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March 29, 2013 1

ADL Releases Report On American Muslims for Palestine

AMP press con­fer­ence at a Metro North station

The Anti-Defamation League today released a new report on Amer­i­can Mus­lims for Pales­tine (AMP), the anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion behind this week’s ad cam­paign appear­ing on 25 Metro North train sta­tions in New York.

The ad, which was announced on the first day of the Jew­ish hol­i­day of Passover, shows an image of an Israeli aim­ing a weapon at a Pales­tin­ian child amid a back­ground of the sep­a­ra­tion bar­rier between Israel and the West Bank. The ad is indica­tive of the organization’s con­tin­u­ing efforts to pro­mote its extreme anti-Israel views to a wider Amer­i­can audience.

ADL’s report details AMP’s con­tin­u­ous efforts to dele­git­imize and demo­nize the Jew­ish state while pro­vid­ing anti-Zionist train­ing and edu­ca­tion to stu­dents and Mus­lim com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tion through­out the country.

Since its found­ing in 2005, AMP has at times pro­vided a plat­form for anti-Semitism under the guise of estu­dents for jus­tice in pales­tine, adl, ducat­ing Amer­i­cans about “the just cause of Pales­tine.” In more recent years, it has placed heavy empha­sis on pro­vid­ing sup­port and help­ing coor­di­nate the activ­ity of cam­pus anti-Israel stu­dent groups, includ­ing Stu­dents for Jus­tice in Pales­tine (SJP), the pri­mary orga­nizer of anti-Israel events on cam­pus, as well as high school students.

Check out the full AMP report here.

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March 28, 2013 1

White Supremacists To Stage Protest Over Memphis Parks

This Sat­ur­day, March 30, mem­bers of a North Carolina-based Ku Klux Klan group and other white suprema­cists will stage a protest at a cour­t­house in down­town Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, to protest that city’s deci­sion to rename three local parks bear­ing names related to the Con­fed­er­acy. In ral­ly­ing sup­port for the protest, Chris Barker, the “Impe­r­ial Wiz­ard” of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (LWK), told fol­low­ers that the gov­ern­ment was attempt­ing to “erase all that our Anglo Saxon Race has to be proud of.” Fol­low­ing the protest, the LWK plans to host a cross-burning on pri­vate prop­erty at an undis­closed location.

A num­ber of Klan groups reacted with anger in Feb­ru­ary 2013, after the Mem­phis City Coun­cil voted 9–0 to rename Nathan Bed­ford For­rest Park, Con­fed­er­ate Park and Jef­fer­son Davis Park with less offen­sive titles. Of the three, the park named after For­rest had been the most con­tro­ver­sial, as prior to the Civil War, For­rest had been a slave trader, and dur­ing the War was a gen­eral who had been asso­ci­ated with the mas­sacre of African-American sol­diers. After the war he became the first national leader of the Ku Klux Klan. 

Klan reac­tion fol­low­ing the vote was pre­dictable. James Moore, the LWK’s Grand Dragon for the Realm of Vir­ginia, posted a YouTube video of him­self attempt­ing to describe the City Council’s unan­i­mous vote as a “con­tin­u­ing cul­tural geno­cide [against] white Amer­i­cans.” Frank Ancona, the Missouri-based leader of another Klan group, the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Amer­i­can Knights, claimed that “nig­gardly politi­cians” had “declared WAR on our White Con­fed­er­ate Heroes and History.”

Barker launched a cam­paign ask­ing his mem­bers and those of other Klan groups to call Mem­phis city coun­cil mem­bers to protest the deci­sion, even pro­vid­ing Klans­men with their phone num­bers and e-mail addresses. Frank Ancona urged his own mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in “call­ing these degen­er­ate scum ASAP and let’s make them sorry they ever made this ridicu­lous deci­sion.” Some city coun­cil mem­bers have reported receiv­ing such communications.

On Feb­ru­ary 14, Tamra Crow­der sub­mit­ted a per­mit on behalf of the LWK for  the group’s pub­lic protest.  Other white suprema­cists soon joined in.  On March 10, the National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM), a neo-Nazi group based in Detroit, Michi­gan, announced that NSM leader Jeff Schoep would speak at the Mem­phis event.  NSM mem­bers from Texas, South Car­olina and Geor­gia also plan to attend. The North­ern Mis­sis­sippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Arkansas-based Inter­na­tional Key­stone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and the Louisiana-based neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations have all also claimed that mem­bers would attend.

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March 22, 2013 2

Texas Police Shoot White Supremacist From Colorado

A mem­ber of the 211 Crew, a Colorado-based racist prison gang, was shot and mor­tally wounded by police on March 21.  Police shot Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, of Den­ver, Col­orado, fol­low­ing a high-speed chase and shootout. 

The inci­dent began in Mon­tague County, Texas, when Deputy James Boyd was allegedly shot by Ebel, twice in the chest and once in the ear, dur­ing a rou­tine traf­fic stop.  Boyd, who was wear­ing body armor, suf­fered non-life-threatening injuries. 

Mem­bers from mul­ti­ple law enforce­ment agen­cies pur­sued Ebel, who allegedly fired his gun out the win­dow as he led police on a high-speed chase until he crashed into a semi-trailer truck on High­way U.S. 380 in Decatur.  Accord­ing to police, Ebel exited his vehi­cle after the crash and opened fire on police who returned fire, mor­tally wound­ing Ebel.

Ebel, a parolee from the Col­orado Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions, has a crim­i­nal his­tory dat­ing back to 2003 when he was con­victed of rob­bery.  He was also con­victed of assault­ing a prison guard in 2008.  Cur­rently, author­i­ties are inves­ti­gat­ing Ebel’s pos­si­ble con­nec­tion to two El Paso County, Col­orado, mur­ders which occurred ear­lier this week, includ­ing that of Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions Direc­tor Tom Clements. 

Ebel is the sec­ond 211 Crew mem­ber killed by police in just over a year.  In Feb­ru­ary 2012, Jere­miah Bar­num of Engle­wood, Col­orado, was shot and killed by police after he allegedly ignored an officer’s orders to stop, and instead reached for a gun in his waist­band.  Bar­num, who was a high rank­ing mem­ber of 211 Crew, was con­victed in 1999 of being an acces­sory after the fact to the race-based mur­der of a West African immi­grant in Denver.  

211 Crew Tattoo

The 211 Crew, named after the Cal­i­for­nia penal code for rob­bery, also known as the Aryan Alliance, was started in the Den­ver County Jail in 1995 by Ben­jamin Davis.  In 2007, Davis was con­victed of oper­at­ing a crim­i­nal enter­prise from prison that sold drugs and ordered attacks on inmates and oth­ers out­side prison.

The gang con­sists of sev­eral hun­dred mem­bers who are recruited in prison, but con­tinue their crim­i­nal activ­i­ties after their release, includ­ing attempted mur­der, assault, rob­bery, rack­e­teer­ing, bribery, wit­ness tam­per­ing, and drug dis­tri­b­u­tion.  As with most racist prison gangs, any white suprema­cist ide­ol­ogy they might have is sec­ondary to their orga­nized crime or crim­i­nal enter­prise motives. 

This shoot­ing, the sec­ond this month, is a con­tin­u­a­tion of a string of at least 30 shootouts between police and domes­tic extrem­ist in the United States since 2009.  Ear­lier this month police fatally shot anti-government extrem­ist Jef­fery Allen Wright fol­low­ing a four-hour stand­off in Florida.

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