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November 25, 2013

Anti-immigrant And Anti-Muslim Groups Join Forces To Host Event In North Carolina

On Friday, November 22, the Fayetteville, North Carolina chapter of ACT! for America, an orga­ni­za­tion pro­mot­ing the idea that Islam is a back­ward and sedi­tious polit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy, hosted a screening of the anti-immigrant film, “They Come to America.” After the screening, organizers have scheduled a panel discussion about immigration with James Johnson, head of the North Carolina-based anti-immigrant group NC FIRE and Ron Woodard, the founder of another North Carolina-based anti-immigrant group, NC Listen.act-for-america-they-come-to-america-poster

The Fayetteville chapter of ACT! for America regularly posts extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric on its Facebook page, claiming Islam is in a war with the world and promoting a video titled “Islam and Nazism, the Unholy Alliance.” Both Johnson and Woodard are anti-immigrant activists with ties to extremism. Earlier this year, Woodard received the “We the People Leadership Award” from the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) a group founded by racist John Tanton. FAIR helped to found and buttress Woodard’s group, NC Listen.

James Johnson of NC Listen has circulated articles from racist websites such as VDARE and American Renaissance in the past. In 2011, Johnson posted a picture of himself with Roan Garcia-Quintana, a director of the white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) on Facebook. Both men were attending FAIR’s Hold Their Feet to the Fire event. 

The screening and panel discussion is just one recent example of collaboration between the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim movements, both at the national and local level. Both movements see immigration as problematic and promote xenophobia. Nationally, both anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups promote anti-immigrant legislation and both movements worked to derail immigration reform in 2013. At the local level, activists attend and speak at each other’s events and support each other’s campaigns.

Events such as the Boston Marathon bombings, as well as stories about “terrorists” entering the United States through Mexico serve as fuel for both the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim movements and indicate that further collaboration between groups both at the local and national level will not only continue, but increase.

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November 22, 2013

New Al Qaeda Video Underscores Threat of Americans Joining Terror Groups In Syria


Man identified as Abu Dujana al-Amriki in ISIS video

An English language video glorifying Islamist rebel groups in Syria and apparently featuring an American was released earlier this month by The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), an Al Qaeda affiliate fighting in Syria.

The video is part of a new wave of English language recruitment materials by Islamist rebels in Syria and comes at a time of increased concern about Americans and other Westerners travelling to Syria to fight.

The video features an apparently American man with the nom de guerre Abu Dujana al-Amriki. Holding a rifle, he addresses his message “to the people of the West…from the mujahideen (religious fighters) in Syria.” Encouraging others to join, he says that “We’ve come here from all nationalities to defend this land…to spread the Shariah (religious law) of Allah on the face of the earth, and to give our lives and our souls for this jihad and to Jannah (Paradise).”

The video also adds strength to concerns that foreign fighters based in Syria may eventually return to pose a threat to their home countries. In the second part of his speech, al-Amriki states that, “With these simple weapons we will free these lands, and free these people, and we’ll bring the right of Islam to rule all of the entire world, over Europe and America, over Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa,” adding, “And with these weapons we’ll kill the infidels.”

The video comes amidst reports of “dozens” of Americans travelling to Syria and, if true, would indicate that al-Amriki is the 7th named American to have travelled or attempted to travel to Syria this year. Both his presence and his remarks underscore the threat of American citizens and permanent residents travelling to Syria and elsewhere to join terrorist organizations including Jabhat al-Nusra, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and Al Shabaab.

The video concludes with the image of a dead fighter, whom it claims is al-Amriki.

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November 22, 2013

Anti-Semitic Iran Film Festival Appeals To U.S. Extremists

The Office of Cultural Studies for the Islamic Revolution, an Iranian non-governmental organization that enjoys support from high-ranking officials in the Iranian government, will hold the 4th annual Ammar Popular Film Festival (APFF) in Tehran from January 3-11, 2014.ammar-film-festival-iran

The film festival, which is named after one of the companions of the Prophet Mohammad, is soliciting films on anti-American, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic topics. These include: “False-flag attacks: The September 11th attacks, the role of the Zionist Lobby and neocons, the Israeli attack to USS Liberty,” “the power of the Zionist Lobby in the US and Europe, including Christian Zionism,” “ The role of Israeli Lobbies in promoting war,” and “Resistance against Zionist, not only in Palestine but also in USA and Europe.” The best submissions will be entered into a competition.

The aforementioned categories only appear on the festival’s English language website, which may suggest that organizers are specifically seeking submissions from extremists that have previously been given a platform in Iran.

Considering the conspiratorial topics for this year’s submissions, it is no surprise that the APFF has attracted interest from anti-Semites from outside Iran, including American anti-Semites such as Holocaust denier Michael Hoffman, the editor of the conspiratorial Veterans Today, Gordon Duff, and frequent Press TV contributor Mark Glenn.

American anti-Semites have been frequent participants in anti-Semitic and Holocaust denying conferences in Iran, often under the guise of promoting cultural and academic understanding.  They also frequently appear on Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satel­lite news net­work.

Last year’s APFF included a meeting with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who encouraged the audience to incorporate political messages into films. He stated, “…certain organizations which promote western art such as Hollywood are completely political. If it is not like this, why do they not allow Iranian films which are anti-Zionist to be nominated at film festivals?”

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