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Parent Article: June 20 Antifa Reportback - Confronting Neo-Nazi Fascists
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Re: June 20 Antifa Reportback
25 Jun 2004
i was in the Antifa bloc that day and i have a few things to add about the discussion paning out here. The confusion of the day was set by the interactions and cross-interactions of the many different groups present. The pigs, the fascists, the Palestinians, the Rabbis against Zionism, the mainstream Jewish crowd, the reactionary Zionists, and the Antifas all occupied different areas of Government Center and all had different issues and positions on the presence of the other groups.

The decision to abstain from the Palestinian/Israeli scenario is one that, personally, i feel was positive for the event. However, most from Northeast Antifascists (NA) would agree that antifascism is not focused primarily on white racist/fascist groups. The shortsightedness of an analysis only concerned with certain "kinds" of fascism is appauling, and i do not think that this is what NA is guilty of. At this particular demonstration our goal was to create a physical presence to that opposite of the nazis. Constructively, i think we could have written a pamphlet or flyer announcing a rejection of Zionist racism, apartheid, and genocide as well stating our current, physical position of soley confronting the nazis. This could have fared well both as an expression of solidarity and as a mode of total clarity in defining our antifascist analysis.

Furthermore, i think if the reason that we didnt take a position against fascist Zionism initially (i was not part of the planning) was because some people do not reject the genocidal and racist practices of the reactionary Likud and IDF in Israel completely, then perhaps those indviduals should clarify those positions or start an affinity group based soley on anti-nazism, because unclarity and theoretical inconsistency regarding what 'fascism' is or isnt is something imperetive to have grounded before action, not something to be disgarded or unresolved. Such ambiguities weaken the message and strength of antifascist efforts such as Antifas and plays into the struggle we are currently engaged in.

Solidarite,

Jrot.