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August 31, 2012 0

Chapel Hill is Latest Town to Be Hit with Anti-Israel Advertisements

A new anti-Israel bus ad cam­paign was unveiled in Chapel Hill, North Car­olina, two weeks ago. The ads are part of the U.S. Cam­paign to End the Israeli Occupation’s national “Be on our Side” cam­paign, which pro­motes end­ing U.S. mil­i­tary aid to Israel. They read: “Join with us. Build peace with jus­tice and equal­ity. End U.S. mil­i­tary aid to Israel.”

The ads report­edly appeared on nearly 100 buses in Chapel Hill but have since been taken down by Chapel Hill Tran­sit, the munic­i­pal agency that runs the town’s trans­porta­tion system.

The cam­paign was spon­sored by the Salaam-Shalom group of the Church of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, a Pres­by­ter­ian church in Chapel Hill. The pas­tor of the church, Mark David­son, had announced on a strat­egy call orga­nized by the US Cam­paign sev­eral months ago that the ads were soon sched­uled to appear. While the church seems to be the pri­mary spon­sor of the ad cam­paign, other local orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing Jews for a Just Peace NC, the North Car­olina Chap­ter of Vet­er­ans for Peace and the Coali­tion of Peace with Jus­tice also helped co-sponsor the ads.

The ads were removed from the buses on August 24 because they vio­lated the trans­porta­tion agency’s adver­tis­ing pol­icy, which requires that issue-related adver­tis­ing con­tains a dis­claimer noti­fy­ing view­ers that the signs are “paid adver­tis­ing.” Although David­son has expressed will­ing­ness to add such a dis­claimer, it is still not cer­tain that the ads will be placed back on the buses.

The Chapel Hill ads are just the lat­est in a series of anti-Israel bill­boards and ads that have appeared in cities across the coun­try, includ­ing Den­ver, Detroit and Los Ange­les. The most recent bill­boards in New York fea­tured a mis­lead­ing series of maps of Israel that attempted to por­tray how Israel is inten­tion­ally swal­low­ing up Pales­tin­ian land.

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August 24, 2012 10

King Samir Shabazz: Bomb White Churches and Kill White Babies

In an August 13 New Black Pan­ther Party online radio broad­cast, the group’s National Field Mar­shal from Philadel­phia King Samir Shabazz, went off on an vicious tirade about bomb­ing white churches and killing white babies.

Samir Shabazz

If Blacks want to be free, Shabazz explained, “you’re going to have to kill some of these babies, just born three sec­onds ago. You’re going to have to go into the God damn nurs­ery and just throw a damn bomb in the damn nurs­ery and just kill every­thing white in sight that ain’t right.”

Later in his rant, Shabazz describes how white churches are also a legit­i­mate tar­get: “We gonna need preach­ers going into the cracker churches throw­ing hand grenades on early Sun­day morn­ing when the cracker got his hands up, ‘please white Jesus!’ Well we gonna throw a bomb in that God damn church, burn up the cracker, burn up the cracker Jesus, and burn up some cracker white supremacy.”

In typ­i­cal Shabazz fash­ion, he also described in detail how he would like to go into New Jer­sey and Penn­syl­va­nia sub­urbs to “drag some of these god damn rusty dusty ass crack­ers out of their homes, skin their asses alive, hang their asses up by some damn rope in some trees, drag them up and down the streets by God damn trucks, sick the pit bulls on them, pour acid on their asses, dump them in a God damn river, bring them back up, bust them in the head with a rock.”

Shabazz also dis­cussed the need for AK-47s, M16s, grenade launch­ers, and other weapons for a NBPP military.

Shabazz’s out­burst is the lat­est is a series of vio­lent mes­sages from NBPP mem­bers on Black Power Radio, hosted by NBPP Spokesman Chawn Kweli. On April 2, the NBPP’s Tampa Bay Chief of Staff Michelle Williams expressed sup­port for vio­lence against whites in after­math of the shoot­ing of Trayvon Mar­tin. And a June 25 episode fea­tur­ed Gen­eral T.A.C.O. (Take All Cap­i­tal­ists Out) of the Black Rid­ers Lib­er­a­tion Party rant­ing about hunt­ing down white peo­ple. He adds that after they die “we should dig them up, and kill them again! Bury them, dig them up, and kill them again, and again, and again!”

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August 23, 2012 3

Extremist-Related Police Killings Continue to Mount

The recent shoot­ings in St. John the Bap­tist Parish in Louisiana, in which two offi­cers were killed and two more injured, high­light the con­tin­u­ing dan­ger domes­tic extrem­ists pose to offi­cer safety in the United States. Research by the Anti-Defamation League has found that at least one of the sus­pects has ide­o­log­i­cal lean­ings that would put him within the over­ar­ch­ing anti-government “Patriot” movement.

The Louisiana shoot­ings were unfor­tu­nately only the lat­est in a series of lethal encoun­ters in the United States between law enforce­ment offi­cers and domes­tic extrem­ists.  Ear­lier this year, six police offi­cers were shot, one fatally, in Ogden, Utah, after police entered a res­i­dence to exe­cute a search war­rant. Infor­ma­tion from the search war­rant affi­davit strongly sug­gests that the sus­pect, David Stew­art, was an anti-government extrem­ist.  In 2010, two peo­ple asso­ci­ated with the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment killed two East Mem­phis police offi­cers and wounded two other offi­cers in a pair of shootouts.

All in all, at least 28 offi­cers have been killed since 2001 in encoun­ters with extrem­ists from one move­ment or another. The killings have ranged from inci­dents in which police offi­cers were delib­er­ately tar­geted by extrem­ists to sit­u­a­tions in which police offi­cers hap­pened to encounter extrem­ists engag­ing in ide­o­log­i­cal or non-ideological crim­i­nal activity.

Over­whelm­ingly, the per­pe­tra­tors or sus­pects in these lethal inci­dents have been right-wing extrem­ists, adher­ents of one or another of the pri­mary white suprema­cist move­ments or anti-government extrem­ist move­ments active in the United States today.  This is part of a long-term trend since the 1980s, in which right-wing extrem­ists grad­u­ally replaced left-wing extrem­ists as the main source of extremist-related offi­cer killings in the United States.  Though the fig­ures here are solely for fatal­i­ties, anec­do­tal evi­dence sug­gests that the same trends hold for non-lethal extremist-related attacks on police offi­cers as well.

The resur­gence of right-wing extrem­ism in the United States since 2009 has undoubt­edly con­tributed to the level of vio­lence:  between 2009 and 2012, eight of nine extremist-related offi­cer deaths have been linked to right-wing extremists.

Among right-wing extrem­ists, anti-government extrem­ists have been the most lethal in recent years, per­pe­trat­ing or sus­pected of hav­ing per­pe­trated half of the extremist-related offi­cer deaths this cen­tury.  How­ever, white suprema­cists have slain nearly as many offi­cers in the same time period and, in a prac­ti­cal sense, rep­re­sent vir­tu­ally the same level of threat to offi­cer safety.

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