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Southern Poverty Law Center, Palestine, & the Definition of Genocide

You don't fight racism by only backing certain teams.

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Special thanks to friend of Salem-News.com Carloss Latuff in Rio de Janeiro, for the authorized use of another of his incredible images

(SALEM ) - The Southern Poverty Law Center may be as racist as anything else in the deep south. It hit me like a ton of bricks when I finally took the time to visit their Website today to investigate these allegations I have been hearing, about how they will not say a word against Israel's extremely inhumane treatment of the Palestinian people.

I'm a little vague in my overall understanding, I admit that. There were a few things to confirm that they acknowledge the importance of protecting people of Arab descent, but if you enter the word 'Gaza' into their Website, and this is what you get in return:

"Minuteman fence modeled on West Bank, Gaza barriers".


So I thought, let's just do a general search and enter the one word in the world that is synonymous with genocide: 'Palestine'.

I was not ready to see that this anti-racism site would come up empty for such a query. No site with these claims could possibly overlook the hundreds of murdered children in Gaza, that is unless they were another American fantasy, another national disgrace, one more ruse in red, white and blue.

I have always thought a great deal of this group, hearing their stories of championing the rights of black people and Jewish people in the country's southern states, but as I increasingly become aware of the constant daily suffering of the Palestinians, I learn that they are still a cog in the wheel of racism. Really it is worse than that, as SPLC is little more than a pro-Israel political operation.

It seems as though every other word on their pages is 'anti-Semitism' and it is a serious boy who cried wolf scenario. Our team of writers including the acclaimed Maidhc Ó Cathail in Japan, along with distinguished Professors, Dr. Alan Sabrosky and Dr. Paul Balles in the U.S., Award-winning international Writer Alan Hart in London, and noted Author/Attorney Jeff Gates, took the time to explore the mystery of Zionism in a special Salem-News.com series[1][2][3][4].

I don't have any regret or moral questions about calling the plight of the modern day Palestinians a tragedy and genocide in the making. It evolves from an attitude, and from hatred toward the Arab people. This hate is extreme and widespread in Israel, and always described as "defensive" when in fact it is rarely that. Everyone in Israel is not this way, many are fighting the racism from within, but it is all tied to that theory that a chosen few get every square inch of land. That is Zionism, and it is used as an excuse for murder, with the bloody hands of America loading the guns.

I don't think this attempt to eliminate an entire culture is wrong, I know it is wrong. But watch, these morons will come along every time any of us criticize the Israeli government and call us "anti-Semites". Then, you turn around and read about someone like David Duke, and you are seeing the real personification of what they mean with that term anti-Semitic.

If I was standing near David Duke and not on somebody's clock as a reporter, I'd be tempted drop kick him to the floor Marine Corps style. That's because I hate Nazi's and fascists and the people who toss hate like confetti at a birthday party[5]. But I will inevitably be called anti-Semitic and a Nazi and everything else at one time or another for the criticism of Israel's military abuse of Palestinians.

People supposedly fighting racism better figure it out or hang their hat and retire. I think I have more of a problem with a veiled support of racism than I do a direct one. That's like using religion falsely, very very wrong by any standard or measurement.

Some Good Energy

I detect a degree of confusion in the ranks of the SPLC as well. If you look around, you see things like a slam against the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Jewish Defense League, which had stated: “We’ve decided not to take any vacations to Islam-loving Hawaii. There are 49 other states to visit. And we love to travel in Israel too!”

SPLC presented this for what it is. OK, they get a small vote of confidence, and not because they simply criticized something the JDL said; but because there are obviously people in their group that can identify the universal problem of racism.

Also to their credit, they cite a very interesting story, "Mainstream Scholars Attend Racist Conference Hosted By Jewish Astrophysicist", that really gets to the root of the problems in America today that are inspired by Jewish people part of the time, just like any other group.

The aim of the “Preserving Western Civilization Conference” according to the SPLC, was to defend “America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and European identity.” (This in and of itself, is the racist philosophy of Zionism, taught in tens of thousands of churches and synagogues in the west.) It is the belief that Jewish people are "entitled" to steal land from the Palestinians, and over the last 63 years, Israel has taken almost all of it and killed countless thousands in the process. The conference apparently was more centered around claims that "blacks are not as intelligent as whites, immigrants are destroying America, and Islam is no religion of peace — it’s expansionist, intolerant, militant, and seeks to destroy." Along with the organizer, Jewish astrophysicist Michael Hart, was the noted American racist politician David Duke. You have to love the insanity of that; two men with a common goal?

But still, the SPLC is obviously and clearly not saying a word against Israel. They want to object to racism in the U.S. while they inadvertently support it in Israel.

Class Example

I see it as a classroom of elementary school students.

You have the nice girl and the nice boy, and the mean boy who likes the girl, but not the other boy. The nice boy knows right from wrong, but the mean kid would likely beat him up if he objected. So, when class ends, the mean kid starts bothering the girl, the nice boy just happens to be looking away at that moment.

That girl is Palestine, the mean boy is the racist Zionist government of Israel, and the nice boy is the world that could speak up, could get involved, but does not.

How do you roll? What would you do?

In the end of this story the nice boy is unscathed, but he doesn't need to be. Even if he lost the fight every time, he should still be in it, not ignoring it for the sake of keeping his hands clean.

The SPLC calls a few things for what they are, but they are an agent of the extremist racist view of Zionism which I place in a pile with radical Islam and all of the other philosophical or religious wastes of time that people dedicate their miserable and sad lives to. Our same group of distinguished writers took this subject on from a number of angles also. Regardless of the ignorance, Zionism is the reason hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have died long before their time[6][7][8][9][10][11].

God, Allah, did not place people on this earth to kill each other, or rip each other off, and he didn't brand the phrase, "He who dies with the most toys wins" - the over funded rednecks of America came up with that one.

He doesn't want you to kill your neighbors in search of your own security. It is as simple of a point as anyone will make; an organization can not stand against racism selectively, that is just an extension of the same bigotry, and these guys have it written all over them.

They rally for Jewish people, good, I do too. I rally for all oppressed people, however Israel is not a country that is at the bloody end of the sword these days, instead they bear the sword and kill without accountability while the world looks the other way.

The United Nations' report from Judge Richard Goldstone, a South African Jew, cites Israel for using illegal weapons to illegally slaughter civilians in Gaza. Almost EVERY DAY the Israelis kill more innocent, unarmed Palestinians[12][13].

They seek peace and are met by bullets and tear gas canisters that are fired directly at them at close range. The most recent death was reported yesterday in Gaza[14].

Two weeks ago Israeli Defense Force soldiers were acquitted in the shooting death of an unarmed man in West Bank[15].

The same man's brother was the subject of one of our reports just months earlier; he was manacled by Israeli soldiers and shot at point blank range[16].

A little Palestinian girl videotaped it, the soldiers from Israel next went after her, destroying her family's home and belongings, but failing to get their hands on the videotape. So, the Israeli soldiers took her brother, a little kid, away in a military jeep kicking and screaming.

Anyone who approves of Israel's behavior toward these innocent oppressed people is a monster and fan and supporter of genocide. It is not a matter of opinion.

Then there is the Israeli Navy, and their targeted attacks on families who go to Gaza to enjoy a day at the beach. Speaking of little girls, I recently reviewed a story where a young girl's family was slaughtered by an Israeli patrol boat; picnic baskets, little kids and all[17}.

The Southern Poverty Law Center seems like it is poor in terms of equality. I will close with a poem written by our Poet Nahida Izzat, a Jerusalem-born Palestinian refugee, that was first published on Salem-News.com yesterday:

Thank you

So, let me get this straight:

You tear my veil to free me

You jail me to rid me of my terror

You kill my beloved to liberate me

You shoot my baby to erase my misery

You starve me to show me how to vote

You threaten me to bring me to my senses

You wage war on me to help me find peace

You slay my people to teach me compassion

You humiliate me to aid me live with dignity

You insult me to illustrate freedom of speech

You crush my bones to save me from my evil

You demolish my home to elevate my morality

You torture my children to teach me how to love

You uproot my tree to raise my ethical standard

You steal my resources to bring me social justice

You assassinate my leaders to bring me democracy

You destroy my history to educate me about progress

You dehumanise me to coach me into humanity

You bomb my town to train me into security

You wipe me out to push me to civilisation

You scorn my faith to bring me salvation

Thank you sir

How can I -ever- pay you back?

Here are the articles referenced in this report:

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.

Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com

Nahida Izzat is a Jerusalem-born Palestinian refugee who has lived in exile for over forty two years, after being forced to leave her homeland at the tender age of seven in 1967, during the six-day war. She has a degree in mathematics, but art is one of her favorite pastimes. She loves hand-made things and so makes dolls, cards, and most of her own clothes. She also writes poetry, participates in written dialogues and believes in building bridges, not walls.

She started writing when her friends insisted she should write about her memories, experiences and feelings as a Palestinian.When she did it all came out sounding—she was told—like poetry! So she self-published two books: I Believe in Miracles and Palestine, The True Story. Her dream is to return back home to a free and liberated Palestine. If you like poetry and are intrigued by the notion of helping the Palestinian people and learning more, you can purchase Nahida's books, I Believe in Miracles and Palestine, The True Story by visiting:

I Believe in Miracles: a Collection of Palestinian Poems
ISBN 13: 9780954839109 | ISBN 10: 0954839102
£12.99 paperback Nahida Izzat (2004)
You can write to Nahida :

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Siraj Davis April 18, 2014 11:47 pm (Pacific time)

Tell the SPLC to include My Pet Jawa (AKA Jawa Report) in addition to groups or organizations that distribute propaganda divulging inaccurate facts, general lies, and more which augment the demonization of Palestinians 'in' America while simultaneously ascertaining support for Israel (AIPAC) and augmenting the religious apartheid in America.

If the latter is unappealing because the SPLC desires to maintain a domestic civil rights presence, at least put the Jawa Report on there. The SLPC website vaguely mentions this bunch of anti-Muslim/anti-Palestinian misfits as associated with Jihad Watch.

Good article. It stirs interest in just how effective or biased the SPLC may or may not be. I am definitely perusing my eye on it more in the future.

Thank you

Toady November 6, 2010 2:48 pm (Pacific time)


As several people have pointed out, the focus of the SPLC is the US, which, it seems to me, is more than enough. Despite what many people think, Morris Dees is NOT Jewish, though that really doesn't matter. Their purpose all along has been combatting hate and racisim here. There are many other organizations which take an international stance. You go to it. To condemn an organization for something they've never intended to do is like saying someone's a miser because they've never sent you any money.

Tim King: Toady, I was always a big fan of the SPLC, who couldn't be just from the name alone?  What does southern poverty even have to do with Jewish people?  I hear your points and appreciate them, but the world is in crisis and this country is part of it, a big part of it, and I don't think any of us have the right to draw borders on where we do and do not help.  As a final thought, I know this group has done a lot of good over the years and I am glad they have the backs of Jewish people here in the US, but they aren't exactly being run down by people with torches, are they?  Palestinians live like Jews during the Holocaust in many respects.  It is wrong and they need our help.

Michael September 11, 2010 12:33 pm (Pacific time)

Wow, what a trashly piece of writing we have here, kind of sound like the kkk folks calling a site that advocates against racism racist, not sure what lala world your living in. Since those walls is by all accounts illegal under U.N. law(mind of the same U.N. that created israel) and Germans were in tried for using such a wall.

you people that think it's racist caused it called israel on its illegal and inhumane actions are delusional and kind of sound like some of our own American supremacist here in the U.S. except instead of Aryan it's Jewish.

Sad indeed

Tim King: Pretty hard to follow Michael.  I can tell you that very few people do more to battle racism for African-Americans than our crew.  We work with Jewish, Muslim, Christan other backgrounds, in explaining to the world what Israel has been up to and what kind of depraved religious nutjobs the Zionists really are.  You can't have it both ways man, you are a humanitarian or you are a sick little racist who thinks you are better.  I have news for you, you aren't better, neither am I.  I will always oppose Israel's racist genocidal apartheid laws until they change, all people should do the same. 

Callie September 8, 2010 9:00 pm (Pacific time)

So, you're looking for mention of atrocities overseas ans suggesting the SPLC is, at very least remiss, and at most racist for not mentioning things like Gaza and Palestine? You're an idiot. The SPLC works within the United States regarding DOMESTIC groups which promote terror and hate, NOT international. You discredited yourself in the first 2 paragraphs. Must be some kind of record.

Editor: Idiot? Right, that is why I'm the editor of our news section and you're a little schmo out there talking sh*t.  Talk to the mirror,  You associate being racist with having credibility and expect me or our readers to care?  Please... 

kristin May 4, 2010 8:15 pm (Pacific time)

The splc does not have anything to say about the plight of Palestinians because so many involved with the SPLC are jews. What would you expect? These people scream in horror at even the slightest hint of cohesion between white western christian people while supporting an ethnocentric jewish nationalist state. People like David Duke, whom you mention aquires the title of anti semite simply for pointing things like this out.

Gordon Sturrock May 1, 2010 4:22 am (Pacific time)

Thank you Salem-News and Nahida Izzat for this excellent article, one that I believe touches heavily on issues the helped destroy the Liberal peace movement from within. Honest dedication to seeking truth and demanding justice is the most peaceful path that leads through this racist ideology which embraces and exploits the meaning of "peace". 
Gordon Sturrock
founder VeteransAgainstTorture & VeteransForJustice

douglas benson May 1, 2010 9:17 am (Pacific time)

What? Nancy your "christian "buddies are the ones who support Israel no matter what they do .They are the first ones to support war ,torture ,rape,ect taking the side of" gods people" every time . Why is it that the god crowd no matter what god you choose is responsible for death and destruction at every turn and then say we are in such a mess because we need more folklore believers. By the way we are much larger than 1% and as the real truth comes out that your religion is just a copy of religous beliefs held more than a thousand years BC earlier we are growing by leaps and bounds .Say goodbye to your power and influence say hello to reason and science .

Vic April 30, 2010 1:15 pm (Pacific time)

SPLC is one of those organizations like the Anti-Defamation League or the American Enterprise Institute that have a great-sounding name, but that is as far as it goes..Thanks again, Tim and Nahida, for a timely and absolutely correct article.

Anonymous April 30, 2010 12:04 pm (Pacific time)

It's the joooooooooooooooooosssss Wipe out Gaza and all the anti-Jews.

nancy778 April 30, 2010 11:03 am (Pacific time)

these people are human garbage. just as britain is electing an outsider nick clegg because of his promise to eliminate jewish influence on british politics we must shut down and expose all these anti american anti christian organizations the adl,splc,aipac,zoa, enough already they fight for laws banning christmas trees,jesus,even saying merry christmas in our malls and they are only 1 percent of this country.they are pushing us into war with iran for israels benefit,and would gladly spy and sacrifice americancan lives for the sake of jewish interests.look at "maurice"comment above,this is the typical common jew.jews in israel burn new testaments in religious ceromonies and spit on christians visiting jesus"s holy sites you tube or google it.

Richard Keefe April 30, 2010 7:25 am (Pacific time)

Couple of facts about the SPLC. The SPLC was founded in 1971 by self-avowed Klan lawyer, Morris Dees. http://wp.me/pCLYZ-F NOT ONE of the SPLC's top ten, highest paid officers is a minority. http://wp.me/pCLYZ-3r While they show a "diverse" Board of Directors on their website, all of the board members, with the exception of SPLC co-founder Joe Levin, are paid exactly zero. The board has no impact on SPLC policies. It is a classic case of public relations "brown-washing." http://wp.me/pCLYZ-p

Maurice April 30, 2010 4:18 am (Pacific time)

Thanks for the research. I always liked the SPLC, and now I like them much more.

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