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August 7, 2013 10

Extreme Anti-Israel Rhetoric Marks Al Quds Day Protests Across U.S.

In com­mem­o­ra­tion of Al Quds Day, an annual day of protest typ­i­cally held on the last Fri­day of Ramadan, large anti-Israel ral­lies took place in cities across the U.S. on August 2.  The day is used to call for the lib­er­a­tion of Al Quds, which means Jerusalem in Arabic.

These ral­lies are noto­ri­ous for their vir­u­lent rhetoric against the state of Israel, includ­ing, at times, anti-Semitic alle­ga­tions about Jews and Israelis. Speak­ers at this year’s protests in the U.S. accused Israel of per­pe­trat­ing atroc­i­ties against Pales­tini­ans com­pa­ra­ble to the Nazi Holo­caust, rejected Israel’s right to exist and expressed oppo­si­tion to the renewed peace talks tak­ing place between Israel and the Palestinians.

The fol­low­ing is a sum­mary of some of the Al Quds Day rallies:

Hous­ton, Texas

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Al Quds Day pro­tester at Hous­ton rally

A large rally was held down­town with signs and ban­ners that read, “Chil­dren Are Buried Alive, Holo­caust Is Revived” and “Stop Pales­tin­ian Geno­cide: End Zion­ist Apartheid.” Pro­test­ers also led chants of “U.S. money is the cause, it’s another Holo­caust” and “U.S. weapons go away. Stop the killing right away.”

Wash­ing­ton D.C.

An activist affil­i­ated with CODEPINK, a group that seeks to reduce U.S. sup­port for Israel, named Tighe Barry told those gath­ered at an Al Quds Day rally that “there’s a Holo­caust going on in Pales­tine.” Barry charged that there is a “Zion­ist impres­sion” in the Amer­i­can edu­ca­tion sys­tem and relayed that he had requested that a teacher in his child’s school “teach about all the holo­causts” as part of a course on the Nazi Holo­caust. When the teacher refused, Barry said he offered to teach the class him­self and miss work in order to “talk about these other holo­causts that are tak­ing place like the Nakba.”

San Jose, California

The Shia Asso­ci­a­tion of Bay Area (SABA) held an Al Quds Day rally on its premises fea­tur­ing talks on the con­di­tions var­i­ous Shi­ite com­mu­ni­ties face. A mem­ber of the con­gre­ga­tion, Zaki Hus­sain, gave a slideshow pre­sen­ta­tion titled, “Should Shia Mus­lims Sup­port Pales­tine?” in which Israeli poli­cies were likened to Nazi per­se­cu­tions. Hus­sain told the audi­ence that as Shia Mus­lims and fol­low­ers of the teach­ings of Aya­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini they have a respon­si­bil­ity to defend the Pales­tini­ans even though the Pales­tini­ans are Sunni Muslims.

New York City

Approx­i­mately 200 peo­ple gath­ered at a rally in Times Square where sev­eral speak­ers lam­basted the exis­tence of the state of Israel and the renewed peace nego­ti­a­tions between Israel and the Pales­tini­ans. Bill Doares from the Inter­na­tional Action Cen­ter described Has­san Nas­ral­lah, the leader of the Lebanon-based, Iranian-backed ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion Hezbol­lah, as “the leader of the resis­tance.” He summed up a recent speech by Nas­ral­lah by say­ing, “as long as Israel exists, it’ll be the threat to the exis­tence of Lebanon and its neigh­bors. So it is sim­ple, one state in all of Pales­tine for all people.”

Ben Becker, a national orga­nizer for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), used his time at the podium to con­demn the lat­est peace nego­ti­a­tions, describ­ing them as “noth­ing but a farce” and claim­ing that “they’re attempts to get some Pales­tini­ans to nego­ti­ate away those sov­er­eign and national rights.” Fatin Jarara, an activist with the anti-Israel group Al-Awda NY, expressly rejected Israel’s right to exist: “Pales­tini­ans in the dias­pora reject unequiv­o­cally any com­pro­mise over an inch of his­toric Pales­tine. Not just Jerusalem, not just the West Bank, not just Gaza.”

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Neteuri Karta mem­ber at Times Square Quds Day rally

In addi­tion to these inflam­ma­tory speeches, signs at the rally read, “Israel (crossed out), Much Worse Than the Nazis” (with a Swastika on it), Stop Pales­tin­ian Geno­cide: End Zion­ist Apartheid and “No New Nego­ti­a­tions! Pales­tine is NOT FOR SALE.”

The protests in the U.S. echoed what was said by inter­na­tional fig­ures at demon­stra­tions in the Mid­dle East, includ­ing Iran’s for­mer pres­i­dent, Mah­moud Ahmad­i­na­jad, and Nasrallah.

In Iran, where Inter­na­tional Al Quds Day was estab­lished in 1979 by the founder of the Islamic Repub­lic, Aya­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini, Ahmadine­jad derided peace talks between Israeli and Pales­tin­ian lead­ers, claim­ing that the Israelis seek the “dom­i­na­tion and plun­der­ing of the world and human­ity” and that “today, all polit­i­cal lead­ers are Zionists.”

Nas­ral­lah, in a rare appear­ance at a rally in south­ern Beirut, said, “Israel’s demise is a national Lebanese inter­est” and pledged that Hezbol­lah would never “aban­don Palestine.”

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July 10, 2013 5

David Duke Solicits Funds To Distribute New Anti-Semitic Book

For­mer Klan leader and anti-Semite David Duke says on his web­site that he is try­ing to pub­lish a new book that paints Jews as mass mur­der­ers who com­mit­ted geno­cide against Rus­sians and Ukraini­ans dur­ing the Russ­ian Revolution. david-duke-new-book

On July 6, 2013, Duke claimed that he had raised enough money from read­ers of his web­site to pub­lish the book titled The Secret Behind Com­mu­nism. Duke posted the book’s intro­duc­tion on his web­site in an appar­ent effort to elicit more funds for print­ing, dis­trib­ut­ing and pro­mot­ing the book.

In the intro­duc­tion, he claims that Jews were behind the Russ­ian Rev­o­lu­tion and were respon­si­ble for mur­der­ing tens of mil­lions of peo­ple. He writes, “Upon achiev­ing total power, [Jews’] deep psy­cho­pathic, racist hatred became man­i­fest in the great­est human slaugh­ter of all time.” The intro­duc­tion is typ­i­cal of his anti-Semitic dia­tribes. He often pro­motes con­spir­a­to­r­ial depic­tions of Jew­ish power and Jew­ish hatred for non-Jews, a com­bi­na­tion he refers to as “Jew­ish supremacism.”

Duke argues that the alleged mass killing of Ukraini­ans by Jews far exceeded the Holo­caust.  Invok­ing clas­si­cal anti-Semitic myths, he claims that the pub­lic focuses on the Holo­caust and not the Ukraine because Jews con­trol the media, acad­e­mia, gov­ern­ments and Hollywood.

In addi­tion to blam­ing Jews for the mass mur­der of Ukraini­ans and Rus­sians, Duke attacks Zion­ism. He asserts that modern-day Israelis learned about “eth­nic cleans­ing” from Jew­ish Bol­she­viks. He writes, “The eth­nic cleans­ings and mur­der­ous ways of the Jew­ish trib­al­ists in Rus­sia are being repeated in the Zion­ist eth­nic cleans­ing of Palestine.”

Duke ded­i­cated his book to Alexan­der Solzhen­it­syn, the renowned Russ­ian writer who unfor­tu­nately expressed anti-Semitic views in some of his works. Duke states in the book’s intro­duc­tion that he lib­er­ally uses Solzhenitsyn’s writ­ings on the Russ­ian Rev­o­lu­tion to pro­vide the con­text for his new book.

Duke is also try­ing to raise funds for another anti-Semitic book he is writ­ing, The Zion­ist Con­spir­acy. Duke released a pre­view of one chap­ter of the book, in which he argues that Jews do not have a higher intel­li­gence level than non-Jews, and thus their “over­rep­re­sen­ta­tion” in Ivy League schools, such as Har­vard, can be attrib­uted to anti-white dis­crim­i­na­tion against “more qual­i­fied” European-Americans and Asian-Americans. 

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October 5, 2012 3

Anti-Semite Mark Glenn Gave Speech at Ahmadinejad Dinner in New York

Addi­tional infor­ma­tion has emerged about Amer­i­can extrem­ists invited by the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment to a din­ner hon­or­ing Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad in New York City on Sep­tem­ber 25, 2012.  Ahmadine­jad was in town to attend the United Nations Gen­eral Assembly.

Mark Glenn’s offi­cial invi­ti­a­tion to the Ahmadine­jad dinner

In addi­tion to Louis Far­rakhan, the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment invited Mark Glenn, a vir­u­lently anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist  (who claims that Jews con­trol banks, the stock exchange, politi­cians and the media) to speak at the din­ner. Glenn, who makes reg­u­lar appear­ances on Press TV, Iran’s English-language satel­lite net­work, used the din­ner as an oppor­tu­nity to attack Jews and Israel.

Glenn dis­cussed his speech on the Sep­tem­ber 27 edi­tion of his pro­gram on “The Ugly Truth,” an anti-Semitic online radio net­work and blog he runs. Glenn claimed that he shocked the guests at the din­ner by assert­ing that the Prime Min­is­ter of Israel, Ben­jamin Netanyahu, “is cor­rect” in say­ing that “Iran’s nuclear pro­gram is going to wipe Israel off the face of the map.”  In Glenn’s vision of the future, Iran will use nuclear power for peace­ful pur­poses and will be “the nucleus” around which all other Mid­dle East­ern coun­tries will revolve in “a per­fectly har­mo­nious orbit.”  Glenn asserted that a united Mid­dle East would then be able to rid the world of Israel, and that coun­tries out­side the region would also “kick Jews out of places of power.”

Glenn let his lis­ten­ers know how much the atten­dees at the din­ner appre­ci­ated his speech, say­ing, “I saw peo­ple wip­ing their eyes.” He claimed that the speech has now opened sev­eral major doors for him, which he will reveal in the near future.  Glenn also indi­cated that his invi­ta­tion to the din­ner and his appear­ances on Press TV have brought him closer to Iran­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials, includ­ing Ahmadinejad.

This is not the first time Glenn has had deal­ings with Ahmadine­jad. In 2007, Glenn orga­nized “No More Wars for Israel,” an event in Irvine, Cal­i­for­nia that con­sisted of protests and lec­tures demo­niz­ing Jews and Israel. Accord­ing to Glenn, the event fea­tured a video­taped mes­sage from Ahmadine­jad, in which he con­demned Zion­ism as a racist move­ment and a dan­ger to world peace.

Glenn let his radio lis­ten­ers know that Ahmadine­jad is one of his heroes. Before recount­ing his din­ner speech on his show, Glenn ranted against the evils of Israel and claimed that Iran was, in con­trast, “a highly cul­tured, blame­less society.”

In addi­tion, Glenn com­pared Netanyahu and Jew­ish sup­port­ers to vam­pires, say­ing that they “feed on inno­cent human blood.” He pro­moted a con­spir­acy the­ory that Israel is mov­ing nuclear weapons into major cities and wait­ing for an oppor­tune moment for its “oper­a­tives” to det­o­nate them. Glenn later referred to Judaism as “a men­tal defect that leads to men­tal ill­ness, spir­i­tual bar­barism” and “left unchecked, can bring the world to the brink of utter annihilation.”

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