Report brings hateful newspaper to light

The Jubilee, a bimonthly newspaper published near Yosemite, regularly features interviews and articles promoting Holocaust deniers. Among its regular cartoons is a depiction of an evil-looking Jew bashing the head of a helpless-looking Palestinian. Jews, according to past articles, control the media and politics.

Needless to say, this is not a Jewish-friendly publication. Nor, for that matter, is it particularly friendly to people of color and other minorities or to the federal government, which it calls "evil."

The Jubilee is an umbrella publication serving neo-Nazis, racist skinheads and some militia factions, says the Anti-Defamation League, and as such it is dangerous. The ADL has just issued a report exposing the paper's extreme views. This is the latest in a string of reports on far-right publications.

"We feel that the best way to counteract extremism is through education," said ADL regional director Barbara Bergen. "If you expose these groups, their beliefs and their main players to the public, it creates an awareness that might not otherwise be there. It keeps these people on the margins."

Titled "The Jubilee: New Voice of the Far Right," the ADL report examines the newspaper's content and the backgrounds of the individuals who produce it.

These individuals include news editor Tom Blair, who apparently left the John Birch Society because he felt it was too moderate on immigration and is now a member of the Idaho-based white supremacist group Aryan Nations. In an article in the November-December 1995 issue, Blair lamented the "de-Christianization of America" and blamed "Jews and minorities" along with "powerful people in New York, Washington, D.C. and the United Nations."

Printed since 1988 in the Sierra foothills town of Midpines, The Jubilee devotes sections of each 24-page issue to the philosophy of the so-called Identity group, which maintains that Jews are descendants of Satan and that, like people of color — whom Identity followers call "mud people" — Jews do not have souls.

Publisher and managing editor Paul Hall II says the paper exists to spread the word of God. "Basically, our goal is to teach Yahweh's word, the king of kings, Jesus Christ," Hall said.

Asked how messages of hate are consistent with Jesus' teachings, Hall dodged the question. "Some might say Clinton has messages of hate," he responded, adding that the president "despises America," and saying that this is evidenced by Clinton's "not defending her in Vietnam."

Taking issue with the ADL's view of The Jubilee, Hall said the Jewish rights organization cannot be trusted. "They kill people," he said. "They buy their so-called justice."

Hall would not reveal the circulation of his publication, but Bergen said it is widely disseminated, particularly at gun shows and para-military gatherings.

The ADL chose to focus on the publication not only because of what its pages contain, but also because of its broader activities.

The Jubilee sponsors the annual "Jubilee Celebration," a gathering of prominent extremists including Identity preacher Pete Peters and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon and Aryan Nations spokesman Louis Beam. The gathering is now is in its sixth year.

Approximately 350 people attended the 1996 Jubilee Celebration, held in April in Lake Tahoe. Hall opened the event by saying, "We will take this country back, either by consent or conquest."

At the rally, Beam delivered a speech titled "Man, Government and Law — A Not-So-Holy Trinity." Peters promised the audience that there would be a revolution in this country and that bloodshed would be inevitable.

Leslie Katz
Leslie Katz

Leslie Katz is the former culture editor at CNET and a former J. staff writer. Follow her on Twitter @lesatnews.