The antivaxx movement may seem a recent response to COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates and government health orders, but it has roots in - or relationships with - far right, white supremacist, neo-nazi, fascist, authoritarian or conspiracy-theorist leaning organizations and influencers. It is a minority seeking to impose their views on the rest of society. This is why it is so vital that the progressive movements and individuals be clear, deliberate and strong in standing against it.
This far right movement is not a single entity but these groups often act in concert and new recruits may not recognize or understand its true nature. They may start with understandable concerns about the vaccines or public health measures but quickly become fodder for recruitment to the organizersfull complement of conspiracy theories and hate messages. The ego, arrogance, exhibitionism and extreme tribalism that are hallmarks of the leaders are a weakness; yet in spite of this the movement overall remains a serious and growing threat.
Since writing the article “The Myth of Left-wing Anti-Semitism” the idea of a companion piece under the title “The Myth of Left-Wing Zionism” has been rumbling around in my head. The obvious inspiration was the incongruence of people considering themselves committed liberals or even solid leftists yet supporting Zionism including the occupation, brutal repression and arguably genocide of Palestinians. But it’s been
(This article reflects the personal views of the author, a Jewish anti-Zionist) According to the Anti Defamation League – a leading pro-Zionist lobby group which claims its focus is on combatting actual anti-Semitism – this form of prejudice and hate is increasingly manifested “on both the right and the left”. (my emphasis) An article on its website declares. “Amidst these distressing developments, a steady stream of
Of course, the first and most tragic victims of the drastic escalation in the longstanding conflict are the innocent civilians in Israel killed or taken captive on October 7 and the many thousands more in Gaza being massacred by air and ground assault as this is written. And we shouldn’t forget the hundreds of victims of armed Zionist settlers and occupation forces in the West Bank over the past years and continuing today. But the second