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Individuals attending a rally for “Al Quds Day”, an anti-Israel rally, have been photographed with banners promoting David Duke, a prolific white supremacist author who was once the Imperial Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.

Al Quds Day takes place every year, on the final Friday of Ramadan, and was initiated by the Iranian regime. It aims to protest against Israel, in particularly Israeli presence in Jerusalem. The photographs were taken in July.

Several protesters were pictured with the signs which read “Learn the truth about the Zionists!”, with a link to David Duke’s website.

David Duke has written books on “The Jewish Question”, directly borrowing terminology from the Third Reich. He espouses various antisemitic conspiracy theories, believing that America is controlled by “Jewish extremist neocons” and that Jews promote homosexuality. He is a Holocaust denier and has said, whilst addressing officials of the Iranian regime, “The Holocaust is the device used as the pillar of Zionist imperialism, Zionist aggression, Zionist terror and Zionist murder”.

The use of Duke to promote an ‘anti-Zionist’ message is a clear example of how opposition to Zionism can easily creep into antisemitism. Anti-Zionist Muslims and White Supremacists would previously have been thought of as unlikely allies, yet the two groups are becoming united by a hatred of Jews.

 


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Daniel Leons-Marder is the editor of Everyday Antisemitism. He first became involved with Campaign Against Antisemitism when he became aware of Holocaust denial books being sold by Amazon. He graduated in Summer 2016 with First Class Honours and as Dux Litterarum in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from Royal Holloway. He is currently at law school. He was previously a recording and touring musician.