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August 18, 2017 3:56 pm

Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief: No Room for Equivalency When It Comes to Condemning Neo-Nazis and KKK

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When it comes to condemning neo-Nazis, the KKK and other far-right groups, there is “no room for equivalency,” the editor-in-chief of The Algemeiner said during an i24 News interview on Wednesday amid the ongoing controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s response to last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“These people have to be hammered down to the margins of society,” Dovid Efune told “Clearcut” host Michelle Makori.

However, Efune pointed out, some of the criticism Trump has been on the receiving end of this week has been politically motivated.

Efune also called for greater scrutiny of the far-left, particularly “those that would like to deny the Jewish right to self-determination.”

“Having said that, I would not say that our goal here should be to diminish criticism of the far-right, but to raise our criticism of the far-left at the same time as criticism of neo-Nazi groups is…being escalated,” Efune concluded.

Watch the interview below:

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  • neanderthal75

    Wonderful replied, except for the fact that you never bothered to address any of the pertinent points I made!

    Just as you noted “How convenient!”.

  • Ayatollah Ghilmeini DD

    Utter BS. You are either deluded, stupid or crazy.
    No US Rabbi would dare be caught working with Nazis and Klan- I am sure you know nothing of the the community but there is zero tolerance for nazis or the klan; there is little tolerance for Jewish republicans.

    • bertha yellowfinch

      Ayatollah, stop LYING!

  • Ayatollah Ghilmeini DD

    I have never seen any evidence of that. Nazis and KKK don’t let Jews do their social calendars. I have studied the far right and left for decades; I think I know them and understand them a bit better than you do.

  • Ooops ! Sorry for my mistake… English is not my birth spoken language and I, know, understand what the title meant. (the video helped me… I haven’t seen it before writing my comment).

    I sincerly do apologize for my mistake. I have deleted my comment.

    Sorry again (deeply).

  • ImperatorMachinarum

    No doubt the far right deserves quick and swift condemnation. But they are a fringe movement. I am actually more concerned about a general left with a veneer of academic and social credibility. They seem intent on applying wealth redistribution through identity politics, stoking serious divisions.

    Trump is vulgar, impulsive, and arrogant. I didn’t vote for him. I think it would be best if he resigned or was impeached. But nevertheless, I reject partisan demagoguery spinning him and his administration as the onset of fascism in Weimar Germany.

    American partisan divisions have a life and reality outside of this foolish POTUS. I’ve never seen this in my life. It remains to be seen if we can rise above it. And continue to stand strong as an anchor of democracy, civil and political liberties, tolerance, and plurality.

    Finally, the media is complicit in stoking identity divisions. Never mind demagogues. But all too many street people take the bait, thinking they’ll get something for nothing…which to me is the real issue, economic viability, obfuscated by partisan politics.

  • Harry Harry

    I hope they investigate what happened in Charlottesville starting with the authorities who told the police to stand down. This was done on purpose. Antifa is a lunch mob. Maybe the E-I-C should get a new job. Hopefully not as an umpire or life guard.

  • Gnomercy

    Charlottesville saw two totalitarian, statist groups fighting one another to seize control of American Politics from the American Voter.

    In the conflict between National Socialists and International Socialists, we have no side. Both are evil, alien ideologies and either side would wipe us out given the chance. At the moment, the International Socialists have power, while the National Socialists do not.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The communists tried to kill us which is why we left

  • Dvirah Talbi

    President Trump apparently has not considered that his daughter, a Jewish convert married to a Jew, her husband and her children are all included in those threatened by the people whose “right to expression” he is defending. Perhaps if he realized this, he would be less tolerant of their bigotry.

    • Paul Erez

      Voltaire was quoted as saying “I Disapprove of What You Say, But I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Say It”. This sentiment is embodied in the US constitution, which gives people the right to state their beliefs even these are distasteful. Trump was not drawing equivalence between the statements of each side or endorsing either opinion, he was equating the violence by which each side wished to impose its point of view. THAT IS HIS JOB !!!
      He called them ALL thugs !!!

      • Dvirah Talbi

        You are correct. But I am wondering what will happen should the thugs take action – will their targets be protected or abandoned? So far in history, Jewish targets have been mostly abandoned.

  • Ayatollah Ghilmeini DD

    Let’s be clear that Nazis and KKK are killers. Their natural habitat is prison. But let us not forget that they use violent confrontations with the far left to gain power. As for the far left, they are not not a genocidal threat other than willing to help Islamists and Nazis murder the Jewish people. As long as we understand this and protect ourselves accordingly, the Jewish people will be safe.

    When the far left and the far right collide it is exactly the street theater they both crave. It opened the doors to the nazis in the last 20s. Throwing leftists, Islamists and nazis into jail is an excellent suggestion; you cannot lock them up fast enough.

  • Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief is wrong. Of course there is equivalency between KKK and neo-nazis… Maybe should he learn more about those groups and what they do…

  • Frances Weingarten

    I certainly agree that the condemnation of neo-Nazis, the KKK and others of their ilk is valid and necessary. However, I do believe Trump’s response was well-taken. Many organizations on the far-left were as ugly as those on the far-right and to pretend that only the far-right deserves criticism is to ignore the danger the far-left also represents. Trump was not wrong to condemn both. Many in America are hell-bent on destroying Trump and will use any and every means to do so.

    • roadrunner

      I totally agree with you. It needs to be balanced, but I agree with the author that the backlash is politically motivated against Trump and all these “important” people are simply fanning the flames of racial division.