Glenn Franco Simmons
Glenn Franco Simmons
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Anti-Semitic Tropes Are Like Yelling ‘Fire’ in a Theater

An anti-Semitic image on "Russia Insider" website.
A red slash through a Star of David, as published on "Russia Insider."

(Note: This is part one of a two-part series intended to expose building anti-Semitism in the United States. My views in this opinion blog post are my own.)

On “Haaretz.com” three years ago, Mr. Anton Shekhovtsov sounded the alarm when he eloquently and articulately exposed the pernicious website titled “Russia Insider.”

Despite its peddling of virulent anti-Semitic tropes, “Russia Insider” remains online today. In fact, site publisher Mr. Charles Bausman apparently can earn money through PayPal and Patreon.

Fair-use screen capture, allowed by the U.S. Fair Use Doctrine, which shows the site has PayPal and Patreon accounts.

It apparently can also receive income from an ad service provider. This Fortnite ad was shown on the page when I screen-captured it.

Fair-use screen capture, allowed by the U.S. Fair Use Doctrine, of a webpage on “Russia Insider.”

Before you despair, help may be on the way. On July 26, PayPal and the ADL “announced a new partnership initiative to fight extremism and hate through the financial industry and across at-risk communities,” according to an ADL news release.

“This is the latest effort by PayPal in combating racism, hate and extremism across its platforms and the industry,” it said.

Some observers say such action is a danger to free speech. I do not agree. As a longtime former editor and publisher of weeklies and dailies in the United States, I support free speech. I don’t support hate speech demonizing a specific groups of people that has a potential for violence against the group being demeaned.

Over two millennia, history has shown how virulent anti-Semitism expressed in words has become physically violent anti-Semitic assaults and even murder. Anyone with a simple understanding of history should be aware of this combination that was also a factor in what lead to the Shoah (Holocaust).

Fair-use capture allowed by the U.S. Fair Use Doctrine. This shows part of a webpage on “Russia Insider.” The column was written by “Russia Insider” publisher Mr. Charles Bausman.

“Russia Insider” features commentary that uses anti-Semitic tropes designed to single out and demonize Jews. And, the publisher of the site has written a column titled, “The Jewish Taboo,” in which he decries criticism of criticizing Jews as a collective — the very definition of anti-Semitism.

When I earned a minor in The Study of Genocide curriculum at my university, I was taught use of collective guilt to criticize any group — be it Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. — is repugnant because it is based upon stereotypes and generalizations. Sometimes, it’s based on hate, as well.

Mr. Bausman apparently doesn’t share my belief.

Furthermore, commentary is anti-Semitic if a person makes “… mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions,” according to the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism.

The State Department also says it’s anti-Semitic to accuse “… Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.”

It is this abhorrent content on “Russia Insider” that I believe could potentially radicalize a reader who may already have anti-Semitic beliefs or who may have recently begun to believe this virulent nonsense.

According to “Antisemitism as an Underlying Precursor to Violent Extremism in American Far-Right and Islamist Contexts,” published in October by Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, Bennett Clifford, Lorenzo Vidino, “Antisemitic beliefs often serve as a key entry point for individuals to radicalize, join extremist groups, and progress into violent mobilization. … Antisemitism also helps to dehumanize possible targets of violence, a process often seen as a key component of mass violence against a specific group.”

An anti-Semitic image on “Russia Insider” website.

One of my concerns is about a column on “Russia Insider” titled “We Must Dismantle Jewish Supremacy ~ Silence Is Not An Option.” The image with the Star of David canceled by a red slash accompanies that article, which is written by Mr. Thomas Dalton.

Anyone with a functioning brain knows that similar images with similar messages were used in the Shoah in a brutal industrial-sized pogrom that was responsible for the deaths of six million Jews and others.

Mr. Dalton’s diatribe sparked when the owners of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream announced their support of Black Lives Matter. In a news release, the owners said, “{W}e want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms.”

That triggered Mr. Dalton to write his noxious manifesto that spewed vile and dangerous anti-Semitic tropes.

“Apart from the duplicitous and self-serving nature of such a statement, there is a vast truth here that is covered over and safely stashed away, never to be discussed,” he wrote. “This is the reality of the American situation, which is a condition of Jewish supremacy.

“This Jewish supremacy, furthermore, is the root cause of many social ills in this country, and is the cause of uncounted suffering here and around the world. It is this very Jewish supremacy which must be addressed, exposed, and destroyed, if we are to get to a better state of affairs {sic} in this country.”

Earlier in the article, Mr. Dalton promulgates racist and anti-Semitic tropes that should have been left to rot in the 20th Century.

They were not.

Mr. Dalton revives them on “Russia Insider,” although he is one of many people to do this throughout the world.

“{…} Jews succeed much more easily where they are one of many ethnic minorities,” he wrote. “In such cases, they can work hard for ‘minority justice {BLM},’ all while accruing the lion’s share of benefit for themselves.

“Second, Jews fear White societies more than any other — because Whites are their most formidable opponents in the struggle for social control. Thus, any actions to protect, defend, and increase the numbers of non-Whites work to their benefit. More non-Whites mean more exploitable social crises, more interracial dating, mating, and the consequent miscegenation, more crime, and therefore more decay of the hated White civilization.

“Third, as a propaganda effort, such ‘calls’ warp and confuse the public mind, causing many weak-minded people — and unfortunately many weak-minded Whites — to assume that ‘anti-racism’ and an anti-White stance are the morally superior positions,” Mr. Dalton continues. “Jews thereby both draw in other non-Whites to their cause and they encourage Whites to work against their own interests and against their own well-being. And with the full force of media, government, and academia behind them, they frequently succeed. We need only watch the evening news these days to see the result.”

He also believes Jews run media, politics and big tech.

Mr. Dalton unabashedly endorses anti-Semitic tropes that fit into his narrative, the conclusion of which is the expulsion of all Jews from America.

I’m not kidding.

Alas, with harebrained but deadly serious manifestos, there is always more, and you can read about that in part two of this series.

About the Author
Glenn was an editor and publisher for many years. He has a bachelor's in journalism, with an emphasis in genocide studies. Currently, he is a semi-retired professional floral photographer. He is a dues'-paying member of The Society of Professional Journalists, and Professional Photographers of America. Glenn is a Times of Israel subscriber.
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