Hate Muslims and multiculturalism? Welcome to the Zionist party

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The anniversary of 9/11 is a good time to reflect on one of the growing alliances in modern times; the far-right in Europe and beyond and hardline Zionism. Its most extreme form was expressed by the Norway killer Anders Breivik. He “loved” Israel because the Zionist state is constantly fighting, killing and demeaning Arabs and Muslims.

Jeff Sparrow writes that fascist groups are increasingly hitching on the anti-BDS bandwagon, expressing devotion to Israel and hatred of Muslims. Where is the Jewish establishment, political mainstream and Zionist community? Perhaps being a “friend of Israel” trumps all else:

As Michael Brull noted here a few weeks ago, the anti-Max Brenner protesters have been widely denounced as Nazis.

Paul Howes, Michael Danby, Andrew Bolt, Gerard Henderson: have all joined in a very public campaign that draws a line between the Brenner protests and Fascist anti-semitism.

It’s certainly true that, throughout Australia, fascists are increasingly taking an interest in the Max Brenner rallies. But here’s the thing: they’re not supporting the protests.

They’re supporting the stores.

The newest face of what’s euphemistically-called the ‘nationalist community’ is an outfit called the Australian Protectionist Party. The APP was formed by Mark Wilson, a former organiser of the fascist British National Party, who emigrated to Australia in the 1980s. One of the APP’s most active members is Nicholas Hunter-Folkes. He was formerly the administrator of a charming Facebook group called ‘F**k off, we’re full’. More recently, however, he launched a new Facebook event entitled ‘Protest Against the Mad Marxists’: essentially, a counter-rally in support of the Sydney Max Brenner shop.

“The hardline left, radical Muslim and student groups have been campaigning for the closure of any business with links to Israel,” he explains, “[…] The left totally ignore the aggression and agenda of the Islamists in the Middle East and also in Australia.”

Another prominent APP leader is Darrin Hodges, a long-time racist activist. Joe Hildebrand once identified Hodges as the semi-anonymous poster on the Nazi Stormfront site explaining that: “I’m more interested in the purer form of fascism… and while I don’t subscribe to the whole ‘worship Hitler’ thing, his comments on multiculturalism and politics in general are still just as relevant today as they were 70-odd years ago.”

Not so long ago, Hodges distinguished himself on the ABC’s Q&A show complaining about Camden being invaded by Muslims.

On Stormfront, the poster identified by Hildebrand as Hodges argued that Hitler’s writings “still have much relevance …” Now, Hodges too, has created a Facebook event urging protests in support of Max Brenner counter protests.

Hodges’s page is in the name of the Australian Defence League. The ADL is another far-right grouplet that, like the APP, draws its inspiration from Britain. Over there, the English Defence League, a group with well-documented fascist connections, has become notorious for sending shaven-headed boot boys into areas with large Muslim populations, while, a few days ago, photos leaked of EDL members posing, military-style, with all kinds of weapons.

In Melbourne, the ADL has tried holding EDL-style marches but fortunately without much success.

Now, it has also made support for Max Brenner a priority.

The right in Israel might have its own reasons for welcoming fundamentalist Christian Zionists and German racial populists and the rest of the crackpot crew who have decided that they can surf the Islamophobic wave into respectability. But it’s a hop, skip and a jump from the tropes of the new Islamophobic bigotry to those of old-style anti-Semitism, and what’s good for Israel might very well have disastrous consequences elsewhere.

This post originally appeared on Antony Loewenstein’s blog.

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  1. pabelmont
    September 9, 2011, 1:20 pm

    Islamophobia is “good for the Jews” because it seems to have side-tracked a lot of extremist folks who would (in 1930s-1940s, maybe 1950s-1960s) have hated Jews. Now they hate Muslims, whether or not political, whether or not religiously fundamentalist, whether or not anything. Just the way they once hated Jews. Jews of any stripe, whether or not anything.

    Anti-Semitism was the only flavor back then (Europeans had not seen many people of color yet), but now we see it was only a “flavor of the month”. People-who-love-to-hate need someone to hate, and today it is Muslims.

  2. hophmi
    September 9, 2011, 2:42 pm

    What complete BS. Every major Jewish defense organization has condemned the far-right. To accuse “Zionism” of being allied with the far-right is beyond ridiculous, and extraordinarily hypocritical coming from a person who rejects all assertions that the far-left is in bed with radical Islam, an assertion far more supportable. How many radical left organizations have condemned Hamas terrorism?

    • Donald
      September 9, 2011, 2:49 pm

      “Every major Jewish defense organization has condemned the far-right.”

      I’m not sure what a “Jewish defense organization” is, but I assume they condemn the neo-Nazi far right. Israel and Israel supporters seem okay with the Christian right and the Christian Zionists are pretty Islamophobic and pro-rightwing settler in their orientation.

      • piotr
        September 9, 2011, 4:04 pm

        hophmi plays some semantic game, some Zionists parties and think tanks are DEFINITELY in reciprocated love affair with fascists. It goes back to Betar camps in Italy when Il Duce was in power.

        Members of extreme European parties are cordially invited by their Israeli counterparts who are in Cabinet. Modern fascism, even if with Nazi roots, is not racist-ly anti-Semitic, only bad Jews are hated, together with multi-culturalists and other traitors — exactly same Jews as are hated by Israeli right wing and their think-tank (or septic tanks) (e.g. Freeman Center for Strategic Studies, Houston, Texas).

      • justicewillprevail
        September 9, 2011, 4:27 pm

        All the fascist parties in Europe, like the BNP in the UK, align themselves with Zionism, which they see as an example of ‘racial purity’ and separatism. They would have had the same admiration for white S Africa as well. Their argument is that since ‘our’ governments support Israel, and therefore its separatist racial agenda, as well as its anti-Islam scaremongering, then they are only following that lead, and using Israel as an example of what we should be doing. There is a kind of logic to it, although it is ironic that the people who aligned themselves with German and Italian Fascism (and thus against Jews), are now looking to Israel as their inspiration. Breivik is an extreme example of this tendency to idolise the Zionist cause.
        I haven’t actually heard any Israelis reject these people, although I wait in anticipation.

      • piotr
        September 9, 2011, 10:46 pm

        First of all, Italian Fascism was not intrinsically anti-Semitic and Jabotinsky was going along pretty well with Mussolini.

        One key ingredient of Fascism is cult of force. Either you are “number one”, or you join “number one team” and you kick ass together. Clearly, “team Hitler” is not around anymore so it is time to move on. Mind you, many of those people believe that Jews rule the world.

      • Mooser
        September 9, 2011, 8:33 pm

        “I’m not sure what a “Jewish defense organization” is,”

        Oh you know, Donald, he means the Kahanists.

      • Mooser
        September 9, 2011, 8:34 pm

        Donald, you don’t find Hophmi’s extensive list of links and statements convincing?

      • MLE
        September 9, 2011, 11:51 pm

        Funny thing is- when I read Jewish defense organizations, I immediately thought of the JDL- which is a huge force for multiculturalism.

  3. ehrens
    September 9, 2011, 3:09 pm

    What a strange situation. The Democrats are all tripping over themselves supporting Jewish Dominionism (Zionism), while the Republicans are into Christian and Jewish Dominionism. Who says the Republicans reject multiculturalism?

    • annie
      September 9, 2011, 3:27 pm

      i know, very strange. even tho this is taking place in australia there are eerily similar co-minglings going on in the US.

  4. KimB
    September 9, 2011, 7:51 pm

    Jeff Sparrow is spot on in his reporting about the increasing alliance between the hard right anti-Islamophobic groups and the Zionists. Both groups were in attendance, albeit in very small numbers, at the successful BDS action in Melbourne last night. It was hard to tell the difference between the two.

    However, the Zionists (about 6 of them) managed to distinguish themselves and paint themselves in glory (yes, I am being sarcastic), when one of them (a woman) physically attacked one of the invited speakers, Aboriginal elder Robbie Thorpe, as he was speaking to the rally. Pro-Palestine/BDS activists had to non-violently step in to stop the attack and to stop her attacking him for a second and third time.

    Any physical attack on any speaker is unaccept, but I as an Aboriginal woman, I was doubly furious that this racist attacked an elder as he was speaking about the violence and dispossession visited on our people. What made me even more furious was the police saw this and even filmed it but did nothing, except offer sympathy and platitudes to this racist bully. A Zionist physically assaults an Aboriginal man and the police tell her, “yes, I understand” or something similar (I heard the police saying this to this racist, when I went up to them to demand to know why they were not arresting her for her assault on Robbie Thorpe – I may have this on film, but I need to check).

    As Robbie points out in the interview I later did with him, this shows the real agenda of the police – when Pro-Palestine/BDS activists hold a non-violent, absolutely peaceful demonstration we are physcially attacked by the police and 19 people are arrested but when a Zionist carries out a blatantly racist and physcial attack on an Aborigianl elder at a peaceful pro-Palestine/BDS action, the police do nothing except offer sympathy to the Zionist attacker.

    The group of Zionists that this woman was with, then continued with their blatant racism singing out “Palestine doesn’t exist”(I have this on film) and handing out material with the same arguments.

    • KimB
      September 9, 2011, 7:53 pm

      Sorry correction!!: that should be “right wing-Islamophobic groups” rather than ” rightwing anti-Islamophobic groups”. Eeps!

    • annie
      September 9, 2011, 9:40 pm

      outrageous! do you have any of this on video? write it up for us kimb!

      one of them (a woman) physically attacked one of the invited speakers, Aboriginal elder Robbie Thorpe, as he was speaking to the rally. Pro-Palestine/BDS activists had to non-violently step in to stop the attack and to stop her attacking him for a second and third time.

      unbelievable..please write it up

    • eljay
      September 9, 2011, 9:45 pm

      >> … when Pro-Palestine/BDS activists hold a non-violent, absolutely peaceful demonstration we are physcially attacked by the police and 19 people are arrested but when a Zionist carries out a blatantly racist and physcial attack on an Aborigianl elder at a peaceful pro-Palestine/BDS action, the police do nothing except offer sympathy to the Zionist attacker.

      That’s because the police understand what Zio-supremacists understand:
      – Jews have a right to self-(self-)determine themselves;
      – if ethnic cleansing happens, they “primarily celebrate”; and
      – anyone who objects is “dissent” (and/or Hamas).

      There’s a “heart mousetrap” in there somewhere, but it doesn’t appear to work very well…

  5. yourstruly
    September 10, 2011, 11:14 am

    let’s see, the nazis were for german racial “purity”, hated multiculturalism, jews, leftists & gypsies, whereas zionists are for a jewish only entity, hate multiculturalism, arabs, muslims & leftists. any wonder that zionists & right wing extremists are in bed together*?

    *see “51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis” by Lenni Brenner

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