea­tur­ing a film about German-born Holo­caust denier and anti-Semite Ernst Zun­del.  Enti­tled “Off Your Knees, Ger­many!,” the doc­u­men­tary focuses on Zundel’s views and his two tri­als in Canada in the 1980s for “know­ingly pub­lish­ing false news” about the Holocaust.

Ingrid Rim­land, Zundel’s wife and a fel­low Holo­caust denier, pro­duced “Off Your Knees, Ger­many!” around 2011.  The film por­trays Zun­del as a vic­tim of Jew­ish inter­ests that allegedly con­spired to deprive him of his right to express his views on Germany’s actions dur­ing World War II. In the film, Zun­del denies that the Holo­caust ever took place and claims that Ger­many has been maligned by Jews. He asserts that he is try­ing to reclaim Germany’s honor. 

Zun­del argues in the film, “If I was a mem­ber of the Zion­ist lobby that has conned itself to a pin­na­cle of influ­ence and power in this soci­ety based on vic­tim­hood that they were hard­ened by, by my Ger­man peo­ple in the Sec­ond World War, I maybe would also hate a guy like the Paul Revere of the Ger­mans to come along and ring the bells of freedom.”

Although Zun­del was found guilty of spread­ing false news about the Holo­caust in 1985, the case was later dis­missed due to pro­ce­dural errors. A sec­ond trial in 1988 also led to a guilty ver­dict for Zun­del, but he was released from prison pend­ing an appeal. In 1992, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in his case and struck down as uncon­sti­tu­tional the law ban­ning the spread of false news.

Zun­del left Canada to come to the U.S. in 2001 to join Rim­land. Since the mid-1990s, Rim­land has been pro­mot­ing Zundel’s writ­ings and phi­los­o­phy through Zun­del­site, one of the ear­li­est web­sites devoted to the reha­bil­i­ta­tion of Adolf Hitler and the denial of the geno­cide of Euro­pean Jews dur­ing World War II.

In 2003, U.S. author­i­ties deported Zun­del back to Canada on visa vio­la­tions. Two years later, Canada deported Zun­del to Ger­many, where he served five years in prison for incit­ing racial hatred and deny­ing the Holo­caust.  He con­tin­ues to live in Ger­many since his release in 2010.

Rim­land is pro­mot­ing the Zun­del doc­u­men­tary through a com­pany she formed called Soar­ing Eagles Stu­dio and Gallery, based in Ten­nessee. She is cur­rently try­ing to raise funds for the com­pany by request­ing spon­sors to help fund films, paint­ings and books that appeal to white suprema­cists and anti-Semites. The com­pany says it plans to fea­ture speak­ers, week­end sem­i­nars, exhibits, print pub­li­ca­tions, art and stage and video pro­duc­tions, all pur­port­edly in the name of pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing Euro­pean culture.

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March 27, 2014 3

New Black Panther Summit Attracts Support from Diplomats, Academics

2014 NBPP SummitDespite the New Black Pan­ther Party’s (NBPP) overt plat­form of anti-Semitism and racism, the group’s upcom­ing “Dig­nity Sum­mit” has attracted sup­port from diplo­mats, aca­d­e­mics and busi­ness lead­ers, who report­edly will be speak­ing at the events.

The NBPP claims that among the for­eign rep­re­sen­ta­tives speak­ing at the March 28–30, 2014 Sum­mit in Atlanta are Gandy Thomas, the Con­sul Gen­eral of Haiti in Atlanta, Randy E. Rolle, the Con­sul Gen­eral of the Bahamas in Atlanta, and Daniel Agyekum, the for­mer Ambas­sador of the Repub­lic of Ghana (though the NBPP’s pro­mo­tional mate­ri­als do not indi­cate he is no longer Ambassador).

Accord­ing to the pro­gram of events, there will also be pre­sen­ta­tions by Pro­fes­sor Leonard Jef­fries of the City Col­lege of New York, Pro­fes­sor Akinyele Umoja of Geor­gia State Uni­ver­sity, Pro­fes­sor Jacob Sav­age of Alabama A&M Uni­ver­sity, real estate and media mogul Michael V. Roberts, and editor-in-chief of Hip Hop Enquirer Mag­a­zine Den­nis Byron.

By tak­ing on racially-charged issues under the guise of cham­pi­oning civil rights, the NBPP, which is led by Hashim Nzinga, has received national atten­tion for its efforts, gar­nered some sup­port from promi­nent mem­bers of the African-American com­mu­nity, and attracted fol­low­ers. The group’s events often fea­ture inflam­ma­tory big­otry cou­pled with calls for vio­lence, tar­nish­ing its efforts to pro­mote black pride and consciousness.

In recent install­ments of the NBPP’s online radio broad­cast pro­mot­ing the Sum­mit, NBPP National Chief of Staff Chawn Kweli referred to Jews as the “Syn­a­gogue of Satan,” employ­ing a phrase com­monly used by the Nation of Islam (NOI) and the title of a viciously anti-Semitic book pub­lished by the NOI. Kweli praised NOI leader Louis Far­rakhan for his “war on the Syn­a­gogue of Satan” and encour­aged “any­body right­eous” to engage in this war.

In last week’s radio broad­cast, Kweli also alluded to the NOI’s Secret Rela­tion­ship Between Blacks and Jews, stat­ing “the so-called Jews…don’t want their hands to be exposed in terms of their role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade,” and con­tin­ued, “They don’t want you to talk about your enslavement…and how the blood-sucking cap­i­tal­ist jew­el­ers and oth­ers have ben­e­fited from our mishaps.”

Kweli then inter­viewed Asha­hed Muham­mad, Assis­tant Edi­tor of the NOI’s Final Call news­pa­per and author of The Syn­a­gogue of Satan, which claims that the world is being manip­u­lated and cor­rupted by Satanic pow­ers led by Jew­ish elites. The book, which has been heav­ily pro­moted by the NOI since 2005, fea­tures a fore­word by Malik Zulu Shabazz, then National Chair­man of the NBPP.

After pro­fusely prais­ing Muham­mad and his book, Kweli asked Muham­mad what moti­vated him to write the book to which Muham­mad responded with the fol­low­ing rea­sons: “the bat­tle with the so-called Jews on cam­pus,” Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tions’ “awe­some con­trol of pub­lic knowl­edge,” and the “con­trolled media” that allegedly por­trays the African-American com­mu­nity in a neg­a­tive light.

Con­tin­u­ing to invoke anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries about sup­posed Jew­ish con­trol, Muham­mad described African Amer­i­cans as being “hood­winked and bam­boo­zled by the Zion­ists” who “have to be exposed and uncov­ered because as long as they are allowed to con­tinue to lie and influ­ence so many peo­ple with their lies, they stop us from unifying.”

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March 20, 2014 3

What Next for the Westboro Baptist Church?

fred phelpsThe vir­u­lently homo­pho­bic, anti-Semitic West­boro Bap­tist Church (WBC) is enter­ing a new stage now that founder and patri­arch Fred Phelps, Sr., has died. An estranged son, Nate Phelps, who first described his father’s impend­ing death on Face­book, also claimed that WBC mem­bers excom­mu­ni­cated the senior Phelps in August 2013.

WBC would not con­firm whether Fred Phelps had been excom­mu­ni­cated, assert­ing that infor­ma­tion on WBC’s mem­ber­ship was pri­vate. A March 16 press release on the group’s web­site stated that the group has no sin­gu­lar leader but is headed by an eight-member board of elders.

Accord­ing to Nate Phelps, WBC has under­gone a num­ber of changes over the last year. He claimed that ten­sions rose within WBC when the all-male board of elders mar­gin­al­ized WBC spokesper­son Shirley Phelps-Roper.  In response to the power strug­gle between Shirley and the board, Fred Phelps allegedly called for kinder treat­ment between WBC mem­bers. The board then sup­pos­edly excom­mu­ni­cated Fred.

The ongo­ing inter-family strife within the orga­ni­za­tion, if true, sig­nals a new chap­ter for WBC.  Shirley Phelps-Roper, Fred’s daugh­ter, has been the most pub­lic face of WBC and acts as a lawyer for the group, as well. Nate Phelps claimed that Shirley could never be the leader of WBC because of pas­sages in the Bible that cite women’s sub­servience to men. Another issue that could affect Shirley’s sta­tus within the church is her two daugh­ters’ very pub­lic defec­tion from the church about a year ago.

A new leader of WBC may emerge in the com­ing months now that Fred Phelps has actu­ally passed. Nate Phelps spec­u­lated that pos­si­bil­i­ties include one of Fred’s sons, Tim Phelps, or Steve Drain, a mem­ber of the church who is not part of the extended Phelps fam­ily.  In the last few months, Drain appears to have super­seded Shirley Phelps-Roper as spokesper­son for the church.

Fred Phelps’ death and Shirley Phelps Roper’s alleged mar­gin­al­iza­tion may change the pub­lic face of WBC but pre­sum­ably not its mes­sage. The church will likely con­tinue its many protests at the funer­als of sol­diers and other indi­vid­u­als and pro­mote hate towards any­one who dis­agrees with its viewpoint.

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