Anti-Semite Patrick Slattery and anti-Semitic professor Kevin MacDonald have asserted that mainstream figures have adopted their anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views in end-of-year fund-raising appeals.
Slattery, who made an appeal to supporters on behalf of his close associate David Duke, claims that Duke influenced mainstream figures like Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt and musician Roger Waters in their views on Israel and the “Israel lobby.”
Slattery asserts that Waters sounded like Duke when Waters talked about a powerful “Jewish lobby” in the U.S. in an interview in CounterPunch Magazine. In that same interview, Waters also claimed that the Jewish lobby prevented more celebrities from joining the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Likewise, Slattery argues that Mearsheimer and Walt sounded like Duke when “they published their book on the power of the Israel Lobby.” The two professors wrote a 2008 book, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, in which they assert that the “Israel lobby” uses pressure to stifle criticism of Israel and to ensure America’s pro-Israel policy, against America’s true interests.
In the appeal, Slattery writes, “These people sound like Dr. Duke because, directly or indirectly, they are getting their information, their examples, their sources, their ideas, their narrative from him.”
In MacDonald’s fund-raising letter to supporters of Occidental Observer, an anti-Semitic online magazine he edits, he also cited Waters’ statements in Counter-Punch and the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions as proof that more mainstream groups have accepted his view that Israel is a “pariah state.”
MacDonald writes, “There has been a noticeable increase in criticism of Israel,” and takes credit for attacking the Jewish state and the “Israel lobby” in various columns in the Occidental Observer.
While certain anti-Israel campaigns have occasionally received mainstream attention, there is no linkage between these campaigns and white supremacists like MacDonald and Duke.