Guardian columnist compares white supremacism with ‘right-wing’ Zionism

Guardian columnist Giles Fraser has compared white supremacism to ‘right-wing’ Zionism.

Guardian, Aug. 17th.

Fraser, in his Aug. 17th column, faults Israel’s prime minister for his three-day delay in condemning the antisemitism in Charlottesville, which he contextualises by citing a recent interview on Israeli TV with Richard Spencer, a Charlottesville hate rally leader. During the interview, Spencer compared his white supremacist ideology to Jewish nationalism.

Fraser comments on it thusly:

Speaking on Israel’s Channel 2 News on Wednesday, the alt-right’s Richard Spencer, one of the leaders of the Charlottesville rally, gave an astonishing example of this “antisemites for Israel” philosophy. “Jews are vastly over-represented in what you would call ‘the establishment’ and white people are being dispossessed from this country,” he said of the US. Yet he continued: “An Israeli citizen, someone who has a sense of nationhood and peoplehood, and the history and experience of the Jewish people, you should respect someone like me who has analogue feelings about whites. You could say I am a white Zionist – in the sense that I care about my people, I want us to have a secure homeland for us and ourselves. Just like you want a secure homeland in Israel.”

Fraser then insinuates that Spencer may have a point:

This is staggering stuff. Richard Spencer is the man who chanted “Heil Trump” during a Washington rally. His followers responded with the Nazi salute. Praise from a man mired in the worst sort of antisemitism should prompt soul-searching on the right of Israel’s political establishment. These are not admirers that they should want.

This is beyond disingenuous.

First, imagine the reaction of Fraser, who’s an outspoken Jeremy Corbyn supporter, if he and others within the British far-left were asked to “search their souls” when, last year, former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke (another white supremacist leader who spoke in Charlottesville) praised the Labour Party leader for his ‘brave’ opposition to Zionism.

Moreover, the suggestion that Spencer, who has quoted Nazi propaganda and refused to denounce Adolf Hitler for murdering six million Jews (1:46 of this video), truly “admires” the Jewish state is absurd.  Spencer wants the US to be a ‘racially pure’ white European state, and has previously said he doesn’t consider Jews to be European.  So, this ‘support’ for Zionism – if it exists – is likely utilitarian: his goal of an all-white US would be advanced by non-racially pure American Jews fleeing en masse to Israel.  

Fraser continues:

More shocking, some concede that Spencer and his like have reason to find common cause with some of Israel’s outer political fringes. As the former PM Ehud Barak said of Charlottesville: “You can’t say you don’t see things here that bear a certain similarity – when you look at the Lehava demonstrations or La Familia activity, or the ranting against journalists covering Netanyahu investigations.”

Lehava is an acronym of the Hebrew for “Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land”. It is especially against mixed marriages (like mine) between Israeli Jews and non-Jews. And it also wants to rid Israel of Christianity. La Familia are fans of the Beitar Jerusalem football team. A few months ago I went to see them playing an Israeli Arab team from Galilee, Bnei Sakhnin – though the Sakhnin fans were not allowed into the ground. My remedial Hebrew was not enough to make out what they were singing to the rows of empty seats opposite. “We are going to burn your village down,” was how my friend translated it.

As you can see, Fraser’s ‘evidence’ to support his suggestion of an overlap between “right-wing” Zionism and US-style white supremacism is practically non-existent. It consists of one quote from a former prime minister (desperate to stay politically relevant) citing some racist football fans and one marginal extremist group which has been condemned by political leaders from across the Israeli political spectrum.

Fraser concludes:

Barak is right, the parallels with Charlottesville are sometimes difficult to avoid. And the problem everywhere with these outer fringes is that they are getting less and less outer. Frightening, isn’t it?

The only conclusion “difficult to avoid” is that Fraser seems to salivate at every opportunity to demonise Israel, even if he has to legitimise the sophistry of a white supremacist to do so. 

Finally, Tablet senior writer Yair Rosenberg deconstructs Spencer’s putative ‘support’ for Zionism in this video.


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  1. The trouble with ignorant idiots like Fraser is that they ignore on the fact that Zionism originally was a Socislalist principle, because it suits their argument. That is compounded by the Israeli political right highjacking for their own validation. The left then use that to beat Israel with! Hypocrisy and racism abound on both left and right!

    • Hey Mr. Farmer, thanks for confirming my point that you take strident positions on an issue you clearly don’t seem to grasp factually or honestly.

      You clearly have no idea what initial agreements were.

      Although there a few settlements that are not approved even by Israel and will be vacated pending a reasonable agreement for Palestine statehood, there are others that you seem to be clueless about. Judea and Samaria were historically Jewish lands even through the early 19th century, Their Jews were murdered and pillaged in pogroms in the 1920s. Try reading before ranting.

      Israel has always sought roughly 2-4 percent of what its intended to be Palestine for buffer in light of the inconvenient fact that the country that disregarded Israel’s original 1967 border was not Israel but Jordan and virtually all other countries surrounding it by virtue of ATTACKING AND DESTROYING IT.

      The unfortunate reality for folks grandiosely posturing against the one big bland sloppily understood term “Settlements” is that
      they have no idea as to the meaning and intent of the Fourth Geneva Convention. It is in no way relevant to the settlement issue. Jews are not being forced to go to the West Bank; on the contrary, they are voluntarily moving back to places where they, or their ancestors, once lived before being expelled by others. The settlements are not illegal (by any “legal” deciding entity) by virtue of being in dispute — awaiting the Palestinians not continuing turning down Israel’s offers of a two-state solution (which Palestine turned down without bargaining in good faith on four milestone occasions).

      FYI, those territories never legally belonged to either Jordan or Egypt, and certainly not to the Palestinians, who were never the sovereign authority in any part of Palestine in the first place.

      And so we get more prattling about how Israel is somehow oppressing Palestinians just for the heck of it — a house-of-cards of logic that would collapse if anti-Israel pundits were to face their pathological need to blindly ignore Palestinian culpability of destroying their own chance for statehood — murderous terrorism and leadership that tacitly denies Israel’s right to exist, let alone a willingness to bargain in good faith to one day live side-by-side of it.

      In other words, the impediment to peace is not the existence of Jewish communities in the disputed territories; it is the Palestinians’ unwillingness to accept a state next to Israel instead of one replacing Israel. And I am sure they appreciate the useful fools who support their ultimate cause.

  2. “You could say I am a white Zionist – in the sense that I care about my people, I want us to have a secure homeland for us and ourselves.”. Richard Spencer.

    “You could say I am a white Zionist..”
    You could say that, BUT it would be more accurate to say you are a racist nut-job.

    “..I care about my people”
    How nice for them, whoever they may be.

    “I want us to have a secure homeland..”
    I want, you and yourselves, to have a home in a secure facility.

      • So Stephen you think that Gaza is ‘secure’ despite the rockets and mortars fired from there into Israel and despite the murderous terrorist attacks launched from there into Israel.
        Such a place you describe as ‘secure’, Stephen not very interesting but very stupid.

      • Still here, Stephen Bellamy? Still no life to lead? Not enough anti-Israel sites to keep spreading your hate on? Sigh.

      • “I want, you and yourselves, to have a home in a secure facility.”
        Good one, Gerald!
        Perhaps Bellamy could join them.

  3. Guardian is no different than Der Sturm. Both are Nazi propaganda organizations that incite violence against Jews because they are filled with racists

  4. G.Fraser is a dubious character who apostised from Judaism to Anglican Christianity and took the cloth as a priest!

  5. The problem with the Left these days is its complete obsession with race. They must racialize everything. It is the Left that racialized this conflict.
    Giles at some point might come to recognize that he has something in common with the Jews: The Jews possess a tiny country, and he possesses a tiny mind.
    And you can read him at Britain’s left-wing “progressive” daily, the Guardian.

  6. “The only conclusion “difficult to avoid” is that Fraser seems to salivate at every opportunity to demonise Israel, even if he has to legitimise the sophistry of a white supremacist to do so. ”
    So well said.