Can Israel’s ‘Ku Klux Klan’ be stopped?

Last night I was emailed this article from Ami magazine (aimed at Orthodox Jews) on how horrible the KKK is.

Every media portrayal of the KKK that I remember painted it as a horrible organization.

I don’t share this view. What is wrong with people standing up for maintaining sovereignty of the country their ancestors created? The KKK wants to keep WASPs in charge of America. What’s so horrible about that? That they might use violence to further their aims also makes sense because often the only way to maintain sovereignty is through violence. How do you think Israel was established? Jews used violence to establish and defend the Jewish state.

All groups are engaged in a fierce struggle for scarce resources such as land, water, and power. Most Israelis, for instance, wish that all Palestinians disappear. Most Muslims wish that the Jewish state would disappear. What person with the slightest self-awareness does not understand the desire to subjugate your enemies? The KKK aimed to intimidate outside groups so that they would not behave in ways contrary to the interests of WASPs. What’s so shocking?

If you hate your enemies, you naturally want them to disappear. That’s how it has always been in human history. The KKK didn’t invent genocide or even carry it out. It was never a mass murder machine. How many deaths in America can be laid at the feet of the KKK? A few thousand? As many in a century as Muslim terrorists caused on 9/11?

Every thinking person has a KKK approach to life (intimidation and subjugation of their enemies) just under the surface. It doesn’t require heroic efforts of moral imagination to put yourself in their shoes. From the perspective of Palestinians, Jews are poison. From the perspective of Jewish Israelis, Palestinians are poison. From the perspective of groups hurt by the creation of a Jewish state, Jews are poison. From the perspective of groups hurt by Muslims, Muslims are poison. From the perspective of Tibetans, Chinese are poison. From the perspective of the Chinese, the Japanese are poison. From the perspective of the aborigines, white Australia is poison.

Jerusalem Post 2015: Can Israel’s ‘Ku Klux Klan’ be stopped?

“We need a new lexicon in Hebrew and so we need to add ‘Jewish terror’ to the dictionary,” Ami Ayalon, the director of the Shin Bet from 1996 to 2000, says in a deliberate manner, choosing each word carefully.

He has a baritone voice and a clear passion for this issue. “Maybe, maybe, maybe, the murder last week will wake us up to the fact that it is not a hate crime, it is not ‘wild weeds,’ it is terror and it is Jewish terror. It seeks to change the government,” he says, referring to the killing of Ali Dawabsha in the Palestinian village of Duma.

Since the burning of the Dawabsha home and an adjoining residence on the night of July 30, Israeli society has been convulsed by internal soul-searching.

In an impassioned speech to thousands in Tel Aviv, Nasser Dawabsha described the burning of his sister-in-law’s home.

“My brother Sa’ed and his wife Riham caught on fire. Despite the burns, Sa’ed carried his four-year-old son Ahmed outside the house. Riham grabbed a blanket, she thought that the child Ali was in the blanket. But they learned the child wasn’t in the blanket.”

He recalled her crying, “‘Where is Ali?’” He called on the IDF to find the killers, and for the Palestinian people to “get our freedom.”

Duma sits on a ridgeline about 15 kilometers southeast of Nablus near Route 458. In more pleasant times one might enjoy the view here over the pastoral hills that lead down to the Jordan Valley.

Now the village displays large posters with the picture of murdered Ali.

Last Saturday, protesters clashed with Israeli police and soldiers on the road leading to the village. Tear gas was fired, the empty canisters littering the road.

The sign to the village had been covered partly with a poster of Ali.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced that the PA would file suit with the International Criminal Court about this murder and what the PA said were more than 120 attacks by Israeli Jews on Palestinians in the West Bank.

Israeli society came together last week to condemn both the attack in Duma and the stabbing attack at the Gay Pride Parade on July 30. Shira Banki, 16, died of her wounds Sunday after the attack.

“The flames are spreading in our land, flames of violence, hatred and of false, distorted and twisted beliefs,” President Reuven Rivlin said to a large crowd gathered in Jerusalem rallying against violence.

But how to confront those responsible is not clear.

Jerusalem Report 2014: Ku Klux Klan faction offers membership to Jews and other minorities

A faction of the Christian-terrorist group the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), will now open its membership to Jews, African Americans, Hispanics and gay people.

The notoriously racist white-supremacist group has decided to undergo a re-branding to expand its reach and mission. They will leave behind their legacy of burning crosses, lynching African Americans and committing other horrific racist attacks.

The new, more expansive group, known as “The Rocky Mountain Knights,” is meant to be a subsection of the KKK, based in Montana in the United States.

John Albarr, a KKK member from Great Falls, Montana, spearheaded the re-branding effort after reportedly having discussions with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). His goal is that the new group will help to create a stronger and better America.

“White supremacy is the old Klan. This is the new Klan,” Albarr said, adding: “It thought it was a really good organization. I don’t feel we need to be separate.”

Despite this supposed re-branding, all members of Albarr’s “Rocky Mountain Knights” will have to wear the KKK’s traditional white robes, masks, and pointed hats– a uniform that historically conjured images of hate, persecution and terror.

It is unclear how many members this new sect of the KKK has.

In 2011, Abarr attempted to run for the Montana seat in the US House of Representatives as a Republican, with the goal of “saving the White race” on his manifesto. As a result, Albarr was denounced by other mainstream Republicans for his racist attitudes and political views.

The KKK is a protestant Christian organization considered to have an extreme right-wing political stance. It is classified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League.

When the KKK was first founded in 1865, after the American Civil War, they called for the purification of society and the elimination of non-white races.

Doesn’t every exclusive group look down on outsiders and maintain strong barriers against them?

Every victimhood contains a nationalism and every nationalism contains the capacity for genocide.

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