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November 22, 2013

Neo-Nazi Erich Gliebe Wants Supporters To Join Cultural Clubs


Old National Alliance flyer

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

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

Continued Concerns Over Wave Of Americans Fighting In Syria


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 Englishspeaking world. These include the exploita­tion of Face­book, blogs, Twit­ter and other platforms.

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