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August 23, 2013 0

100 Years Later, Anti-Semitism Around Leo Frank Case Abounds

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Leo Frank

Anti-Semites are using mis­lead­ing web­sites to exploit the 100th anniver­sary of the Leo Frank case and to pro­mote anti-Jewish views.

On August 25, 1913, Leo Frank was falsely con­victed of mur­der­ing Mary Pha­gan, whose body was found in the fac­tory he man­aged in Atlanta. A mob later lynched Frank after the gov­er­nor of Geor­gia com­muted his death sen­tence to life impris­on­ment. The Frank case was a sem­i­nal moment in Amer­i­can Jew­ish his­tory when the Jew­ish com­mu­nity united to fight against the anti-Semitism that was ram­pant at that time. 

A num­ber of web­sites, osten­si­bly pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion about Leo Frank actu­ally use decep­tive means to tell their ver­sion of the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the Frank case. These sites pro­vide doc­u­ments and tes­ti­mony from that time, but their aim is to cre­ate con­fu­sion and per­versely to accuse Jews of reverse racism. They claim that Jews used the Frank case to under­mine whites, espe­cially in the South.

One site is par­tic­u­larly mis­lead­ing. Call­ing itself “The 1913 Leo Frank Case and Trial Research Library,” the site con­tains numer­ous doc­u­ments from the Frank case. How­ever, the “About” sec­tion of the site reveals the real impe­tus for its cre­ation. The site, which is reg­is­tered anony­mously, asserts that the Frank case was one of the events of 1913 that started “the Birth of the Jew­ish Race War Against European-Americans.”  Accord­ing to the author of the sec­tion, the Frank case led to the cre­ation of a “Jew­ish lobby” and “became a polit­i­cal and social front for sub­vert­ing the major­ity pop­u­la­tion of Gen­tiles by a tiny dis­sent­ing minor­ity of Jews.” The author also accuses Jews of con­trol­ling the government.

Another decep­tive Leo Frank web­site is reg­is­tered to neo-Nazi Kevin Strom. Strom was a leader in the National Alliance and then the National Van­guard, two neo-Nazi orga­ni­za­tions, until he was con­victed on child pornog­ra­phy charges sev­eral years ago. This site cites anti-Semitic works as resources on the Frank case. Strom also pro­motes the arti­cles of “Mark Cohen” on National Van­guard, a neo-Nazi site he runs. Accord­ing to a July 2012 arti­cle on National Van­guard, “Mark Cohen” is “the nom de guerreof a per­son who writes exten­sively about the Leo Frank case.  Arti­cles attrib­uted to Cohen, which assert that Frank is guilty of the Pha­gan mur­der, appear on numer­ous extrem­ist sites.

There are other web­sites on Frank that are also mis­lead­ing. “The Amer­i­can Mer­cury,” an extreme right-wing site with anti-Semitic con­tent, is run­ning a series of arti­cles that pro­mote con­spir­acy the­o­ries about the Frank case. There is also a “Leo Frank” Face­book page that pre­tends to be a per­sonal pro­file page of Frank. This page disin­gen­u­ously lists a num­ber of Jew­ish causes but pro­motes deroga­tory arti­cles on Frank that appear on anti-Semitic websites.

The goal of these fraud­u­lent web­sites is clear. They are using decep­tive means to attack Leo Frank and the Jew­ish community’s efforts to fight back against anti-Semitism.

In the News – The For­ward (8/20/13) “Neo-Nazis Use Leo Frank Case for Anti-Semitic Pro­pa­ganda Push”

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August 14, 2013 11

Georgia Police Chief To Join Extremists At Anti-Immigration Protest

Lewis Smith, the chief of police of Uvalda, a small town in the state of Geor­gia (pop­u­la­tion around 600), has announced his inten­tion to join an anti-immigration protest orga­nized by white suprema­cists and neo-Confederate groups. 

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Michael Cush­man

Smith indi­cated he planned to attend the event, sched­uled for August 24 in Uvalda, on the Face­book page of the League of the South (LOS). LOS is an implic­itly racist group that seeks to cre­ate a South pred­i­cated on “Anglo-Celtic” cul­tural dom­i­nance.  The orig­i­nal Face­book post­ing (which has since been mod­i­fied) stated that the orga­niz­ers of the event were Hunter Wal­lace (whose real name is Brad Grif­fin), a white suprema­cist who runs “Occi­den­tal Dis­sent” and Michael Cush­man, who runs “South­ern Nation­al­ist Net­work.” “Occi­den­tal Dis­sent” is a racist blog that focuses on the South and “South­ern Nation­al­ist Net­work” is a neo-Confederate blog that focuses on “South­ern identity.”

Oth­ers announc­ing they would attend the event include Matthew Heim­bach, a white suprema­cist leader with the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work, and Kyle Rogers, a key player in the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens. Michael Hill, the pres­i­dent of the League of the South, will also attend the event, along with other LOS mem­bers. The protest will pur­port­edly focus on the claim that “immi­gra­tion is destroy­ing our South­ern Culture.”

Immi­gra­tion has recently played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the pol­i­tics of tiny Uvalda. The mayor, Paul Bridges, has been very vocal in his oppo­si­tion to HB87, Georgia’s harsh anti-immigration law passed in 2011. Bridges joined a 2011 law­suit chal­leng­ing the law, filed by the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union and the South­ern Poverty Law Center.

Since 2011, Bridges and Smith have been involved in a series of dis­putes. Some of the dis­agree­ments between the two seem to have stemmed from issues related to immi­grants liv­ing in the town.

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August 12, 2013 0

Fringe Catholic Conference Features Anti-Semitic And Conspiracy-Oriented Speakers

The Catholic Restora­tion Con­fer­ence VII, spon­sored by “In the Spirit of Chartres” Com­mit­tee (ISOC), a fringe Catholic group, will offer a plat­form to a num­ber of anti-Semitic and conspiracy-oriented speak­ers in Wash­ing­ton, DC, on Sep­tem­ber 13–15, 2013.  This year’s con­fer­ence includes a right-wing extrem­ist who has run for Con­gress and the pres­i­dent of the far-right John Birch Society.catholic-restoration-conference-washington

ISOC is made up of rad­i­cal tra­di­tional Catholics who reject many of the changes insti­tuted by the Catholic Church dur­ing the Sec­ond Vat­i­can Coun­cil and openly espouse anti-Semitic views. For exam­ple, on its web­site, ISOC pro­motes the idea that the forged anti-Semitic work, The Pro­to­cols of Zion, is actu­ally “a no-forgery dec­la­ra­tion of war against Chris­t­ian civilization.”

In addi­tion to anti-Semites and con­spir­acy the­o­rists, the con­fer­ence will include Catholic cre­ation­ists, who use pseudo-science to assert that the Bible gives an accu­rate account of the cre­ation of the uni­verse.  The fol­low­ing speak­ers are sched­uled to appear at the conference.

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E. Michael Jones

E. Michael Jones is an anti-Semitic Catholic writer and pub­lisher of the mag­a­zine Cul­ture Wars.  Jones pro­motes the view that Jews are ded­i­cated to prop­a­gat­ing and per­pe­trat­ing attacks on the Catholic Church and moral stan­dards, social sta­bil­ity, and polit­i­cal order through­out the world.  He por­trays the Jew­ish reli­gion as inher­ently treach­er­ous and bel­liger­ent towards Chris­tian­ity.  Jones also blames Jews for Bol­she­vism, Freema­sonry, and an alleged con­tem­po­rary “Jew­ish takeover of Amer­i­can culture.”

Jim Con­dit Jr. is an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist. In 2010, Con­dit ran for U.S. Con­gress in Ohio’s 8th dis­trict as a can­di­date from the Con­sti­tu­tion Party, a right-wing extrem­ist fringe polit­i­cal party.  He has attempted Con­gres­sional runs many times before, includ­ing in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.  In 2005, Con­dit broad­cast ads that linked the 9/11 attacks to Israel. He also alleges that Jews manip­u­late major Amer­i­can insti­tu­tions and his­tor­i­cal events.

John Sharpe is a for­mer naval offi­cer and an anti-Semite. Sharpe attended a 2006 con­fer­ence orga­nized by Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a white suprema­cist pub­li­ca­tion, and was tem­porar­ily placed on admin­is­tra­tive leave from the Navy in 2007 when infor­ma­tion sur­faced about his role in the Legion of St. Louis and the IHS Press, two anti-Semitic orga­ni­za­tions. The Legion of St. Louis appears to be inac­tive but Sharpe still heads IHS.

John F. McManus is pres­i­dent of the conspiracy-oriented John Birch Soci­ety (JBS).  JBS pro­motes numer­ous the­o­ries that accuse the U.S. of try­ing to cre­ate a one-world gov­ern­ment and attempt­ing to con­trol cit­i­zens through var­i­ous plots. Most recently, JBS has focused on Agenda 21, a United Nations action plan for achiev­ing sus­tain­able devel­op­ment world­wide. JBS cir­cu­lates con­spir­acy the­o­ries alleg­ing that Agenda 21 is a plan by the U.N. to cre­ate a total­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ment with con­trol over every aspect of people’s lives.

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