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January 24, 2012 1

Amid New Black Panther Controversy, Dallas County Halts Appointment of Aaron McCarthy

Just hours after con­tro­versy arose sur­round­ing the re-appointment of Aaron McCarthy to the Dal­las County Commission’s Home­land Secu­rity Advi­sory Coun­cil due to his role as founder of the racist and anti-Semitic New Black Pan­ther Party for Self Defense (NBPP), the Com­mis­sion post­poned its vote. Offi­cials cited doubts about the over­all value of the advi­sory com­mit­tee, not McCarthy’s for­mer affil­i­a­tion with a hate group, as the rea­son for the decision.
Con­cerns about McCarthy’s involve­ment in the Home­land Secu­rity Advi­sory Coun­cil are not unwar­ranted. Despite the fact that that McCarthy, also known as Aaron Michaels, has not held a sig­nif­i­cant lead­er­ship role with the NBPP in recent years, his mil­i­tant lead­er­ship of the group through­out much of the 1990s is well doc­u­mented. Dur­ing his tenure, the NBPP invited a white suprema­cist leader to speak at a rally pro­mot­ing racial sep­a­ratism and engaged in racially-charged, armed confrontations.

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January 24, 2012 0

American Anti-Muslim Organization Goes Global

Update: Stop Islamiza­tion of Nations (SION) will hold a “Global Counter Jihad Rally” in Stock­holm, Swe­den in early August. This will mark the first time SION and its U.S. and trans-Atlantic sup­port­ers will gather for a pub­lic event.
 
The lat­est out­growth of the trans-Atlantic coop­er­a­tion between anti-Muslim activists was announced on Jan­u­ary 17 by Pamela Geller, head of Stop Islamiza­tion of Amer­i­can (SIOA). Geller announced on her blog that SIOA, an orga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes a con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Muslim agenda under the guise of fight­ing rad­i­cal Islam, is join­ing forces with its sis­ter orga­ni­za­tion in Den­mark, Stop Islami­sa­tion of Europe (SIOE), whose cam­paigns against Islam in Europe have influ­enced Geller’s cam­paigns in the U.S.

The new orga­ni­za­tion, called Stop Islamiza­tion of Nations (SION), pur­ports to “stand for free­dom and oppose the advance of Islamic law, Sharia,” and says it will offer “diver­sity and sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing to cor­po­ra­tions and gov­ern­ment agencies…to help these enti­ties under­stand the jihad threat.” Geller and her long­time asso­ciate Robert Spencer will assume lead­er­ship of this orga­ni­za­tion, which will likely serve as another plat­form to dis­sem­i­nate SIOA/SIOE’s con­spir­a­to­r­ial agenda.

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January 18, 2012 4

Anti-Israel Activism Hits Brooklyn High School

ADL has infor­ma­tion that more than 75 uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges have for­mal anti-Israel groups that oper­ate under the name “Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine.” These groups invite anti-Israel speak­ers to cam­pus, orga­nize BDS cam­paigns and coor­di­nate Israeli Apartheid Week events and other sim­i­lar pro­grams. High schools, how­ever, were not con­sid­ered a likely venue for stu­dent orga­nized anti-Israel activ­ity. Until now.

Stu­dents at Brook­lyn Tech­ni­cal High School recently formed a Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine chap­ter at their school. The group meets weekly and even has a Face­book page. Are high schools going to be a new fron­tier for the domes­tic anti-Israel move­ment? Leave your com­ments and thoughts below.

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