Indymedia UK is not run by a collective of anti-Semites. Why, then, does it allow anti-Semitic posts?
About Indymedia UK
The current Indymedia UK practice of requiring unanimous consensus before hiding a racist post leaves the collective helplessly deadlocked when even a single member cannot see or disputes the racism of a post. The procedural safeguards intended to protect freedom of political expression end up being used to protect racist expression instead. Political speech should be given the benefit of the doubt; expressions of bigotry should not.
- How should Indymedia UK end its quandary?
- How to read hidden posts on Indymedia UK
- (Closed) discussions of anti-Semitism and editorial policy on Indymedia UK
- How Indymedia UK stifles criticism
- Indymedia UK editor to anti-Zionist: “I do despise you, you are despicable”
Documenting Gilad Atzmon’s anti-Semitism
Gilad Atzmon’s rhetoric combines appeals to classic anti-Semitic imagery with postmodernist pseudo-scholarly obfuscation, wrapped in “leftist” language designed to make the anti-Semitism more palatable to a leftist audience. Peeling back that veil discloses both some very ugly thinking and some rhetorical trickery designed to pre-emptively derail the charge that he is a racist.
- Atzmon on the evil of “Jewishness”
- Atzmon says Jews want to be hated and Jews “know very little about empathy”
- Atzmon shifts blame for the Holocaust onto the Jews
- Atzmon promotes a virulently anti-Semitic Holocaust denial essay
- Atzmon recycles the medieval Church teaching that the Jews killed Jesus
- Atzmon denies the very existence of antisemitism
- Atzmon praised by US’s foremost racist as “incredibly insightful”
- Atzmon proffers the anti-Semitic “Khazaria” meme
- Atzmon specifically condemns the Jews for a general human weakness
Leftists and anti-Zionists condemn Atzmon’s anti-Semitism
It is claimed that Atzmon is being “hunted” by “Zionists” trying to silence his criticism of Israel. On examination, however, it turns out his harshest critics are leading anti-Zionists — all quite vocal critics of Israel — who seek to keep the Palestinian movement free of anti-Semitism.
- Lenni Brenner
- Tony Greenstein
- More Tony Greenstein
- Steve Cohen
- Sue Blackwell
- Protests against Atzmon’s anti-Semitism force a chance of venue in Brighton
A pattern of blindness to anti-Semitism
Keeping Indymedia UK free from anti-Semitism requires being able to detect anti-Semitism even when it is coming from the left. Solidarity with the Palestinians does not and should not demand that we blind ourselves to anti-Semitism.
- Indymedia UK editor on the anti-Semite “Israel Shamir”
- Redefining away the charge of anti-Semitism
- The cartoons of Carlos Latuff
About this blog
- Introduction: Why Indymedia UK fails to no-platform anti-Semites
- Why comments
- Why I am anonymous
- A note on vocabulary