The Islamic Centre of England’s ex-fascist on Anders Breivik: ‘blame Zionists’

June 27th, 2012 by Dave Rich

Why would the editor of a London pro-Iranian magazine write an article about the forces behind mass killer Anders Breivik, that failed to make any mention of the Islamophobic far Right?

Living Islam, the magazine of an Iranian Shia mosque in London that calls itself the Islamic Centre of England, is the latest publication to peddle the conspiracy theory claiming that Israel and Zionists were behind Anders Breivik’s terrorist massacre in Norway last year. This one, though, comes with a curious political twist regarding its author.

As Breivik’s trial winds to a close, the editorial in the May issue of Living Islam warned that people still do not understand the real meaning of Breivik’s crimes:

A more attentive research in the background of Anders Behring Breivik shows that this individual who the media have tried to associate to Christian fundamentalism is in reality a ultra-Zionist, freemason, Islamophobic who claims to belong to the Templar order of the Rose-Cross.

Our understanding is that the main media has said very little on the masonic-zionist ideology of this isolated “illuminato”.

We have written before on this blog about people who cannot help but blame ‘Zionists’ for everything bad that happens, and sure enough it is Breivik’s alleged ‘Zionism’ that Living Islam‘s editor, Amir de Martino, suggests may have been his prime motivation:

What is also not widely told is that those who were killed in cold blood on the island of Utoya were gathered to voice among other things opposition to the Zionist state of Israel by carrying banners calling for a boycott of the oppressive regime of Israel and an end to Zionism.

Or if not Israel, Martino falls back on that other favourite villain of conspiracy theorists, the USA:

Breivik, who was already near to this Atlantic and Zionist movement, has taken action on the words of the leader of the White House. He has started the war against what he calls; “the new Islamic threat effecting Europe and the rest of the Western world”.

Is it a coincidence that all this has happened in Norway? One of the few western countries with anti-American and anti-New World Order stands. Norway has clearly expressed its opinion in the well known magazine ‘Le Monde Diplomatique’.

They presented the possibility that the government of the United State (sic) could have been the hidden hand behind the attack of 11th September 2001. This was a strong view that pointed the finger at the American government. Could Norway have become the target of a punitive action?

[...]

It seems naive to believe that this cold bloodily executed action is act (sic) of a simple fool illuminato without any link to surrounding forces.

As Martino says:

We do not wish to appear obsessed by conspiracy theories but it is sometime very difficult to understand how it is possible that certain details are systematically left out of the picture.

Quite.

The Islamic Centre of England is closely connected to the Iranian government – its Director, Ayatollah Abdolhossein Moezi, is the personal representative in Britain of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei – so it is not surprising that its in-house magazine should contain the kind of Zionist conspiracy nonsense that the Iranian government and state media regularly peddle.

For example, Moezi himself blamed the inflammatory actions of a handful of crazy Christian Islamophobes in America on:

a conspiracy planned by the agents of international Zionism intent to create tension between Christians and Muslims

But there is a specifically European twist to this particular story. Before becoming the Islamic Centre of England’s Educational Officer, Amir de Martino was plain old Marco de Martino, an Italian neofascist who converted to Islam in 1987. According to this 2007 article in La Stampa (original in Italian, translated by CST):

Marco de Martino was born in Napoli in 1964. At the start of the 1980s he got involved in the Neapolitan far right scene, and the ‘Camp Hobbit’, the gatherings of the young neofascists. In 1985, after graduating from hotel-management school, he left for London with the aim of learning English. Instead he found work in the fashion world and did not go back to Italy. In 1987 he converted to Shiite Islam, took the name of ‘Amir’ and married an Iranian woman. It was a new life for him: he took a degree in Persian and Islamic Studies, obtained a doctorate at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, and in 1996 he started to collaborate with the Islamic Centre of England, where, in short, he made a career. Today he has one of the key positions at the centre, is the person responsible for interreligious relations, holds conferences, and occasionally also leads Friday prayers.

‘Camp Hobbit’ was a youth camp run by the Italian neofascist Movimento Sociale Italiano (MSI) in the early 1980s. Amir was not the first neofascist in his family to convert to Ayatollah Khomeini’s particular brand of revolutionary Islam; as La Stampa explains, his father had done the same three years earlier:

It seems like a life ago. When, instead of the ring with the beloved amber of Muhammad, Marco sported the cross and attended the ‘Camp Hobbit’, the meetings of young ‘missini’ believed in “The Lord of the Rings” and “Mein Kampf”. His father, Luigi Ammar De Martino, a militant in the Neapolitan far right during the 1970s, and door to door Evangelical preacher, is the leader of a Shiite group “Il Puro Islam”, a few tens of Italians who turned in old age from Neofascism to the Quran.

According to the Italy section of the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism’s 2002/3 annual report :

The most noteworthy periodical of the Muslim community is Il Puro Islam, published by the Islamist Shi’ite association Ahl-al-Bait of Naples, led by Luigi Ammar De Martino, and made up of former militants of the extreme right, converts to Islam.

Now, many people pass through extremist movements in their youth and leave them as they grow up. And of course, for a fascist to convert to Islam would normally indicate a complete rejection of their former views.

However in 1994 Luigi Ammar – Amir’s father – gave an interview to The Line, a short-lived UK publication closely aligned to a different Shia mosque in London, in which he described his own political background and reasons for conversion (not online). In this interview, Ammar suggests that his particular conversion was actually inspired by one particular idea he picked up on the Italian far right: admiration for the Iranian revolution:

Before I became Muslim I was active in Italian politics to be more precise I was a militant of the Italian extra-parliamentarian right wing. My interest in Islam started with the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

When I came to know of this Islamic Revolution I liked the message which was coming out – it was against Communism and Capitalism and therefore it had the same objectives that I had or at least this was my impression.

[...]

before I became a Muslim during the time of political activism I was a Traditionalist, I belonged to that current of thought that sees in the West a decadent phase in the history of humanity … that Western society is a rotten one, that Western man is decadent because he has lost his spirituality and has moved away from God, and that man needs to find God again. I believed likewise…

[...]

There are, for example, groups of traditionalists [in Italy] that are great admirers of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. They say that Europe is in decadence and that the salvation of Europe can come from Islam. On many occasions in their publications they have paid tribute to Ayatollah Khomeini and to the Islamic Revolution, and some of the Italian converts come from this background. Naturally like me when they enter Islam they leave their previous political activity.

Long-time observers of the European fascist scene will recognise this as a description of the Third Positionist politics that rose to prominence in several European countries in the 1980s. In Italy it even stretched to terrorism, although there is no suggestion that either Martino was involved in that.

This New York Review of Books article from 1981 lays out in some detail the Italian neofascist scene at the time; the ideology of Third Positionism (including its fascination with Tolkein); and the growing problem of far right terrorism in several European countries.

In Britain, Third Positionism enjoyed the support of the current BNP leader Nick Griffin, but its only significant legacy was the destruction of the National Front though endless sectarian splits. We wrote about British Third Positionism in more depth in a three-part blog, which included Griffin’s fundraising trip to Libya, his failed attempts to build an alliance with Palestinians and black nationalists, and, yes, admiration for the Iranian revolution.

When The Line interviewed Ammar they asked him whether reports of attacks on foreigners in Italy indicated that the far right posed a danger to Muslims, but he was quite dismissive:

Concerning the rise of the right-wing movement and the neo-Nazi threat, we must not get worried by the reports of the Western media.

There is a problem of general discontent towards immigrants in general [...] There is no specific hate for Islam. in fact as far as I know those who have become the target of the nationalist movement are non-Muslim or non-practising Muslims who often are involved in clashes with locals. These are elements who do not practise Islam who have found their way into the Italian crime society.

[...]

I don’t see this as a problem for the Muslims nor do I see at the moment a problem coming from the right-wing extremists.

It is curious, to say the least, that Ammar would have sought to play down the well-documented threat posed by the far right to European Muslims in the 1990s, just as it is bizarre that his son, writing in an official publication of the main Iranian mosque in London, would not mention the European far right in his attempt to explain Anders Breivik’s crimes.

As for Amir, according to La Stampa his employer, the Islamic Centre of England, is “controlled” by Ayatollah Khamenei and “financed by Tehran” (although the article does not make it clear whether Amir confirmed this). And what does Amir do there?

Amir organises interntional conventions, such as the one with the Neturei Karta rabbis, the “special guest”, ultra-orthodox, anti-Zionist Jews at the conference on the Holocaust of Tehran. Nothing new for the ex-neofascist (“Last time, however, I voted communist”), who ignores the Italian debate on Holocaust denial. “The Shoah has left me sceptical since I was young”.

Another of Amir’s jobs at the Islamic Centre of England is to organise and host visits from school children seeking to learn about Islam. I think there are probably better mosques for schools to visit, than one with close links to the Iranian regime, which employs as its educational officer a former neofascist who is “sceptical” about the Holocaust and who would rather suggest that Anders Breivik was some kind of Zionist agent than address the threat posed by Europe’s current far right.

British antisemitism today: brief overview at ICCA Brussels Conference

June 26th, 2012 by CST

On 21 June 2012, CST’s Mark Gardner and Mike Whine MBE addressed the ICCA Brussels Conference on Contemporary Antisemitism, held at the European Parliament. The conference was chaired by Claude Moraes MEP and John Mann MP; and included presentations by the Fundamental Rights Agency, and brief country specific overviews from Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Sweden and Britain “on the nature of contemporary antisemitism”. 

Mark Gardner’s presentation, concerning the UK, follows:

My organisation, the Community Security Trust, has collected data relating to antisemitic race hate attacks in Britain since 1984. These antisemitic incidents are reported to CST from Jews throughout the country and are analysed at length in our annual report.

Reporting rates will have improved since the 1980s and we should recall the wave of antisemitism that accompanied the reunification of Germany and the collapse of Soviet communism – but it is the escalation in antisemitism from the Year 2000, sometimes called ‘the new antisemitism’, that is the most relevant aspect of antisemitism in Britain today. 

And I think that we have to now regard this situation not as some kind of transitory or passing phase, but rather as a trajectory and a reality that we now face and that will now endure for the foreseeable future – which is why we should be so grateful to the work of John Mann MP, Gert Weisskirchen MdB and others who have helped lead the fightback, against all the different forms of antisemitism faced by European Jews in a variety of situations.

These initiatives are vital for the direct protection and morale of Jewish communities, but also benefit society as a whole.

So, to turn to this now enduring situation in Britain. In 2006, the war between Israel and Hizbollah caused that year to be the worst we had ever seen, with just under 600 incidents being reported to CST.

That was eclipsed by what happened two and a half years later during Israel’s last war with Hamas in Gaza in early 2009. In January alone we had almost 300 incidents; and after 6 months we had more incidents than ever before in an entire year. By the end of 2009, CST had recorded 929 incidents.

Over the last two years, incident figures have gradually fallen back to under 600 incidents. Nevertheless, the potential for further violence and threats is very obvious. It is like two inter-linked pressure cookers, one in the Middle East including Iran, and the other here in Europe: they build and build until they are unleashed, each in its own way.

And that pressure in Britain and much of Western Europe is a combination of things. Specifically, there is antisemitic and anti-Israel hatred, including that which is facilitated by social media and the Internet, but also by the unhealthy preoccupation of mainstream media and polticians with the actions of Israel. Then, we have broader societal aspects that also impact, such as the pressures that led to widespread rioting in Britain last summer. 

It is easy to look at the spikes and increases in antisemitism and to be misled into thinking or saying that this is all about Israel, or mainly committed by Muslims, but in Britain that is mistaken.

This is racism, and, like any other type of racism, or political extremism, it draws comfort from the surrounding environment and from what it perceives in that environment. So, when Israel, the Jewish state, is in the news, it is encouraged and emboldened. When Israel is out of the news, it can decline somewhat and return to other themes.

So, last year, with no major Israel related trigger event, we had 586 incidents reported to CST; and of those, 135 used discourse that referred to Nazi Germany, using swastikas and the like. Israel was referenced in 84 incidents last year. Muslims were certainly not the majority of visible perpetrators.

Crucially, we also have the terrorist threat. Yesterday, a terrorism case began in Manchester which may well show how close we came in Britain to something very similar to Toulouse.

We always try to distinguish the hatred of Jews from the hatred of Zionism, and that from the hatred of Israel: but the pattern of antisemitic incidents and the case of terrorists such as Mohamed Merah in Toulouse, show that the linkage between these three phenomena, hating – not criticising, but hating – Jews, Zionism, Israel, is far stronger and far more important in this conversation than are the academic and philosophical distinctions between them.

Moving on, antisemitic discourse in mainstream media and politics is always notoriously difficult to measure. Also, in Britain at least, it is seldom against Jews for being Jews, rather it is a so-called anti-Zionism that has antisemitic impacts, and is based upon old antisemitic conspiracy motifs about Jewish money, and Jewish power; and all the rest of that rubbish.

So, for example, we hear that a Jew should not be a British Ambassador to Israel. Most commonly in the mainstream, we hear that the American pro-Israel or Jewish lobby dictates American foreign policy. Of course, in Britain as elsewhere, people who say such things are quick to say that they condemn antisemitism, but the reality is that their condemnation is usually highly subjective.  

I want to finish by talking about the overall context of British Jewish life.

Of course, when antisemitism makes the headlines, it leaves many Jews feeling afraid and uncomfortable – but that should be balanced against the fact that, especially in London and Manchester, we have thriving Jewish communities where, most of the time, Jews are largely free to lead the lives of their choice. Furthermore, we have confidence in the Police and in politicians, (well most of them) to take antisemitism seriously.

Nevertheless, the situation is also a precarious one. Many Jewish communities are shrinking to the point where synagogues are closing down, leaving smaller communities isolated and vulnerable, especially in times of crisis.

At a leadership and representative level I would add that our main concern is what the future might hold if things continue along the same trajectory that we have seen since the year 2000, whereby overseas tensions keep on impacting here in Britain and elsewhere in Europe.

In particular, I fear that instinctively we may still regard this as all meaning that the problem is somehow an external factor, an alien imposition that can somehow be alleviated: but it isn’t that. Rather, it is far more serious: because contemporary antisemitism is an integral problem, not an external one. And, as I began by saying, our worry is that it will only endure or indeed worsen in the foreseeable future.

Thank you.    

Manchester terrorism trial – court hears evidence of Jewish community ‘targets’

June 22nd, 2012 by CST

On day two of the trial of Shasta Khan for terrorism offences relating to an alleged plot to carry out a bombing campaign against the Manchester Jewish community – charges to which her husband, Mohammed Sajid Khan, has already pleaded guilty – the court heard evidence that the couple had gathered information relating to the Manchester Jewish community:

Mrs Khan told police that she had driven her husband to a Prestwich synagogue, and twice they had sat in its car park watching Jewish people enter, while her husband said a Koranic-inspired verse calling Jews “dirty” and said “we must kill them all”.

The couple had repeatedly driven past synagogues on Shabbat on Northumberland Street, in the heart of Salford’s strictly Orthodox community.

The Jewish Agency in Prestwich was a favourite destination on the couple’s Tom Tom navigation device, with its website bookmarked on their home computer, alongside that of the UJIA.

The court also heard evidence of the couple’s alleged attempts to make an improvised explosive device, and some of the radical propaganda material allegedly found in their possession:

Yesterday prosecution lawyers said that the couple could have been days from producing explosives and were following al-Qaeda instructions to make a home-made pipe bomb.

Exact items matching the stage-by-stage bomb guide were found in a Maplin bag in their living room, including adapted Christmas tree lights to make a detonator and an alarm clock, alongside items bought at Tesco, Sainsbury’s and B&Q to extract the explosive potassium chlorate from household chemicals. The jury was shown receipts for the items, and told that CCTV footage showed both husband and wife purchasing them.

A pot used for boiling Mrs Khan’s hairdressing peroxide was found in their home’s backyard, where a fridge and cooker had been set up in an outhouse. Shasta Khan had allegedly searched for bomb-making equipment at home on her Ebay account, at a time, the prosecution said, when her husband was away in Yorkshire.

Prosecuting, Bobbie Cheema said the bomb instructions, entitled “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom” stated they could produce enough explosive “in one to two days, to kill 10 people; in weeks or a month you can make a big enough bomb to kill tens of people.

“Most chillingly, members of the jury, you will hear that an an individual with minimum scientific training, limited preparations and resources could make potassium chlorate from household bleach using basic equipment,” Miss Cheema added.

[...]

Turning to forensic evidence of the couple’s two computers, Miss Cheema said that their small terraced house contained a “huge amount” of proscribed terrorist material.

Mrs Khan had watched Jihadi videos of gruesome beheadings and cars exploding, on a “nightly” basis with her husband, Sajid Khan, as she massaged his feet.

These were some of 71 execution videos downloaded in full or partially to the defendant’s laptop, which had its desktop set to a picture of Islamic Jihad’s flag – the same flag seen in some of the videos. They would listen together to radical antisemitic Islamic sermons, it was alleged, which told listeners to “rise up to aid Palestine” which was given to “Jewish liars trying to steal wealth”.

CDs of radical speeches were found in the CD player of Shasta Khan’s blue Peugeot car. The court was shown on video screens pictures of Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders which were found in their computer’s picture-folder, alongside family snaps.

The trial continues.

Manchester terrorism trial – pair accused of planning bombing attacks on Jews, court hears

June 21st, 2012 by CST

The trial in Manchester of Shasta Khan for various terrorism offences began yesterday with the first part of the prosecution case against her.

This included the revelation that her husband, Mohammed Sajid Khan, has pleaded guilty to related terrorism offences for their alleged plot to carry out bombing attacks on the Manchester Jewish community.

The Jewish Chronicle reports:

A court has heard how a husband and wife “were in the early stages” of preparing bombs allegedly to blow up Manchester’s Jewish community.

Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, pleaded guilty to planning terrorist attacks against Manchester’s Jews at an earlier hearing, which could not be reported for legal reasons.

Now, Mohammed’s wife Shasta Khan, 38, from Oldham, is facing the same charge of engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism and three counts of possessing information linked to al Qaeda likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Mrs Khan’s trial, which opened at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday, heard how the hairdresser and her husband had allegedly accessed bomb-making manuals linked with al-Qaeda, over the internet. It is also alleged they were in the early stages of producing a home-made bomb at their marital address, which doubled as Mrs Khan’s hairdressing salon.

Little is yet known about the intended targets, although opening the prosecution, counsel Bobbie Cheema told the jury that the couple began “to make preparations to carry out a terrorist attack on British soil, with the most likely target being an Orthodox Jewish area in Prestwich. Between them they made preparations, and acquired substances bought in supermarkets and information to help them in making explosives, and began the process of assembling an improvised explosive device.”

The Guardian includes some more detail regarding the evidence against the couple:

The prosecution say the pair became radicalised in 2010 and 2011 by material they found on the internet, which had the aim of encouraging western Muslims to carry out jihad by mounting attacks in their own countries, independent of direction.

“In response, the two of them made preparations or assisted each other to make preparations, to carry out a terrorist attack on British soil, with the most likely target being an orthodox Jewish area in Prestwich, Greater Manchester,” she said.

The prosecutor said that the couple were caught at the preparation stage: “They did not achieve the production of a functioning bomb. They scoped possible locations for an attack, but did not yet have the final ability to carry it out.”

She said the path from radicalisation to the commission of a terrorist “atrocity” could be disrupted for many reasons. Some people might give up or change their minds, others might be exposed by the actions of the authorities.

In Shashta Khan’s case, the “internal domestic crisis within their partnership” interrupted the progress towards committing a terrorist act.

Khan had been charged with offences that were not dependent on a completed terrorist attack; nor did it make any difference when she was arrested, she had still intended to carry out an attack.

“The offences she is charged with reflect what are, necessarily, preparatory stages, no more.”

The court heard the pair met through an internet dating site for Muslims and quickly married, but were having disagreements by July last year. When an officer investigating a domestic incident spoke to Khan on her own, “she took it as an opportunity to spill the beans about the activities Sajid Khan had been undertaking”.

But the prosecutor added: “As you might expect, she left out of her account entirely her own involvement.”

It was her intention to cause serious trouble for her husband, but she had given no thought to the possible consequences for herself.”

The jury heard that as soon as an allegation of terrorism was made, a substantial police operation began.

Cheema said: “Within a few days she was under suspicion as much as the man she had decided, in that late-night disclosure, to accuse.

“Furthermore, evidence came to light which incriminates her as much as her husband, and that is why they were both charged with those offences and why she is in the dock today.”

The trial is expected to take three weeks. CST will continue to post updates on this blog throughout the trial.

Manchester Terrorism Trial

June 20th, 2012 by CST

A terrorism trial has begun today at Manchester Crown Court which CST expects to be of interest and concern to the UK Jewish community.

The trial is expected to last for approximately three weeks. CST cannot be certain as to what information will be made public in the trial, nor the timeframe within which this will occur.

The defendant is Shasta Khan, of Oldham. She is charged with:

  • Engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism contrary to section 5(1) of the Terrorism Act 2006
  • Three counts of possessing a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism contrary to section 58 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Evidence will be presented which suggests that the defendant carried out research into the Jewish community of Greater Manchester.

CST has been in close contact with the North West Counter Terrorism Unit and is entirely satisfied that the police intervention was appropriate. Police cooperation with CST has been excellent throughout.

CST stresses that its security partnerships with Police and Jewish communal locations and events are rigorous and in correct proportion to the current threat.

For further updates please check the CST website and blog and follow CST on twitter.

Think Again! Kick It Out launch educational pack tackling antisemitism

June 18th, 2012 by Dave Rich

Kick It Out, the body which campaigns against discrimination in football, has launched a new educational resource pack for teachers to address the issues of antisemitism, racism and other forms of discrimination and prejudice in the classroom.

Called Think Again! classroom activities for challenging prejudice and fostering community cohesion, the pack is available for free download from the Kick It Out website here, and from the website of the National Union of Teachers here. CST assisted in the writing of the pack and attended its launch at the NUT headquarters last week.

The pack is intended to build on The Y Word, a short film made by Kick It Out with assistance from CST and Maccabi GB to raise awareness of antisemitism in football. After explaining the film, it includes sections on Jewish culture and history in the UK; different examples of prejudice and bullying in schools; the importance of opposing prejudice and being an ‘upstander’ not a ‘bystander'; and wider issues of racism in European football.

The ‘New Right’: a British Tradition

June 11th, 2012 by Mark Gardner

Over 30 years ago, around the time of the death of Oswald Mosley, David Irving bemoaned the poor quality of the senior activists and thinkers of the British far Right. He hoped that groups such as the Clarendon Club and his own Focal Point Publications would help rectify this.

Irving failed, disappearing up a Holocaust denial alley: he and his projects ending up as yet another case study of the bizarre and egotistical misfits who have long populated the supposed Mensa end of the British far Right spectrum. Indeed, with the exception of Mosley, the British far Right has barely had a thinker who reached beyond the bierkeller.   

Continuing this British tradition we have the ‘New Right’ group, organised by Troy Southgate and featuring Alexander Baron. The New Right recently held its 39th meeting, where it was addressed by none other than Rabbi Ahron Cohen of the anti-Zionist Jewish sect, Neturei Karta. (More often found in the company of far Left and Islamist anti-Zionists.)

Alexander Baron and Ahron Cohen first met in the back of a Tehran Airport taxi, on their way to Iran’s notorious 2006 Holocaust denial conference (where Cohen gave a counter-opinion, as stated by Baron when introducing him to the New Right meeting).

The paper that Baron intended to give to the Tehran denial Conference was entitled, “The Nazi Gas Chambers: Rumours, Lies And Reality – One Researcher’s View”. It can be read here on his website. (Sanity warning: it is practically unreadable. The offence of the Holocaust denial, or “revisionism”, is almost overwhelmed by the sheer ridiculousness of what is written.) A taster:

As the Nazis freely admitted their crimes – so we are told – why should not a re-enactment of a mass gassing be ordered? Or a simulation? Nowadays computers can do wonderful things. There have been simulations of the Kennedy assassination which dispel the numerous ill-informed claims that Lee Harvey Oswald was not the assassin; why not a simulation of a couple of thousand Jews being marched into a gas chamber and exterminated with a lighter than air gas that was dropped from the ceiling while the SS stood around drinking coffee and smoking Woodbines? If my tone sounds facetious I apologise not; the scenario really is that ludicrous.

Baron’s account of the New Right meeting suggests that he sees less “Zionist” plots than does Ahron Cohen. Nevertheless, a quick look at Baron’s output will show that he is prodigious and ludicrous in equal measure. His leaflets include: (links are provided but readers may be offended)

  • Adolf Hitler: Anti-Racist! The myth of Aryan evil exploded and the real roots of racial hatred exposed (Link)
  • If They’re Black Send Them Back. How Nelson Mandela went from working class hero to well-oiled  Nazi machine. (Link)
  • The Menace of Sexism in Chess. (Link)
  • Exposed! The Homosexual Plot to Destroy Orthodox Judaism. (Link)
  • The World Zionist Conspiracy. Exposed by a Rabbi. (Link – unsurprisingly, the rabbi is from Neturei Karta.)

Then, there is Troy Southgate, organiser of this elitist New Right group and no stranger to ventures that hold themselves as intellectually superior to rank and file boneheads and football thugs. Best known of these was the International Third Position, which also included Nick Griffin, who gave up on the intellecshulism to be leader of the BNP.

On 30 May, Griffin tweeted this about David Cameron and ‘Tommy’ Lennon (leader of BNP’s rival, the English Defence League):

30 May Nick Griffin MEP@nickgriffinmep

. . . war for Israel is huge. From Camoron down to ‘Tommy’ Lennon, all in Zionists’ pockets.

“All in Zionists’ pockets”. Its unlikely that Southgate would be so concise, but he would agree with his former comrade. Indeed, Southgate’s Nationalist Anarchist output (2010) prioritised “anti-Zionism” for its Part 1. If you can bear the verbosity, read its introductory paragraph:

ALTHOUGH people around the world are quite aware of the disproportionate influence of Jewish pressure groups within the various governmental and mass media appendages of Europe and North America, most of which are completely under their control, few are prepared to come out and say so for fear of persecution or incurring the usual threats of ‘anti-Semitism’. It is a fact, however, that ever since ambitious European monarchs first plunged us into the financial vortex of the burgeoning international debt system, an elite coterie of Jews and their allies have effectively manipulated world events for their own interests. This was achieved, not simply through usury, but also as a result of Jewish involvement in the bootlegging and criminal racketeering of 1930s America, something which eventually went on to finance the Zionist takeover of the Hollywood film industry and, by 1948, brought about the establishment of the bandit-state of Israel. But Zionism is not Jewish nationalism, as some like to claim, it is Jewish imperialism.

Got that? Good, then you’ll be glad to know that in the next paragraph we hear that they don’t hate Jews, only “a minority of parasitic vampires”:

National-Anarchists do not ‘hate’ ordinary Jews and neither do we wish to undermine them as a people with their own unique religious and cultural identity, but what we will not tolerate, however, is the ongoing enslavement of our people by a minority of vampiric parasites intent on carving up the world’s resources in an attempt to create a single, global market… Zionism is an enemy of all peoples and must be vanquished.

Finally, to bring all of this back to David Irving (who almost looks normal amongst this particular cast) we have the sudden death of Jonathan Bowden, to whose memory this New Right meeting was dedicated. Bowden was well known to Irving and appears to be one of the few British right-wing thinkers whom he actually admired.

Many years have passed since Irving attempted to bring some intellectual rigour and leadership to these circles: but curiously British tradition of incompetent (and often plain bizarre) far Right intellectualism persists. And, contemplating the European far Right today, that is something for which we all should really be quite grateful…including Neturei Karta.

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