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From: Israel Shamir
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Subject: [shamireaders] White Nationalists - a possible ally?, by Joh Domingo
the friends of
fear of Nationalism justified? Should the Blacks and the Muslim
immigrants acquiesce with their role of Human Shield for the Jews? Now,
we bring in a strong and clear new voice, Joh Domingo (HIS BIO BELOW),
an African friend of
His line is stark: "The important thing to remember about White Nationalists (a.k.a. Supremacists) is that they are isolationist, not international Cabalists that want to rule the world. Certainly there are scoundrels amongst them, but since when is that a crime? Who does not have their scoundrels?
If we are concerned that Americans are duped into believing the lies of the judeo-cons, then White Supremacist are an improvement on the average American Joe who go along with the slaughter in Iraq and Palestine. Let’s first stop the theft, and dispossession, and slaughter of the non-Judeopean people, then we can "re-educate" White Supremacist - or not. Until then, they are allies because they are not my enemy”.
White Nationalists - a possible ally?
we talk about things unthinkable a few years ago. Tomorrow we will do
things unthinkable today. Struggle is theatre, and the Palestinian
struggle has become the Broadway of the liberation movement. This
struggle has moved from the seedy halls to become a smash hit because
they have the benefit of the greatest publicity machine of all time, the
Jewish dominated Mass Media of the
wisdom has it that
Antisemitism can mean many things: from acute hatred of Jews, to objection to Jewish cultural domination, to mild mockery of Jewish values. But what is nationalism, if not the mocking of those that mock you, thereby building up the antibodies to protect you from the scourge of Racism? Examined in this light, the cry of “antisemitism” can be seen to be the ultimate racist tool, designed to ensure the domination of a racist discourse.
Zionism is Racism but antisemitism is not.
Because of the deliberate skewing of the discourse as cover for Racist domination, we are led to believe that someone championing the virtues of his ethnic background is the same as someone promoting the idea of the racial domination of others. Hence, anyone providing context that presents his race in a positive light, as opposed to a competing culture, is equated with the worst Racist Supremacist doctrines of the Apartheid and Nazi regimes. At the same time, a Racist Oppressor can be presented as an enlightened humanist if he hides his nationalism while denouncing the thoughts of competing nationalists. Yitzhak Rabin, a racist supremacist if there ever was one, who presided over the deaths and torture of tens of thousands, is presented as a saint next to David Duke, the ex-Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, who struggles to maintain his livelihood and culture in his own land. While it is true that the KKK are rogues, and have proven that they are capable of sliding into Racist atrocities of a Rabin given the opportunity; a comparison fails the equivalency test. Rabin is lauded and presented as champion of enlightenment, while the ex-Grand Wizard struggles to even find voice amongst his own kind and is completely marginalized in his own country.
the worse Racist in
The dominant Racist Supremacists always speak of “self-determination” and “preserving the culture” of their opponents. They speak of “peace” and “living side by side in harmony”, but their multiculturalism is nothing but cover for the suppression of a competing force. Subconsciously accepting that their own nationalism was a powerful force in subjugating their opponents, they seek to deprive them of the same weapon by appealing to the outrage of the oppressed. They champion the rights of the oppressed in words, while remaining ever vigilant against the expression of a competing nationalism. Such expressions of opposition, is “bad” nationalism, while their openly Racist supremacy is considered “accidental”, “inevitable” and “self-preservation”. Always, the dominant supremacist maintains that his nationalism is a product of historical circumstance while the nationalism of the dominated is the product of wrong thinking and evidence of their backwardness, bigotry and hatred.
Such is the dialectic enforced by the strong. Having achieved their position by virtue of their nationalism, they relegate it to its basest level and deny access to it to their opponents. Having misused it to their own ends, they now denounce their strongest converts, and proclaim it an evil, to be opposed by all right thinking people, and especially to be denied its utilization by their opponents.
But resistance is at its core the application of pressure. We know that when the bleating gets loudest, the pressure is being applied correctly. Nationalism has time and time again proven itself to be a particularly effective form of pressure on a dominant Racist Regime.
Zionism is dispossession; dispossession is an integral part of Racism. Nationalism without dispossession is a legitimate countervailing force against other competing nationalism. Antisemitism of White Nationalists (called White Supremacy by their adversaries) is a reaction to Jewish racist assertion in White societies. As such, it is a mild form of nationalism. From a White-Nationalist point of view, it can be seen to be a moral imperative and necessary to combat the Jewish war against their values and heritage. They do, after all, compete to occupy the same space.
me tell you how frustrating it was dealing with White liberals in
is valid for
does not have a place in the Palestinian struggle, is an ideological
agenda. Zionists are not particular about who supports them, so why
should Palestinians be reliant on a bogus ideological cleanliness? It
makes little difference whether the Palestinians enjoy the support of
ADL-affected communities. These communities provide nothing of value to
the Palestinian struggle. In fact they provide material assistance to
the enemy. Yet the friends of
White groups on the right are not all the same, and they not all
subscribe to the same philosophies. I am convinced that the brush is
applied far too widely and liberally. I have corresponded with a few,
and I find them to be courteous and intelligent. Quite the opposite of
the rabid racist bigot. They always concede a point well made and are
content to rest on genuine differences of opinion. Joe Sobran is a great
guy and always takes the time and effort to respond comprehensively and
interestingly. I also find some of their prose about the
On the other hand, I have found anti-Zionist Jewish people (with some notable exclusions) on my correspondence list to be extremely annoying because of their penchant to obscure obvious circumstances while compiling dirges in a vain attempt to throw people off the scent. Instead of acknowledging patent realities regarding Jewish individuals at the heart of influence in the US administration, and then putting your views regarding it, a ridiculous attempt is made to smear the content of an article like that of Mr. Shamir’s as latent Nazism. Whether we are incorrect and flirt with an anti-Semite canard is a tenth order issue for both Israeli Jews and Palestinians. I have taken the trouble to read Shamir’s body of work and can vouch that they are inspirational. He is an extremely talented writer and uses words to great effect. His vision of a future Palestine/Israel is a refreshing departure from the rutted, stilted and ideologically driven drivel that passes for discourse on this issue. I would even go so far as to defend his use of anti-Semitic imagery, it is a valid posture buster and certainly more effective than an AK47. Like all of us, his ideas can be considerably cleansed of incorrect thoughts. But that is his greatest gift - his ability to communicate at every level and bust through - despite incorrect thoughts. Cleansing is not always desirable and would place his writing beyond the reach of all but the most pure amongst us. Purists always fail when they ultimately discover what Shamir instinctively knows, that none of us are pure. But we can at least be honest with ourselves. You cannot help the Palestinians until you can free Israeli Jews from the stultifying Boot of Diaspora Jewry. You cannot lead from behind. Shamir might just be the vanguard of an Israeli liberation movement, its liberation from racist Jewry.
its political Application.
All people have strange and wonderful traditions. It is the therapy of the times to subsume oneself and experience a diversity of cultural traditions. Nationalism, properly defined, is the celebration of one’s own kind and the mocking of another. It is a common human characteristic and is hardwired to our DNA. One does not acquire nationalism, it comes with the package and it was vital to the early survival of human communities. We would not have been here if it were not for nationalism. In some situations, it still has a valid and vital function.
However it is chemically triggered, it is clear that its occurrence is proportional to the level of threat to our own culture and identity. Remove that threat and over time the ethnocentric trigger is deactivated and replaced by other “in-group” triggers. Any historical analysis of Jewish nationalism, whatever slant one wished to put on it, reveals a steady flow of the activation of triggers and counter-triggers as Jewish communities wrestled with the twin demons of Supremacy and antisemitism. That one feeds off the other has been the observation of many historians. If Jews think that they were superior, chosen by God, many people also think that they are superior. For many, the only defence to such an attitude is to mock those that think this way, and to celebrate their own superiority. It is primordial; it is instinctive; and it works.
organized political terms, it is called Group Consciousness. Stokely
Carmichael was one of the first proponents of this approach. He
developed it as a result of observing the sorry state Black people had
been reduced to by centuries of slavery, dispossession and ridicule. It
came to be known as “Black Consciousness” and was a culmination and
synthesis of the ideas of many earlier Black thinkers in
Naturally, Steve did not really believe this, but it is what he taught. There were no complicated speeches given and philosophical treatise written. The medium of communication was song, and dance, and poetry. It electrified the people. They sang the songs on the trains, at work, everywhere. The white man did not understand the words that said “watch out, I am going to kill you.” The “Toyi Toyi” (the enduring image of Black South African protest marches) terrified the young White conscripts and they wet their pants. It was a national joke. They laughed even amidst the tragedy of slain friends and comrades. Young White friends were asked to leave public meetings. It was pure nationalism. Black Activists were roundly condemned for their Racism, even by other Blacks: “is this the way to fight Racism” it was asked; “by being racist yourself?”
But it was not Racism; it was nationalism. The most effective weapon there is against Racism; which is the dispossession of your property, your liberty and your identity. When Apartheid crumbled, the trigger lapsed as suddenly as it had appeared. The need to destroy another’s identity to regain yours vanished. You already had it.
There is definitely a problem when you can celebrate your cultural particularity only in the absence of other cultural identities. When affirmation can only come at the expense of forcing another to disavow theirs or the parts you take offence to. Mocking another culture is the essence of Nationalism. Cultural hegemony is the essence of colonialism. Calling an Individual a “Nazi” for his instinctive reaction to a nationalist trigger is ignorance about the true nature of Racism, and the cure for it, which is cultural affirmation, “consciousness” or “nationalism”.
Domingo is a South African born Muslim with roots in the full spectrum
of the varied racial mix that makes up the South African milieu. His
background traverses the divide between his traditional African tribal
kin and the rich cultural influences of colonial
cut his political teeth during the upheaval of 1970’s South African
revolution. He was the inaugural President of the Black Students Society
at the University of the
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