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January 23, 2014 3

Ron Unz: Controversial Writer And Funder Of Anti-Israel Activists

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Ron Unz

Con­ser­v­a­tive busi­ness­man Ron Unz has stirred con­tro­versy over the last year by pub­li­ciz­ing ideas that appeal to anti-Semites, offer­ing a forum for writ­ers who demo­nize Israel, and fund­ing sev­eral anti-Israel activists, some of whom pro­mote anti-Semitic canards. Though Unz does not appear to be an anti-Semite, he pro­vides sup­port to extreme anti-Israel ide­o­logues and his writ­ings res­onate with and are reg­u­larly cited by anti-Semites.

In Novem­ber 2013, Unz cre­ated a webzine called The Unz Review that addresses con­tro­ver­sial polit­i­cal and racial top­ics because he believes the main­stream media ignore or con­ceal cer­tain infor­ma­tion and ideas.  Although Unz claims that he does not agree with many of the views pre­sented in the webzine, he nonethe­less has pro­vided a new out­let for cer­tain writ­ers to attack Israel and Jews.

The Unz Review emerged a year after Unz pub­lished a con­tro­ver­sial arti­cle “The Myth of Amer­i­can Mer­i­toc­racy,” in The Amer­i­can Con­ser­v­a­tive in which he claims that Jews are over­rep­re­sented at elite schools even though their achieve­ment lev­els have been in a down­ward spi­ral. He also claims these schools dis­crim­i­nate against better-qualified Asian-Americans and non-Jewish whites who rep­re­sent a greater per­cent­age of the population.

Unz pos­tu­lates that one rea­son that Jews are more read­ily admit­ted to Ivy League schools is that a large per­cent­age of the schools’ admin­is­tra­tors are Jew­ish and are more apt to admit Jews based on “uncon­scious biases.” Most dis­turbingly, Unz implies that Jews are an alien pres­ence in the United States com­pared to White Anglo Sax­ons who dom­i­nated elite schools in the past.

As might be expected, anti-Semites have latched onto Unz’s work to affirm their own views. In par­tic­u­lar Kevin Mac­Don­ald, an anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor of evo­lu­tion­ary psy­chol­ogy at Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, Long Beach, and anti-Semite David Duke both assert that Unz’s work shows that Jews in power dis­crim­i­nate against white European-Americans.

Unz is involved in other endeav­ors that raise ques­tions about his views of Jews and Israel. He funds a num­ber of extreme anti-Israel ide­o­logues through the Unz Foun­da­tion includ­ing Paul Craig Roberts, an anti-Semitic syn­di­cated colum­nist;  Mon­doweiss, an anti-Israel blog run by Philip Weiss; and Philip Giraldi, the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est, an anti-Israel group based in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

For full arti­cle, see “Ron Unz: Con­tro­ver­sial Writer and Fun­der of Anti-Israel Ide­o­logues.”

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December 26, 2013 2

Anti-Semites Take Credit For Mainstreaming Anti-Israel Sentiment

Anti-Semite Patrick Slat­tery and anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor Kevin Mac­Don­ald have asserted that main­stream fig­ures have adopted their anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views in end-of-year fund-raising appeals.  david-duke-anti-israel

Slat­tery, who made an appeal to sup­port­ers on behalf of his close asso­ciate David Duke, claims that Duke influ­enced main­stream fig­ures like Pro­fes­sors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt and musi­cian Roger Waters in their views on Israel and the “Israel lobby.” 

Slat­tery asserts that Waters sounded like Duke when Waters talked about a pow­er­ful “Jew­ish lobby” in the U.S. in an inter­view in Coun­ter­Punch Mag­a­zine.  In that same inter­view, Waters also claimed that the Jew­ish lobby pre­vented more celebri­ties from join­ing the Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions (BDS) movement.

Like­wise, Slat­tery argues that Mearsheimer and Walt sounded like Duke when “they pub­lished their book on the power of the Israel Lobby.” The two pro­fes­sors wrote a 2008 book, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. For­eign Pol­icy, in which they assert that the “Israel lobby” uses pres­sure to sti­fle crit­i­cism of Israel and to ensure America’s pro-Israel pol­icy, against America’s true interests.

In the appeal, Slat­tery writes, “These peo­ple sound like Dr. Duke because, directly or indi­rectly, they are get­ting their infor­ma­tion, their exam­ples, their sources, their ideas, their nar­ra­tive from him.”

In MacDonald’s fund-raising let­ter to sup­port­ers of Occi­den­tal Observer, an anti-Semitic online mag­a­zine he edits, he also cited Waters’ state­ments in Counter-Punch and the Amer­i­can Stud­ies Association’s boy­cott of Israeli aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions as proof that more main­stream groups have accepted his view that Israel is a “pariah state.”

Mac­Don­ald writes, “There has been a notice­able increase in crit­i­cism of Israel,” and takes credit for attack­ing the Jew­ish state and the “Israel lobby” in var­i­ous columns in the Occi­den­tal Observer.

While cer­tain anti-Israel cam­paigns have occa­sion­ally received main­stream atten­tion, there is no link­age between these cam­paigns and white suprema­cists like Mac­Don­ald and Duke.

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February 19, 2013 1

New Images Reveal Racists Attended Progressives for Immigration Reform Conference

New images from the Octo­ber 1, 2012 con­fer­ence of the anti-immigrant group Pro­gres­sives for Immi­gra­tion Reform (PFIR) emerged recently, show­ing many extrem­ists in atten­dance.   For exam­ple, one attendee was racist Peter Brimelow, the founder of VDARE. After the tragic shoot­ing at a Sikh tem­ple in the sum­mer of 2012 by white suprema­cist Wade Michael Page, Brimelow wrote an arti­cle for VDARE ask­ing what Sikhs were doing in Wis­con­sin in the first place. VDARE also fre­quently pub­lishes arti­cles from white suprema­cists such as Jared Tay­lor and anti-Semites such as Cal­i­for­nia pro­fes­sor Kevin Mac­Don­ald.  

Wayne Lut­ton, edi­tor of the anti-immigrant jour­nal The Social Con­tract (TSC), pub­lished by racist John Tan­ton, also was present at the PFIR con­fer­ence. In addi­tion to his edi­tor­ship of TSC, Lut­ton has been on the edi­to­r­ial advi­sory board of the Occi­den­tal Observer, which pub­lishes racist and anti-Semitic material.

In 2010, TSC pub­lished an issue enti­tled “The Men­ace of Islam” which was filled with anti-Muslim rhetoric.  In the “let­ter from the edi­tor,” Lut­ton called for a ban on all Mus­lim immi­gra­tion to the United States, argu­ing “what ben­e­fit do Amer­i­cans derive from hav­ing Mus­lims set­tle here? The costs have far out­weighed any ben­e­fits in terms of ter­ror­ism, vio­lent crime, and other social costs. What evi­dence is there that Mus­lim inte­gra­tion is pos­si­ble? It seems clear to us that it is (past) time to halt Mus­lim immi­gra­tion to the United States.”

K.C. McAlpin, the pres­i­dent of an anti-immigrant umbrella group called U.S., Inc. was another con­tro­ver­sial attendee.  After the TSC jour­nal called for a ban on all Mus­lim immi­gra­tion, McAlpin attempted to jus­tify the ban.  He claimed that ban­ning Mus­lims would be the same as ban­ning com­mu­nists or Nazis in the past. Accord­ing to McAlpin, “Con­gress has used that power in the past to ban the immi­gra­tion of Com­mu­nist Party and National Social­ist (Nazi) party mem­bers who were deemed to be threats to our national secu­rity. This case is no different.”

PFIR claims to be a “pro­gres­sive” orga­ni­za­tion, but allow­ing racists such as Peter Brimelow and Wayne Lut­ton to attend its con­fer­ences fur­ther under­mines its credibility.

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