Clusterfork: A Question for ‘Mayday’

3 May 2011

As the Indymedia UK ‘fork’ turns into a ‘clusterfork’, and as users looking for information on the fork visit this site, I thought it might be a good time to ask a hypothetical question of certain key members of the ‘Mayday’ collective, who have seized control – errantly and unsupportably, in my view – of the Indymedia UK site.

The ‘Mayday’ editor most responsible for the Atzmon mess has written quite favorably about Israel Shamir, with whom he spent time in Nablus nearly a decade ago but who is now been named in international headlines as a Holocaust denier. Regarding this Shamir quote about the Holocaust denier David Irving:

Thus we should say: David Irving was sentenced for denial of Jewish superiority. His doom seals the reign of (albeit limited) freedom that began with the fall of Bastille. European history went full circle: from rejecting the rule of Church and embracing free thought, to the new Jewish mind-control on a world scale.

My question for ‘Mayday’: Are Shamir’s sentiments — ‘Jewish mind-control on a world scale’, open support for Holocaust denial — merely ‘controversial’ and ‘ill-considered’ or some other mild word expressing minor objections but at root not in any way signifying anti-Semitism? Do they reflect ‘a passion for justice’ or do they represent simple and coarse racism?

More importantly are they the kind of sentiment we can now expect to be expressed more frequently on the site, now that the editor who champions Shamir and Atzmon has completed his purge, and those who might oppose such things have been locked out?