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November 22, 2013 0

Neo-Nazi Erich Gliebe Wants Supporters To Join Cultural Clubs

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Erich Gliebe, the head of the nearly defunct National Alliance, not only did away with the neo-Nazi group’s mem­ber­ship, he now advises sup­port­ers to join tra­di­tional Euro­pean cul­tural clubs, have fun, and not focus on National Socialism. 

In the Alliance’s lat­est bul­letin, Gliebe argues once again that the old meth­ods of attract­ing peo­ple to the white suprema­cist move­ment are not work­ing. He asserts that the Cleve­land unit of the National Alliance was the group’s only suc­cess­ful chap­ter because it attracted peo­ple not by talk­ing about the white race fac­ing extinc­tion but by host­ing cul­tural events.

Gliebe insists that the only way to pre­serve the white race in today’s cli­mate is to encour­age peo­ple to do things they enjoy and to pro­mote “eth­nic pride.” Thus, he lists Ger­man and Scan­di­na­vian dance groups across the U.S. for peo­ple to con­sider joining.

After Gliebe’s unsuc­cess­ful lead­er­ship of the Alliance, he appears to be turn­ing away from group’s core ide­ol­ogy as espoused by its founder William Pierce in his novel, The Turner Diaries. In the book, Pierce advo­cated a world takeover by an all-white army that sys­tem­at­i­cally exter­mi­nated blacks, Jews and “race trai­tors.” Many white suprema­cists still con­sider the book required read­ing for peo­ple in the move­ment. Pierce also believed in recruit­ing peo­ple to the Alliance by dis­trib­ut­ing their pro­pa­ganda in sub­ur­ban neigh­bor­hoods and at events like gun shows.

Gliebe argues that some peo­ple would like to see the National Alliance carry on poli­cies that don’t work, like pro­mot­ing swastikas and Hitler and talk­ing about Jews. He clearly believes that the Alliance’s for­mer recruit­ment strate­gies no longer have the abil­ity to attract fol­low­ers so he advises sup­port­ers to not dis­trib­ute white suprema­cist lit­er­a­ture at Euro­pean cul­tural events but to “be pos­i­tive and have fun” and bring along the family.

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November 21, 2013 1

Troubling Glorification Of Violence At Pro-Palestinian Event At San Francisco State University

Stu­dents attend­ing a pro-Palestinian event orga­nized by the Gen­eral Union of Pales­tin­ian Stu­dents (GUPS) at San Fran­cisco State Uni­ver­sity two weeks ago were invited to cre­ate plac­ards using a sten­cil that read “My heroes have always killed colonizers.”my-heroes-have-always-killed-colonizers

The mes­sage, which seems to glo­rify vio­lence gen­er­ally and against Israel in par­tic­u­lar, likely orig­i­nated at an event that had been orga­nized by the Cen­ter for Polit­i­cal Edu­ca­tion in San Fran­cisco (a pro­gram “ded­i­cated to build­ing strong move­ments and the left through edu­ca­tion, analy­sis, the­ory, dia­logue, and activism) a month earlier.

That event, called “My HEROES Have Always Killed Col­o­niz­ers: Sto­ries of Global Indige­nous REZis­tance,” was orga­nized to com­mem­o­rate “Indige­nous Peo­ples Day” and fea­tured musi­cal and spo­ken word per­for­mances to cel­e­brate “every global indige­nous war­rior who’s been labeled a ter­ror­ist, unpa­tri­otic, and/or sav­age.” In addi­tion to African, His­panic and Native Amer­i­can per­form­ers, at least one of the sched­uled per­form­ers was to recite Pales­tin­ian polit­i­cal poetry at the event.

It seems clear that the two events’ use of the phrase is not coin­ci­den­tal. A Face­book page for the Octo­ber event adver­tised that it will have on-site silk screen print­ing with the phrase “My Heroes Have Always Killed Col­o­niz­ers” for peo­ple who bring t-shirts or other cloth­ing items to imprint.

The table on cam­pus that offered the sten­cil was appar­ently being staffed by stu­dents affil­i­ated with the on-campus group, “Stu­dent Koun­cil for Inter­tribal Nations” or SKINS. The group’s objec­tive is to expose stu­dents at SFSU to Native Amer­i­can culture.

After the issue was raised to the uni­ver­sity by ADL and oth­ers, Pres­i­dent Les Wong, the  pres­i­dent of SFSU, rightly issued a state­ment deplor­ing the glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of vio­lence and stress­ing that there is “no place at SF State for cel­e­brat­ing vio­lence or pro­mot­ing intol­er­ance, big­otry, anti-Semitism or any other form of hate-mongering.”

Thus far, how­ever, GUPS has not dis­played any remorse for its super­vi­sion of an event that fea­tured pro-violence mes­sag­ing. In fact, the group’s pres­i­dent wrote a let­ter to the pres­i­dent of SFSU claim­ing that issues raised about the sten­cil amount to a “bel­liger­ent smear cam­paign meant to slan­der the Pales­tin­ian move­ment on cam­pus” and has cre­ated a “hos­tile envi­ron­ment” for pro-Palestinian students.

GUPS has been active on the San Fran­cisco State cam­pus since the 1970s and is a chap­ter of an inter­na­tional net­work of pro-Palestinian stu­dents. The group has orga­nized a vari­ety of anti-Israel pro­grams on cam­pus, includ­ing co-hosting the 4th Al-Awda con­ven­tion in 2006, protests to oppose Israeli mil­i­tary action in Gaza, and Israeli Apartheid Week pro­grams in the last few years.  In 2008, the group received an “Out­stand­ing Social Jus­tice” award from the university’s Office of Stu­dent Pro­grams and Lead­er­ship Devel­op­ment and Vice Pres­i­dent of Stu­dent Affairs/ Dean of Students.

ADL has numer­ous campus-related resources to help stu­dents and oth­ers counter anti-Israel activ­ity and anti-Semitism on cam­pus, including:

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November 21, 2013 0

Continued Concerns Over Wave Of Americans Fighting In Syria

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Eric Har­roun was indicted on charges of con­spir­acy to pro­vide mate­r­ial sup­port to a for­eign ter­ror­ist organization.

Update — 11/22/13: 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.

Senior U.S. intel­li­gence offi­cials on Wednes­day said that “dozens” of Amer­i­cans have trav­eled or attempted to travel to Syria to fight against the Assad regime.

ADL released a report in June high­light­ing the increas­ing num­bers of Amer­i­can cit­i­zens drawn to the con­flict in Syria and join­ing ter­ror­ist groups. As noted in the report, since 2007, over 50 Amer­i­can cit­i­zens and per­ma­nent res­i­dents have been charged in con­nec­tion with attempts to join ter­ror­ist groups abroad, includ­ing Al Shabaab in Soma­lia and Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula in Yemen, as well as Jab­hat al-Nusra in Syria.

Details of six cases in which Amer­i­cans joined or attempted to join the con­flict in Syria have been made pub­lic in 2013. Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen of Cal­i­for­nia, Amir Farouk Ibrahim of Penn­syl­va­nia, and Nicole Mans­field of Michi­gan all suc­cess­fully joined the con­flict. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi of Illi­nois and Basit Javed Sheikh of North Car­olina attempted to join but were arrested en route. In addi­tion, Eric Har­roun of Ari­zona pleaded guilty to non-terror-related charges in Sep­tem­ber, 2013, and was sen­tenced to time served. That Har­roun fought in Syria is uncon­tested; how­ever, reports dif­fer as to whether he fought with Jab­hat al Nusra.

The  num­ber of Amer­i­cans attempt­ing to travel abroad to train and fight with ter­ror­ist groups con­tin­ues to raise seri­ous con­cerns about extrem­ists using their Amer­i­can pass­ports to return to the U.S. in order to carry out attacks on U.S. soil.

Syr­ian rebel groups, includ­ing the Al Qaeda affil­i­ate Jab­hat al-Nusra, have cre­ated social media space and propa­ganda to raise aware­ness, sup­port and poten­tial recruits for their cause in the Eng­lish-speak­ing world. These include the exploita­tion of Face­book, blogs, Twit­ter and other platforms.

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