There are plenty of hate groups in the world and the ones with the most passion can sometimes be the most organised. In Hate Thy Neighbour, UK comedian Jamali Maddix travels the world to meet people who define themselves by their hatred of others. Here are five of the groups he confronts:
Ukraine’s Azov Battalion claim their Nazi symbols aren’t Nazi symbols
When it comes to identifying hate groups, “ultra-nationalist” is usually a good indicator. When it comes to the Azov Battalion, the other red flags are the fact their first commander, Andriy Biletsky, was leader of the Social-National Assembly and Patriot of Ukraine, the symbol on their flag is connected to the neo-Nazi Wolfsangel, and some of the fighters have swastikas and the SS runes on their helmets. The group has “reasonable” explanations for all these, such as the Wolfsangel meaning “idea of a nation” – but their actions speak more loudly.
The Nordic Youth have a grudge against Swedes who aren’t Aryan-blooded
According to the Nordic Youth, immigrants are ruining the purity of their native Sweden. They patrol the streets in search of “rapefugees”, who they believe are posing as children in order to hunt down Aryan women in packs. As their name suggests, they’re one of the youngest movements in the series, and their beliefs appear to have hardened up in response to recent geo-political events.
Lehava don’t want Israeli Jews associating with Muslims or Christians
“Anti-assimilation” is another one of those watchwords and it’s a code that defines far-right organisation Lehava. Headquartered in Israel and led by Ben-Zion Gopstein, one of their most prominent campaigns in recent years was the attempt to break up Bar Refaeli and Leonardo di Caprio. This hatred of race-mixing gets more serious when it takes the form of arson, hostile protest at weddings and attacking police. Gopstein has a way with words, once objecting to Christian missionaries in Israel with “Let’s throw the vampires out of our land before they drink our blood again.”
America’s largest neo-Nazi group has a predictable agenda
The National Socialist Movement has ambitions. The group is aiming to join forces with 25 separate white supremacist groups to form a larger power bloc. Its beliefs are standard for neo-Nazis: holocaust denial, calls for genocide, Hitler worship, and white unity in the face of everyone else.
“This is not a hobby,” says leader Jeff Schoep, who burns Jewish books with his family. “This is the blood of our people. The future of our race, of our children.”
Harlem’s Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge believe they’re descended from the 12 Tribes of Israel
The black separatists of ISUPK are extremely loud in getting their point of view across – and that point of view is that they’re descended from the 12 Tribes of Israel, which means they are God’s chosen people. It’s a short leap from there to condemning Jews as impostors and white people as devils incarnate – literally possessed by Satan. ISUPK has been around since the 1960s, when they were founded by Abba Bivens, and they await the divine destruction/enslavement of the white race.
Hate Thy Neighbour airs Sunday night at 9:35pm on SBS Viceland.