Anti-Semitism in Donald Trump’s USA


This 10 June 2020 video says about itself:

Fault Lines examines rising levels of violence and threats against Jewish Americans and the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that often animate these attacks.

Anti-Semitic hate crimes reached a five-year high in 2016. The next year, anti-Semitic incidents saw an unprecedented surge, and white supremacists marched through Charlottesville, Virginia chanting “Jews will not replace us.”

In 2018, the US witnessed the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in its history when a white supremacist opened fire at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. Then, in 2019, according to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents reached an all-time high, eclipsing every previous year on record.

Anti-Semitism plays a unique role in the dangerous worldview of white supremacists. It is often coded into terms like “white genocide” and “replacement,” which stem from the conspiracy theory that Jews are trying to change the demographics of the US.

Fault Lines decodes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and speaks with Jewish families and community leaders struggling to move forward from tragedy against the backdrop of accelerating attacks.

Jewish MSNBC commentator: ‘What is the difference between Hitler and Trump?’

Trump quoted as saying Jews are ‘only in it for themselves’.

The extreme right in the USA


This 4 February 2021 video says about itself:

The US government is warning violent right-wing groups may be emboldened by the riot at the Capitol building last month.

The Department of Homeland Security’s threat assessment analysts are suggesting there may be additional attacks and there are concerns conspiracy theories are continuing to fuel hate.

Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles, US.

Trump and January 6: The evidence of a planned political coup: here.

Every antisemitic thing Marjorie Taylor Greene has said and done (so far): here.

Don’t laugh at Marjorie Taylor Greene — her Jewish constituents must live with her hate: here.

In any politically healthy system, the Republican Party would have been irreparably discredited and disgraced by its complicity in the attempted coup. Yet less than three weeks later, it arrogantly and defiantly reasserts its defense of Trump and his fascist supporters: here.

The GOP Isn’t Big Enough for Jews and for Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Jew-hate. Republicans’ disinterest in ostracizing Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene, an extremist who proudly peddles antisemitic conspiracies, is devastating for Jewish conservatives: here.

February 4: White supremacy and far-right extremism: Is the Capitol siege the end or the beginning? Here.

KYLE RITTENHOUSE VIOLATES BOND Kyle Rittenhouse has violated his bond agreement by apparently moving out of his home without notifying the court, and now Wisconsin prosecutors are seeking a warrant for his arrest. In a court filing, prosecutors said several attempts to contact the teenager have failed. The 18-year-old faces multiple homicide charges related to the shooting deaths of two unarmed Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer. [HuffPost]

CANADA DECLARES PROUD BOYS A TERRORIST GROUP The Canadian government officially designated the Proud Boys as a terror organization, ranking the group alongside al Qaeda and Boko Haram. The move to designate the Proud Boys ― a violent, pro-Trump street gang full of extremists and white nationalists ― as a criminal entity was already under consideration before the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol last month for which numerous members of the gang have been charged. [HuffPost]

Trump’s coup d’etat attempt in the USA


This 7 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Independent photojournalist Jon Farina shot this INCREDIBLE footage from January 6th, 2020 when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Far-right protesters storm U.S. Capitol amid antisemitic claims over election: here.

4 PEOPLE DIED DURING ASSAULT ON CAPITOL Four people died as Trump supporters violently occupied the U.S. Capitol. Washington Police Chief Robert Contee said the dead included a woman shot by U.S. Capitol Police, and three others who died in “medical emergencies.” Law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during the hourslong occupation of the Capitol building. [AP]

TRUMP RIOTERS BRING VIOLENCE ACROSS COUNTRY Trump-supporting protesters and rioters gathered at state capitols across the country, inspired by violent scenes at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington. In Arizona, members of a pro-Trump group cracked the window of a museum at the state Capitol, reportedly while shouting for Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to exit the building. [HuffPost]

TRUMP’S MOVES RIGHT OUT OF THE FASCIST PLAYBOOK As thousands of Trump’s fanatical supporters smashed windows and stormed the U.S. Capitol, realizing a plot that was apparently brewing for days, at least one historian was not surprised in the least. “I hate it when I’m right,” said Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a New York University professor and fascism expert who has been warning that Trump would resort to force rather than leave office peacefully. [HuffPost]

‘We knew this day was coming’: Jews react to storming of Capitol building: here.

Antisemitic conspiracies flew before extremists breached U.S. Capitol.

Republican senator deletes ad that made Jewish opponent’s nose bigger.

Revisiting the top 10 antisemitic moments of Trump’s presidency: here.

Trump has nurtured far-right extremism at every turn. This is his fault: here.

A guide to the extremists and hate groups that invaded the Capitol: here.

Man wearing ‘Camp Auschwitz’ shirt among mob who stormed U.S. Capitol

‘It was always going to end this way:’ Capitol coup is work of one man: here.

Movement against racist murder in Bolsonaro’s Brazil


Activists including members of Black Lives Matter march against the murder of Black man Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas at a Carrefour supermarket the night before, on Brazil's National Black Consciousness Day in Sao Paulo

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 22 November 2020:

Funeral of a black man beaten to death by security guards sparks anti-racism protests across Brazil

THE funeral of a black man beaten to death by supermarket security guards on the eve of Brazil’s Black Awareness Day was accompanied by anti-racist demonstrations across the country at the weekend.

Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas, a father of four, was buried on Saturday in the southern city of Porto Alegre in a coffin draped in the blue and white chequers of the Gremio football team.

“I just want justice,” his partner, Milena Borges Alves, told Brazilian media. “That’s all. I just want them to pay for what they did to him.”

She said they had planned to formally marry in a few days after living together for nine.

Last Friday, Brazil’s national Black Consciousness Day, citizens awoke to footage circulating on social media of two white security guards repeatedly punching Mr Freitas in the face before throwing him to the ground.

One of the guards is then seen kneeling on Mr Freitas’s neck.

Demonstrators enraged by Mr Freitas’s death painted “Black Lives Matter” on the pavement of Paulista Avenue, one of the most famous thoroughfares in Sao Paulo.

Military police used pepper spray to disperse protesters outside a supermarket in the north-eastern city of Recife.

In a video message to the G20 summit in Saudi Arabia, Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro denied that his country suffered from racism and complained of an unspecified movement seeking to “divide” Brazilians.

Black and mixed-race people account for about 57 per cent of Brazil’s population but 74 per cent of victims of lethal violence, according to the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety, a non-governmental organisation.

This figure is even higher, 79 per cent, for those killed by police.

New Zounds music video, Dancing 2020, review


This 14 November 2020 music video is called ZOUNDS “DANCING 2020” – “This is an anti-fascist song”.

The original version of this song Dancing came out in 1982 on Rough Trade records.

This video is how it sounded in 1982.

The band Zounds had started in 1977.

Today, Steve Lake from Zounds in England, author of the song, wrote to me:

We recently made a lockdown video of our song Dancing.

Quite a lot of people play on it.

You might recognise Mark from the Mob [see here, page 9] and Mark from the Astronauts, also Joe from the Cravats.

If you listen please play very loud.

Best wishes to you all.

Steve

Thanks, Steve!

The lyrics are:

It’s nineteen thirty-three
But she just wanna go
Dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing

She walks the street by day
There’s people all around
But she don’t worry ’bout that
Cause she was gone downtown
She’s going dancing, dancing
Making the noise
And dancing, dancing
Girls and the boys
Dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing

Sweet mother Germany
Come to the cabaret
Don’t worry about history, history, history
Dancing, dancing
Girls and the boys
Dancing, dancing
Making the noise
And dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing

It’s nineteen thirty-eight
Sweet mother Germany
It seems so far away
And she will never be, never be, never be
Dancing, dancing
The girls and the boys
Dancing, dancing
Making the noise
And dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing, dancing,
Never again, never again,
Never again, never again,
Never never never again
Never never never again
Never never never again
Never never never again
Never never never again
Never

After all these years, the lyrics, comparing the start of Hitler’s Germany in 1933 to the Kristallnacht and other horrors of 1938, still stand.

It is a technical feat to record such a music video with so many musicians while not endangering safety in the coronavirus pandemic, which is getting worse and worse in England and many other countries.

Now, the music. When Zounds toured the Netherlands (see page 4ff.), Belgium and Berlin, with Dutch punk band Cheap ‘n’Nasty in 1980, they were a three-piece punk band.

The line-up for this 2020 video are many people more:

Steve Lake – lead vocals / guitar
Paul O’Donnell – bass / backing vocals / claps
Paul Gilbert – drums / backing vocals
Dominic Perez-Silva – guitar / backing vocals
Tim Hutton – trumpet

Joe Davin – keyboards / backing vocals
Bethan Prosser – violin
Mark “Mob” Wilson – backing vocals
Mark “Astronaut “Wilkins – backing vocals
Mia “Antler Family” Dean – backing vocals
Annette Dada – backing vocals
Farivar Gorjian – claps

Mia Dean does lead vocals and guitar in her Antler Family band. She is from California, USA. Again, a technical feat to include her from so far away.

So, twelve people. The minimum size of a big band.

When the Beatles were in the Netherlands in 1964, Dutch TV asked them: Will you become a big band? No, the Beatles said, we don’t want that. They were aware a big band would not be ‘Mersey Beat’ any longer. Less is often more.

I am afraid that I have to say that with this ‘big band’ Zounds, Dancing does not sound like much of a punk melody any more.

Before playing the song, I was very happy to read about the line-up: Bethan Prosser – violin. It brought back very fond memories of Vicky Aspinall of the Raincoats (page 8). However, unfortunately, the sound of the eleven others basically drowns Bethan’s violin.

I think you can basically do four things with a violin. Play classical music: OK, that’s classical music. Or folk music: OK, that is folk. In punk, you can do two things with violins: either you have the very much on the foreground great scratchy sound of Vicky in the Raincoats (Mark Perry did not like the Raincoats’ violin sound (page 17). But Mark Perry is not always right, only sometimes). Or you have lots of violins, like Sid Vicious did in his immortal parody of the musical establishment in My Way.

With those critical comments, I do not mean at all to undermine the very necessary political warning in the video. The video correctly points out the danger to democratic rights in the USA, and worldwide, which Donald Trump and his military grade gun toting and nazi saluting supporters represent.

I might have added that, even if Joe Biden will become president as he won the election, there are still dangers to the environment, to peace and to democratic rights if Biden will listen more to the corporate-Hillary Clinton right wing of the Democratic party than to Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

But you cannot put everything in a five-minute video.

Dutch neo-nazi terrorists arrested


This 2019 video is called Netherlands: ‘Nijmegen against racism’ demo held against neo-Nazi RVF.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio, 30 October 1980:

The police arrested two 19-year-old men from Amsterdam and Zwijndrecht for right-wing extremist incitement and crimes with a terrorist aim. The two had large amounts of Nazi material at home, searches revealed.

These are two separate cases, the Public Prosecution Service writes in a press release. Both suspects had eg, Nazi uniforms, posters, flags and illegal knives in their parents’ homes.

The suspects are probably affiliated with right-wing extremist groups that incite racial hatred and anti-Semitism online. One of those groups is The Base, a network mainly active in the USA.

Murderous Greek Golden Dawn nazis convicted


This 14 October 2020 video says about itself:

A member of the far-right Golden Dawn party has been handed a life sentence for the 2013 murder of a rapper.

Yiorgos Roupakias was found guilty of the murder. Other senior members of the group were also given jail terms.

That includes the head of Golden Dawn, Nikos Mihaloliakos, who has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

The group is now considered a criminal organisation.

By Kevin Ovenden in Athens, Greece:

Greek neonazi leaders sentenced to 13 years jail in historic victory for anti-fascist movement

THE leadership of neo-nazi party Golden Dawn have been sentenced to hefty 13-year jail terms in a historic victory for the anti-fascist movement in Greece and internationally.

Would-be fuehrer Nikolaos Michaloliakos and five other former MPs received that sentence, two years short of the maximum, today for “directing a criminal organisation.” A seventh got 10 years. They constitute the fascist party’s whole executive committee.

The panel of three judges in the most important trial of Nazi criminality since Nuremberg will next consider applications to suspend those and other sentences of the 57 Golden Dawn convicts pending appeals, or instead to issue arrest warrants and send them to jail.

Appeal hearings could be years away. Lawyers for Golden Dawn’s victims insist that vindication for their clients and for democratic public opinion in Greece depends on the neonazis being jailed.

It is also a matter of public safety, according to anti-fascist campaigners. One convicted leader is Ilias Kasidiaris, who has set up one of several breakaway Golden-Dawn-lite parties looking to take up its mantle.

He became notorious for assaulting female left MP Liana Kanelli on TV in 2012. A botched state prosecution meant he was not convicted.

Other sentences include five to seven years for the 20 convicted principally for membership of a mafia-type organisation, and life imprisonment for the murderer of anti-racist rapper Pavlos Fyssas. His co-perpetrators got seven to 10 years. That crime in 2013 led to the popular eruption that forced a conservative-led government to prosecute Golden Dawn.

Those guilty of the attempted murder of Egyptian fisherman Abouzid Embarak got seven to 10 years; of the attack on trade unionists of the Pame organisation, two years — the maximum sentence was three.

Mr Embarak’s lawyer, Thanasis Kampagiannis, said, “The sentences for the leaders are stiff, but not the strictest. The penalties for those involved in the criminal organisation and for the perpetrators of individual crimes are lower than what is appropriate.”

The Communist Party of Greece said similarly and added: “These sentences must be applied immediately to put the Nazi criminals in prison.”

There was little doubt that if that did not happen, then popular indignation would burst onto the streets as it has done repeatedly in driving through the conviction of Golden Dawn that parts of the Greek state fought to avoid.

In any case, anti-racist campaigners of the Keerfa coalition and others are to hold two days of action this weekend in solidarity with refugees held by the state in inhuman camps and to build on the court victory.

On Monday, the Greek equivalent of the Daily Telegraph newspaper ran a feature on how respected lawyer Dimitris Zotos first brought a suit to have Golden Dawn declared a criminal gang in 1996 on behalf of socialist activists assaulted by the neonazis. He was also part of this prosecution under the same penal article.

We might well imagine that Pavlos Fyssas and others would be alive today had the state authorities not blocked Mr Zotos’s legal action 24 years ago.

No-one in Greek public life can honestly claim that they did not know. This week, international labour movement opinion certainly knows.

Greek nazis are criminals, court decides


Magda Fyssa (centre) the mother of late Greek rap singer Pavlos Fyssas, who was stabbed and killed by a supporter of the extreme right Golden Dawn party in 2013 triggering a crackdown on the party, celebrates immediately after the delivery of the verdict of a court in Athens

Magda Fyssa (centre) the mother of late Greek rap singer Pavlos Fyssas, who was stabbed and killed by a supporter of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party in 2013 triggering a crackdown on the party, celebrates immediately after the delivery of the verdict of a court in Athens.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Editorial: The Golden Dawn verdicts are a victory that should encourage anti-fascists everywhere

THE verdict that Greece’s fascist Golden Dawn party is a criminal organisation is a huge victory for the Greek left and international anti-fascism.

It is a vindication of years of work to mobilise against fascism and isolate the neonazi party.

And it’s a win for popular pressure that forced a reluctant Greek state to take action – pressure symbolised by the thousands who rallied outside the courthouse today, and reluctance symbolised by the state prosecutor who recommended that the charge that Golden Dawn was a criminal organisation should be dropped and the specific crimes committed considered as the acts of individuals.

Those crimes are a showcase of the targets prioritised by fascists. The murder of the anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas. The attempted murder of an immigrant fisherman. The attempted murder of a metalworkers’ trade-union leader and communist.

The fascists had friends in high places: the communist trade-union leader Sotiris Poulikogiannis pointed during the trial to Golden Dawn’s co-ordination with shipyard owners who wanted its help in smashing the militant union in their workplace. Lawyer Thanasis Kampagiannis has described the back channels that existed between Golden Dawn and the mainstream conservative party New Democracy – which forms the current Greek government.

They were defeated not by Greek officialdom but by years of community organising and anti-fascist unity to build what Kampagiannis calls a “democratic wall” to stop them. That is why Golden Dawn lost every parliamentary seat it had last year.

That mobilisation will need to continue. Illegality is a serious blow to fascists, but these dealers in death were already criminals.

Street violence is part of the core strategy of fascism. Mussolini’s Blackshirts were identified by Hitler as the key innovation of the original Fascist Party. Golden Dawn’s now convicted leader Nikos Mihaloliakos spoke to this truth when responding to election defeat: “We return where we became strong, on the streets and squares, in the tough struggle against Bolshevism.”

Violence precedes and underlies all its forays into “official” politics – as in India, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP was formed as the political wing of the RSS Hindu nationalist paramilitary organisations. To this day they act as his boots on the ground, breaking up opposition meetings, setting on and killing political opponents as the murder last weekend of Keralan communist organiser PU Sanoop illustrates.

Internationally fascism is far from dead. India’s BJP, with its virulent xenophobia, bids to rewrite history to erase non-Hindus from the national story and routine use of violence, is the governing party in the modern world closest to the classic model of fascism. But the threat also exists elsewhere.

Germany, reeling from an anti-semitic attempted murder whose suspected perpetrator carried a swastika in his pocket, has been forced to disband its entire elite KSK military unit – the German army’s equivalent to the SAS – because of officers’ links to far-right terror.

In the United States, gun-toting white supremacists march against Black Lives Matter demonstrators: when they kill, as Kyle Rittenhouse did in Kenosha, Wisconsin, they receive warm words from a US president who has also called on the far-right Proud Boys to “stand by” in an election whose official result he will not commit to accepting. In Britain, racists block the roads from Dover and the Home Secretary panders to them by calling on the navy to keep out refugees.

The left internationally should look to Greece for our response. Liberal officialdom will appease and collaborate: the socialist left must organise against fascism as only we can, since socialists understand the real causes of the fears fascists prey on, which lie in the insecurity and misery created by the capitalist system. Yet understanding those fears and offering real solutions does not mean giving an inch to the fascists’ lies.

As Communist Party of Greece general secretary Dimitris Koutsoumbas quoted after the verdict: “Understand fascism – it will not die by itself. Crush it.”

German ‘moderate’ right helps far right again


This 6 February 2020 video from Germany says about itself:

Germany’s far-right AfD sparks election scandal | DW News

A scandal over the involvement of the far-right in a normally obscure regional election in the eastern state of Thuringia has shaken German politics to the core. The extremist Alternative for Germany, or AfD party helped install a premier, Thomas Kemmerich, from a mainstream party, the business-friendly FDP. He beat Bodo Ramelow, the incumbent candidate from the socialist party Die Linke. Kemmerich has now been forced to stand down after widespread condemnation. The affair is seen as having broken a taboo which has kept the far-right out of government.

By Martin Nowak in Germany today:

Germany’s parliamentary parties elect far-right AfD candidate to Gera city council

The latest developments in the east German city of Gera underline the sharp turn to the right by the ruling class. Last Thursday, a retired doctor and member of the far-right, racist Alternative for Germany (AfD), Reinhard Etzrodt, was elected chairman of the city council in the third-largest city in the state of Thuringia. His appointment was the first time in post-war history that a far-right candidate filled such a post. Etzrodt received 23 of 40 votes cast, although the AfD has just 12 seats on the city council. This means the right-wing extremist was elevated into office with the support of Germany’s mainstream political parties.

Etzrodt is a leading representative of the “Wing” faction of the AfD in Thuringia led by the Björn Höcke wing and has links to neo-Nazis and far-right terror groups. According to media reports, he took part in the “Thügida” demo in Gera in June 2015. The far-right march was organised by members of the fascist German Democratic Party (NPD) and the “Europe-Action” movement, which has since dissolved. Former cadre of the core cell of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) and activists of the fascist network “Combat 18”—banned at the beginning of 2020—also took part in the protest.

Etzrodt’s participation in the march alongside far-right terrorists was no accident but rather reveals the real character of the AfD. Just a few days ago, the party was forced to sack Christian Lüth, the head of the press office of the AfD parliamentary group. Lüth had proudly described himself as a “fascist” in chat discussions and, according to research by the TV station ProSieben, ranted, in the course of a secretly recorded conversation in a bar, that migrants should be “shot or gassed.” When asked whether he wanted to bring more migrants to Germany, he replied: “Yes, because it’s better for the AfD. We can still shoot them all afterwards. That’s not an issue. Or gas them, whatever you want. I don’t care!”

Following Etzrodt’s election, all of the establishment parties sought to maintain their hands were clean. The new Thuringian state chair of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Mario Voigt, declared his faction had “clearly agreed not to vote for the AfD candidate,” while the Left Party and the Greens accused the CDU of doing exactly that. “If red-red-green did not vote for the AfD candidate, which one can assume, then in terms of arithmetic there must have been votes from the CDU for Etzrodt. So that’s clear,” declared Daniel Reinhardt, who sits on the Gera city council for the Left Party.

What is “arithmetically” clear is that the fascist candidate received support from the ranks of mainstream parties. There are currently 42 seats divided between 11 parliamentary groups on the Gera city council. The AfD has 12 MPs, the Left Party eight, the CDU six, the Citizenship Gera group three, the alliance “For Gera” three, the Greens three, the SPD three, and one each for the Free Voters, the Liberal Alliance, the neo-liberal FDP and The Party. Even if one assumed—which is unlikely—that all the representatives of smaller factions voted for the AfD, Etzrodt would still have received only 21 votes. In other words: at least two pro-AfD votes came from mainstream parties with representation in the German parliament.

There are some indications that the votes may have come from the CDU and FDP. In November 2019, the deputy chair of the CDU parliamentary group in Thuringia, Michael Heym, and 17 other CDU state politicians spoke in favour of “open-ended” talks with the AfD. Heym referred to a “bourgeois right-wing majority” and speculated on the possibility of a CDU-FDP government tolerated by the AfD. This was an option raised at the time by the fascist chairman of the Thuringia AfD, Björn Höcke, and this strategy was then implemented after the state election. In February this year, the state chairman of the FDP, Thomas Kemmerich, was elected state premier with the votes of the CDU and AfD. Following spontaneous mass protests all over Germany—20,000 alone took to the streets in the Thuringia state capital, Erfurt—Kemmerich resigned from his post.

This, however, had no impact on the right-wing policy of the CDU and FDP. In the course of a right-wing demonstration in Gera against coronavirus restrictions, Kemmerich marched alongside well-known neo-Nazis. The protest was organised by the Gera-based entrepreneur Peter Schmidt, a non-aligned member of the CDU Economic Council. Introducing Kemmerich as a speaker at the demonstration, Schmidt declared him to be the “only legitimate prime minister.” …

The SPD and the Greens are also quite prepared to line up with the AfD and other right-wing extremist parties. Also last Thursday, the SPD voted in Eisenach, Thuringia, together with the AfD and NPD in favour of an application to fill a position on the local Board of Trustees.