It was not lost on David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), David Duke “has been active in the white supremacy movement for over 40 years” and could be considered as “perhaps America’s most well-known racist and anti-Semite.”
And when it comes to Israel, Duke tends to agree with some prominent lefties, including Hill, whose views on Israel Duke tweeted “no decent person can disagree” with.
Ironically, Hill himself regards Duke’s endorsement as a sign that the endorsee should be condemned. Likely in response to President Trump’s false claim that white South Africans are possibly being killed and robbed from en masse, Hill tweeted, “The fact that David Duke is thanking Trump for his South Africa tweet says everything.”
Hill is right: it “says everything” when David Duke endorses statements that clearly reflect the thinking and worldview of the person who made the statement. And it arguably “says everything” that when Duke agreed with Hill, it was by no means the first time that he looked for — and found — common ground with prominent activists who demonize the Jewish state in terms echoing age-old anti-Semitic tropes.
A few years ago, when the American writer and activist Max Blumenthal focused all his energies on demonstrating that Israel was the new Nazi Germany, he garnered not only praise in progressive circles, but also got some well-deserved endorsements on Duke’s website, which described “Blumenthal’s recent book and much of his other work” as “extremely valuable.”
The far-right site even objected when Blumenthal’s work was denounced as anti-Semitic by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, asserting that he and others were “placed on the Zionist blacklist simply for publicly recognizing some of the obvious truths.”
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Duke also keenly appreciated the work of Israeli academic Shlomo Sand, whose efforts to depict the Jews as an “invented” people with an “invented” homeland got rave reviews on websites dedicated to the relentless vilification of Israel, such as The Electronic Intifada and Mondoweiss.
When Pink Floyd star Roger Waters provided the radical magazine CounterPunch with his take on the views fashionable among far-left activists in December 2013, David Duke was delighted to see that “Waters has revealed that the ‘Jewish lobby’ controls the political discourse in America and the music industry in America — and uses that power to suppress any dissent about Israel.”
It also didn’t escape Duke’s attention that prominent American-Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour sometimes made statements that he could fully embrace:
Given that both Sarsour and Hill have ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and have been reluctant to clearly denounce him for his breathtakingly vile anti-Semitism and all-around bigotry, it is also noteworthy that David Duke agrees that the notorious hate-preacher deserves some respect — very much for the same reason as Linda Sarsour:
There is clearly a pattern that points to substantive agreements between the far-right and the far-left when it comes to the world’s only Jewish state.
David Duke doesn’t seem embarrassed to find common ground with the far left. But progressives who claim to oppose anti-Semitism should be ashamed to find themselves in such ugly company.
Petra Marquardt-Bigman is a German-Israeli researcher and writer with a Ph.D. in contemporary history. Follow her @WarpedMirrorPMB
Isnt it a bit odd how the Jews keep David Duke as the white leader? They never ever discussed Eustace Mullins and of course the biggest antisemite of all time Jesus. No, it’s Christmas time and time for the Jews to make the clown David Duke our leader. Louis Farrakhan is a Jew, what are the chances of Duke also being a Jew considering he teaches the Bible and never read it in his life? Jews even give credit to Duke for crediting Schlomo Sand, wasnt that nice of them?
In 10 years Jews will have made Andy Anglin the new white leader (after all they have invested so much in the making of his website.
Heres Duke in yet another Ralph Lifschitz shirt. He has an entire closet full.
Dovid Dukes superior comments on the Bible at 29:30. He must have learned this from one of his Jewish Professors (of course there is no such thing as a Jewish Professor because Jews are liars) a professor tells the truth. Professor and Doctor are simply another term for Rabbi and why Duke demands to be called this. Jesus on the other hand said “call no man Rabbi”.
Matthew 23:8-12 King James Version (KJV)
8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.