Ex-Vice founder: Israelis have ‘whiny paranoid fear of Nazis’

Ex-Vice founder: Israelis have ‘whiny paranoid fear of Nazis’

Canadian YouTube personality Gavin McInnes claims fact-finding visit to Israel led to him to ‘become anti-Semitic’

Gavin McInnes in Tel Aviv, March 2017 (Screen capture:YouTube)
Gavin McInnes in Tel Aviv, March 2017 (Screen capture:YouTube)

During a recent trip to Israel, Canadian YouTube personality Gavin McInnes said that his visit was making him anti-Semitic, that Israelis have a “whiny paranoid fear of Nazis,” and that Jews were ultimately responsible for World War II.

His comments drew praise from white nationalist leaders.

McInnes, a co-founder of Vice Magazine, which he left in 2008, and star of Canada’s Rebel Media, a political commentary platform, recorded several videos of his thoughts on Israel and Jews based on his trip.

Vice clarified that McInnes has not worked for the company fore nearly a decade and they have nothing to do with his later work, including these videos.

In one video posted Saturday, McInnes, sitting in what appears to be his hotel room, says he thinks his trip was funded by the Israeli government and private Israeli donors “that assume we’re going to listen to all this shit we get fed.” But, he added, “That’s having the reverse effect on me: I’m becoming anti-Semitic.”

Describing a visit to the Yad Vashem memorial museum, he uses air quotes: “Like at the Holocaust museum, or the ‘Holocaust’ museum — no, I’m just kidding.”


He says that his trip to Yad Vashem pushed him to defend Holocaust deniers.

“I felt myself defending the super far-right Nazis just because I was sick of so much brainwashing and I felt like going, ‘Well, they never said it didn’t happen. What they’re saying is it was much less than six million and that they starved to death and weren’t gassed, that they didn’t have supplies,” McInnes says in the video.

“I’m not saying it wasn’t gassing. Please don’t take that clip out of context, but that’s what the far-right nuts are saying.”

“There’s been a lot of genocides,” he continues. “Mao killed 70 million… Stalin, with the Bolsheviks, killed 30 million. But the Russians don’t talk about that. They don’t even necessarily see it as a horrible thing.”

He then goes on to blame the Jews for the death by starvation of millions of Ukrainians under Stalin. “I think it was ten million Ukrainians who were killed. That was by Jews. That was by Marxist, Stalinist, left-wing, commie, socialist Jews,” he says, laughing.

He also appears to blame the Jews for World War II, saying, “Wasn’t the Treaty of Versailles, wasn’t that disproportionately influenced by Jewish intellectuals?”

“Don’t get me wrong,” he chuckles, “I’m not pro-Holocaust.”

White supremacists David Duke and Richard Spencer tweeted McInnes’s video.

He also uploaded a video on Tuesday titled “10 Things I Hate About Jews,” which was subsequently retitled as “10 Things I Hate About Israel.”

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