Category: far right

politicalsci 2018-10-28 22:50:11

politicalsci 2018-10-17 08:35:42

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As migrant and BAME groups in Britain, we reaf…

As migrant and BAME groups in Britain, we reaffirm our fundamental right
to the freedom of expression, and publicly to express our anxieties
about the suppression of information on the history and lived experience
of our communities.

“We are deeply worried about current attempts to silence a public
discussion of what happened in Palestine and to the Palestinians in
1948, when the majority of its people were forcibly expelled. These
facts are well established and accessible, are part of the British
historical record, as well as the direct experience of the Palestinian
people themselves. The Palestinian community in the UK has raised the
disturbing absence of key information about these past and current
injustices, and highlighted the racism it exposes then and now.

Public discussion of these facts, and a description of these injustices,
would be prohibited under the IHRA’s guidelines, and therefore
withholds vital knowledge from the public. This silencing has already
begun. Today we can freely describe the racist policies experienced in
the era of British and European colonialism in our countries of origin
(indeed it is taught in British schools), but the colonial history of
the Palestinians is continually erased. This is a dangerous breach of
our own rights, and of the wider British public: we must all hear the
full story of the Palestinians in order to make sense of the current
discussions about racism and Israel.

We also know of the efforts by organisations – including UK-based
fundamentalist groups aligned with the far-right in the US – to deny
Palestinians’ basic humanity by suppressing their entire history and
current plight. At the same time, hard-line conservative groups in the
US, such as the Middle East Forum, are providing funding and support to
anti-Muslim extremist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson),
deliberately increasing hatred, fear, and confusion. These coordinated
efforts by right-wing extremists are being actively encouraged by
President Trump’s racism and fear-mongering, which is now aimed at
dismantling UNRWA, the UN agency that protects Palestinian refugees.

We urgently remind politicians and public bodies of their
responsibilities to uphold the principles of the Human Rights Act for
every British citizen and resident in the UK equally, especially the
direct victims of colonialism, racism, and discrimination. As migrant
and BAME communities we stand as one, united against all attempts to
suppress our voices and our calls for justice, freedom and equality.”

[FULL LETTER AND SIGNATORIES]

Jewish Voice For Peace: “We are alarmed at th…

Jewish Voice For Peace: “We are alarmed at the targeting of organizations and individuals that
support Palestinian rights in general… These attacks too often take the form of
cynical and false accusations of antisemitism that dangerously conflate
anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israel’s policies and system of
occupation and apartheid.

We live in a frightening era, with growing numbers of authoritarian
and xenophobic regimes worldwide, foremost among them the Trump
administration, allying themselves with Israel’s far right government
while making common cause with deeply antisemitic and racist white
supremacist groups and parties.”

politicalsci 2018-08-02 11:31:50

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This week over 30 global Jewish organizations …

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This week over 30 global Jewish organizations have offered a statement to affirm the BDS movement, urging governments and other
institutions to take effective
measures to defeat white supremacist nationalist hate and violence and
to end complicity in Israel’s human rights violations. 

“We write this
letter with growing alarm regarding the targeting of organizations that
support Palestinian rights in general and the nonviolent Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
movement, in particular. These attacks too often take the form of
cynical and false accusations of antisemitism that dangerously conflate
anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israel’s policies and system of
occupation and apartheid.

We live in a frightening era, with growing numbers of authoritarian
and xenophobic regimes worldwide, foremost among them the Trump
administration, allying themselves with Israel’s far right government
while making common cause with deeply antisemitic and racist white
supremacist groups and parties.

From our own histories we are all too aware of the dangers of
increasingly fascistic and openly racist governments and political
parties. The rise in antisemitic discourse and attacks worldwide is part
of that broader trend. At times like this, it is more important than ever to distinguish
between the hostility to or prejudice against Jews on the one hand and
legitimate critiques of Israeli policies and system of injustice on the
other.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition
of antisemitism, which is increasingly being adopted or considered by
western governments, is worded in such a way as to be easily adopted or
considered by western governments to intentionally equate legitimate
criticisms of Israel and advocacy for Palestinian rights with
antisemitism, as a means to suppress the former. This conflation undermines both the Palestinian struggle for freedom,
justice and equality and the global struggle against antisemitism. It
also serves to shield Israel from being held accountable to universal
standards of human rights and international law.

Israel does not
represent us and cannot speak for us when committing crimes against
Palestinians and denying their UN-stipulated rights.

The Nobel Peace Prize-nominated, Palestinian civil society-led BDS
movement for Palestinian rights has demonstrated an ongoing proven commitment
to fighting antisemitism and all forms of racism and bigotry,
consistent with its dedication to the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights.” [x]

politicalsci 2018-07-21 15:20:30

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In November 2017, the Zionist Organization of …

In November 2017, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) hosted a
gala dinner in New York City honouring Stephen Bannon, US President Donald Trump’s then-chief strategist.

That Bannon and his media outlet Breitbart News were, and still are, seen by many as anti-Semitic was of no consequence to Zionist leaders from the US and Israel, who were in attendance. Just recently, the Israeli government endorsed the Nation-State Bill,
which among many racist provisions, calls for the establishment of
Jewish-only towns.

But relations between Israel and its lobby groups and racist,
neo-Nazi and fascist organizations go way deeper than a one-off gala
dinner with Steve Bannon. In fact, in Europe, Israel is actively pursuing alliances with far-right groups and parties as a state policy.

Netanyahu needs new ways to pressure Europe because pro-Palestinian
policies and attitudes are slowly but steadily entering mainstream
politics, as grassroots groups are becoming increasingly outraged by
Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

In America, Evangelical Christian Zionists have long sought international
recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In fact, the largest
evangelical pro-Israel organization in the world, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, was founded in part to show Christian solidarity with Israel after Israel adopted a deeply controversial 1980 law that proclaimed Jerusalem
“complete and united” to be its capital. Many American Christian Zionists also believe Israel to be an essential ally
in a Judeo-Christian civilizational struggle — or even holy war —
against Islam.

In contrast, this week over 30 global Jewish organizations have offered a statement to affirm the BDS movement, urging governments and other
institutions to take effective
measures to defeat white supremacist nationalist hate and violence and
to end complicity in Israel’s human rights violations.

“Israel does not
represent us and cannot speak for us when committing crimes against
Palestinians and denying their UN-stipulated rights.”

“We live in a frightening era, with growing numbers of authoritarian
and xenophobic regimes worldwide, foremost among them the Trump
administration, allying themselves with Israel’s far right government
while making common cause with deeply antisemitic and racist white
supremacist groups and parties.”

“From our own histories we are all too aware of the dangers of
increasingly fascistic and openly racist governments and political
parties. The rise in antisemitic discourse and attacks worldwide is part
of that broader trend. At times like this, it is more important than ever to distinguish
between the hostility to or prejudice against Jews on the one hand and
legitimate critiques of Israeli policies and system of injustice on the
other.”
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Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is often described as …

Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is often described as just an “eccentric politician” which is such a benign way to refer to someone who holds such bigoted far right-wing views.

  • Rees-Mogg opposes the 1998 Human Rights Act.
  • He opposes same-sex marriage.
  • He opposes abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.
  • He supported an electoral arrangement with Ukip ahead of the 2015 general election.
  • He is admired by Ukip supporters and is Nigel Farage’s preferred choice as the next Conservative leader.
  • In 2013 he addressed a dinner of the Traditional Britain Group, which favoured the repatriation of black immigrants.
  • He supports fox hunting.
  • He is a climate change sceptic.
  • He voted against investigations into the Iraq War.
  • He was described by his former teacher at Eton College as a dogmatic Thatcherite.
  • He is the youngest son of a Life Peer and worked for investment banks before setting up his
    own fund management firm. He has defended offshore tax havens, and has a personal wealth which is in excess of £100,000,000.
  • He voted in favour of reductions in corporation taxes, as well as greater regulation of trade unions.
  • He has opposed increases in welfare benefits, even for the disabled.
  • He welcomed the fast-growing number of food banks being needed.
  • He supports zero-hours contracts.
  • He campaigned vigorously for Leave and has continued to fight for the hardest form of Brexit possible.
  • In September 2017 he emerged as the most popular potential leader in a
    monthly poll of more than 1,300 Tory members.
  • He recently met with former Trump’s former advisor Steve Bannon to discuss how the conservative movement can win elections in the UK.