Tag: Islamophobia

Billionaire pro-Israel Buttigieg backer Seth Klarman funds group behind Iowa’s disastrous voting app

Behind the app that delayed Iowa’s voting results is a dark money operation funded by anti-Bernie Sanders billionaires. Its top donor Seth Klarman is a Buttigieg backer who has dumped money into pro-settler Israel lobby groups.

By Max Blumenthal

Continue reading “Billionaire pro-Israel Buttigieg backer Seth Klarman funds group behind Iowa’s disastrous voting app”

Exposing the shocking and continuing alliance between Zionism and anti-Semitism

An in-depth discussion with renowned Palestinian scholar Joseph Massad details the alliance between Zionism and anti-Semitism.

By Max Blumenthal / AlterNet

At its annual gala this November, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) feted Sebastian Gorka alongside fellow Trump White House alumni Steven Bannon and Sean Spicer. The ZOA’s president, Morton Klein, has established a special relationship with the Trump administration, going out of his way to defend Gorka against accusations of Nazi sympathies.

On the eve of Trump’s election, Gorka appeared in nationally televised interviews clad in a black uniform bearing the medal of the Vitezi Rend, a Hungarian fascist group that collaborated with the Nazis during the Holocaust. Speaking at a conference organized by the right-wing Israeli newspaper the Jerusalem Post in May, Gorka defended his wearing the medal, proclaiming, “My father was awarded a medal in 1979 by anti-communist members of a splinter order outside Hungary … I am proud to wear that, as a response to everything that we face today.”

Vitzezi Rend has appeared on a US State Department list of “organizations under the direction of the Nazi government of Germany,” and its late founder, Miklos Horthy, reportedly declared, “I have always been an anti-Semite throughout my life.” During the anti-communist White Terror that took place between 1919 and 1921 in Hungary, Horthy presided over some 60 pogroms, and attacks on Jews continued through the 1920’s. When Nazi Germany occupied Hungary in 1944, Horthy participated in the deportation of 437,000 Jews to concentration camps.

Continue reading “Exposing the shocking and continuing alliance between Zionism and anti-Semitism”

Christopher Columbus the Islamophobe: An Untold Thanksgiving Story

A genocidal holiday cannot be fully understood without also being in silent or explicit relation to a savage Muslim counterpart.

By Hamzah Raza, Alexander Abbasi

This article was originally published at AlterNet.

The taking down of racist monuments has manifested itself in a worldwide movement meant to scrutinize the supposed morality of past figures and symbols. In March of 2015, students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa launched the Rhodes Must Fall movement in which they demanded the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, a man considered by many to be the “architect of apartheid.” Just a few months later, in June of 2015, Bree Newsome, an activist from South Carolina, took down the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina State Capitol, leading to its permanent removal in July of 2015. In January of 2016, students at Oxford University in the United Kingdom voted in favor of removing a statue of Cecil Rhodes from their university.

Echoing the sentiments of those around the world, New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio has appointed a commission intended at ensuring that there are no “symbols of hate” on public property in New York City. At a recent November 17th hearing, there was controversy regarding a statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park.

Continue reading “Christopher Columbus the Islamophobe: An Untold Thanksgiving Story”

McCarthyism Inc: Introducing the counter-terror ‘experts’ hyping Russian threats and undermining our civil liberties

Revelations about Russia’s use of social media in the 2016 elections are being used as a pretext for suppressing dissent by some dubious counter-terror “experts.”

By Max Blumenthal / AlterNet

Continue reading “McCarthyism Inc: Introducing the counter-terror ‘experts’ hyping Russian threats and undermining our civil liberties”

How ‘Russian’ Facebook memes expose the brutal realities of American foreign policy

While trying to debunk supposed “Russian Facebook memes” that accurately expose the consequences of US wars, the American media is spreading some fake news of its own.

By Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal / AlterNet

Continue reading “How ‘Russian’ Facebook memes expose the brutal realities of American foreign policy”

How neocon Michael Weiss went from hosting Islamophobic rallies with far-right hate queen Pamela Geller to lobbying for Islamist rebels in Syria

Regime-change fanatic Michael Weiss started his career as a Muslim-bashing neocon who organized rallies with far-right Islamophobe Pamela Geller, before rebranding as an anti-Russia CNN pundit lobbying for Islamist rebels in Syria.

By Max Blumenthal / AlterNet’s Grayzone Project

Continue reading “How neocon Michael Weiss went from hosting Islamophobic rallies with far-right hate queen Pamela Geller to lobbying for Islamist rebels in Syria”

Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz want more Western intervention, fueling the very Islamist extremism they claim to fight

Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz combine the worst of both worlds: the anti-Muslim, anti-refugee views of the far right with the pro-war, imperialist stance of the liberal centrists.

By Ben Norton / AlterNet

Continue reading “Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz want more Western intervention, fueling the very Islamist extremism they claim to fight”

Notorious ‘New Atheist’ Sam Harris calls to ‘keep the number of Muslims down in any society’

“What is the f**king point of having more Muslims in your society?” Sam Harris asks in a podcast interview.

By Ben Norton / AlterNet

Continue reading “Notorious ‘New Atheist’ Sam Harris calls to ‘keep the number of Muslims down in any society’”

Far-right Dutch demagogue Geert Wilders gains influence in elections with US pro-Israel backing

Branded as a fascist for his anti-Muslim crusading, Geert Wilders finished second in recent Dutch elections — thanks to help from conservative US pro-Israel groups.

By Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal / AlterNet’s Grayzone Project

Continue reading “Far-right Dutch demagogue Geert Wilders gains influence in elections with US pro-Israel backing”

The self-invention of Maajid Nawaz: Fact and fiction in the life of the counter-terror celebrity

Maajid Nawaz bases his credibility on a compelling personal story, but how much of it is true?

By Nafeez Ahmed and Max Blumenthal / AlterNet

Continue reading “The self-invention of Maajid Nawaz: Fact and fiction in the life of the counter-terror celebrity”