Why Does Richard Spencer Think Zionists Should Respect People Like Him?

by William Skink

With all the recent attention on the rise of America’s white supremacist strain of fascism I’m curious if the anti-fascist resistance truly opposes fascism in all its guises, or just the American variety.

One of the more confusing aspects of America’s white supremacist movement is the coexistence of antisemitism with Zionism. Richard Spencer recently brought attention to this conundrum with an interview on an Israeli news channel where he said things like this:

When asked by anchor Dany Cushmaro how Jews should feel about the anti-Semitic nature of the protest, Spencer justified the racism, saying: “Let’s be honest… Jews are vastly overrepresented in what you could call ‘the establishment,’ that is, Ivy League educated people who really determine policy, and white people are being dispossessed from this country.”

Asked how he thought Jewish people would respond to that statement, Spencer replied: “…an Israeli citizen, someone who understands your identity, 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 that 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.”

For those who understand that Israel is an apartheid state, Spencer’s words shouldn’t come as a surprise. There is a lot about how Israel treats Palestinians that racists in America would love to emulate. For a deeply disturbing perspective on what it’s like to experience Israeli apartheid, Abby Martin’s recent interview on the Joe Rogan Podcast is worth checking out:

My suspicion is opportunistic politicians jumping on the bandwagon to score political points against Trump won’t risk their own political careers to extend their criticism to America’s support of the apartheid state of Israel. Israel will continue enjoying bipartisan support for its deeply racist policies and will continue receiving billions and billions of our tax dollars.

And white supremacists will continue admiring a nation that has so effectively institutionalized its violent, disgusting racist ideology.

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5 Responses to Why Does Richard Spencer Think Zionists Should Respect People Like Him?

  1. Big Swede says:

    Sorry anyone who believes in the “Truther Movement” looses all credibility with me.

    Abby also thinks the Boston bombing was fake and has done some reporting with Alex Jones.


  2. JC says:

    Amazing how quickly all the furor over the anti-BDS legislation rolling through Congress — and that our own Senator Tester supports — quiets down when the newest barrage of Trumpist blather hits the waves. Tester is going to have a tough time figuring out how to square his support for one of the anti-BDS bills with the people’s support for, you know, the first amendment, which is gutted by both bills.

    Here’s the ACLU’s stance on the worst of the two bills. As usual, in politics, the “lesser” of two evils (which still impinges on individual rights) is sneaking through Congress with Tester’s support:


    “The Israel Anti-Boycott Act principally seeks to amend the Export Administration Act of 1979. That law prohibits “U.S. persons” — a term that refers to both individuals and companies — from taking certain actions to comply with or support a boycott imposed by a foreign country against another country that is friendly to the United States.”

    So, yeah, a person engaging in BDS activities now runs afoul of the law, and can be subjected to arrest, imprisonment and fines for engaging in what was once protected first amendment activities.

  3. Eric says:

    Why is it so important to give so much news time to ‘race relations’ now?
    During the 8 years of President Obama anybody who criticized anything about him was branded a racist, but he’s gone.
    It’s not because everything else the unhinged left has promoted, such as Russian collusion, has fizzled out, is it?
    As far as Richard Spencer goes, I’ll respect his right to free speech, and that’s it.

  4. djinn&tonic says:



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