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ADL sorts out alt-lite from alt-right – The Jerusalem Post mobile website

People protest on the day white nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute is due to speak on campus at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. (photo credit:REUTERS)

The ideology has been around for what seems like forever, but the term is pure 21st century. With their memes and catchy slogans, the alt-right crawled out from internet message boards to take a front-row seat during the 2016 US presidential campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The alt-right particularly grabbed headlines after Hillary Clinton called Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables” and Donald Trump Jr. posted an image of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon that had been hijacked by the alt-right, on social media in response.

While most political analysts would argue that they did not have a huge impact in the outcome, many members of the alt-right claim Donald Trump’s presidential victory as their own, or as they might call it “winning the meme war.”

Now that they no longer have to concern themselves with the Trump vs. Clinton, the alt-right now devotes energy to another us vs. them fight. This time: Alt-Right versus Alt-Lite.

The term alt-lite is similar to a civic nationalist or a “cuckservative” as some on the alt-right are fond of saying. Basically it means that the person is a right-wing activist, but their ideology is not race-based or antisemitic. However, many alt-liters spit vitriol at feminists, immigrants, Muslims, and other members of “the Left” and promote outlandish conspiracy theories like Pizzagate. Members of the alt-lite often call themselves the “New Right.”

Now the Anti-Defamation League is getting in on the alt-right/alt-lite game.

The organization on Tuesday released a guide to the two ideologies called: “From Alt Right to Alt Lite: Naming the Hate.”

The most well-known member of the alt-right is the movement’s self-proclaimed leader Richard Spencer. He founded the web magazine Alternative Right in 2010 and rose to prominence during the Trump campaign. He made news around the world in November 2016 when he spoke at the annual National Policy Institute conference in Washington. Some members of the audience gave the Nazi salute after he said Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory! in his speech.

Other members on the ADL’s alt-right list include Jason Reza Jorjani, who co-founded altright.com – a website geared to a younger audience – with Richard Spencer; Andrew Anglin, who runs the online media site The Daily Stormer – which is in reference to the Nazi newspaper Der Sturmer; and Mike Enoch who founded The Right Stuff, another alt-right online presence, and hosts the Daily Shoah podcast which incorporates many antisemitic conspiracy theories. Enoch, born Mike Peinovich, gained attention when a doxxing incident showed that his wife has Jewish ancestry.

The most notable member of the ADL’s alt-lite is Milo Yiannopoulos. Like Spencer, he rose to prominence during the 2016 US presidential campaign. The former Breitbart senior editor fashions himself the “world’s most fabulous supervillain. Yiannopoulos has gained a massive fan base with his outlandish, controversial statements and antics.

Milo often verbally attacks feminists, transgender people, Muslims, and Black Lives Matters activists. His ‘troll army’ also engages in verbal and “meme” attacks — the most famous of which is the Twitter attack against Leslie Jones of The Ghostbusters remake. After some of his followers made racial and sexist slurs, Twitter banned him. He had previously been suspended by Twitter in June 2016 after he criticized Islam after the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting.

Other members on the ADL’s alt-lite list include Mike Cernovich, who contributes to Alex Jones’ Infowars and is a prominent Pizzagate conspiracy theorist; and Gavin McInnes, Vice magazine co-founder (though he left the magazine in 2008) and current contributor to Rebel Media, a Canadian right-wing media outlet.

McInnes garnered controversy when he made a video called “10 Things I Hate About Jews,” afterward changing it to “10 Things I Hate About Israel.” Hebrew sounding like “spit talk,” Israelis having a “whiny paranoid fear of Nazis” which makes them scared of Christians and Trump who “are their greatest allies,” and Jews not being grateful enough to the US for defeating the Nazis made the list. Sorry we didnt do it in time, but we still saved you.” He is considered alt-lite because he does not engage in Jewish world control conspiracies or Holocaust denial. He is an advocate of “Judeo-Christian values” above all else.

Whichever term people use, both ideologies will likely continue to play a significant role both on- and off-line for a long time to come.

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Jean-Marie Le Pen faces trial for ‘oven’ swipe at Jewish singer – EURACTIV

The co-founder of Frances far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, faces trial for inciting racial hatred over a swipe at a Jewish singer that was seen as anti-Semitic, judicial sources said Tuesday (18 July).

Le Pen, 89, has a long history of lashing out at minorities. He already has several convictions for inciting racial hatred and Holocaust denial.

He made the remark about pop singer Patrick Bruel in a video interview posted on the Fronts website in 2014.

Asked about criticism from Bruel and other singers, he chuckled and said: Listen, we will make an oven load next time.

The remark was widely seen as a veiled reference to the crematoria used by the Nazis to incinerate Holocaust victims.

His daughter, current party leader Marine Le Pen, slammed it as a political mistake.

The elder Le Pen, who delights in provoking, denied his remark was intended as an allusion to the Nazi death camps.

A member of the European Parliament, he was charged in February after the EU assembly lifted his immunity from prosecution.

In 2015, the former paratrooper was booted out of the FN by his daughter for repeating his view that the Holocaust was but a detail of World War II.

He remains the National Fronts honorary president, however.

Since taking over the leadership in 2011 Marine Le Pen has worked to purge the FN of anti-Semitism and overt racism bequeathed by her father while continuing to drive a hard line on immigration and Islam.

In Mays presidential election voters disavowed her nationalist agenda, placing her a distant second behind pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron.

In June parliamentary elections the National Front also fell far short of its goal, winning only eight seats in the 577-member National Assembly.

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Meeting of minds as Netanyahu visits Orbn – EURACTIV

Hungary welcomes Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu today (18 July) on a landmark visit that Prime Minister Viktor Orbn hopes will bolster him in his battle with George Soros and deflect charges of stoking anti-Semitism.

It brings together two right-wingers enamoured of US President Donald Trump and with a disdain for the left-leaning liberal global order bankrolled, as they see it, by the likes of Soros, the US financier and philanthropist.

Netanyahu, fresh from a contentious visit to France, will on Wednesday meet premiers of the Visegrad Group Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic plus Hungary that has been increasingly at odds with the rest of the EU.

Leaders from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland (the Visegrd Four) rejected yesterday (28 March) what they called Brussels use of blackmail and diktat over planned resettlements of migrants across the EU.

All these states are very pro-Israel, Raphael Vago, an expert on eastern Europe at Tel Aviv university, told AFP. They vote in our favour at the European Union and the United Nations.

Netanyahus trip to Hungary, the first by an Israeli prime minister since the end of communism in 1989, comes with tempers flaring over Orbns campaign vilifying the Hungarian-born billionaire Soros.

Posters attacking him for his alleged support of mass immigration some daubed with Stinking Jew graffiti have further upset Hungarys over 100,000-strong Jewish community, one of Europes largest.

They have often accused Orbn, in power since 2010, of turning a blind eye to anti-Semitism or even encouraging it with nationalist rhetoric that analysts say is aimed at staving off a rise in for the far-right, a charge the 54-year-old denies.

Whitewashing

Recently Orbn also praised Miklos Horthy, Hungarys wartime leader and Hitler ally until 1944, as an exceptional statesman for rebuilding Hungary after World War I.

Critics have long suspected Orbn of trying to rehabilitate Horthy, who oversaw the sending of over a half million Jews to the Nazi death camps, by tacitly encouraging new memorials of Horthy and other interwar figures.

In 2014, Hungarys biggest Jewish organisation Mazsihisz boycotted state commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the 1944 deportations over concerns the government was whitewashing the states complicity.

But Orbn is at pains to stress his zero tolerance of anti-Semitism, his supporters pointing to a new law outlawing Holocaust denial and state funding for Jewish-themed films like Oscar-winner Son of Saul.

No government has done more to fight anti-Semitism in Hungary, his spokesman said in a blog post on Thursday.

A million migrants

Soros, who hid from the Nazis in Budapest as a boy, said that the posters, plastered nationwide, used anti-Semitic imagery.

His spokesman said they were reminiscent of Europes darkest hours. The head of Mazsihisz called the campaign poisonous.

Orbn insisted they were not about the 86-year-olds Jewishness but the national security risk posed by his wish to settle a million migrants in the European Union.

French MEP Jean-Luc Schaffhauser has blamed billionaire George Soros for having financed the humanitarian infrastructures that helped open Europes doors to uncontrolled flows of migrants, and for making money from the EUs destabilisation.

Orbns government is also making life difficult for the prestigious Central European University in Budapest, created by Soros, and for civil organisations he funds prompting EU legal action.

Hungary saw the biggest anti-government protest in three years on Sunday (9 April), as tens of thousands demonstrated against new higher education legislation seen as targeting the respected Central European University.

Netanyahu, 67, whose relations with the EU are strained too, is also scornful about Soros because of his support for both Israeli and Palestinian rights groups critical of Israels government and the occupation.

Some in Israel called for Netanyahu to cancel his Hungary trip because of the posters which will be down by the time he arrives with Israels ambassador saying it evokes sad memories (and) sows hatred and fear.

But hours later, a foreign ministry statement backtracked reportedly at Netanyahus behest.

While Israel deplores anti-Semitism, Soros continuously undermines Israels democratically elected governments by funding organisations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself, it said.

Connecting Soros to the migration issue is the (Hungarian) governments aim, but it is a problem for Orbn if the campaign is seen as anti-Semitic, political analyst Csaba Toth told AFP.

So the Netanyahu visit helps him as it bolsters his claims that the Soros campaign is not.

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Macron: Anti-Zionism Is a Reinvented Form of anti-Semitism – Haaretz

Speaking at a ceremony commemorating the victims of the mass roundup of Jews in Paris in WWII, the French president assailed Le Pen and said France must take responsibility for the Vichy regime and Nazi collaboration

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron delivered forceful remarks on Sunday at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Jews from Paris, attacking his political rival Marine Le Pen and other figures who claimed that the Vichy government which collaborated with the Nazis during WWII didn’t represent France.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the ceremony in Paris alongside Macron.

“There are those who say Vichy wasn’t France,” Macron said. “It’s true that Vichy wasn’t all of France, but Vichy was the government of France and the French establishment It was responsible for deporting French Jews, and not the Germans.”

Macron said that denying or hiding France’s role in WWII is a disgrace.

“We have a responsibility to realize where and when we have failed,” he said. “The underground and those who rescued Jews saved France’s dignity, but the Vichy government was the reality. It’s convenient and easy to see Vichy as something perpetrated by foreign agents but it was the reality. You can’t build pride on a lie.”

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Macron condemned Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism in France today, saying that it has taken a new shape, and that anti-Zionist and anti-Israel expressions should be opposed. “It’s a new type of anti-Semitism,” he said.

At the ceremony, Netanyahu lauded Macron’s statement from a few days ago that France in a war of civilizations against radical Islamic terrorism.

“Your struggle against militant Islam is our struggle,” he said. “We must stand against them together and defeat them together.”

Following the ceremony, Netanyahu arrived at the lyse Palace for a sit-down with Macron.

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Top UAE Official Slams Qatar-Owned Al-Jazeera for Anti-Semitism – TheTower.org

In the latest sign of the growing rift between the Saudi-led Gulf states and Qatar, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates blasted Qatars Al-Jazeera network on Wednesday for promoting anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

Anwar Gargash, the UAEs minister for foreign affairs, charged that Al-Jazeera promoted anti-Semitic violence by broadcasting sermons by the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yusuf al-Qaradawi,Agence France-Presse reported.

Qaradawi had also praised Hitler, described the Holocaust as divine punishment, and called on Allah to take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people and kill them, down to the very last one, Gargash added.

Gargashs criticism of the Qatari network came in a letter responding to charges by the United Nations that the Saudi-led effort to shut down Al-Jazeera violates press freedom.

David Kaye, the UNs special rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion, saidthat shutting down Al-Jazeera would be a major blow against media pluralism. The Middle East is already suffering from severe restrictions on reporting and media, he added.

But Gargash responded that Freedom of expression cannot be used to justify and shield the promotion of extremist narratives, claiming that Al Jazeera is a platform for spreading terrorist ideology.

Gargashs letter referredto the broadcasting of an infamous sermon by Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi on Al-Jazeera in 2009. Al-Qaradawi addressed his message to the aggressor Jews, those arrogant plunderers, who act arrogantly toward the servants of Allah in the land of Allah. Al-Qaradhawi referred to Jews as treacherous and cunning, while calling on Allah to kill them all. Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one, Al-Qaradhawi said.

This is not the first time Al-Jazeera has been accused of promoting anti-Semitism. There is no doubt that anti-Semitism is woven into the fabric of Al Jazeeras Arabic reporting, Erik Nisbet, a professor of Arabic media at Ohio State University, saidin 2011. Nisbet went on to compare Al-Jazeeras reporting to an American channel giving airtime to the Ku Klux Klan.

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission notedin 2004 that Al-Jazeera host Faisal Al-Qassam frequently made anti-Semitic remarks on his weekly show, with one episode titled, Is Zionism worse than Nazism. Al-Qassam referred to Jews as apes and pigs, and recommended that the U.S. get rid of its Jews. The Commission quoted Al-Qassam as saying, God will not be deterred unless there is a true holocaust that will exterminate all of [the Jews] at once.

A guest on Al-Qassams show, Saudi cleric Abdallah Bib Matruk Al-Haddal, said that the September 11th attacks were a continuation of an ancient attack. It is a continuation of the Jewish deception and the Jewish-Zionist wickedness. Al-Haddal concluded that Jewish fingerprints have infiltrated the U.S., Jewish evil and deception are those who attacked the U.S. The claim that Jews are responsible for the September 11th attacks is awidely debunked anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

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US Holocaust Museum beats $250K goal to preserve, digitize diaries – WJLA

A page of Joseph Stripounsky’s diary with a sketch showing “Master Teddy Bear,” is shown at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is launching its first-ever crowd-funding campaign in an effort to preserve and digitize more than 200 diaries from Holocaust victims and survivors. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has exceeded its $250,000 goal in an effort to preserve and digitize more than 200 diaries from Holocaust victims and survivors.

The museum announced Wednesday that its first crowd-funding campaign launched on Kickstarter last month met its goal with pledges from more than 4,500 people. The campaign launched on June 12, the birthday of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank. The funding also will make it possible to translate three diaries into English.

The museum is now launching a stretch goal of $50,000 to translate 10 more diaries into English. That effort runs through July 13.

Museum officials say the diaries are important because they offer evidence that the Holocaust happened at a time when Holocaust denial is on the rise.

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Iranians Replace Holocaust Denial Cartoon Contest with Trump … – Breitbart News

The contest, which began Monday and lasts an entire week, has received entries from 1,614 Iranian and foreign participants from 74 countries. Four Americans participated in the contest, and two received special recognition for their work.

One of those men was American Robert Jones Clayton, whose cartoon showedtwo separate copies ofTIMEmagazine,in the years in which Adolf Hitler (1938) and Donald Trump (2016) were their nominated person of the year.It is a great honor, Trump tells Hitler, to which Hitler replies Ja.

Another American entrant,Ed Wexler, portrays Trump running away from a snowball with the communist logo, a reference to his unproven connections to Russia.

Eventual winnerHadi Asadi, who won $1,500 for his cartoon depicting Trump wearing a coat made from dollar bills with his hair on fire while dribbling on a pile of books, told the Associated Press he wanted to show Trumps money-mindedness and war monger nature.

I wanted to show Trump while trampling symbols of culture, he said.

The events director, Ali-Asghar Jafar, told the Iranian state-run PressTVthat the exhibition sought to highlight U.S. hostility towards Iran. Today, the US is moving against Muslim countries, especially Iran, he said. It was difficult to prove US brutality in the past, but Trumps presence has made it easy.

Today, the US is moving against Muslim countries, especially Iran, he said. It was difficult to prove US brutality in the past, but Trumps presence has made it easy.

Another event organizer, Masuod Shojai Tabatabaei, said thecontest aimed to highlight Trumps flaws by displaying satirical paintings on themes such as sexism, immigration, and attitudes towards the media.

The ism in Trumpism is a reference to racism and Nazism, said Tabatabaei. Many believe his remarks are similar to Hitler. He has had a bad attitude towards the media and refugees.

Last year, Tabatabaei organized his thirdHolocaust denial cartoon contestcompetition, which he claimed was not anti-Semitic but aimed at highlighting Western double standards towards criticism of Islam.

We have never been after denying the Holocaust or ridiculing its victims, Masuod Shojai Tabatabaei said at the time. If you find a single design that ridicules victims or denies, we are ready to close the exhibition. Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust were subject to oppression by Nazis.

Depictions of Muhammed, who Muslims revere as a prophet, are still forbidden in Iran under Islamic blasphemy law, which can result in the death penalty. In March this year, a 21-year-old man was sentenced to deathfor insultingIslam through messages he sent online.

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This Cartoon Just Won First Prize at Iran’s ‘Trumpism Cartoon and Caricature Contest’ – Haaretz

Iranian cartoonist Hadi Asadi won the first prize Monday at Iran’s International Trumpism Cartoon and Caricature Contest. Asadi’s work was one of thousands competing in the new competition, which ran the gamut from funny to insulting to downright apocalyptic, and followed in wake of the Islamic Republic’s infamous annual Holocaust cartoon contest.

According to the Teheran Times, artists from over 70 countries submitted over 1,600 works to the competition, which organizers said sought to acknowledge Trump since he represents the real image of America.

Trumps behavior clearly sets out Irans reasons to distrust the U.S., consequently, we decided to use arts capacity for displaying the behavior, the competition’s deirector, Ali-Asghar Jafari, said.

Another organizer is Masud Shojaei-Tabatabai, who was also among the leaders of the country’s International Holocaust Cartoon Contest. Indeed, some of the Trump cartoons echoed the competition, which is infamous for showcasing anti-Semitic works which border on Holocaust denial.

This contest considers Trump as a symbol of U.S. capitalism and hegemony that many intellectuals compare with Nazism, Shojaei-Tabatabai said.

Indeed, one of the cartoons showed Trump corralled within a swastika-shaped wall.

Others focused on the U.S. president’s social media habits, with Twitter featuring in a number of works.

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German Law Curbs Holocaust Denial On Facebook, Twitter The … – Forward

BERLIN (JTA) The German parliament passed a new law Friday designed to curb hate speech and libel on social networks.

The law requires Internet platforms likeFacebook, Twitter and YouTube to remove material with obviouslyillegal content and fake defamatory newswithin 24 hoursof itshaving been reported. Previously, illegal material was reported butdid not have to be removed.

The new law places the onus on the social media platforms to removethe material or be subjected to heavy fines, reportedly of up to about $56million.

Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, praised the new network law as a strong instrument against online hatespeech, and added that an evaluation period would help determine its efficacy.

In an official statement, he noted that social media has become ahotbed of anti-Semitic incitement, which is easily spread worldwide.Since platform operators generally failed to stick to agreements of a voluntary nature, this law is the logical consequence.

Criticism of the law came from legislators from the Left Party and theGreens, who said they worried about granting Internet companies thepower to set the boundaries for free speech online.

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ADL sorts out alt-lite from alt-right – The Jerusalem Post mobile website

People protest on the day white nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute is due to speak on campus at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. (photo credit:REUTERS) The ideology has been around for what seems like forever, but the term is pure 21st century. With their memes and catchy slogans, the alt-right crawled out from internet message boards to take a front-row seat during the 2016 US presidential campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The alt-right particularly grabbed headlines after Hillary Clinton called Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables” and Donald Trump Jr. posted an image of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon that had been hijacked by the alt-right, on social media in response. While most political analysts would argue that they did not have a huge impact in the outcome, many members of the alt-right claim Donald Trump’s presidential victory as their own, or as they might call it “winning the meme war.” Now that they no longer have to concern themselves with the Trump vs. Clinton, the alt-right now devotes energy to another us vs. them fight. This time: Alt-Right versus Alt-Lite. The term alt-lite is similar to a civic nationalist or a “cuckservative” as some on the alt-right are fond of saying. Basically it means that the person is a right-wing activist, but their ideology is not race-based or antisemitic. However, many alt-liters spit vitriol at feminists, immigrants, Muslims, and other members of “the Left” and promote outlandish conspiracy theories like Pizzagate. Members of the alt-lite often call themselves the “New Right.” Now the Anti-Defamation League is getting in on the alt-right/alt-lite game. The organization on Tuesday released a guide to the two ideologies called: “From Alt Right to Alt Lite: Naming the Hate.” The most well-known member of the alt-right is the movement’s self-proclaimed leader Richard Spencer. He founded the web magazine Alternative Right in 2010 and rose to prominence during the Trump campaign. He made news around the world in November 2016 when he spoke at the annual National Policy Institute conference in Washington. Some members of the audience gave the Nazi salute after he said Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory! in his speech. Other members on the ADL’s alt-right list include Jason Reza Jorjani, who co-founded altright.com – a website geared to a younger audience – with Richard Spencer; Andrew Anglin, who runs the online media site The Daily Stormer – which is in reference to the Nazi newspaper Der Sturmer; and Mike Enoch who founded The Right Stuff, another alt-right online presence, and hosts the Daily Shoah podcast which incorporates many antisemitic conspiracy theories. Enoch, born Mike Peinovich, gained attention when a doxxing incident showed that his wife has Jewish ancestry. The most notable member of the ADL’s alt-lite is Milo Yiannopoulos. Like Spencer, he rose to prominence during the 2016 US presidential campaign. The former Breitbart senior editor fashions himself the “world’s most fabulous supervillain. Yiannopoulos has gained a massive fan base with his outlandish, controversial statements and antics. Milo often verbally attacks feminists, transgender people, Muslims, and Black Lives Matters activists. His ‘troll army’ also engages in verbal and “meme” attacks — the most famous of which is the Twitter attack against Leslie Jones of The Ghostbusters remake. After some of his followers made racial and sexist slurs, Twitter banned him. He had previously been suspended by Twitter in June 2016 after he criticized Islam after the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Other members on the ADL’s alt-lite list include Mike Cernovich, who contributes to Alex Jones’ Infowars and is a prominent Pizzagate conspiracy theorist; and Gavin McInnes, Vice magazine co-founder (though he left the magazine in 2008) and current contributor to Rebel Media, a Canadian right-wing media outlet. McInnes garnered controversy when he made a video called “10 Things I Hate About Jews,” afterward changing it to “10 Things I Hate About Israel.” Hebrew sounding like “spit talk,” Israelis having a “whiny paranoid fear of Nazis” which makes them scared of Christians and Trump who “are their greatest allies,” and Jews not being grateful enough to the US for defeating the Nazis made the list. Sorry we didnt do it in time, but we still saved you.” He is considered alt-lite because he does not engage in Jewish world control conspiracies or Holocaust denial. He is an advocate of “Judeo-Christian values” above all else. Whichever term people use, both ideologies will likely continue to play a significant role both on- and off-line for a long time to come. Share on facebook

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Jean-Marie Le Pen faces trial for ‘oven’ swipe at Jewish singer – EURACTIV

The co-founder of Frances far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, faces trial for inciting racial hatred over a swipe at a Jewish singer that was seen as anti-Semitic, judicial sources said Tuesday (18 July). Le Pen, 89, has a long history of lashing out at minorities. He already has several convictions for inciting racial hatred and Holocaust denial. He made the remark about pop singer Patrick Bruel in a video interview posted on the Fronts website in 2014. Asked about criticism from Bruel and other singers, he chuckled and said: Listen, we will make an oven load next time. The remark was widely seen as a veiled reference to the crematoria used by the Nazis to incinerate Holocaust victims. His daughter, current party leader Marine Le Pen, slammed it as a political mistake. The elder Le Pen, who delights in provoking, denied his remark was intended as an allusion to the Nazi death camps. A member of the European Parliament, he was charged in February after the EU assembly lifted his immunity from prosecution. In 2015, the former paratrooper was booted out of the FN by his daughter for repeating his view that the Holocaust was but a detail of World War II. He remains the National Fronts honorary president, however. Since taking over the leadership in 2011 Marine Le Pen has worked to purge the FN of anti-Semitism and overt racism bequeathed by her father while continuing to drive a hard line on immigration and Islam. In Mays presidential election voters disavowed her nationalist agenda, placing her a distant second behind pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron. In June parliamentary elections the National Front also fell far short of its goal, winning only eight seats in the 577-member National Assembly.

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Meeting of minds as Netanyahu visits Orbn – EURACTIV

Hungary welcomes Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu today (18 July) on a landmark visit that Prime Minister Viktor Orbn hopes will bolster him in his battle with George Soros and deflect charges of stoking anti-Semitism. It brings together two right-wingers enamoured of US President Donald Trump and with a disdain for the left-leaning liberal global order bankrolled, as they see it, by the likes of Soros, the US financier and philanthropist. Netanyahu, fresh from a contentious visit to France, will on Wednesday meet premiers of the Visegrad Group Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic plus Hungary that has been increasingly at odds with the rest of the EU. Leaders from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland (the Visegrd Four) rejected yesterday (28 March) what they called Brussels use of blackmail and diktat over planned resettlements of migrants across the EU. All these states are very pro-Israel, Raphael Vago, an expert on eastern Europe at Tel Aviv university, told AFP. They vote in our favour at the European Union and the United Nations. Netanyahus trip to Hungary, the first by an Israeli prime minister since the end of communism in 1989, comes with tempers flaring over Orbns campaign vilifying the Hungarian-born billionaire Soros. Posters attacking him for his alleged support of mass immigration some daubed with Stinking Jew graffiti have further upset Hungarys over 100,000-strong Jewish community, one of Europes largest. They have often accused Orbn, in power since 2010, of turning a blind eye to anti-Semitism or even encouraging it with nationalist rhetoric that analysts say is aimed at staving off a rise in for the far-right, a charge the 54-year-old denies. Whitewashing Recently Orbn also praised Miklos Horthy, Hungarys wartime leader and Hitler ally until 1944, as an exceptional statesman for rebuilding Hungary after World War I. Critics have long suspected Orbn of trying to rehabilitate Horthy, who oversaw the sending of over a half million Jews to the Nazi death camps, by tacitly encouraging new memorials of Horthy and other interwar figures. In 2014, Hungarys biggest Jewish organisation Mazsihisz boycotted state commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the 1944 deportations over concerns the government was whitewashing the states complicity. But Orbn is at pains to stress his zero tolerance of anti-Semitism, his supporters pointing to a new law outlawing Holocaust denial and state funding for Jewish-themed films like Oscar-winner Son of Saul. No government has done more to fight anti-Semitism in Hungary, his spokesman said in a blog post on Thursday. A million migrants Soros, who hid from the Nazis in Budapest as a boy, said that the posters, plastered nationwide, used anti-Semitic imagery. His spokesman said they were reminiscent of Europes darkest hours. The head of Mazsihisz called the campaign poisonous. Orbn insisted they were not about the 86-year-olds Jewishness but the national security risk posed by his wish to settle a million migrants in the European Union. French MEP Jean-Luc Schaffhauser has blamed billionaire George Soros for having financed the humanitarian infrastructures that helped open Europes doors to uncontrolled flows of migrants, and for making money from the EUs destabilisation. Orbns government is also making life difficult for the prestigious Central European University in Budapest, created by Soros, and for civil organisations he funds prompting EU legal action. Hungary saw the biggest anti-government protest in three years on Sunday (9 April), as tens of thousands demonstrated against new higher education legislation seen as targeting the respected Central European University. Netanyahu, 67, whose relations with the EU are strained too, is also scornful about Soros because of his support for both Israeli and Palestinian rights groups critical of Israels government and the occupation. Some in Israel called for Netanyahu to cancel his Hungary trip because of the posters which will be down by the time he arrives with Israels ambassador saying it evokes sad memories (and) sows hatred and fear. But hours later, a foreign ministry statement backtracked reportedly at Netanyahus behest. While Israel deplores anti-Semitism, Soros continuously undermines Israels democratically elected governments by funding organisations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself, it said. Connecting Soros to the migration issue is the (Hungarian) governments aim, but it is a problem for Orbn if the campaign is seen as anti-Semitic, political analyst Csaba Toth told AFP. So the Netanyahu visit helps him as it bolsters his claims that the Soros campaign is not.

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Macron: Anti-Zionism Is a Reinvented Form of anti-Semitism – Haaretz

Speaking at a ceremony commemorating the victims of the mass roundup of Jews in Paris in WWII, the French president assailed Le Pen and said France must take responsibility for the Vichy regime and Nazi collaboration PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron delivered forceful remarks on Sunday at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Jews from Paris, attacking his political rival Marine Le Pen and other figures who claimed that the Vichy government which collaborated with the Nazis during WWII didn’t represent France. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the ceremony in Paris alongside Macron. “There are those who say Vichy wasn’t France,” Macron said. “It’s true that Vichy wasn’t all of France, but Vichy was the government of France and the French establishment It was responsible for deporting French Jews, and not the Germans.” Macron said that denying or hiding France’s role in WWII is a disgrace. “We have a responsibility to realize where and when we have failed,” he said. “The underground and those who rescued Jews saved France’s dignity, but the Vichy government was the reality. It’s convenient and easy to see Vichy as something perpetrated by foreign agents but it was the reality. You can’t build pride on a lie.” We’ve got more newsletters we think you’ll find interesting. Please try again later. This email address has already registered for this newsletter. Macron condemned Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism in France today, saying that it has taken a new shape, and that anti-Zionist and anti-Israel expressions should be opposed. “It’s a new type of anti-Semitism,” he said. At the ceremony, Netanyahu lauded Macron’s statement from a few days ago that France in a war of civilizations against radical Islamic terrorism. “Your struggle against militant Islam is our struggle,” he said. “We must stand against them together and defeat them together.” Following the ceremony, Netanyahu arrived at the lyse Palace for a sit-down with Macron. Want to enjoy ‘Zen’ reading – with no ads and just the article? Subscribe today

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Top UAE Official Slams Qatar-Owned Al-Jazeera for Anti-Semitism – TheTower.org

In the latest sign of the growing rift between the Saudi-led Gulf states and Qatar, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates blasted Qatars Al-Jazeera network on Wednesday for promoting anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. Anwar Gargash, the UAEs minister for foreign affairs, charged that Al-Jazeera promoted anti-Semitic violence by broadcasting sermons by the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yusuf al-Qaradawi,Agence France-Presse reported. Qaradawi had also praised Hitler, described the Holocaust as divine punishment, and called on Allah to take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people and kill them, down to the very last one, Gargash added. Gargashs criticism of the Qatari network came in a letter responding to charges by the United Nations that the Saudi-led effort to shut down Al-Jazeera violates press freedom. David Kaye, the UNs special rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion, saidthat shutting down Al-Jazeera would be a major blow against media pluralism. The Middle East is already suffering from severe restrictions on reporting and media, he added. But Gargash responded that Freedom of expression cannot be used to justify and shield the promotion of extremist narratives, claiming that Al Jazeera is a platform for spreading terrorist ideology. Gargashs letter referredto the broadcasting of an infamous sermon by Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi on Al-Jazeera in 2009. Al-Qaradawi addressed his message to the aggressor Jews, those arrogant plunderers, who act arrogantly toward the servants of Allah in the land of Allah. Al-Qaradhawi referred to Jews as treacherous and cunning, while calling on Allah to kill them all. Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one, Al-Qaradhawi said. This is not the first time Al-Jazeera has been accused of promoting anti-Semitism. There is no doubt that anti-Semitism is woven into the fabric of Al Jazeeras Arabic reporting, Erik Nisbet, a professor of Arabic media at Ohio State University, saidin 2011. Nisbet went on to compare Al-Jazeeras reporting to an American channel giving airtime to the Ku Klux Klan. The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission notedin 2004 that Al-Jazeera host Faisal Al-Qassam frequently made anti-Semitic remarks on his weekly show, with one episode titled, Is Zionism worse than Nazism. Al-Qassam referred to Jews as apes and pigs, and recommended that the U.S. get rid of its Jews. The Commission quoted Al-Qassam as saying, God will not be deterred unless there is a true holocaust that will exterminate all of [the Jews] at once. A guest on Al-Qassams show, Saudi cleric Abdallah Bib Matruk Al-Haddal, said that the September 11th attacks were a continuation of an ancient attack. It is a continuation of the Jewish deception and the Jewish-Zionist wickedness. Al-Haddal concluded that Jewish fingerprints have infiltrated the U.S., Jewish evil and deception are those who attacked the U.S. The claim that Jews are responsible for the September 11th attacks is awidely debunked anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. [Photo:Wochit Politics / YouTube]

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US Holocaust Museum beats $250K goal to preserve, digitize diaries – WJLA

A page of Joseph Stripounsky’s diary with a sketch showing “Master Teddy Bear,” is shown at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is launching its first-ever crowd-funding campaign in an effort to preserve and digitize more than 200 diaries from Holocaust victims and survivors. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has exceeded its $250,000 goal in an effort to preserve and digitize more than 200 diaries from Holocaust victims and survivors. The museum announced Wednesday that its first crowd-funding campaign launched on Kickstarter last month met its goal with pledges from more than 4,500 people. The campaign launched on June 12, the birthday of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank. The funding also will make it possible to translate three diaries into English. The museum is now launching a stretch goal of $50,000 to translate 10 more diaries into English. That effort runs through July 13. Museum officials say the diaries are important because they offer evidence that the Holocaust happened at a time when Holocaust denial is on the rise.

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Iranians Replace Holocaust Denial Cartoon Contest with Trump … – Breitbart News

The contest, which began Monday and lasts an entire week, has received entries from 1,614 Iranian and foreign participants from 74 countries. Four Americans participated in the contest, and two received special recognition for their work. One of those men was American Robert Jones Clayton, whose cartoon showedtwo separate copies ofTIMEmagazine,in the years in which Adolf Hitler (1938) and Donald Trump (2016) were their nominated person of the year.It is a great honor, Trump tells Hitler, to which Hitler replies Ja. Another American entrant,Ed Wexler, portrays Trump running away from a snowball with the communist logo, a reference to his unproven connections to Russia. Eventual winnerHadi Asadi, who won $1,500 for his cartoon depicting Trump wearing a coat made from dollar bills with his hair on fire while dribbling on a pile of books, told the Associated Press he wanted to show Trumps money-mindedness and war monger nature. I wanted to show Trump while trampling symbols of culture, he said. The events director, Ali-Asghar Jafar, told the Iranian state-run PressTVthat the exhibition sought to highlight U.S. hostility towards Iran. Today, the US is moving against Muslim countries, especially Iran, he said. It was difficult to prove US brutality in the past, but Trumps presence has made it easy. Today, the US is moving against Muslim countries, especially Iran, he said. It was difficult to prove US brutality in the past, but Trumps presence has made it easy. Another event organizer, Masuod Shojai Tabatabaei, said thecontest aimed to highlight Trumps flaws by displaying satirical paintings on themes such as sexism, immigration, and attitudes towards the media. The ism in Trumpism is a reference to racism and Nazism, said Tabatabaei. Many believe his remarks are similar to Hitler. He has had a bad attitude towards the media and refugees. Last year, Tabatabaei organized his thirdHolocaust denial cartoon contestcompetition, which he claimed was not anti-Semitic but aimed at highlighting Western double standards towards criticism of Islam. We have never been after denying the Holocaust or ridiculing its victims, Masuod Shojai Tabatabaei said at the time. If you find a single design that ridicules victims or denies, we are ready to close the exhibition. Jews who lost their lives in the Holocaust were subject to oppression by Nazis. Depictions of Muhammed, who Muslims revere as a prophet, are still forbidden in Iran under Islamic blasphemy law, which can result in the death penalty. In March this year, a 21-year-old man was sentenced to deathfor insultingIslam through messages he sent online. You can follow Ben Kewon Facebook, on Twitter at@ben_kew,oremail him at bkew@breitbart.com P.S. DO YOU WANT MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS ONE DELIVERED RIGHT TO YOUR INBOX?SIGN UP FOR THE DAILY BREITBART NEWSLETTER.

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This Cartoon Just Won First Prize at Iran’s ‘Trumpism Cartoon and Caricature Contest’ – Haaretz

Iranian cartoonist Hadi Asadi won the first prize Monday at Iran’s International Trumpism Cartoon and Caricature Contest. Asadi’s work was one of thousands competing in the new competition, which ran the gamut from funny to insulting to downright apocalyptic, and followed in wake of the Islamic Republic’s infamous annual Holocaust cartoon contest. According to the Teheran Times, artists from over 70 countries submitted over 1,600 works to the competition, which organizers said sought to acknowledge Trump since he represents the real image of America. Trumps behavior clearly sets out Irans reasons to distrust the U.S., consequently, we decided to use arts capacity for displaying the behavior, the competition’s deirector, Ali-Asghar Jafari, said. Another organizer is Masud Shojaei-Tabatabai, who was also among the leaders of the country’s International Holocaust Cartoon Contest. Indeed, some of the Trump cartoons echoed the competition, which is infamous for showcasing anti-Semitic works which border on Holocaust denial. This contest considers Trump as a symbol of U.S. capitalism and hegemony that many intellectuals compare with Nazism, Shojaei-Tabatabai said. Indeed, one of the cartoons showed Trump corralled within a swastika-shaped wall. Others focused on the U.S. president’s social media habits, with Twitter featuring in a number of works.

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German Law Curbs Holocaust Denial On Facebook, Twitter The … – Forward

BERLIN (JTA) The German parliament passed a new law Friday designed to curb hate speech and libel on social networks. The law requires Internet platforms likeFacebook, Twitter and YouTube to remove material with obviouslyillegal content and fake defamatory newswithin 24 hoursof itshaving been reported. Previously, illegal material was reported butdid not have to be removed. The new law places the onus on the social media platforms to removethe material or be subjected to heavy fines, reportedly of up to about $56million. Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, praised the new network law as a strong instrument against online hatespeech, and added that an evaluation period would help determine its efficacy. In an official statement, he noted that social media has become ahotbed of anti-Semitic incitement, which is easily spread worldwide.Since platform operators generally failed to stick to agreements of a voluntary nature, this law is the logical consequence. Criticism of the law came from legislators from the Left Party and theGreens, who said they worried about granting Internet companies thepower to set the boundaries for free speech online.

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