The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is one of the wealthiest Zionist organizations in America. The government treats it almost as one of its departments.
Professor Steven Salaita analyzed the ADL and showed it is a “hate group” according to its own criteria (1).
Palestine solidarity activists are wary of the ADL. But there are similar groups with a more left-wing image. Chief among these is the Southern Poverty Law Center ($PLC), which is also a hate group, if we judge it by its own criteria. (Recently, the $PLC labeled a homophobic organization a “hate group” – but this labeling itself inspired a gay activist to shoot the organization’s security guard!).
Another example is a small but active organization known as “Anti-Racist Action” (ARA). If the ADL is a hate group, ARA certainly is one. The ADL uses temperate language; ARA has a more shrill, “politically correct” tone (2).
ARA tries to blackmail progressive movements such as co-ops into censoring any discussion of Jewish power. Those who do discuss this issue, it calls “psuedo-intellectuals” (sic), and invites them to attend reeducation courses. Whereas the ADL attempts to discredit Palestine activists by claiming they are connected to “Islamic terrorists”, ARA tries to link them to “neo-Nazi terrorists” (2).
ARA tries to prevent meetings of people whom it claims are prone to violence. More precisely, it is concerned with a narrow subset of these people, those who are critical of Jewish power, and only those who happen to be white. It tries to make it so we only criticize Christianity and white supremacy.
Recently, ARA leafletted an area of Oregon City, saying one of their neighbors belongs to a far-right group called “Volksfront”. They also told his employer, and he was dismissed.
ARA also harasses the 9/11 truth movement. In the early days, this movement held Republican president George W. Bush and the CIA responsible for “orchestrating” the September 11th attacks. This was acceptable to the Jewish left. It was when the truth movement claimed to find evidence of Israeli involvement that the “anti-racists” started to oppose it, making threats, and trying to get a member of the movement fired.
This story is a storm in a teacup, involving a couple of dozen people, but if the ARA’s campaign succeeds, it will be seen as a practice-run for widespread intimidation by more powerful Zionist groups.
ARA tries to discredit any argument that tends to undermine Jewish power, no matter how well-sourced. For example, here is how it describes Alison Weir:
the president of the Council for the National Interest infamous for pushing the modern blood libel that there is an Israeli conspiracy to harvest the organs of Palestinian children” (2)
Weir’s articles do not say that there is an Israeli conspiracy to harvest the organs of Palestinian children. Her information about organ-theft comes from the Anthropology Department at UC Berkeley (3).
Groups like ARA are concerned with ethnic interests, not truth. To illustrate this, let’s take several conspiracy theories, and ARA’s approach to evaluating them:
- Mossad orchestrated 9/11
- The CIA orchestrated 9/11
- Israel is the world’s leader in organ-theft
- The Holocaust ® has been greatly exaggerated
- The Israel Lobby is the most important influence on US Middle East policy
Below, I chart these ideas on two axes. The horizontal axis is how offensive each theory is to Jews. The vertical axis is how unlikely I think the theory is to be true.
For example, I believe it highly unlikely that the CIA was responsible for 9/11, and very likely that the Lobby is responsible for US policy in the Middle East. You may disagree with my ranking. But that’s not my point. My point is that, however intelligent or imbecilic you think each of these theories are, Jewish hate groups don’t use the vertical axis at all, only the horizontal one. They judge an idea on how offensive an idea is – how much it challenges Jewish interests – not on its empirical basis.
The ADL, ARA, etc. reject the idea that Mossad was involved in 9/11, because Mossad is Jewish. They reject the idea that Israel is a major organ-trafficker, because it is the Jewish state. Their concern is not truth, but the defense of Jewish ethnic interests. Sometimes, these conflict with other interests. In particular, they lead to opposing freedom of speech, as ARA’s recent activity clearly demonstrates (2). If they really want people to stop talking about Jewish conspiracies to undermine Western values, they need to stop conspiring to undermine Western values.
How do we combat the influence of these groups? We should explain to their victims that it is illegal to fire someone for their opinions. If they leaflet an area denouncing someone as a “racist”, we can produce a flyer defending that person’s freedom, and explaining the real reasons he is being denounced.
We could use the same techniques, and tell ARA members’ employers about their politics. But we wouldn’t do that, and they know it. Tribal politics sees adherence to universal values as a weakness, and takes advantage of it. This undermines universalism, and eventually provokes a tribalist counter-reaction. We need to work out how to stop this vicious circle.
Is the title appropriate for the subject? I think so: it is about culture because it is about money, duh!
First the facts:
JERUSALEM (AP) — DC Comics and Marvel are suing a Jerusalem vendor for selling Jewish skullcaps, or kippas, adorned withunauthorized images of crime-fighting superheroes Batman and Spiderman, a lawyer representing the comics giants said.
Lawyer Chagay Netzer said the “Kippa Man” store was violating theintellectual property rights of both companies. DC Comics and Marvel are each demanding 25,500 U.S. dollars in damages and expect the store to stop selling the kippas.
The popular downtown store draws hordes of tourists with its colorful skullcaps, many featuring cartoon characters or sports insignia.
The separate lawsuits were served last week. The shop’s owner declined to comment.
The Associated Press obtained copies of the lawsuits listing DC and Marvel as plaintiffs on Wednesday.”
It is a jewish play: all the characters in it are jews: the defendant, the plaintiff, the attorney. And it is a war of which the kippa caper is but the last battle over a piece of jewish property: Batman.
The shofar sounded first when a jew, Bob Kane, refused to acknowledge the co-authorship (rightful percentage) of another jew, Bill Finger in the creation of Batman.
In the end they made up and Finger was made whole (fist or only thumb?).
And now the kippa calamity. Haven’t the jews suffered enough, living in perpetual existential danger in a world of gentiles? Should they have to distrust their fellow jews now too? Barely have they recovered from the Madoff shock and now the kippa coup.
What’s the world coming to?
Is a must
communication do not bust
try not to let it rust
holds together without frustration
everybody has equal materialization
so that there would be no sufferation
like upper class or lower class separation
and you’ll be held together
like no one to drop your feather
a simple help would be clever
for do unto others as you would do unto you
and everything will come out cool
don’t break this for you would be a fool
and have nothing to give to
which means your oblivious
to waste this gift
that we make this with
then I would not have to loot
for then I should have what I need
and not have to shoot
over some evil pursuit
so stop your rooting
and get to moving
cus it’s time your losing
is what we are approving
and lay back snoozing
with no worries is amusing
By Justin Raimondo
September 18, 2012 “Antiwar” – If someone had planned to upend US foreign policy — to utterly destroy the very basis [.pdf] of all our diplomats (and military personnel) have been working to achieve in the Middle East and throughout the Muslim world — they couldn’t have done a better job of it than whoever put together Innocence of Muslims.
As violent protests spread, the consequences continue to roll in: the suspension of joint US-Afghan military operations, the suspension of US aid talks with Egypt, the rapid decline of US prestige in the region, and the growing influence of the radical Islamist movement US support for the “Arab Spring” was designed to counter. The Obama administration’s effort to split the Islamist upsurge and lend its support to “moderates” has been stopped cold.
Was the release of the video a random event, one of those unpredictables that can arise at any moment to foil the best-laid plans? Perhaps. Yet one is hard-pressed to explain what the makers of Innocence sought to accomplish, if not precisely what has occurred. According to various explanations floated in the media — primarily by anti-Muslim agitator Steve Klein — the idea was to promote the video to Muslims. In one account, Klein says he hoped the video would “smoke out” Muslim radicals in the US, who he is convinced have organized secret “cells” that will strike on command. On the other hand, we are told the film’s authors and promoters hoped to “convert” Muslims.
Neither explanation is very convincing. The video itself is so crude, so inept, and so deliberately insulting it is hard to believe anyone thought it could convert anyone to anything. And as for the prospect of “smoking out” secret Islamist cells — if there were such cells, one would hardly expect them to reveal themselves because of a YouTube video.
In order to understand the real motives and goals of the makers of Innocence, it is necessary to take a good look at the people who have, so far, been identified as the film’s authors and promoters.
The central figure in all this is reported to be one Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 56-year-old Egyptian immigrant: although Nakoula presented himself in an interview with the Associated Press as “Sam Bacile,” a 56-year-old “Israeli-American” real estate developer, he is a Coptic Christian, a member of a persecuted minority in Egypt — and a convicted felon. Media reports portray him as the central figure in the making of Innocence: he denies this, and describes his job as arranging “logistics” for the film. Nakoula’s role seems to have been that of a facilitator — gofer — rather than “creative director,” and in any case he hardly seems the type to have originated the idea for the movie. Having been released from jail — where he was serving a sentence for bank fraud — barely a month before filming started, Nakoula was hardly in a position to undertake such a project. Chances are he was recruited by someone else, the real originator and driving force behind Innocence— but who is that someone?
Public records show a filming permit was taken out by “Media for Christ,” an outfit run by one Joseph Nasrallah Abdelmasih. His group sponsors Christian programming in Arabic, including “The Way,” a production that has featured such prominent Islamophobes as Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. The Geller-Spencer collaboration goes back to the protests against the New York City “Ground Zero” mosque in which the duo achieved national notoriety: Nasrallah was one of the speakers at their rally. The idea for just such a movie as Innocence showed up on Geller’s blog in February, in a post entitled “A Movie About Muhammad: An Idea Whose Time Has Come.” Ali Sina, an ex-Muslim and board member of Geller and Spencer’s “Stop the Islamization of Nations,” exhorted Geller’s readers to support his movie project:
“The movie shows Muhammad’s raids, plunders, massacres, rapes, assassinations and other crimes. A small subtitle in the lower right corner of each scene will give reference to the source of the story. This movie is entirely factual. Wherever possible, I copied the Quran, the Sira and the Hadith verbatim. It is a riveting story. Truth about Muhammad is more shocking than fiction.
“The world does not know Islam. What is known is a watered down and euphemized version of it that has no bases [sic] in reality. The truth is that Muhammad was a cult leader, much like Jim Jones, Shoko Asahara and Charles Manson. Unlike them he succeeded because there was no central power in the seventh century Arabia to stop him.
“The other good news is that I have been promised a substantial angel financing. I have been daydreaming about this movie for ten years. It was this promise that prompted me into action. I put everything aside for five months, read everything I could about my protagonist, selected the most salient episodes and wrote the script.
“The seed is now sown. Now it’s time to nurture it. What I need is an experienced executive
producer, someone who shares my values, to make it happen with professionalism and missionary zeal.
“I am not thinking of a high budget movie, but given the subject matter, it can become one of the most seen motion pictures ever. (Recall Danish cartoons?)”
This may or may not be the same movie as Innocence, but what’s important here is that the idea of such a provocation — “recall Danish cartoons?” — was percolating in these circles when the movie was in production.
Nasrallah has now issued a non-denial denial, in which he claims he was duped — along with the actors — by Nakoula who “did not make the movie we thought he was making.” However, he admits Nakoula called him and that Media for Christ lent him their facilities: and, one has to ask, what movie did Nasrallah think his buddy Nakoula was making?
Nasrallah’s recent involvement with the Geller-Spencer crowd coincided with a very profitable time for his organization: Media in Christ’s income has recently skyrocketed, according to public records, with receipts totaling under $200,000 in 2009 and prior, rising to $633,516 in 2010 and $1,016,366 in 2011. Where did all that money come from — was it Mr. Sina’s “substantial angel”? Nakoula claims he funded his movie project with money from “over 100 Jewish donors.”
When Nakoula spoke to the Associated Press, he described himself as an “Israeli-American” real estate developer operating out of California: this was soon debunked, however, when inquiring reporters outed him as an Egyptian of the Coptic faith. They also discovered he’s a convicted felon — not only for a check-kiting scheme, but also for drug-dealing (methamphetamine). He’s an unlikely hero for the right-wing Christians who have made a martyr out of him, although to ostensible “libertarians” like Matt Welch, who thinks Nakoula & Co. are on the same level as Salman Rushdie, the meth conviction is doubtless a plus.
The idea that these vermin, who deliberately set out to make a “movie” that would inflame the Muslim world, are “free speech” heroes is worse than nonsense: it is valorizing villains. We don’t yet know where the money, or the impetus to make the film, came from, but what we do know is this: the driving force behind Innocence was a desire to create an international incident that would bring discredit on the United States, and empower radical Islamists who hate America and everything it stands for. And the promoters of this garbage pose as “patriots”!
Free speech has nothing to do with this issue: the President requested of YouTube that they reconsider the video’s place on YouTube in light of their terms of service. YouTube refused, and that’s the end of it. Unfortunately, however, that’s not the end of this imbroglio, the consequences of which we’ll be living with for a long time to come.