Anti-Fascism

Back campaign for Bicester refugees - "Don't vote Nazi" won't stop local

By Mark Sandell

In Spring 2002, Bicester was earmarked as one of the proposed sites in a pilot scheme to house asylum seekers in Accommodation Centres. The Bicester Centre will house 750 asylum seekers in a rural area about four miles outside the town, adjacent to a military base and a prison. Residents will be expected to remain in the centre and to participate in "structured activities". They will stay there until their applications for asylum have been processed. They will not be allowed to work and will be expected to live on a welfare payment set far below standard benefit levels.

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Debate and discussion: For a democratic anti-fascist movement

A letter from the Jewish Socialists' Group to Unite Against Fascism

You can read this letter here.

.... and from a Solidarity reader
As a member of both the ANL and the SWP I fully support all the points made within the letter and also the proposal for a conference open to all anti-fascist/anti-racist organisations irrespective of affiliation.

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A Sinister Web

A SINISTER WEB

A Right-Wing Conspiracy in Italy 33 Years Ago?

by Alfred Consiglio

It was the kind of news the Italians call a bombshell. Settegiorni magazine reported on 16 April, 1972 that the Defence Ministry had been obliged to dismiss the command of the 3rd Army, stationed on the Eastern border. The formal grounds were “economic and organizational considerations”. Actually, it had come to light that there existed in the 3rd Army “right-wing elements attempting to form an activist nucleus for further action” with a view to “putting democracy in the freezer”.

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Target BNP

The GMB have launched an anti-fascist/anti-BNP campaign in the run up to the 2006 elections. The aims of Target BNP are:

• Legislation to deny trade union membership to members and active supporters of fascist organisations.

• A co-ordinated trade union campaign against the BNP.

• Support for positive policies on the development of social housing, the introduction of contract compliance and the development of local health care plans. To tackled urban blight and the causes of fascism.

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What is left anti-semitism?

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Sean Matgamna

What is “left-wing anti-semitism”? Where is it manifested? What is to be done about it?

There are three difficulties, three confusions and obfuscations, that stand in the way of rational discussion of what we mean by “left-wing anti-semitism”.

The first is that left-wing anti-semitism knows itself by another and more self-righteous name, “anti-Zionism”. Often, your left-wing anti-semite sincerely believes that he or she is only an anti-Zionist, only a just if severe critic of Israel.

The fact that their proponents are surely not racists does not answer the questions raised by root-and-branch "smash Israel" agitational themes.

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BNP routed outside Leeds court

By Mike Wood

On Monday 16 January Nick Griffin, leader of the BNP, and Mark Collett appeared at Leeds Crown Court charged with inciting racial hatred. A hundred or so BNP supporters greeted them as they entered the court. Around 700-800 people were there to protest against him.

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A BNP union?

According to the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight the British National Party has launched a trade union which they have, unfortunately, chosen to call Solidarity. “The Union for British Workers” was registered with the trade unions Certification Office at the end of last year. If it gets off the ground — and that is a big if — it will of course be a scab union. The stated aims of the “union” is to “improve the relations between employers and employees throughout all industries served by the union”.

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BNP exploits

The fascist British National Party has seized on the Muhammad cartoons furore to push its racist cause. It has printed leaflets showing one of the cartoons and a photo of a “behead unbelievers” Islamist demonstrations, and asking: “Which do you find offensive?”

Not that the BNP wants to criticise religion. They promise to defend “our Christian values”. They even betray a weird fellow-feeling with political Islam.

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