There is something rather perfect about humiliating fascists on pesach.
‘Reclaim Australia’ is the name of a string of rallies held on the 4th of April around Australia, organised against Islam. Their organisers included fascists and people with fascist tendencies, whilst the bulk of attendees were run-of-the-mill islamaphobes/nationalists. Neo-Nazis hung around the edges, attempted to find recruits, and looked for fights. The Reclaim Australia people appeared to be a genuinely shocked that anyone could possibly think they were racist.
The Melbourne counter rally successfully disrupted the whole thing.
Neo-Nazis on Melbourne streets are a pretty rare sight. It was a bit of a shock, and there is a lot to take in. I’m not really sure of specific numbers, but there must have been at least 25-30 boneheads mingled in the crowd of onlookers. At any one time there were groups of upwards of five or so attempting to break through the picketline, and generally getting into some pushin and shovin (this was when the ones who did not have obvious nazi tats/shirts were most identifiable). There are plenty of photos around of these clashes, or you can look up the videos they filmed.
Check out this guy, telling Nazis where to go. Nazis, as this guy realises, were not hard to find. This seems to be something many people commenting seem to find difficult to believe.
Here were some suggestions on the ‘white nationalist’ Stormfront forum. It is suggested they go “undercover”, a suggestion which clearly went unheeded:
Then there’s this:
And then, there was this, just in this evening:
The announcement of new rallies comes after a high-profile Sydney criminal lawyer promised to defend anyone from the Reclaim rally who was charged by police.
Australian Jewish Communal Lobby spokesman Daniel Hakim posted on the lobby’s Facebook page on Sunday an offer for free legal service.
Mr Hakim told the Herald Sun he did not believe claims that organisers or attendees at the rallies were neo-Nazis after photos emerged of protesters with tattoos believed to relate to Nazism.
“Reclaim is not run by, funded by, organised by and directed by neo-Nazis.”
When asked about the Jewish Communal Lobby Mr Hakim said it had more than 2000 members and a seven-person board but would not discuss any more details.
Hakim, any day now, is going to get a bit of a rude shock. Talk about blinkers. Seems like the AJCL is probably just one lawyer with a laptop (Hakim claims otherwise in above article). The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV), in condemning Reclaim Australia, have noted that “the Facebook page known as the ‘Australian Jewish Communal Lobby’ is not affiliated with JCCV or any Jewish communal organisation, and does not represent the views of the Jewish community.”
Here the neo-nazis are discussing the days events themselves (including discussing all the different fascist/nazi groups that were present).
This article, from nazi website Daily Stormer, went down a treat with locals on Stormfront:
Remember: to beat the Jews, you must out-Jew the Jews. Spread that Facebook screenshot [of the Australian Jewish Communal Lobby] to as many Australian SJWs [Social Justice Warriors] as you possibly can. The more the SJWs start to hate Jews, the closer we are to removing the filthy Jewish vermin from our societies once and for all.
Moslems and SJWs are both feral subhuman swine, but they can both be very useful weapons in taking down the ultimate parasite: the Jew. Without the Jewish parasite, the SJW movement would not exist and there would be no Moslems in White nations like Australia. It’s time for us to use the Jewish parasite’s pets (Moslems, SJWs, negroes, etc.) against the Jews. It’s time for us to Jew the Jews.
Meanwhile, the false equivocation of fascists and anti-fascists in various media is pretty disturbing, not the least because it seems to be coming loudest from purported allies such as Brad Chilcott, Director of ‘Welcome to Australia’. If I were to make more serious ideological equation, we could talk about ideology: Welcome isn’t into Reclaim, but they share a a national possessiveness. ‘Reclaim’ thinks they’ve lost the very thing that ‘Welcome’ feels they hold: the gates to Australia. Each see themselves as the gatekeepers/managers of Australia, welcoming or not welcoming, depending on how the wind blows. Chilcott insisted upon moral pontification about tactics, demeaning those Aboriginal women who burnt the flag, not actually providing advice on what to do except telling us not to be ‘hateful’, not actually participating in any sort of movement, or otherwise offering any form of serious alternative other than to wag his finger at us.
The counter demo achieved its aim: to disrupt and end a racist rally. It never intended to have a heart to heart with fascists.
Follow @ndy/slackbastard here and here and here for reliable and ongoing updates on far right and neo-fascist activity, with a focus on Australia. Andy has pretty solid research on the key figures within these movements, including names, faces, and gang allegiances/ideological orientations of these gangs (and its where I’ve gone for a few chunks herein).
It is always worth reading Ghassan Hage’s White Nation: Fantasies of White Supremacy in a Multicultural Society, and particularly worth visiting the chapter on ‘good white nationalists’, for those ‘anti-racists’.
Below are the two boneheads everyone is talking about. However it is absolutely false to say that they were the only ones there. Watch a video. Where ever there were scuffles, that was the neo-nazis (the run of the mill fascists/racists/nationalists/islamophobes were pretty tame, if grumpy).
For those fans of Slavoj Zizek out there, I came across (thanks to my thesis supervisor), these two excellent pieces by him
entitled “The Palestinian Question”, where Part I looks at “Ideological Mystification – the couple Symptom / Fetish” and Part II examines “Islamo-Fascism, Christo-Fascism, Zionism- mieux vaut un désastre qu’un désêtre”
He explores the intersections of marxism, the radical left, liberalism, fascism, antisemitism, revolution, Israel and Palestine, bringing together philosophy, psychoanalysis, history and politics. There are numerous aspects of his critique which I appreciated, and I haven’t had a chance yet to think through his argument properly, but there’s probably much in there worth critiquing too. His argument, like most complex arguments, is hard to summarise – it’s like one long thread, and you need to read it all for it to fit together.
But there were two comments which stood out for me, both from Part II:
“one should insist that the Middle East conflict between the State of Israel and the Arabs is an emphatically false conflict: even if we will all die because of it, it is a conflict which mystifies the true issues.”
“No wonder, then, that, with the establishment of the Jewish Nation-State, a new figure of the Jew emerged: a Jew resisting identification with the State of Israel, refusing to accept the State of Israel as his true home, a Jew who “subtracts” himself from this State, and who includes the State of Israel among the states towards which he insists on maintaining a distance, to live in their interstices – and it is this uncanny Jew who is the object of what one cannot but designate as “Zionist anti-Semitism,” the foreign excess disturbing the Nation-State community. These Jews, the “Jews of the Jews themselves,” worthy successors of Spinoza, are today the only Jews who continue to insist on the “public use of reason,” refusing to submit their reasoning to the “private” domain of Nation-State.”
I do think his analysis of Jewish interactions with modernity, as well as his descriptions of antisemitism, are compelling even if they are a bit too all-encompassing marxist for my taste… I highly recommend taking the time to read these pieces…