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February 28, 2012 0

Gilad Atzmon on U.S. Tour

Gilad Atz­mon, an anti-Semite whose record and activ­ity has pre­vi­ously been reported on this blog here and here, is cur­rently tour­ing the United States to pro­mote his new book, “The Wan­der­ing Who?” The book is an explo­ration of Jew­ish iden­tity pol­i­tics (a topic fre­quently used by Atz­mon to pro­mote his anti-Semitic views) and the “tribal” aspects of Jew­ish discourse.

Fol­low­ing his first tour-related appear­ance in the U.S., a visit to the Islamic Cul­tural Cen­ter in down­town Oak­land last Sat­ur­day, Atz­mon is sched­uled to stop in seven states and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia between now and March 16.Some of Atzmon’s appear­ances will take place on uni­ver­sity cam­puses, includ­ing the Uni­ver­sity of La Verne in Cal­i­for­nia, Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado, Boul­der (which is an Israeli Apartheid Weekevent) and the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin, Madi­son. A fourth cam­pus stop at North­east­ern Illi­nois Uni­ver­sity is being spon­sored by sev­eral uni­ver­sity departments.

In numer­ous posts on his Twit­ter feed crit­i­ciz­ing the Jew­ish com­mu­nity (and ADL) for label­ing him an anti-Semite, Atz­mon defends his posi­tions and notes that he is just opposed to “Jew­ish supremacy.”

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February 28, 2012 0

White Supremacist Dennis Mahon Found Guilty in 2004 Bombing

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A jury in Ari­zona found Den­nis Mahon, 61, a long­time white suprema­cist and anti-Semite, guilty in the 2004 mail bomb­ing that severely injured Don Logan, an African-American who was direc­tor of Scottsdale’s Diver­sity and Dia­logue Office at the time. The jury, how­ever, stopped short of call­ing the inci­dent a hate crime.
The jury found Den­nis Mahon guilty on three charges: con­spir­acy to dam­age build­ings and prop­erty by means of explo­sives, mali­cious dam­age of a build­ing by means of explo­sives, and dis­tri­b­u­tion of infor­ma­tion related to explo­sives. Also charged in the case was Mahon’s twin brother Daniel, but the jury found Daniel not guilty of the one charge against him: con­spir­acy to dam­age build­ings and properties.
Police orig­i­nally arrested the Mahon broth­ers in June 2009. The arrests fol­lowed a lengthy inves­ti­ga­tion of the mail bomb­ing, which occurred on Feb­ru­ary 26, 2004, when a box addressed to Logan exploded when he tried to open it at his Scotts­dale office.

Both broth­ers have a long his­tory of involve­ment in the white suprema­cist move­ment. Den­nis Mahon held lead­er­ship posi­tions within var­i­ous white suprema­cist groups in the Mid­west in the 1980s and 1990s, includ­ing the Ku Klux Klan and White Aryan Resis­tance (WAR), a now-defunct group led by well-known racist Tom Met­zger. Met­zger has long advo­cated “lone wolf” activ­ity. Accord­ing to the lone wolf model, indi­vid­u­als and small cells engage in activ­ity that leave behind the fewest clues for law enforce­ment author­i­ties, decreas­ing the chances that activists will end up get­ting caught. 

Den­nis Mahon report­edly moved to Ari­zona from the Mid­west in 2001 to estab­lish WAR’s pres­ence in the area. His brother Daniel joined him in Arizona.

Daniel Mahon was also an active white suprema­cist. In May 1999, accord­ing to court papers, Amer­i­can Air­lines fired him after he vio­lated writ­ten work rules that “pro­hib­ited threat­en­ing and intim­i­dat­ing behav­ior toward other employ­ees and con­duct detri­men­tal to other employ­ees and Amer­i­can Air­lines.” Mahon was under inves­ti­ga­tion by the com­pany for his activ­i­ties related to his par­tic­i­pa­tion in a “Cau­casian Employee Resource Group.”

ADL pro­vided assis­tance to inves­ti­ga­tors through­out the lengthy case.

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February 24, 2012 0

Denver-area Shooting Latest in String of Extremist-Related Violent Confrontations with Police

 Police inves­ti­gat­ing a stolen vehi­cle in the Den­ver sub­urb of Engle­wood on Feb­ru­ary 23, 2012, unex­pect­edly found them­selves fac­ing an armed white suprema­cist with a his­tory of violence—an encounter that even­tu­ally turned fatal. 
Jere­miah Barnum’s Col­orado Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions photo
Source: Den­ver Westword
Ear­lier that day, Engle­wood police took two sus­pects into cus­tody in con­nec­tion with an allegedly stolen vehi­cle. Two offi­cers remained behind to fin­ish up paper­work, when they allegedly spot­ted a vehi­cle parked nearby whose dri­ver was a “known asso­ciate” of the arrested sus­pects. The dri­ver, later iden­ti­fied as Jere­miah Bar­num, a long-time white suprema­cist with a his­tory of vio­lence, allegedly threat­ened police, who report­edly noticed that he had a “weapon” in his waist­band (a gun was later found in the car). Accord­ing to offi­cers, Bar­num “made a move like he was reach­ing for a gun” and the offi­cers opened fire, wound­ing Bar­num fatally.  An inves­ti­ga­tion into the shoot­ing is pending.
In 1997, Bar­num had briefly been infa­mous in Den­ver, after he and another white suprema­cist, Nathan Thill, were arrested for the bru­tal hate crime mur­der of an African immi­grant, Oumar Dia. Thill even­tu­ally pleaded guilty in return for a sen­tence of life with­out parole. Bar­num was ini­tially con­victed of mur­der, but his con­vic­tion was over­turned by a judge. He even­tu­ally pleaded guilty to acces­sory to mur­der and received a 12-year sen­tence. Dur­ing his stint in prison, he fre­quently appeared on lists of “Aryan Pris­on­ers of War” cir­cu­lated by white suprema­cists to get sup­port for impris­oned fel­low racists. He also became a mem­ber of the 211 Crew, a Colorado-based racist prison gang (Thill also became a 211 Crew member).
This shoot­ing inci­dent was merely the lat­est in a long string of con­fronta­tions across the coun­try in which shots were fired between police and adher­ents of extrem­ist move­ments.  Since 2009, ADL has iden­ti­fied some 24 such inci­dents, most of them related to white suprema­cists or anti-government extremists. 
The bulk of the inci­dents involved actual shootouts or exchanges of fire between police and extrem­ists, while a hand­ful of inci­dents were officer-involved shootings—typically after extrem­ists attempted to draw weapons on the offi­cers (or, in one instance, actu­ally attempted to fire at police, only to have the gun jam). Six police offi­cers have died in such con­fronta­tions, as well as a num­ber of extrem­ists, while oth­ers have been wounded or injured.

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