Do not be fooled! the BNP is a fascist organization and racist to the core.

The Argent Newspaper Group recently accepted an advert from the fascist British National Party which led to it being published in many local papers in London and the south east, including the Ham & High which has a large Jewish readership. David Landau, a leading Jewish anti fascist activist was originally asked to write a piece in response to this by the Socialist Worker. However its editorial board rejected his article on the most spurious grounds, which basically amount to him not being a member of the SWP.* (nor I might add a useful fool)

Organized Rage does not demand a party badge, nor do we run a democratic centralist check list before we publish peoples work. We simply ask one question, is there a need for this information to be in the public domain. David’s article is below.

Mick Hall

Do not be fooled, the BNP is a fascist organization and racist to the core.

By David Landau

“Of course we must teach the truth to the hardcore…..when it comes to 
influencing the public, forget about racial differences, genetics, Zionism, 
historical revisionism and so on……we must at all times present them with an image 
of moderate reasonableness”      Nick Griffin Chairman of the BNP writing in the Patriot, Spring 1999.

Last week the Argent newspaper group, who produce local newspapers across 
London and the South East, took an advertisement from the BNP with a picture of a 
white nuclear family saying ‘People Like You Vote BNP – British National 
Party Putting Londoners First’.  We know that they are very selective about which 
Londoners they want to ‘put first’.  But the it seems that the Argent Group were not 
simply seduced by the money, but fooled into thinking that the BNP is just another 
party participating in the political process.

The fact that the BNP is just a 
newish manifestation of an old party going back to the British Brothers League 
through the British Union of Fascists through the National Front was 
completely lost on them.  They now seem to have seen the error of their ways and have 
agreed to put the money made on this advertisement to charity.

 Part of this rumour of respectability is the suggestion that the BNP isn’t 
anti-Semitic any more.  The fact that their leader Nick Griffin used to be an 
outspoken Holocaust denier, who compared believing that 6 million were murdered 
with believing that the earth is flat can be put aside as a youthful 
indiscretion.  They have apparently changed their ways. 

They even have a Jewish 
councillor in the person of Pat Richardson (nee Feldman) in Epping Forest.

 To understand this we need to recognize that anti-Semitism plays a different 
role in fascist thinking than other forms of racism.  Anti-Semitism has been 
an organizing principle of most fascists.  Jews are the Bankers and the 
Bolsheviks who conspire together to control the world in which the rest of us are 
pawns and victims of their evil plans.  These ideas borrow heavily from medieval 
Christian ideas about Jews as Christ Killers and Usurers. 

This conspiracy theory has been upset by the rise of Islamaphobia.  For many 
fascists, and Nick Griffin and other leaders of the BNP are part of this wing, 
the central organizing principle is now Islamaphobia.  It is the Oil Sheikhs 
and the Terrorists who are calling the shots, dividing the world against 
itself and threatening ‘our’ Christian way of life.  Leaflets and papers by the BNP 
portray Muslims praying outside a church on the village green and bombed  buses.

the London elections their main leaflet contrasts a picture of an all white 
street Coronation party with protesting Muslim women in veils.  

Griffin himself wrote a 15 page document explaining to his supporters why 
Islam is the main enemy now.  He explains how it would be a mistake to see 
Islamic fundamentalism as an ally, as some fascist organizations do, – my enemy’s 
enemy is not necessarily my friend. But this is a big give away – the Jews are 
still one of the enemies.  How the two enemies are related is something that I 
don’t think they have a theory about.

The second factor is that whereas Islamaphobia is now respectable and falls 
from the lips of the politicians and front pages of the newspapers, 
anti-Semitism in the public arena at least, is taboo, although there is still plenty of it 

The third issue is Zionism and the state of Israel. Ruth Smeed of the Board 
of Deputies of British Jews said recently in the Guardian “The BNP website is 
now one of the most Zionists on the web – it goes further than any of the 
mainstream parties in its support for Israel”. In what passes for fascist thought, 
Zionism, Jews and Judaism are usually all rolled together as one thing. 

It is 
this wrong equation which is part and parcel of them seeing Jews and Muslims 
as intrinsic enemies, which of course we are not.  For some fascists Israel 
lies at the heart of the evil Jewish conspiracy.  But on the other hand we have 
a state which is fiercely nationalistic, whose Government is underpinned by an 
ideology which wants an exclusive Jewish state if this were possible and a 
state controlled on behalf of its Jewish population in actuality.  So the BNP 
leaders, most prominently Lee Barnes, present Israel as a model to aspire 
towards, an example which British Nationalists should follow.  But it would be a 
huge mistake to assume that this means that the BNP leadership or rank and file 
love the Jews.  Ruth Smeed beware.

Others whose anti-Zionism merges with anti-Semitism are horrified with this 
turn.  Israel Shamir, who claims once to have been Jewish and whose work is 
greatly admired by Gilhad Atzmon polemicized against Barnes thus “I do not feel 
at ease accusing you and your comrades of betraying the Britons and joining 
with the Jews, but if I’d keep mum, stones wouldn’t”. 

Again there are lessons 
about friends and enemies which the left needs to learn.  

To conclude, the BNP remain a fascist organization and racist to the core.  
Currently Islamaphobia plays a central role along with attacks on migrants of 
every kind. Anti-Semitism is hidden but rumbles away at the heart of the 
beast.  Jews, Muslims, people of all faiths and non, migrants and settled 
communities have a common cause with workers as a whole in ensuring their upward path is 
halted and that they are thrown down and dashed on the rocks.



* Letter from Socialist Worker rejecting David Landau’s article.

Dear David,

 Thanks for submitting the ‘Ham and High’ article as requested, and the work 
you have done. 

However, I’m afraid the editorial board has decided not to run it in 
Socialist Worker. 

It was felt that due to past and present disagreements you were not the 
appropriate person to write for the paper.

I’m sorry to have inconvenienced you.




Filed under anti-Semitism, BNP, democratic freedoms, fascism, Nazi, Organized Rage

3 responses to “Do not be fooled! the BNP is a fascist organization and racist to the core.

  1. Renegade Eye

    From here in the US, it looks like the SWP was being sectarian.

  2. Tony Greenstein

    The decision of the SWP to commission an article from Dave and then to reject it because of “past and present disagreements” is disgraceful but says everything it is necessary to know about the SWP’s sectarianism.

    I suspect that what swung it was the fact that Dave Landau dared to criticise the SWP’s favourite anti-Semite Gilad Atzmon. ‘Atzmon may be anti-Semitic but he does fundraisers for us’ and therefore he should be left alone!

    As it happens I don’t agree with Dave that ‘Others whose anti-Zionism merges with anti-Semitism are horrified with this turn’ by the BNP towards open Zionism e.g. Atzmon. Dave assumes that Atzmon is or ever has been anti-Zionist. He is not. Anti-zionism is a specific form of anti-racist. Atzmon is a racist. He may support the Palestinians and oppose their oppression, but that does not make him an anti-Zionist.

    I also disagree with Dave as to whether or not the BNP has made any significant political change. Although the BNP are hardly likely to be pro-Jewish in any meaningful sense, it is clear to me that anti-Semitism on a political level is fading away as they realise that it will not find a resonance with their ordinary supporters. No doubt individuals will be anti-Semitic and no doubt that will include Griffin but we should pretend that everything remains the same.

    Tony Greenstein

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