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A Dutch newspaper report highlighted by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on discord between American Jewish organizations and the virulent anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders has cast a renewed spotlight on organized Jewish support for Wilders.

The Dutch publication De Telegraaf reported recently that American Jewish organizations like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and the Orthodox Union (OU) were “furious” at Wilders’ support for a bill that would have banned “ritual slaughter” in the Netherlands. Though the bill passed, the Dutch Senate scrapped it in June.

Wim Kortenoeven, a disgruntled former member of Wilders’ Party for Freedom, told the JTA that the ADL, OU and ZOA “may have helped Wilders out by organizing fundraising events here and there, and perhaps with some publicity.” Kortenoeven met with Jewish organizations earlier this month to sound the alarm on the Party for Freedom’s support for the ritual slaughter bill.

All three organizations have denied raising funds for Wilders and his party. Wilders, too, has denied the Dutch report, telling the JTA that Kortenoeven’s statements were “nonsense and agitation by a spiteful former member” of his party.

The report that the ADL has ties to Wilders is dubious and likely wrong, given that the ADL routinely blasts Wilders’ Islamophobic rhetoric. But while the ZOA’s head Morton Klein may be “‘shocked and disappointed’ to learn of Wilders’ positions on ritual slaughter,” (as the original JTA report stated), the ZOA has supported Wilders’ positions in the past. Other high-profile Jewish figures have as well.

The ZOA’s executive director told JTA that “it is highly unlikely, if not impossible, that anyone officially connected to the ZOA raised money on Mr. Wilders’ behalf.”

The ADL, OU and ZOA have not returned requests for comment as of this writing.

There is likely no merit to the allegation that the ADL, ZOA and OU helped with funding Wilders. But the report is an opportunity to look at the proven, and disturbing, links between Wilders and right-wing Israel lobby groups. In contrast to 20th century far-right groups that were blatantly anti-Semitic, the new far-right focuses on the threat of Islam and strongly allies with Israel. Wilders has enjoyed the fruits of this relatively new alliance.

Wilders is on record as saying that he “hates Islam”; that Islam is the “ideology of a retarded culture”; that the Koran, the Muslim holy book, is a fascist book; that “immigrant Muslims and their children should be deported if they break the law” or if they are “lazy”; that Jordan should be the site of a Palestinian state; that “Jerusalem is the main front protecting the West”; and more. Because of his anti-Muslim rhetoric and support for militaristic Zionism, he has been embraced by some right-wing Jewish figures.

In a 2009 press release, the ZOA announced “its strong support for Geert Wilders” as he came under legal scrutiny after producing an anti-Muslim film. (Wilders was eventually cleared of charges of inciting hatred against Muslims.) ZOA vice-chairman Steven Goldberg said: “It’s an abomination that Geert Wilders would face prison for simply telling the truth about Islamic jihad. Wilders is a friend of Israel and the Jewish people, and it is incumbent on us to return his friendship in his hour of need. We must not remain silent.”

It’s not only the ZOA that has supported Wilders. As Max Blumenthal reported in The Nation, Wilders spoke to a “rapt” American audience at the Gatestone Institute in April. The neoconservative institute had guests pay $10,000 a head to hear Wilders say things like, “Islam is the largest threat to freedom which the world is currently facing.” The Gatestone Institute was founded by one Nina Rosenwald, who has spent millions of dollars stoking the flames of hatred towards Muslims in the US. Rosenwald has served on the board of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

And Adam Hasner, a Florida Republican running for office and a member of the “Jewish Americans For Mitt Romney” coalition, invited Wilders to a “free speech” conference in 2009. Wilders referred to Hasner as a “friend,” and in his speech said: “We need strong leaders like we have here today, Allen West and Adam Hasner. We need strong men like that.”

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  1. hophmi
    hophmi
    August 23, 2012, 3:21 pm

    “There is likely no merit to the allegation that the ADL, ZOA and OU helped with funding Wilders.”

    But you’re going to print this story here with a completely misleading headline that suggests that mainstream American Jewish groups do have links to him, and then suggest that because the Dutch stories mentioned that these three organizations condemned Wilders’ position on kosher slaughter, it’s “an opportunity” to look at links between Wilders and right-wing Israel lobbying orgs.

    That’s bullshit. It’s not an opportunity to do so; the story is not about that issue, and you have said yourself that none of these groups are linked to Wilders.

    • Alex Kane
      Alex Kane
      August 23, 2012, 4:50 pm

      I focused on the ZOA’s proven links; Nina Rosenwald’s proven links; and Adam Hasner’s proven links.

      Would you also curse out the Jewish Telegraphic Agency for running a story based on Dutch media reports? I was quite clear about what was right and what was wrong in the report.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        August 23, 2012, 5:08 pm

        Then why the misleading headline?

      • Alex Kane
        Alex Kane
        August 23, 2012, 5:48 pm

        What’s the misleading headline? I found the (most likely) inaccurate Dutch media report a reminder of the proven links between Wilders and Jewish Americans (ZOA, Rosenwald and Hasner.) So, what’s misleading?

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        August 23, 2012, 6:02 pm

        This is your headline:

        “Dutch newspaper report a reminder of American Jewish links with Geert Wilders”

        Here’s what you provided: Evidence that the ZOA, a far-right pro-Zionist group, support Wilders, evidence that the head of a neocon org who was on AIPAC’s board supported Wilders, and evidence that a Florida Republican who is part of Jewish Americans for Romney supported Wilders.

        So basically, one org far on the right, one AIPAC board member (there are around at any one time) and one Jew for Romney. That is not evidence of “American Jewish links” to Geert Wilders anymore than citing the pro-Hamas statements of a CAIR board member would be evidence of American Muslim links to terrorism. You would go nuts if someone made that statement.

  2. seafoid
    seafoid
    August 23, 2012, 3:30 pm

    Geller and her fellow travellers are in the same networks as Wilders.

    In the old days in the shtetl the rabbis would ask “is it good for the Jews?” Islamophobia is very bad for Judaism.

    • Ranjit Suresh
      Ranjit Suresh
      August 23, 2012, 4:43 pm

      Yeah. Maybe its time people stop asking questions like that and instead inquire: “is it good for mankind?”

      Anyway, why are jokers like Wilders, Nick Griffin, Marine Le Pen, etc. Islamophobic and pro-Zionist, unlike their ideological forebears? Because they’re following the money. They know where the money and power is found today. The same realization is what drives Christian Zionists like the living caricature John Hagee.

      • braciole
        braciole
        August 23, 2012, 5:24 pm

        Anyway, why are jokers like Wilders, Nick Griffin, Marine Le Pen, etc. Islamophobic and pro-Zionist, unlike their ideological forebears?

        Because they hate Muslims more than they hate Jews – solve the “Muslim” problem and they will go straight back to hating Jews.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        August 24, 2012, 12:51 am

        It’s the politics of fear. They target the lower middle classes who have been let down by globalisation. They bring them together and tell them it’s not their fault. They blame it on the Muslims. The Tea Party is the same. It’s run by a rich elite to distract people from the fact that it is the rich who are responsible for the income distribution, not the Muslims or the Jews or the Sikhs.

        This is the Irish president on Tea Party politics

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5OWRRJh-PI

        Get a large crowd, whip them up, find what is their greatest fear , work on that and feed it back to them

      • ColinWright
        ColinWright
        August 23, 2012, 5:41 pm

        Suresh says: “Anyway, why are jokers like Wilders, Nick Griffin, Marine Le Pen, etc. Islamophobic and pro-Zionist, unlike their ideological forebears? Because they’re following the money. They know where the money and power is found today. The same realization is what drives Christian Zionists like the living caricature John Hagee.”

        I don’t think so. I think where once Jews were the visible alien presence, now Muslims are.

        It’s the same impulse — just a different target.

      • Elisabeth
        Elisabeth
        August 23, 2012, 6:07 pm

        I agree. The same types hated Jews when they were ‘the problem’.

      • justicewillprevail
        justicewillprevail
        August 23, 2012, 6:24 pm

        Not really, it is because they have realised that Zionism represents the kind of racist ideology, one of separatism and hatred of others, that they subscribe to. Israel is their kind of country, fake race beliefs, ethnic nationalism and discrimination built into its laws and customs. And it has legitimised those backward, undemocratic, 19th century ideas that they have taken as axiomatic.

      • Tzombo
        Tzombo
        August 23, 2012, 7:18 pm

        They still do, but you rarely meet any in Western Europe anyway. This whole ritual slaughter thing was meant to hurt Muslims, Jews are just collateral damage, but nobody gives a crap about that. The same anti-religious types who hate everything Muslim, are not prepared to make any exceptions for Jews either. This is one of those things where Europe is really different from the US. Another thing is that gay-bashing is absolutely not done here and gays were among the first to turn against Muslims for their (perceived or not) intolerance to the gay lifestyle. The first populist Dutch rightwing leader Pim Fortuyn was gay himself and would have probably made prime-minister if he hadn’t been murdered right before the election.

      • Theo
        Theo
        August 24, 2012, 8:37 am

        And if thre were no moslems or jews, they sure would find another group of people for their hatred.
        Most discusting human beings.

  3. Dan Crowther
    Dan Crowther
    August 23, 2012, 3:34 pm

    This guy could play himself in a Bond movie. Actually, haven’t we already seen him in a Bond film? Tell me he isn’t doing a Walken impression….

    Is this a kosher butchery thing? Did the bill try and outlaw kosher butcheries or something? I thought ritual sacrifice only starts back up if the temple is rebuilt – no?

    • ColinWright
      ColinWright
      August 23, 2012, 4:44 pm

      Dan says: “…Is this a kosher butchery thing? Did the bill try and outlaw kosher butcheries or something? I thought ritual sacrifice only starts back up if the temple is rebuilt – no?”

      It’s a Kosher butchery thing. The real desire, of course, is to harass Muslims by banning halal meat. Heartbreakingly, the Muslim strictures on slaughter are apparently almost identical to the Jewish strictures, and so it’s virtually impossible to harass Muslims in this way without also harassing Jews.

      …unless, of course, the advocates want to admit what is in at least some cases their actual motivation. But that would never do…

  4. ColinWright
    ColinWright
    August 23, 2012, 4:39 pm

    What fascinates me about Wilders is that he’s half-Indonesian himself. It’s kinda like that part-Black White Supremacist who was arrested a few years back.

    • lysias
      lysias
      August 23, 2012, 5:09 pm

      Wilders’s mother is/was (I don’t know if she’s still alive) a Eurasian, of mixed European-Indonesian ancestry. I think Eurasians in British India were among the most diehard supporters of the continuation of British rule there.

      • Elisabeth
        Elisabeth
        August 23, 2012, 6:21 pm

        I am from the Netherlands and an avid newspaper reader, and must have read a thousand of articles on Wilders if not more. But this is the first time I heard about a part Indonesian ancestry of Wilders’ mother. What I mean to say, is that this is such an irrelevant issue over here that it is simply passed over by everyone. (It is certainly not because the issue would be a kind of taboo or whatever.)

        I do not think it played any part in the development of W’s ideas. His ideas on Islam were moderate, not outspoken, until he found out that this issue was his opportunity to gain fame and financial support. His intimate contact with Hirsi Ali in the period when she was in the Dutch parliament played an important role here.

      • ColinWright
        ColinWright
        August 23, 2012, 6:40 pm

        Elisabeth says: ‘…What I mean to say, is that this is such an irrelevant issue over here that it is simply passed over by everyone. (It is certainly not because the issue would be a kind of taboo or whatever.)

        I do not think it played any part in the development of W’s ideas…’

        It’s possible it’s irrelevant to you. It’s even impossible it’s irrelevant to most Dutchmen. However, that is a different matter from it being irrelevant to Wilders. That’s also possible — but less likely, and that hair…something is definitely up with that.

      • lysias
        lysias
        August 23, 2012, 6:59 pm

        Wikipedia says there are close to a million Indos in the Netherlands, and that they are well assimilated into Dutch society.

      • Dutch
        Dutch
        August 23, 2012, 8:31 pm

        I guess that’s correct. Indo’s form by far Holland’s largest non-Dutch group. Apart from that there are around 50,000 Moluccans.

      • ColinWright
        ColinWright
        August 24, 2012, 2:40 am

        Yeah — but how many in Venlo? That’s where Wilders grew up — it’s a town of about 100,000 on the German border.

        Anyway, something going on with that hair…I’ll stick to that.

      • Dutch
        Dutch
        August 24, 2012, 2:49 pm

        Well, Indo’s live all over the place, so even in Venlo. More about him in this Newsweek-article (January 2012; the heading alone is worth it):

        http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/01/15/geert-wilders-says-there-s-no-such-thing-as-moderate-islam.html

        But Wilders is history, so the timing of this MW-piece is awkward. Wilders has helped the Israeli government with her islam-bashing campaign, he received lots of cash from the US to do that, and at the height of his power he was able to sabotage EU-declarations on I/P.

        But now the government he supported is gone, his party crumbling, his islam-bashing useless, his new book unread. Just ‘De Telegraaf’ finds it usefull to comment on the idiots that used to support Wilders. Why? Because that’s what they do at this paper – right-wing sensation without content.

        So let’s forget Wilders and his Israeli ideology. And let’s be carefull with sources like De Telegraaf.

      • lysias
        lysias
        August 24, 2012, 3:26 pm

        Interesting article in The Economist about the prospects for next month’s election in the Netherlands: Leftward tilt: As voters lean left, the next government may be awkward over the euro:

        SEVERAL YEARS ago the usually pragmatic Dutch stunned Europe by spawning a new far right in the shape of Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party. The Islam-bashing, Eurosceptic Mr Wilders has played a kingmaker role, first supporting and then toppling a minority Dutch cabinet. But as the resulting election on September 12th draws near, it is no longer Mr Wilders at centre stage: polls suggest his party will get only 18 of the 150 parliamentary seats. The spotlight has shifted to the far-left Socialist Party (SP), which may get as many as 38.

        The politician who has taken Mr Wilders’s place and quite a few of his voters is Emile Roemer, an eternally smiling man who casually shrugs off euro-zone rules on budget deficits and promises to preserve the generous Dutch welfare system. Once a pariah in Dutch politics, the SP is now marching strong on a set of ideas that are as much of a throwback to the 1970s as the platform shoes that are much in fashion in Amsterdam.

        The polls point to a neck-and-neck race between the SP and the liberal VVD for top spot. The political spectrum remains fractured, with no obvious majority emerging. But if the SP does become the biggest party Mr Roemer should have first shot at forming a cabinet, for the first time in his party’s 40-year history.

      • Dutch
        Dutch
        August 24, 2012, 9:56 pm

        Latest polls by ipsos. Note that other pollers rate socialist SP higher and liberal VVD lower.

        http://www.ipsos-nederland.nl/content.asp?targetid=621

    • Abu Malia
      Abu Malia
      August 23, 2012, 7:10 pm

      ” It’s kinda like that part-Black White Supremacist who was arrested a few years back.”

      Colin, I have totally missed this story but it sounds very interesting in a funny kind of way. Please give me a little more detail so i can find it online – thanks in advance.
      BTW, I enjoy very much your lucid and erudite commentary.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        August 23, 2012, 11:18 pm

        “It’s kinda like that part-Black White Supremacist who was arrested a few years back.”

        I was under the impression that all of us, are of mixrd race. In fact, I don’t know if all men are my brothers, but I’m pretty sure nobody is any further from me than a fifth cousin.

      • ColinWright
        ColinWright
        August 24, 2012, 2:38 am

        “” It’s kinda like that part-Black White Supremacist who was arrested a few years back.”

        Colin, I have totally missed this story but it sounds very interesting in a funny kind of way. Please give me a little more detail so i can find it online – thanks in advance…”

        Here we go.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Felton

        One has to admit he seems to have started out with quite a few strikes against him — to say the least.

        “…Leo Felton’s father, Calvin Felton (b. 1930), is a black architect, while his mother, Corinne Vincelette (b. 1931), is a former nun who became involved in the civil rights movement and had a Jewish grandparent. His parents divorced when he was two, and his mother came out as a lesbian and started a relationship with a woman. Felton was institutionalized at age 10 by his mother…”

      • ColinWright
        ColinWright
        August 24, 2012, 3:14 am

        Abu Malia says: “…BTW, I enjoy very much your lucid and erudite commentary.”

        Thanks.

  5. seanmcbride
    seanmcbride
    August 23, 2012, 6:08 pm

    The product of less than 5 minutes of Googling:

    # Geert Wilders supporters
    1. Adam Hasner
    2. Anders Breivik
    3. Atlas Shrugs
    4. Daniel Pipes
    5. Gatestone Institute
    6. Jihad Watch
    7. Jon Kyl
    8. MEF (Middle East Forum)
    9. Newt Gingrich
    10. Nina Rosenwald
    11. Pamela Geller
    12. RJC (Republican Jewish Coalition)
    13. Robert Spencer
    14. Sarah Palin
    15. SIOA (Stop Islamization of America)
    16. Steve Goldberg
    17. ZOA (Zionist Organization of America)

    Nearly all of Wilders’ supporters appear to pro-Israel militants — militant Zionists, if you will. Clearly the neoconservative wing of the Israel lobby has been the prime mover in stirring up hatred of Islam and Muslims in the United States — the hate propaganda originating from neocon circles is torrential and relentless. The Israeli government and the Israel lobby own the neocons and their works completely.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      August 23, 2012, 6:52 pm

      I’m glad you know how to use Google.

      “Nearly all of Wilders’ supporters appear to pro-Israel militants ”

      Nearly all supporters of Osama bin-Laden are supporters of the Palestinian cause. Next argument?

      “Clearly the neoconservative wing of the Israel lobby has been the prime mover in stirring up hatred of Islam and Muslims in the United States”

      No, once again, the neocons are not a “wing of the Israel lobby”. They are a group with a foreign policy ideology that includes a position on Israel. You have morphed that into “the neoconservative wing of the Israel lobby.”

      The prime mover in stirring up hatred of Islam in the US is, and it is beyond debate, Christian fundamentalists, and their pastors who are saying nasty things about Islam from the pulpit. It the Christian Coalition who has held conferences featuring people arguing Islam is a violent religion and that Muslims should be encouraged to convert.

      You are just spewing the same nonsensical antisemitism as you usually do.

      • annie
        annie
        August 23, 2012, 7:51 pm

        the neocons are not a “wing of the Israel lobby”

        what do you call the emergency committee for israel?

        not neocons?

      • seanmcbride
        seanmcbride
        August 23, 2012, 8:21 pm

        hophmi,

        You wrote:

        “No, once again, the neocons are not a “wing of the Israel lobby”. They are a group with a foreign policy ideology that includes a position on Israel.”

        The neocons — all of them without exception — are emotionally obsessed with Israel and with using American military power to wage war against the enemies of Israel. This one can easily verify by reviewing and analyzing their writings over the last four or five decades in Commentary and other neoconservative publications. No other issue matters as much to them as Israel — not even close. They were the ringleaders of the Iraq War, they are currently the ringleaders of the campaign to attack Iran, and they have spearheaded propaganda efforts at the CSP, MEMRI, AEI and similar organizations to demonize and stir up violence against Islam and Muslims. Their activities are an open book.

        Neoconservatives are much better financed, better educated, more articulate and more influential than Christian Zionists in promoting Islamophobia. They count a few dozen billionaires among their ranks. In our earlier exchanges you were unable to name a single Christian Zionist billionaire.

        A few more Geert Wilders supporters to add to the list:

        1. David Horowitz
        2. Frontpage Magazine
        3. Mark Steyn
        4. Newsmax

      • seanmcbride
        seanmcbride
        August 23, 2012, 8:42 pm

        hophmi,

        You wrote:

        “I’m glad you know how to use Google.”

        The real question is, why don’t you know how to use Google? Is the problem that you are basically an intellectually lazy person who can’t take the trouble to learn and research before you type?

        Your comments are devoid of concrete factual investigation. Instead of providing careful data-based analysis, you rely almost exclusively on personal attacks and verbal abuse driven by your irrational cult indoctrination. You are the anti-Hostage and the anti-Shmuel. You don’t know how to think. For someone who wraps himself in the cloak of the Jewish people, you come across as being very un-Jewish — even anti-Jewish.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        August 23, 2012, 11:16 pm

        Now, now, Sean, I’m sure Hophmi would insist he is a typical Jew.

      • ColinWright
        ColinWright
        August 24, 2012, 2:27 am

        “Now, now, Sean, I’m sure Hophmi would insist he is a typical Jew.”

        If he did, it would be one of the more clearly anti-semitic claims I’ve read lately.

      • Cliff
        Cliff
        August 23, 2012, 9:41 pm

        Nearly all supporters of Osama bin-Laden are supporters of the Palestinian cause. Next argument?

        Actually, the argument being made here is that Jewish nationalism is allied with Islamophobia. They are joined at the hip and they are not on the fringe but rather in the mainstream.

        That paradigm doesn’t exist for the Palestinians.

        Osama bin Laden was a terrorist and was rejected by figures of the Palestinian solidarity movement openly.

        Whereas prominent public figures who ‘represent’ the pro-Israel image in the West, to varying degrees (to the well-versed audience and to the new initiate), do not shy away from disgusting individuals like Wilders.

        No, they themselves are equally as repulsive and hateful. You are such an individual.

        That is the context which you intentionally mystified to make this comparison seem bizarre.

        Chomsky doesn’t support bin Laden. Neither did Finkelstein. Neither did BDS. Neither did EI. Neither did JVP. Etc.

        Islamists support Islamists.

        Pro-Palestinian activists did not always support individuals who also were pro-Palestinian regardless of their other ‘credentials’.

        Whereas, Wilders is loon and Jewish nationalists support him. Whereas, Pastor Hagee and Christian Zionism are loons and Jewish nationalism support them and take their money.

        Etc. etc.

        We are not the same, hoppy. You are a cutt-throat political opportunist with no morals. And once again you’ve proven yourself to be a color-blind, intellectually dishonest putz.

      • ColinWright
        ColinWright
        August 23, 2012, 10:45 pm

        hophmi: ““Nearly all of Wilders’ supporters appear to pro-Israel militants ”

        Nearly all supporters of Osama bin-Laden are supporters of the Palestinian cause. Next argument? “

        Okay…so we’ve established that Wilders is equivalent to Osama bin Laden. Does it follow that he should be treated in the same fashion?

      • ColinWright
        ColinWright
        August 23, 2012, 10:53 pm

        hophmi says: “…The prime mover in stirring up hatred of Islam in the US is, and it is beyond debate, Christian fundamentalists, and their pastors who are saying nasty things about Islam from the pulpit. It the Christian Coalition who has held conferences featuring people arguing Islam is a violent religion and that Muslims should be encouraged to convert.”

        I’m a big fan of the importance of Christian Fundamentalists in all this myself — but this is a considerable exaggeration even in my eyes.

        Long before the Christian Fundamentalists had even started thinking about Islam, Israel and its supporters had been busy demonizing the religion.

        “You are just spewing the same nonsensical antisemitism as you usually do.”

        Another wide miss. Sean’s argued with me to just the opposite effect — he seems to feel I don’t give Jews enough credit for their accomplishments.

        More immediately, just where do you find ‘anti-semitism’ in anything he said? It’s anti-semitic to accuse neo-cons of supporting Israel?

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        August 24, 2012, 8:18 am

        “No, once again, the neocons are not a ‘wing of the Israel lobby’.”

        LOL. If they’re not, they’re like the Israel Lobby Auxiliary.

    • LeaNder
      LeaNder
      August 23, 2012, 7:13 pm

      10. Nina Rosenwald (Gatestone Institute)

      I wasn’t aware of the lady before yesterday, but I am sure you don’t mind if I add this.

    • LeaNder
      LeaNder
      August 23, 2012, 7:29 pm

      2. Anders Breivik

      Important addition, I only noticed now.

      • seanmcbride
        seanmcbride
        August 23, 2012, 8:32 pm

        Anders Breivik, the Oslo mass murderer, is also a pro-Israel militant and strident ideological Zionist.

    • braciole
      braciole
      August 23, 2012, 9:12 pm

      3. Atlas Shrugs
      ……..
      11. Pamela Geller

      You do realize that Pamela Geller blogs (if you can call her racist crap that) as Atlas Shrugs.

      • seanmcbride
        seanmcbride
        August 23, 2012, 10:26 pm

        braciole,

        Yes, I know that Pamela Geller blogs Atlas Shrugs and that Robert Spencer blogs Jihad Watch. These lists are “Semantic Webby” in nature — providing multiple access/index points to facts.

        Updating the list of Geert Wilders supporters:

        1. Adam Hasner
        2. Anders Breivik
        3. Atlas Shrugs
        4. Daniel Pipes
        5. David Horowitz
        6. Fjordman
        7. Frank Gaffney
        8. Frontpage Magazine
        9. Gates of Vienna
        10. Gatestone Institute
        11. Herbert London
        12. Jihad Watch
        13. Jon Kyl
        14. Ken Timmerman
        15. Mark Steyn
        16. MEF (Middle East Forum)
        17. Newsmax
        18. Newt Gingrich
        19. Nina Rosenwald
        20. Pamela Geller
        21. RJC (Republican Jewish Coalition)
        22. Robert Spencer
        23. Sarah Palin
        24. Steve Emerson
        25. Steve Goldberg
        26. Stop Islamization of America
        27. ZOA (Zionist Organization of America)

        For hophmi: how many Geert Wilders supporters are Jewish nationalists or Likud Zionists? You do the math. I know how to spot strategic trends in data sets. It’s not difficult.

  6. ColinWright
    ColinWright
    August 23, 2012, 6:18 pm

    Interesting bit from the Wikipedia article:

    “…Wilders’ goal after he graduated from secondary school was to see the world. Because he did not have enough money to travel to Australia, his preferred destination, he went to Israel instead. For several years he volunteered in a moshav and worked for several firms, becoming in his own words “a true friend of Israel”…”

    …which, I suppose, he has continued to be. At a guess, he found himself readily accepted in Israel in a way that he hadn’t been in provincial Holland.

    It’s a shame he couldn’t get enough money to get to Australia. Ideally, he would have been discriminated against for not being ‘white’ (by Australian standards) and come back to the Netherlands as a vociferous opponent of racism.

    …in any case, that ridiculous bleached hair is really suggestive. He’s got some complexes going on, I would say.

  7. Keith
    Keith
    August 23, 2012, 6:30 pm

    In many ways, Zionist support for Geert Wilders based upon ideological camaraderie is not all that surprising. It is well to remember that the Nazis had somewhat of a working relationship with the Zionists, who they saw as intrinsically different from the mass of non-Zionist Jews who were perceived as Judeo-Bolsheviks. Birds of a feather?

  8. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    August 23, 2012, 6:55 pm

    RE: “And Adam Hasner, a Florida Republican running for office and a member of the ‘Jewish Americans For Mitt Romney’ coalition, invited Wilders to a ‘free speech’ conference in 2009.” ~ Alex Kane

    ALSO SEE: “Adam Hasner: Islamophobe for Congress, by Alex Seitz-Wald, Salon.com, 8/08/12
    Congress’s anti-Islam caucus will likely grow in November, and Florida’s Adam Hasner may be its worst new member
    LINK – http://www.salon.com/2012/08/08/adam_hasner_islamophobe_for_congress/

  9. atime forpeace
    atime forpeace
    August 23, 2012, 6:57 pm

    Nice piece. I would think that the whole of Europe ought to be suspect of most anything that is tied to Jewish power. Jewish power has not wrought any good thing in Europe, except for great hope in great societies, pipe dreams; the ideologies that have not delivered the dreams they wove out of whole cloth, a hope that inevitably has turned into the nightmares of Europe, anti semitism grows like moss on a tree in the forest in most any country on Earth.

  10. lysias
    lysias
    August 23, 2012, 7:00 pm

    I assume Wilders opposes ritual slaughter because of his hostility to Islam. I wonder what his attitude is about circumcision.

    • Dutch
      Dutch
      August 23, 2012, 8:52 pm

      No – strange enough his PVV opposes ritual slaughter because they have made animal welfare a big thing, right from the start. Wilders got stuck in a matter he would have loved to avoid, but had no choice than to stick to the story, as otherwise his party would have desintegrated (further). The Party for Animal Welfare used this situation to gain a majority for a new law forbidding ritual slaughter. The Senate voided the law due to technicalities. A new proposal is in the making.

  11. eGuard
    eGuard
    August 23, 2012, 7:11 pm

    Kortenoeven met with Jewish organizations earlier this month to sound the alarm

    Well, a first meeting? Wim Kortenoeven is and was a Zionist. Just google, icw “cidi’. Only now that he left Wilders, he is being brave? (And then again, Alex, you are being used. Google “De Telegraaf” icw “fout”).

  12. ColinWright
    ColinWright
    August 23, 2012, 7:42 pm

    If Wilders ever come to America on a speaking tour, it would be possible — if expensive and fairly time-consuming — to arrange the following.

    He shows up at your (rigged) group to speak. Initially, there are about fifty people in the room — a dozen or so of whom have fairly dark complexions and peroxide blond hair.

    As his speech goes on, successive non-peroxided individuals get up and leave, one by one. They are replaced by peroxided individuals until about 45 minutes in, the entire hall consists of peroxide blond but otherwise fairly dark people gazing solemnly at him.

    Natch, if he leaves, he forfeits his generous speaker’s fee.

  13. Elisabeth
    Elisabeth
    August 24, 2012, 8:00 am

    It would be fun. (People are joking about his hair a lot anyway.) But you are seeing things into Wilders that are no there. He does not have a fairly dark complexion for instance. He is very pale. Your idea that the hair functions to transform him into a white man, and that the people in your audience should therefore also be fairly dark skinned to hold a mirror up to him, so to speak, really does not hold.
    The function of the hair is probably no more than to make him stand out, a kind of trade mark. (One of his nicknames is “the Xenophobic Mozart from Venlo”.)

  14. eljay
    eljay
    August 24, 2012, 9:05 am

    Mr. Wilders looks like Bob Geldof with coiffed hair and a tan. :-)

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