English Defence League Making Links with US Groups

EDL to be addressed by US Rabbi who calls Anti-Defamation League “mind-control wizards” working for “One World Order”

The UK Observer has an article on emerging links between US Tea Party groups and the English Defence League (links added):

…An Observer investigation has established that the EDL has made contact with anti-jihad groups within the Tea Party organisation and has invited a senior US rabbi and Tea Party activist to London this month. Rabbi Nachum Shifren, a regular speaker at Tea Party conventions, will speak about Sharia law and also discuss funding issues.

The league has also developed links with Pamela Geller… Devin Burghart, vice-president of the Kansas-based Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, said: “Geller is acting as the bridge between the EDL and the Tea Party. She plays an important role in bringing Islamophobia into the Tea Party. Her stature has increased substantially inside the Tea Party ranks after the Ground Zero mosque controversy. She has gained a lot of credibility with that stuff…. As we move farther and farther away from the Tea Party origins, that were ostensibly around debt and bail-outs, social issues like Islamophobia are replacing that anger, that vigour. The idea that there is a war between Islam and the west is becoming commonplace.”

…In addition, two members of the EDL leadership, a British businessman called Alan Lake who is believed to fund the group and a man known by the alias Kinana, are regular contributors to web forum 4Freedoms. The forum claims to be “organising US activities” and has links to the anti-jihad group, American Congress for Truth, which in turn has supporters within the Tea Party.

Lake is also believed to have been in touch with a number of anti-Islamic Christian evangelical groups in the US…

I blogged on Pamela Geller’s enthusiasm for the EDL here,  and on Alan Lake’s endorsement of an attack on the theory of evolution (Stalin, Mao, and Hitler were all “Socialist Darwinist Communist killers”) here. American Congress for Truth, of course, is run by Brigitte Gabriel, who was repudiated by the United Jewish Communities in 2008 when she described Barak Obama as “anti-Semitic”.

It’s not clear why Nachum Shifren is described as being a “senior” rabbi; he’s famous in California as the “surfing rabbi” and for stunts such as calling Jesse Jackson a Nazi, but although he’s written a few popular books there’s no evidence that he is has any influence in American Judaism. His views on the Anti-Defamation League are somewhat outside the mainstream:

…Our history as a people has been divided, roughly, into two camps.

There is one camp that stood at Mt. Sinai, witnessed great miracles, received an awesome legacy, and despite the most horrific of human travails — pogroms, inquisitions, crusades, and more — decided to hand down that legacy from generation to generation.

…There is a second camp — a more sinister group, that has done more damage to the Jews and caused more murder and destruction than all of Israel’s enemies combined. To this troika belong Jews and non-Jews, and our Jewish heritage has been irrevocably altered by this movement.

This second camp is about control of human beings. It holds a vision of a One World Order, together with Marx, Trotsky, and Lenin — an evil that, to date, has claimed nearly two hundred million souls.

With these international bandits and mind-control wizards stands the ADL (Anti-Defamation League). Now, if anyone else would say this, that person would be labeled an anti-Semite. But as anyone that knows me will tell you, I am a Jew who strives always to do good, give to charity, and am diligent in study and prayer. Of my many shortcomings, anti-Semitism is not one of them.

…The entire world, including Christians of all faiths, knows and understands that there is only one people in the world that was given the Land of Israel as an eternal inheritance: the Jews. The only people in the world who rebel against this eternal truth is the ADL and their communist comrades and enablers. Why?

In order for there to be a ONE WORLD ORDER, man’s spirit and soul must be brought low, be subjugated to the level of the beasts. This was the communist credo, to claim that we are no better than animals that must be controlled. G-d must be destroyed, faith debauched, and religion — ALL RELIGION — extinguished.

The ADL has other Jewish critics, but they avoid describing it as an organisation of “mind-control wizards” out to create a “ONE WORLD ORDER”, for obvious reasons; the above has been cited with enthusiasm on David Duke’s website. A 1999 Salon profile notes that Shifren spent time living as an Israeli settler in the West Bank:

…he opted to reside in Kfar Tapuah, a West Bank settlement perched a half-hour from the “lousy” Mediterranean surf. Kfar Tapuah is considered an extremely militant, right-wing, anti-government stronghold. “I’d compare its residents to white militants in the United States,” says Hagit Yaari, an Israeli spokesperson for Americans for Peace.

Shifren is currently standing to be a State Senator in California, and he has been endorsed by Tom Trento, among others.

According to the “Liberties Alliance” website, Shifren

will be attending a rally outside the Israeli embassy [in London] on 24 October 2010 at 1pm. Join him and supporters of the English Defence League and support this rally.

The Observer quotes him as saying that

“One of the purposes of this visit is to put the kibosh on the notion in the Jewish community that they cannot co-operate with the EDL, which is rubbish”

l blogged on the nascent EDL “Jewish Division” here; the group was condemned by the British Board of Deputies and by the Community Security Trust – both presumably part of the “One World Order” Communist conspiracy.

(var: English Defense League)