White House chief strategist Steve Bannon continued his assault on the press during a Thursday appearance at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, decrying the fourth estate in dog whistle-like language.
“It’s not only not going to get better, it gets worse every day,” Bannon said, talking about the new administration’s relationship with the media. “They’re corporatist, globalist media that are adamantly opposed to an economic nationalist agenda like Donald Trump has.”
Bannon’s rhetoric was reminiscent of appeals that President Trump made on the campaign trail, when he ran ads that alleged rival Hillary Clinton was “part of a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class.” That commercial pictured investor George Soros, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and Goldman Sachs honcho Lloyd Blankfein, all of them Jewish. The term “globalist” is often cited as shorthand for “Jews.”
Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, has in the past referred to the press as the “opposition party” and told them to “shut up and listen.” He bragged that Breitbart under his leadership was a “platform for the alt-right,” the name for modern-day white supremacists and white nationalists.
After vandals knocked over or damaged dozens of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in Missouri, neo-Nazis say the incident is a “non-story” used as a bludgeon to attack President Trump, fitting what they view as a pattern of nefarious Jewish control of media and politics.
“It’s obvious that this isn’t about some 100 year old gravestones being tipped over,” wrote Daily Stormer contributor Eric Striker. “This is about bending Trump to the Jewish will through media onslaught.”
The Daily Stormer was founded in 2013 by Andrew Anglin and draws its name from the Nazi tabloid Der Sturmer. The Southern Poverty Law Center recently named it the country’s “top hate site” in page views and influence in extremist circles.
The cemetery defacement followed a rash of bomb threats to about a dozen Jewish Community Centers across the country, leading Jewish leaders and communal figures to demand Trump publicly denounce anti-Semitism by name. He had resisted the move for weeks, but finally spoke out on Tuesday.
“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil,” Trump told reporters.
Striker, the Stormer writer, did not take Trump’s statement at face value. Instead, he saw it as evidence of overzealous Jews seeking political control.
“The more Trump gives them, the more emboldened and demanding they will become,” Striker lamented in a separate post. “If he appeases these lobbyists, he gains nothing, but will lose his millions of Alt-Right supporters.”
Striker cast himself and the Daily Stormer as the true victims - of the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish groups.
“The ADL’s real intention in donning this disguise of an aggrieved minority is not to keep Jews and their property physically safe,” Striker wrote. Instead, he claimed, the organization strives to silence people who, like him, are not “afraid to call out Jews when they engage in unethical behavior.”
On Twitter, former KKK head and white supremacist David Duke also lamented Trump and Vice President Michael Pence’s show of regret over the cemetery vandalism. Pence visited the graveyard Wednesday and helped clean up.
“Not trying to counter-signal the administration,” Duke wrote on Twitter, “but showing up everytime Jews get upset about anonymous threats only plays into their agenda.”
(JTA) — Two Jewish brothers said they were abducted briefly and beaten by several men in suburban Paris in an incident that ended with one brother having his finger sawed off by an assailant.
The brothers were hospitalized in what was described as a state of shock following the incident Tuesday night in Bondy. A case report published Thursday by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, based on a police complaint by the alleged victims did not specify their medical condition.
The kippah-wearing brothers, whose father is a Jewish leader in Bondy, were forced off the main road by another vehicle on to a side street, according to the BNVCA report. While the vehicle was in motion, the driver and a passenger shouted anti-Semitic slogans at the brothers that included “Dirty Jews, You’re going to die!” the father told BNVCA based on the complaint filed by his sons.
The vehicle forced the brothers to stop their car, and they were surrounded by several men whom they described as having a Middle Eastern appearance.
One of the alleged attackers then sawed off the finger of one of the brothers.
MONTREAL (JTA) — McGill University’s Arts Undergraduate Society voted not to impeach Igor Sadikov for his “’punch a Zionist today” tweet earlier this month.
On Wednesday evening, the society voted 22-16 with seven abstentions on the fate of Sadikov, also a member of the student legislative council at the Montreal university.
Since his original post on Feb. 6, Sadikov has refused to resign from the McGill Student Society while issuing carefully worded “apologies” and calling his tweet a “misguided joke.”
“Many of my constituents and fellow students, and some of my friends, adhere to Zionist ideology,” he said in a statement Wednesday to the Arts Undergraduate Society. “I am Jewish myself.”
Sadikov, 22, who supports the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, said he was targeting a “political philosophy,” not Jews.
McGill principal Suzanne Fortier, meanwhile, defended its intervention on the grounds that “with any incitement to violence, it is our duty.”
Pro-Israel students have said they feel hostility and isolated on campus. Petitions to expel Sadikov have been launched online.
A third-grade teacher at a Jewish day school in Scottsdale, Arizona, resigned over Twitter posts in which she said that immigrants should be shot.
Bonnie Godin Verne resigned Tuesday from the Pardes Jewish Day School, where she has taught for the past 12 years.
Her personal Twitter account has been closed, though screen shots of some of her tweets have been posted online.
Don’t deport illegal immigrants, she tweeted, “Just kill them.” Under a photo of a person holding a sign reading “Deport illegal aliens,” she wrote “or we can put a bullet in their head immediately.”
In a letter to parents and other members of the school community, Pardes Head of School Jill Kessler wrote that “Bonnie deeply regrets having in recent days made comments using her personal social media account that were inappropriate, offensive, and unbefitting of a Pardes teacher. She believes, and the school concurs, that the best course of action, both for her and Pardes, is for her to resign immediately.”
Kessler said the “leadership at our school deeply respects the rights of all citizens including those associated with the school to express their views, regardless of their political perspectives. However, with that right comes individual responsibility not to make hateful comments, which have no place in our school.”
She said the school administration is “certain that her political views never, in any way, found their way into her classroom.”
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