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December 23, 2013 3

Tablet Magazine Q & A with ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman

ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman

Abra­ham H. Foxman

Abra­ham H. Fox­man, National Direc­tor of the Anti-Defamation League, was recently inter­viewed by David Samuels, Lit­er­ary Edi­tor of Tablet Mag­a­zine, on a wide range of sig­nif­i­cant issues fac­ing the Jew­ish com­mu­nity in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Fox­man dis­cussed mat­ters rang­ing from domes­tic and global anti-Semitism, the recent Pew Sur­vey of Jew­ish Amer­i­cans, Jew­ish edu­ca­tion and self-pride, prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace, Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tional lead­er­ship, the shame­ful fail­ure to alle­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of Holo­caust sur­vivors liv­ing in poverty, the case of Jonathan Pol­lard, and the spe­cial rela­tion­ship between Israel and America.

When asked about con­cerns over the state of the Amer­i­can Jew­ish com­mu­nity — in light of the Pew study’s find­ings on inter­mar­riage and assim­i­la­tion — Mr. Fox­man said that, for him, the wor­ries are “of a dif­fer­ent nature” and explained what he sees as the strug­gle between bal­anc­ing the “drive for assim­i­la­tion with the inter­ests of our community.”

Mr. Fox­man also dis­cussed two lin­ger­ing anti-Semitic beliefs that have not changed in five decades despite an over­all decline in anti-Semitic atti­tudes:  the endur­ing canard that “Jews killed Jesus” and the belief, held by 30 per­cent of Amer­i­cans, that Jews are more loyal to Israel than the United States, which he called “a very seri­ous, haunt­ing, polit­i­cal anti-Semitism.”

At the end of the inter­view, Mr. Fox­man said one of the things that keeps him up at night is “the depen­dency of the Jew­ish peo­ple and Israel on this won­der­ful country.”

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December 20, 2013 3

Pennsylvania White Supremacist Loses Fifth Child To State

Just days after the Novem­ber 11 birth, Penn­syl­va­nia author­i­ties took into cus­tody the new­born child of white suprema­cist Isidore Heath Camp­bell and his fiancée Bethanie Rose Zito, both of Ban­gor. The infant, named Eva Braun after the mis­tress and even­tual wife of Adolf Hitler, is the most recent child of Campbell’s to be taken away by fam­ily ser­vice agen­cies in Penn­syl­va­nia and New Jersey.heath-campbell-NSM-rally

Camp­bell, a heav­ily tat­tooed neo-Nazi with a pen­chant for wear­ing Nazi-themed cloth­ing, gained inter­na­tional noto­ri­ety in 2008 after a New Jer­sey gro­cery store refused to per­son­al­ize a birth­day cake for one of his chil­dren, named Adolf Hitler, from his ear­lier mar­riage with Deb­o­rah Lynn Campbell. 

Heath and Deb­o­rah had named their other chil­dren together Joyce­Lynn Aryan Nations (to honor a noto­ri­ous neo-Nazi group), Hon­z­lynn Hin­ler Jean­nie (in an attempt to honor infa­mous Nazi Hein­rich Himm­ler) and Hons Hein­rich (also a nod to Himmler). 

In 2009, New Jer­sey author­i­ties took cus­tody of those chil­dren as a result of alleged evi­dence of abuse or neglect due to prior domes­tic vio­lence as well as a deter­mi­na­tion that the par­ents did not have the psy­cho­log­i­cal capac­ity to prop­erly care for the chil­dren.  Heath Camp­bell has insisted that the chil­dren were taken by the state only because he gave his chil­dren white suprema­cist names. 

Camp­bell, the father of eight chil­dren from four dif­fer­ent moth­ers, does not have cus­tody of any of his chil­dren.  In June 2013 a New Jer­sey judge denied Campbell’s attempt to regain cus­tody of the chil­dren he had with Deb­o­rah.  Camp­bell and Zito appeared at the hear­ing wear­ing Nazi cloth­ing and regalia.

Camp­bell has had the sup­port of some of the local white suprema­cists in Penn­syl­va­nia and New Jer­sey, who have been post­ing updates from him on his fam­ily sit­u­a­tion in which he labeled the author­i­ties’ actions a “kid­nap­ping” and claimed that “they are tak­ing only white chil­dren [and are] now try­ing to clas­sify us as slaves.”  Camp­bell has urged peo­ple to fly Nazi flags and burn “Jew­ish flags” in sup­port of him.

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December 20, 2013 1

Virginia Neo-Nazi Indicted On Threat Charges

On Decem­ber 11, a fed­eral grand jury in Orlando, Florida, indicted Vir­ginia white suprema­cist William “Bill” White on charges of threat­en­ing a Florida judge, a for­mer state attor­ney, and a law enforce­ment offi­cer. The six count indict­ment includes five counts of mak­ing threats over the Inter­net and one count of unlaw­ful use of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion information.bill-white-threat

The charges stem from e-mails allegedly sent by White to the vic­tims and from posts allegedly made by White on the com­ments sec­tions of sev­eral web­pages, includ­ing one belong­ing to the Anti-Defamation League.  The com­mu­ni­ca­tions fol­lowed on the heels of the May 2012 arrests of 14 mem­bers of the racist skin­head group Amer­i­can Front on con­spir­acy and other charges—the vic­tims all had some involve­ment in that case.  Iron­i­cally, almost all of the charges against the Amer­i­can Front mem­bers would later be dropped.

The com­mu­ni­ca­tions alleged to have been sent by White threat­ened to kid­nap, tor­ture, rape, and kill the recip­i­ents, their spouses, and their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.  Some of the com­mu­ni­ca­tions made pub­lic the home addresses of the victim.

In the threat­en­ing com­ment made on the Anti-Defamation League’s Extrem­ism & Ter­ror­ism blog, the poster (iden­ti­fy­ing him­self as “Joe Tomassi, Charles Man­son and Son of Sam”) wrote that “we are at your house, we are at your kids houses we are at your grand­kids houses and we are sit­ting out­side their schools” (punc­tu­a­tion as in orig­i­nal).  The mes­sage then pro­vided the home addresses of the vic­tims.  It demanded that author­i­ties release the arrested white suprema­cists “or we will be send­ing you a mes­sage writ­ten in blood.”

White is cur­rently in cus­tody in Vir­ginia serv­ing a sen­tence for a 2011 fed­eral con­vic­tion on threat charges.  He also awaits sen­tenc­ing on a more recent con­vic­tion of threat­en­ing his estranged wife. White also pre­vi­ously served two years in fed­eral prison fol­low­ing a 2009 con­vic­tion on threat and wit­ness intim­i­da­tion charges.  In that case, White used his web­site to encour­age vio­lence against the fore­man of a jury in Chicago that con­victed Matt Hale, a promi­nent white suprema­cist, of solic­it­ing the mur­der of a fed­eral judge.

White, a long time white suprema­cist, is the for­mer head of the now-defunct Amer­i­can National Social­ist Work­ers Party, a small neo-Nazi group; prior to that, he was a mem­ber of the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Movement.

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