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Today marks the 20-year anniversary of the white supremacist web site, Stormfront. Since its creation in 1995, Stormfront has been creating and dispersing all forms of hate to its racialist and often violent audience of nearly 300,000 registered members.
“For 20 years now, Stormfront has been pushing hate propaganda around the world,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project. “The problem isn’t just the racist material Don Black and company have been publicizing, it’s the body count, too. Nearly 100 people have been killed by Stormfront users in the last few years. Stormfront isn’t only vile, it’s dangerous.”
To mark the occasion, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog will be running a series of stories about the hate site, its activities, its principals and its funders.
The first story published yesterday is an exposé about Stormfront radio, which the site’s founder Stephen “Don” Black launched about a year ago on the Rense Radio Network. Heard by hundreds of thousands of homes across North American and Europe, Stormfront radio is now one of the largest purveyors of hate propaganda in the world.
In addition to the expose, an interactive timeline of the site and a short video that highlights Stormfront’s most infamous members is available. Our 2014 report White Homicide Worldwide documented the murders committed by Stormfront members.
A 67-year-old self-described “Patriot” has been charged with building two improvised explosive devices found last November near Atlanta in a backpack stuffed with material suggesting the bomb-builder was a Muslim.
Michael Conrade Sibley, of Marietta, Ga., was being held on a $100,000 bond after he was arraigned yesterday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta on one charge of possessing explosives on federal property.
Sibley confessed to FBI agents during an interview on Friday, four days after he was initially interviewed about his involvement with planting a bomb-packed backpack in Vickery Creek Park in Roswell on Nov. 4, court documents said.
It is unclear what initially led authorities to question Sibley over the explosives, which were discovered by a mother and her daughter who were hiking in the park, located on federal property, north of Atlanta. A bomb-squad destroyed the backpack in place.
Evidence subsequently recovered by investigators likely included the suspect’s DNA. Also recovered were components of two potentially deadly pipe bombs, a Koran and a list of potential terrorist targets, including hospitals, schools and Jewish facilities in the Greater Atlanta area.
The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta was among those listed and put on a heightened state of security after the backpack was discovered.
Various media outlets have reported that the backpack bomber’s intention apparently was to frighten the public and spread fear of Islamic terrorism.
The charging documents say Sibley bought the backpack at a garage sale, and constructed the explosive devices in the garage of his home in Marietta. He admitted placing a Quran and the book The Rape of Kuwait in the backpack, along a copy of the Atlanta Falcons football schedule. He also “wrote the name, ‘Mina Khodari,’ in the backpack because it looked foreign,” the court documents say.
Sibley told FBI agents “he is a ‘patriot’ and he felt no one was paying attention to what was going on the world,” federal documents say. He also expressed the belief that if he planted the backpack bomb in a Roswell Park, “people would finally get that this type of activity could happen anywhere.”
In the past decade, David Joseph Lenio has gone from a Michigan high school cross-country runner called “Dave” to a hate-filled accused criminal who told the world on Twitter: “I am a potential terrorist. I know the truth about 9/11.”
Along the way, he also expressed the desire to shoot a rabbi in the head, shoot 100 schoolchildren and engage in a shootout with police in order to end his life in a “suicide by cop.”
Before he could fulfill his threats, Lenio was arrested Feb. 16 at a Montana ski resort — a day when schools were closed for the President’s Day holiday – just one day after he taken two of his rifles and a quantity of ammunition out of a storage locker in Kalispell, Mont.
Today, the 28-year-old graduate of Forest Hills Northern High School, in Grand Rapids, Mich., will be led in handcuffs from a jail cell in Flathead County, Mont., to a courtroom.
Lenio is scheduled to be arraigned before District Court Judge Heidi J. Ulbricht — herself a mother — on two felony charges, intimidation and criminal defamation, for using his Twitter accounts to publish assorted death threats.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Stacy Boman told Hatewatch she will ask that Lenio remain in jail under a $500,000 bond until he stands trial.
Court documents detail the chilling threats allegedly made by Lenio.
“I bet I could get at least 12 unarmed sitting ducks if I decide to go on a killing spree in a #school Sounds better than being a wage slave,” Lenio wrote on Twitter on Feb. 12, the court filings allege.
“What do you think costs more in most U.S. cities? A gun with enough ammunition to kill 100 school kids or the security deposit on an apartment,” he posted later. A short time after that, he wrote: “What would I rather do? Be a #wage slave for the rest of my life or tell society fuck you & do your kids a favor by shooting up a #school?”
On Feb. 14, after sending tweets filled with anti-Semitic comments and expressing a desire to copy other mass shootings, Lenio wrote: “I bet I’d take out at least a whole #classroom & score 30+ if I put my mind to it #Poverty is making me want to kill folks #mental health’#
That was followed by this: “This working and not have a god damn thing to show for it [is] bullshit [and] makes me wanna execute grade #school #kids til the cops take me out too.” He also wrote about his hatred of Jews and called the Holocaust a “lie beyond a reasonable doubt. It is now time to hunt the Nazi hunters.”
When Twitter spotted his hateful messages in January, the social media provider shut down Lenio’s account, but he opened another, then another, mockingly displaying the ease with which he worked around Twitter’s policing.
Some of the 90 tweets Lenio fired off in mid-February came in response to an anti-gun violence tweet by Jonathan Hutson, a spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Hutson provided information to state and federal authorities that led to Lenio’s arrest. ( continue to full post… )
The American Freedom Party (AFP) has a ticket for the 2016 presidential election. And its message is The Mantra.
Kenn Gividen of Indiana, a former Libertarian candidate for governor of Indiana in 2004, will run for president, while Robert Whitaker, an aging segregationist with a history of drug abuse, will run for vice president. The announcement was made on Jamie Kelso’s Stormfront radio program on Sunday.
Despite the bizarre reality that Gividen and Whitaker claim they will run separate campaigns, the ticket has already excited the racist right, in no small part because of Whitaker’s role in drafting The Mantra.
A 221-word attack on multiculturalism peppered with cries of “white genocide,” The Mantra has grown wildly popular on the racist right, with sections appearing on banners hanging from Interstate overpasses and on billboards. Even Craig Cobb, who tried to take over a small North Dakota town several years ago, painted it on his house.
Undoubtedly, that fame has helped drive AFP’s decision to pick Whitaker as a candidate.
A self-professed “genius,” Whitaker has a history in politics, though a dubious one. While he claims on his blog to have been the message man in the Reagan administration responsible for crushing communism, bringing down the Berlin Wall and saving the Hubble Space Telescope, Whitaker is closer to a hard-drinking grandfatherly Forest Gump. He once claimed to have an amphetamine habit that dropped his IQ to 100.
“I’m running for vice president because I know a lot about vice,” Whitaker said in an audio interview about his candidacy posted to his Website.
His bumbling demeanor aside, Whitaker’s intended candidacy has already generated widespread excitement in white supremacist circles, with many pledging their full support to Whitaker and his followers, who refer to themselves individually as “BUGSERS” and collectively as the “SWARM.”
“With Bob at the helm and his hardened foot soldiers willing to Work [sic], this new playing field is a great opportunity to bring our White Genocide message to new heights,” wrote a user identified as Laura on Whitaker’s website. “Coach, you’re not alone anymore, You [sic] have a whole cavalry with you now.”
And he might need it.
In his interview, Whitaker wasn’t sure if what he was doing was even legal in some states, and he told his interviewer several times that they could visit “library information services” at a local college in Columbia, S.C. to find out if it was. “Unless we want to look it up on the Kindle,” Whitaker added.
Although Whitaker and AFP both share white nationalist views, they have never worked together this closely before.
Gividen recently joined AFP’s leadership as a director. His personal website, DailyKenn.com, focuses heavily on discussing black-on-white crime, writing articles such as “Black History They Don’t Want You To Know.” In that article, Gividen states that beating black slaves in the South was “extremely uncommon,” along with a litany of revisionist history surrounding the antebellum South.
But Gividen is perfectly clear about his own racist positions. “Of course I’m pro-White. And you should also be as well.” His website includes links to videos of well-known white nationalists such as Jared Taylor and Virginia Abernathy, who was AFP’s vice presidential candidate in 2012 alongside presidential candidate, Merlin Miller, a filmmaker with a well-documented history of anti-Semitic and white supremacist views. The pair received only 2,307 votes with ballot access in Colorado, New Jersey, and Tennessee.
The Gividen-Whitaker ticket, however, marks a significant change in the profile the party is seeking to project. Gividen has fared poorly in his own campaigns, but he has some experience. Coupled with Whitaker’s proven ability to mobilize a somewhat sizeable, grassroots base, the ticket represents a disconcerting reminder of how popular the Mantra has become.
As Stormfront Radio host “TruckRoy” told “Laura” after Whitaker’s announcement, “This candidacy could be huge for the Mantra.”
Once again, David Duke is begging for money so he can save the world from the “Zionists” – or at least his YouTube channel.
“This is the most important letter I have ever written you!” he breathlessly writes in a March 10 appeal to his fans and followers. “The Zionists,” he continues, “have launched a brutal effort to silence my powerful, world-changing Videos and YouTube channel. … Without your help we will lose our greatest tool to expose & depose these tyrants!”
Apparently, according to Duke, the YouTube bosses have given him notice that his video channel and all of his videos “will be terminated in ten days.”
It is not exactly clear why YouTube is terminating Duke’s video channel, whether it because of complaints or because of a violation of YouTubes Terms of Service. YouTube did not reply to an email seeking comment on Duke’s letter, which claims “the Jewish extremists” are “in a hateful rage” and trying to kill his videos – “the most powerful tool on Earth in exposing their crimes against Europeans and all humanity.”
“The Zio haters,” he adds, “are relentless.”
Duke says they are also gunning for his “very soon to be published, world-changing new book, The Illustrated Protocols of Zion.”
The book is essentially a repackaged and “illustrated” version of the notorious anti-Semitic hoax, “The Protocols of The Elders of Zion.” But according to Duke, the “Jewish extremists” are so afraid of his book that they “are determined to wage all out war against me.”
He says that YouTube, which some of his comrades on the racist right refer to as “JewTube,” has already banned his video previewing the book, removed seven other of his videos and stopped any new uploads.
“So now,” he says, “we are in the fight of our lives to keep my videos and channel up – so that you and millions of others can use them to help wake up our friends and family.”
Only the “most generous support,” he adds, can win this “’David and Goliath’ battle.”
This is not the first time Duke has asked for help fighting the “Zio haters” out to stifle his message to the world. In 2013, he claimed opponents were having a “hissy fit” over the release of another presumably world-changing tome, The Secret Behind Communism.
“As we have shown,” he said in a posting on Stormfront, the largest white supremacist site on the Internet, “the Jewish leadership sees this book as an extreme danger because they see their vulnerability on their role in the greatest mass murder in all history … ”
Duke says his YouTube videos were once taken down, but were restored after a “heroic effort” and he has already contacted lawyers for his latest battle to save his channel, which features such videos as “How We Can Defeat Zio Globalism,” “The War on Christmas – New HD Version,” and “Wicked Witch Osama and Wizard Obama.”
But lawyers don’t come cheap, he admits, and so he is begging. “[W]ithout your help we will lose our most powerful weapon for our freedom and heritage!” Duke wrote.
Fear of a Duke-free YouTube is already panicking some on the racist right.
Neo-Nazi, Andrew Anglin, the founder of the white supremacist website DailyStormer.com, has come to Duke’s aid, asking his readers to support Duke’s fight “against these rats.”
“David Duke has remained a light to all of us, a fighter of the good fight,” Anglin writes. “He is a living legend, and a hero of the White race.”
Anglin claims Duke’s YouTube channel has “awakened untold numbers of people to the disease that is international Jewry.”
“And if they win against Dr. Duke,” he concludes, “it won’t be long until all Antisemitic [sic] content is fully purged from the service which claims to support freedom of expression.”
Craig Cobb really, really wants the world to know he’s white.
The well-known white supremacist and anti-Semite, who garnered national attention after attempting to take over the small town of Leith, N.D., took to Stormfront this morning to gleefully announce that he had disproven the “junk science” test in November of 2013 that put his pedigree in question.
In that test, the results of which were televised on the Trisha Goddard Show, Cobb was found to have 14 percent sub-Saharan African genes –– a fact he dismissed as “statistical noise.”
Apparently, Goddard’s big reveal to Cobb that, “You have a little black in you, bro!” had been eating away at the would-be mayor of “Cobbsville” for some time. So much so that Cobb had a second test completed that showed he was pure white, except for a “3% Iberian thing.”
“I’d appreciate it if honorable men will stop calling me 14% black,” Cobb pleaded today on Stormfront. “I wish my Wiki could get edited. … They currently have me listed as part African American. More Jew lies. I hope you can now see that at this late date in the matter.”
In his lengthy post announcing his newly discovered whiteness, Cobb goes on to thank a laundry list of white supremacist leaders “for supporting [him] from the inception when [he] was defamed by junk science.”
Without their support, who knows whether Cobb could have found the strength to persevere and keep buying genetics tests until he could finally, indisputably prove that he is in fact white.
After two days of often chilling testimony, a district court judge in Kansas ruled this week that white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller should stand trial for the murder last spring of three people at two Jewish facilities in suburban Kansas City.
Judge Kelly Ryan, the Associated Press reports, decided Tuesday on the second day of a preliminary hearing that there was enough evidence for the 74-year-old Miller, who has been in custody since the deadly shooting spree on April 13, to go to trial.
Miller told the Kansas City Star from jail in November that he drove from his home in Aurora, Mo., to Overland Park, Ks., where the murders took place, with one thing on his mind: killing Jews.
“I wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died,” he said.
As he was taken into custody that bloody Sunday, Miller allegedly asked the police, “How many f…… Jews did I kill?”
None of the three victims — Dr. William Corporon, 69, his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, and Terri LaManno, 53 — was Jewish.
Miller’s arraignment is scheduled for March 27, and Kansas state prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.
At the time of the killings, Miller later told the Star he believed he was dying from lung disease.
On Monday, according to Courthouse News Service, Miller was rolled into court in a wheelchair, hooked to an oxygen tank. The news service also reported that during the two days of testimony, Miller made several loud outbursts, including shouting racial and anti-Semitic epithets “aimed at those he believed to be his victims’ families in the courtroom.” At one point, he raised a hand-cuffed hand a few inches from his thigh in what the News Service said, “appeared to be a shackled ‘Heil Hitler’ gesture.”
On the last day of the hearing, the news service said, Miller angrily told the judge that he did not want to participate in the trial if he was not allowed to speak about his request for Internet access.
“You just want to protect the Jews,” he said. “You don’t want me to tell the truth about the Jews.”
At one point, according to the AP, Miller turned the family of Terri LaManno, apparently thinking they were relatives of the 14-year-old, who died shortly after being shot in the head in the parking lot the Jewish Community Center, crowded with teenagers, auditioning for a singing competition.
“I very much regret the little boy,” Miller told the family.
The family said they did not accept Miller’s apology.
The Utah State Supreme Court has taken what it describes as a “drastic measure” in forfeiting a convicted racist killer’s right to an attorney for a pending appeal.
Curtis Michael Allgier has forfeited his right to an attorney — paid for by taxpayers — because he “has repeatedly engaged in extreme dilatory, disruptive and threatening conduct,” the state’s highest court said in an 8-page ruling on Friday. Specifically, Allgier threatened the lives of his court-appointed defense attorneys, even mailing a letter to the home of one of them, the ruling said.
Forfeiture of the constitutional right to a court-appointed defense attorney “is a drastic measure,” the state high court ruling said, and a “defendant must engage in extreme conduct” before it may be imposed. “We conclude that making threats to the welfare of appointed counsel may constitute extreme conduct justifying a forfeiture of counsel,” the ruling said.
Allgier faced a possible death penalty for the 2007 shooting death of Utah corrections officer Stephen Anderson, who was killed with his own service revolver as he escorted Allgier to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. But in a plea deal, prosecutors removed the death penalty in exchange for Allgier’s pleas in 2012 to charges of aggravated murder, disarming a peace officer, aggravated escape, aggravated robbery and possession of a dangerous weapon.
A judge sentenced Allgier to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Almost immediately, he appealed, arguing he had ineffective assistance of counsel.
Allgier — whose body is covered with neo-Nazi and white supremacist tattoos — was given a court-appointed attorney from the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association for the appeal. But shortly thereafter that attorney filed a motion to withdraw because of an “irreparable breakdown in attorney-client relationship,” the Supreme Court ruling said.
To bolster his request to withdraw, the defense attorney said Allgier had filed a bar complaint against him and threatened “it [would] get very ugly” if the attorney didn’t bow out. Allgier’s bar complaint said he was “trying to be nice, but [would] resort to other means of removal” if the defense attorney wasn’t removed.
“He don’t [sic] want to learn how much I don’t give a damn,’’ Allgier said in the complaint.
Once that attorney was released, two new court-appointed attorneys were named to represent Allgier, but within a few weeks he filed his own motion demanding their removal, too. The convicted killer said he “refuse[d] these quacks forced upon [him]” and asked for another defense attorney appointed by a different judge.
The court denied that motion, but that didn’t stop Allgier from filing three more pro se motions, demanding removal of the two new defense attorneys without providing adequate documentation to support his claims, the Supreme Court justices said.
Allgier said his court-appointed attorneys “are the dumbest ass clowns I’ve ever had the EXTREME dishonorable displeasure of being forced to know.” He called them incompetent and ineffective and said “NEVER will they have the honor of being in my Aryan GOD presence or having any kind of contact with me, period!”
When those new attorneys attempted to withdraw from representing Allgier, the issue was appealed to the Utah State Supreme Court. The attorneys said as part of the “irreparable breakdown in attorney-client communication,” Allgier had removed the attorneys from his visiting list and refused delivery of their correspondence. Their motion also said Allgier has “leveled threats against counsel,” including statements that he “knows how to find people outside of prison” and has mailed documents to the home address of one of his new attorneys, an address that wasn’t provided to the inmate.
Court-appointed defense attorneys “perform an indispensable service to the administration of the criminal justice system,” the Supreme Court ruling said. Some defendants “may be very difficult to work with and unwilling to accept responsibility for their own actions” and others “may mistakenly assume that they are entitled to the appointed counsel of their choosing,” the ruling said.
“This is work that warrants gratitude from a client, yet it is work that actually may receive less gratitude, and doing it may require an exceptionally thick skin,” the court said. Even so, “appointed defense attorneys should not be required to fear for their own safety or that of their professional associates or families.”
While most American-born activists who become involved in defending Palestinian rights avoid becoming overt anti-Semites even while steadfastly criticizing Israel, Kenneth O’Keefe is not one of them.
O’Keefe, a former Marine-turned-antiwar and anti-environmental activist who specializes in what he calls “direct action,” has morphed in recent years into a raving, David Duke-endorsing anti-Semite, particularly in the speeches he gives to well-known white-supremacist groups.
The most noteworthy of these was O’Keefe’s speech to the IONA London Forum, a gathering of academically oriented white supremacists and anti-Semites held last August. The speech was noteworthy for its crude ugliness: the 50-plus-minute-talk by O’Keefe revolved around the repeated phrase “fucking Jews.”
“You know, I remember as a kid, the worst insult you could say to somebody — which I didn’t even know the origin of it, but we used to all use it — and it was no basis of any kind of discrimination, it was just this term — and it was Jew. In the worst way, fucking Jew. You know, you’re a fucking Jew, or something like that.
And you know, I never really thought about it. I didn’t have any Jewish friends as far as I knew, and yet I look back at it now and I realize it must be that there is some truth behind this, that it would be the ultimate insult, that’s somehow there’s this awareness without even being aware of the historical reality of Jewish impact on human history.”
That’s only the start of what was an epic emission of hate speech from O’Keefe at the forum. In the past, he has specialized in “straight talking” appearances before various groups, but now he has shaped them in the mold of a profane David Duke, the neo-Nazi and former Klan leader.
As his mainstream-seeming bio at Veterans Today explains, O’Keefe was a Gulf War veteran who first garnered attention in the 1990s by exposing the use of depleted uranium in that war.
O’Keefe also was involved for many years in fairly radical environmental causes, having hooked up in 1998 with Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, where he eventually became the organization’s regional director in Hawaii and led the group as it rescued sea turtles and spoke out against Navy sonar activities.
A turn in O’Keefe’s career occurred in May 2001, when he was aboard the Turkish ship M.V. Mavi Marmara when it attempted to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and was subsequently boarded by Israeli commandos, resulting in the deaths of nine activists. Then, in 2003, he began leading delegations of peace activists who attempted to act as “human shields” to protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
In 2004, he burned his U.S. passport in an attempt to renounce his American citizenship — he was replacing his old documents with a “world passport,” he explained, and called himself a “Citizen of the World” with “ultimate allegiance to my entire human family and to planet Earth.” However, as O’Keefe’s Wikipedia page explains, the State Department has never recognized this renunciation, even though O’Keefe describes himself at his website now as the holder of “Irish, Hawaiian and Palestinian citizenship.”
O’Keefe became closely identified with the Palestinian cause, and even appeared as the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner for the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund in 2012.
As it happened, that was the same year that O’Keefe began forming a close association with David Duke. The first signs of this came in August 2012 when O’Keefe defended Duke on his Facebook page, saying: “I had a lovely 2 hour conversation with David yesterday and as per usual, the slander and lies made about anyone who is truth telling is obvious.” A little later, in the comments on his Facebook page, he claimed that Duke no longer was a white supremacist (a false claim that Duke himself is fond of making).
Then, O’Keefe appeared on Duke’s radio show in February 2013, where the pair discussed, according to Duke’s description, “the Hollywoodism Conference in Tehran, Iran. It exposes the Zio control of Hollywood which not only promotes lies about the enemies of Jewish extremism, but literally poisons the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of people in West and all over the world.”
Later that year, Duke’s website featured an exchange between O’Keefe and anti-Semitic saxophonist/“scholar” Gilad Atzmon, a self-described “self-hating ex-Jew” whose writings and pronouncements are rich in conspiracy theories, Holocaust trivialization and distortion, and open support of anti-Israeli terrorist groups.
O’Keefe also made an appearance on a Russia Today interview program in October 2013, where he declared that President Obama should be tried for treason and added that “this man is a dictator who has assigned himself the right to execute anyone.”
When he was introduced at the London gathering in August 2014, his host boasted that O’Keefe was “a friend of David Duke.” But even that couldn’t have prepared the audience for the profanity-laced rant against “the fucking Jews” that followed.
Notably, O’Keefe savagely disavowed his onetime involvement in the peace movement:
“The mantra that I’ve gone by for many years now is TJP: truth, justice, peace. It’s pissed me off, the peace movement – what do you mean, “peace”? Fuck peace in this world. Fuck that shit, I’d rather die. I’d rather kill some of these bastards that are trying to destroy this world and take control of everything. Fuck you. I’d rather die. Peace without justice is not worth having, bottom line. Peace at the barrel of a gun is not fucking peace.”
And he predicted that eventually the scenario would play out in mob violence and retribution:
“I really feel that as long as we know the truth, the truth, an honest truth about what these people have done, then justice will play itself out quite naturally. We won’t really need to even manipulate it or set it up. It’ll happen. But we need to know the truth. And a lot of people are going to be hanging from lampposts or worse, I’m sure. I don’t doubt that for a second. All these people — they’ve got hell to pay.”
O’Keefe described former Rep. Ron Paul, a frequent candidate for the presidency with a penchant for attracting extremists to his cause, as “an incredible exception” to the corruption of American politics, which he described as “a servile, disgusting, treasonous body of assholes who actually have sold the American nation down the river.”
“The rest of ‘em, almost without exception, are a bunch of fucking puppets, and they’re a disgrace. And they should be rounded up and arrested for fucking treason — forthwith.”
For adopting such extremist beliefs and espousing such hateful nonsense, O’Keefe and Atzmon have been heavily marginalized within the larger Palestinian-rights and antiwar communities.
Even before O’Keefe made his presence known on the extremist scene, a group of pro-Palestinian activists and writers published a letter denouncing the kind of anti-Semitism being peddled by Atzmon and his cohorts:
“We reaffirm that there is no room in this historic and foundational analysis of our struggle for any attacks on our Jewish allies, Jews, or Judaism; nor denying the Holocaust; nor allying in any way shape or form with any conspiracy theories, far-right, orientalist, and racist arguments, associations and entities. Challenging Zionism, including the illegitimate power of institutions that support the oppression of Palestinians, and the illegitimate use of Jewish identities to protect and legitimize oppression, must never become an attack on Jewish identities, nor the demeaning and denial of Jewish histories in all their diversity.
Indeed, we regard any attempt to link and adopt antisemitic or racist language, even if it is within a self-described anti-imperialist and anti-Zionist politics, as reaffirming and legitimizing Zionism. In addition to its immorality, this language obscures the fundamental role of imperialism and colonialism in destroying our homeland, expelling its people, and sustaining the systems and ideologies of oppression, apartheid and occupation. It leaves one squarely outside true solidarity with Palestine and its people.”
A similar group of Palestinian intellectuals and activists co-signed a lengthy statement denouncing Atzmon and his supporters, concluding: “At this historic junction — when the need to struggle for the liberation of Palestine is more vital than ever and the fault lines of capitalist empire are becoming more widely exposed — no anti-oppressive revolution can be built with ultra-right allies or upon foundations friendly to creeping fascism.”
For his part, O’Keefe dismisses these critics by labeling them “cultural Marxists” – a far-right concept regarding the sources of liberal politics that inspired Anders Behring Breivik to kill 77 people in Norway in July 2011.
Robert Ransdell, the neo-Nazi who ran for U.S. Senate in Kentucky last year under the slogan “With Jews We Lose” – he didn’t win, by the way – was arrested in the Blue Grass State as he prepared to protest a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in the small city of Florence.
Ransdell, who was carrying a sign that read, “Happy Machin’ Lootin’ Killin’ Day,” was taken away by police on Monday shortly before the event was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., a spokesman for the Florence Police Department told Hatewatch today. Ransdell was charged with trespassing in a city owned government building.
“I feel depressed at the fact that I was arrested,” Ransdell told the neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer. “I have been able to walk that line over the years and it is something I have taken pride in, getting out there balls to the wall and at the same time not being shackled for doing so.”
Ransdell said he was arrested after police – “agents of the Jew-Negro Occupation government,” according to the website – asked him to leave the building and he refused. “It was just the record of token harassment I have got from this city in particular for my political activity in the past,” he said, “that moved me to just refuse to be bullied around anymore.”
Ransdell said he was released on his own recognizance and had to walk more than 10 miles back to his car. All the way, he told the website, he held up his sign to passing motorists, continuing his protest against “this rotten, phony, hypocritical, Jew-controlled, non-White infested shithole of a country.”
He said he is scheduled to be in court on the case Feb. 3 and faces a $250 fine.
It was the first time, Ransdell told the website, that he had been arrested in his 10 years as a white nationalist activist. He added that he remains committed to the cause and will be back protesting in no time. “We have hoax remembrance day coming very soon,” he said, referring to Holocaust Remembrance Day, “so there will not be long to wait.”
Ransdell is a former regional coordinator for the neo-Nazi National Alliance (NA) in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is now a coordinator for the like-minded National Alliance Reform & Restoration Group (NARRG). He is one of six NARRG members suing the now former chairman, Erich Gliebe, for $2 million and for control of what’s left of the Alliance.
But Gliebe resigned last October and William W. Williams, known as “White Will,” was elected chairman of the Alliance. Williams responded in the comment section of The Daily Stormer to Ransdell’s recent arrest. “He’s a self-centered grandstander who now finds himself a defendant in a minor criminal matter,” Williams said. “That’s what he wanted. He’ll milk the situation for all it’s worth but it will ultimately gain nothing for the cause.”
Calling Ransdell “a self-centered grandstander” is mild compared to how he was described last fall by white nationalist Internet “comedian” Paul Ramsey, aka RamZPaul.
“He’s a walking cliché,” Ramsey said in a You Tube video. “He says all the cliché, neo-Nazi, white supremacist, white nationalist things.”
He called Ransdell a “fake” whose shtick is “so over the top” and asked “why are all these guys who are so obsessed with the Jews, why do they look so Jewish?”
Ramsey said the media loves Ransdell because he makes it look like everyone associated with white nationalism is “a fucking kook.”
“I consider this guy trash,” Ramsey said.
The title of the video was “With Clowns We Go Down.”