Mon Mar 1st, 2021 at 09:23:51 PM EST
Top Holocaust scholar Lipstadt: CPAC Nazi-symbol stage was 'a very big oops'
This week, the acclaimed Emory University professor is keeping an eye on the CPAC gathering in Orlando, where the shape of the stage has been compared to a symbol worn by leading SS officers.
Lipstadt is also an expert witness in the federal lawsuit filed against organizers of the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was retained by the plaintiffs in Sines v. Kessler, a lawsuit backed by Integrity First for America against neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
Also demonstrated by Lipstadt, the anti-Black and anti-Semitic motifs broadcast by organizers were heavily intertwined. Although the defendants are often referred to as "white supremacists," their hatred of Jews and Blacks is indistinguishable, said Amy Spitalnick, the head of the nonpartisan, nonprofit group Integrity First for America.
"It's important to understand that anti-Semitism is at the core of the white supremacy that's fueled so much violence in recent years," executive director Spitalnick told The Times of Israel. "That's why efforts to pit communities against one another are so dangerous -- our fates are so deeply interconnected. You can't take on one form of hate without taking on all of them."
Funded by private donors and crowd-funded online, Integrity First for America's leadership includes several Jewish activists. Their strategy of outreach to synagogues and other faith-based communities has encouraged people to fight extremism with their voices and -- by backing the high-profile lawsuit -- their bank accounts.
'Great Replacement Theory'
Since Charlottesville, said Spitalnick, one conspiracy involving Blacks and Jews has been particularly potent.
"White supremacist attacks from Charlottesville, to Pittsburgh, to Christchurch, to Poway, to El Paso have been motivated by the vile `great replacement' theory: The idea that Jews are puppet-masters orchestrating the `replacement' of the white race through our support for immigrants, refugees, communities of color, and so on," said Spitalnick.
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