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The neo-Nazi ‘asylum seekers’

The neo-Nazi ‘asylum seekers’

They looked like a pair of cranks straight out of a Louis Theroux documentary.

One was an unrepentant woman hater whose racist and anti-Semitic views were too hard-line even for the British National Party.

The other, his long-haired sidekick, sought the protection of a pseudonym that he used to make extremist rants.

Their hunger to stir up controversy saw them flee from justice in the north of England and stage an unlikely claim for political asylum in Los Angeles.

But their journey has now ended with jail sentences in the UK.

Jurors at Leeds Crown Court decided neo-Nazis Simon Sheppard and Stephen Whittle were not just harmless oddballs, but dangerous propagandists dedicated to whipping up racism.

On Friday, Sheppard was jailed for four years, 10 months and Whittle for two years, four months.

In a landmark case, they have become the first Britons to be convicted of inciting racial hatred online, having printed leaflets and controlled websites featuring racist material.

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Ex-Skinhead Leyden on Supremacist Motivation, Threat

Ex-Skinhead Leyden on Supremacist Motivation, Threat

TJ Leyden, 43, spent 15 years as a leader in the white supremacist movement. He covered his body with Nazi tattoos and advocated violence against Jews and other minorities. And then the scales fell from his eyes, and Leyden realized he’d been living a lie and dragging others into it.

Since his transformation more than a decade ago, Leyden, who grew up in Fontana and wreaked havoc in Los Angeles, has promoted not hatred but tolerance. He wrote a book, “Skinhead Confessions” (Cedar Fort Inc., 2008), and worked at the Museum of Tolerance in West L.A. until moving last year to southern Utah, where he hopes to open a ranch for troubled youth. In the wake of last week’s fatal shooting of a museum guard by James von Brunn, an 88-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, at the United States Museum of the Holocaust, Leyden talked to The Journal about the thinking behind such actions.

Jewish Journal: How do white supremacists see the world?
TJ Leyden: It’s pretty much black and white. The white race and everybody else. Jewish people technically are white; Asians have light skin. But they say they technically are not white because of features and religion.

JJ: Why is there so much overlap between white supremacists, neo-Nazis and conspiracy theorists?
TL: If people start to buy them and believe them, conspiracies are a good recruitment school. The government was behind Sept. 11 and all this other stuff. Who’s really in control, and who really planned this whole thing was the government, who is controlled by Israel. And the person will say, ‘Wow, you know even more than most people.’

White supremacist gunman James W. von Brunn had links to BNP

White supremacist gunman James W. von Brunn had links to BNP

The white supremacist gunman who shot dead a guard at the Holocaust museum in Washington D.C. had attended meetings of the American Friends of the British National Party, it emerged today.

James W. von Brunn, an avowed anti-Semite, burst into the museum in the American capital and fired a rifle, killing Stephen Tyrone Johns, a security guard.

Todd Blodgett, a former White House aide who worked as an informant within white supremacist groups, said today that Mr von Brunn and his friend John de Nugent had attended meetings in Arlington County, Virginia, of the American Friends of the BNP. The organisation was set up to raise funds for the BNP but has since been disbanded.

Mr de Nugent wrote on his blog: “I have twice met Nick Griffin, the dynamic chairman of the British National Party.”

He added that he had “the gravest misgivings” about Mr Griffin allowing Jewish people to join the BNP, but said: “My hat is off to this fighting white man, Nick Griffin, for the incredible victories for White Britain which his hard work, rhino-thick skin against Jewsmedia criticism, and inspired leadership have made possible. It is not easy to be a leader; it is lonely, as they say, at the top. Hail the white leader, Nick Griffin!”

Harry Potter part of Zionist conspiracy, Iranian film claims

Harry Potter part of Zionist conspiracy, Iranian film claims

Harry Potter, part of a Zionist conspiracy? That’s the message that went out on Iranian news network IRINN. MCT

Not everybody has fallen under Harry Potter’s spell.

A short Iranian documentary recently translated by the Middle East Media Research Institue and published on the Jerusalem Post’s website claims that the teen wizard hero of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books and movies is being used to promote Zionist propaganda.

The five-minute segment (video below), which aired on Iranian news channel IRINN on December 15, shows clips from 2002’s “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” while several commentators offer their explanations of the symbolism in the series.

“Now more than ever,” the Iranian film’s narrator says, “this tool serves to spread the dark and evil essence of Zionism and its goals.”

The commentators point to several different elements of the story as evidence of a Zionist agenda – pointing to the themes of witchcraft and wizardry, which the documentary ties to Kabbalah, the study of Jewish mysticism.

They stood up to hatred: the 43 Group

They stood up to hatred

Harry Kaufman demonstrates how to turn a copy of the Guardian into a useful cosh. A tap across the palm gives a hint of the damage it would cause if it were swung in anger.

“This of course was only for self-defence,” he smiles. “If you were arrested, you simply dropped it on the floor and it was just a newspaper. Others carried bits of lead piping, iron bars and things.”

Kaufman, 77, stocky and full of life, is one of the younger survivors of a violent guerrilla army of British Jews who for five years waged war against Oswald Mosley’s fascists on the streets of London and other big cities. Tonight, on Holocaust Memorial Day, Kaufman will be reunited with former comrades at a special event to commemorate the 43 Group.*

Fascinating though this story is, I couldn’t help but be a little bewildered by the following:

Today, amid denunciations of Israeli aggression in Gaza, Beckman, Kaufman and Konopinski have no regrets and say they are proud of fighting fascism. Beckman concludes: “We defended the community by making it impossible for the fascists to terrorise us.”

What the actions of a 21st century state have to do with a 1940s anti-fascist movement is anyone’s guess.

Pope gesture to traditionalists outrages Jews

Pope gesture to traditionalists outrages Jews

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict’s rehabilitation of four traditionalist bishops may heal one festering Catholic wound at the expense of opening a wider one with Jews because one of the prelates is a Holocaust denier.

The four bishops re-admitted to the Church over the weekend lead the far-right Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), which has about 600,000 members and rejects modernisations of Roman Catholic worship and doctrine.

One of the four, the British-born Richard Williamson, has made statements denying the full extent of the Nazi Holocaust of European Jews, as accepted by mainstream historians.

In comments to Swedish television broadcast on Wednesday and widely available on the Internet, Williamson said “I believe there were no gas chambers” and only up to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, instead of 6 million.

Indymedia UK Administrators: veiled anti-Semitism fine, criticism of Indymedia unacceptable

Yesterday I wrote an article on this blog entitled Anti-Semites take advantage of Indymedia UK. In it, I pointed out that the Indymedia UK newswire currently lists an article, Barack Obama: “America’s First Jewish President”, which contains worrying allusions and references to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories -specifically that “The Jews” control the media, political and financial establishments and have used their control of these things to orchestrate American politics from behind the scenes. Articles such as this are a common tool of anti-Semites and fascists looking to hijack the Palestinian cause to promote their own form of bigotry.

I wish to make this clear, again: criticism of Israel, pro-Israel lobbyists, individual Jews and Jewish groups do not constitute anti-Semitism. However, when this is extended to “the Jews” in general, described in classical anti-Semitic terms, and coupled with comments about “the Jews” which have nothing whatsoever to do with Palestine – as is the case with the original article in question – I think the concern is valid.

This morning, having found that the Indymedia article in question remained visible over fourty-eight hours after posting – in spite of its being pointed out to IMC administrators – I chose to post my article to Indymedia in the hopes that it could help promote debate and discussion, particularly in light of former incidents of a similar nature.

My article has now been removed from the newswire, around four hours after first posting.

Veiled anti-Semitism: still visible two days after posting with no sign of removal or even discussion.
Criticism of Indymedia: removed after four hours.

I, for one, would like an explanation.

Anti-Semites take advantage of Indymedia UK

On Boxing Day morning an article appeared on the Indymedia UK newswire entitled Barack Obama: “America’s First Jewish President”. This nauseating piece of drivel attempts to tie support for Israel with “the Jews” as a whole, and contains worrying parallels with traditional anti-Semitic and fascist conspiracy theories. Some excerpts:

According to a nationally prominent Zionist spokesperson, former Congressman, Federal Judge, White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton and early backer of Obama, Abner Mikvner, “Barack Obama is the first Jewish President”. Mikvner’s affirmation reflects both Obama’s one-sided and longstanding commitment to the State of Israel and loyalty to the Zionist Power Configuration (ZPC) in the United States, as well as the long-term and successful effort of a network of financially and politically powerful Jewish Zionists to ‘embed’ Obama to their ‘Israel First’ political apparatus.

…Historically this has been mirrored in the continuous claims of some American Jews to have fought and won the battle of Civil Rights in the 60’s on behalf of African Americans – essentially denying black Americans any independent political role in their own struggle.

The ZPC offers positive inducements for the ‘recruitable’ and threats of retaliation and intimidation via media slanders and systematic public pillory through most Jewish communal organizations for the public political critics of Israel who remain recalcitrant and refuse to toe the Israel-First line.

Brzezinski was accused of advocating what he called “an even-handed Middle East policy”, something clearly ‘anti-Semitic’ in the eyes of the unconditional supporters of Israel who dominate the Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations (PMAJO). Worse still he praised the Walt-Mearsheimer book critical of the Israel Lobby, a capital offense in the eyes of most of the Jewish political spectrum.

Obama’s purge of any and all moderate voices on Middle East policy, his placement of fanatical Israel-Firsters in most key positions in his campaign and new Administration reflects his long-term, deep immersion into the Zionist Power Configuration. The result is a “Jewish President” – in the sense that most key White House, economic and security appointments reflect pre-election Zionist power in the making, indoctrination and scripting of the Obama candidacy.

The article makes a deliberate effort to blur the line between “Jewishness” and “Zionism.” In doing so it simply mirrors the agenda of those it claims to criticise by identifying Israel the nation state with the Jews as a politically, socially and geographically diverse group. That the author hijacks the Palestinian situation to do so simply makes the situation that bit more revolting.

Similarly, the dire warnings about the supposed Jewish political and financial elite orchestrating US politics behind the scenes, combined with terms such as “Zionist Power Configuration” (does ZOG ring any bells?), make the author’s agenda abundantly clear.

Why, then, is the article still visible on the newswire over thirty hours after it was first published – particularly given that other articles published later have been placed on the promoted newswire, showing that administrators are awake and active?

Israel is a nation state and it, and its supporter organisations around the world, are as legitimate targets for criticism as any other nation or group. However, attempts to tie this criticism to “The Jews” as a collective group are frankly despicable, and that this – rather than nationalism, religious fundamentalism and foreign policy – forms the focus of the article is a major cause for concern.

I should make one thing very clear. I am not, in any sense, accusing the IMC UK collective of promoting, supporting or harbouring anti-Semitic beliefs. I have been a regular reader and contributor of Indymedia for many years and see it as a valuable resource. It is for this very reason that the abuse of the site by anti-Semites and fascists is so troubling. More troubling is the apparent reluctance to deal with this problem.

Anti-Semites have, unfortunately, used Indymedia for their own ends in the past. Information can be found at:
http://www.socialistunity.com/?p=1707
http://geniza.wordpress.com/2007/12/28/atzmons-anti-semitism-part-v/
http://www.shiftmag.co.uk/3gohamasgo.html

I do not agree with all of the statements in the articles linked above. However, they demonstrate the concern which has risen in recent years over the use of Indymedia by anti-Semites and a variety of conspiracy theorists, cloaking their bigotry in progressive, humanitarian language.

Politics may make strange bedfellows, but some supposed comrades should be made to sleep on the couch.

Jewish Student’s Death in Germany Was Murder, Experts Say

Jewish Student’s Death in Germany Was Murder, Experts Say

After five years of effort, a British family is ready to go to court this week to present new evidence showing that the death of a Jewish student was actually a murder, and not a simple traffic accident.

German police initially claimed that Jeremiah Duggan of Golders Green, North London, was killed in a traffic accident when he was hit by two cars in Weisbaden in March 2003. They implied that he had thrown himself in front of the vehicles in an apparent suicide.

Several months later, in November 2003, London coroner William Dolman tied the case up neatly with a narrative verdict and stated that Jeremiah ran into the path of the cars while in a “state of terror.”

But the family didn’t accept that, and fought for five years to force officials to reopen the case. They met with politicians and scholars at the House of Democracy and Human Rights in Berlin, among others, in an effort to obtain more information about the political cult known as the LaRouche movement, which they believe was directly involved in the murder of their son.

Duggan was studying at the Sorbonne in Paris when he was lured to Weisbaden for a conference on the war in Iraq hosted by the Schiller Institute. The young student was unaware at the time that the Schiller Institute is tied to the convicted U.S.-born Lyndon LaRouche, Jr., a figure associated with anti-Semitism and fascism.

Lyndon LaRouche, Jr., a United States maverick known as a radical anti-Semitic, a neo-fascist and a political cult leader, founded several political organizations in the U.S. and abroad, known collectively as the LaRouche movement. He has run as a perennial, minor presidential candidate eight times since 1976, but also was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1988 for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and tax code violations. However, he continued to carry out his political activities from prison and was released on parole six years later, in 1994. Most recently he was listed as a director and contributing editor of the Executive Intelligence Review News Service, part of the LaRouche movement.