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August 25, 2016 Off

Hacker Andrew Auernheimer Behind New Batch Of Anti-Semitic Flyers

In a trans­par­ent ploy to gain atten­tion, white suprema­cist hacker Andrew Auern­heimer, also known as “Weev,” has been send­ing a new wave of anti-Semitic fly­ers to net­worked print­ers around the coun­try. He has claimed credit for at least one of the fly­ers on his Twit­ter account and on the web­site Storify.

Pre­vi­ously, Auern­heimer received con­sid­er­able media atten­tion in March of this year when he sent a flyer adver­tis­ing the neo-Nazi web­site, The Daily Stormer, to print­ers at cam­puses across the United States.

Andrew Auernheimer in t-shirt

Andrew Auern­heimer

Recently, it appears that Auern­heimer has cre­ated two new fly­ers with lan­guage and imagery delib­er­ately designed to shock read­ers. Both fly­ers glo­rify mass killings. The fly­ers con­tain swastikas and the head­ing “samiz.dat,” a ref­er­ence to the Russ­ian word “samiz­dat” which was a sys­tem in the for­mer Soviet Union “by which government-suppressed lit­er­a­ture was clan­des­tinely printed and distributed.”

The first flyer, which was signed “Weev,” cir­cu­lated in early August. It salutes Anders Bre­vik, the Nor­we­gian far-right ter­ror­ist who killed 77 peo­ple. It also calls for sup­port­ing and defend­ing supreme acts of vio­lence against any­one Auer­heimer per­ceives as anti-white. The flyer says, “So the hordes of our ene­mies from the blacks to the Jews to the fed­eral agents are deserv­ing of fates of vio­lence so extreme that there is no limit to the acts by which can be done upon them in defense of the white race.” It then goes on to men­tion rap­ing his ene­mies’ daugh­ters and goug­ing out the eyes of their sons.

The sec­ond flyer, which also appears to be the work of Auern­heimer, cir­cu­lated in mid-August. It depicts a mass shoot­ing at a syn­a­gogue where Jews are mur­dered by a Jew-hating killer named Tyler. The flyer sar­cas­ti­cally refers to Sam Hyde, a come­dian whom Inter­net trolls labeled a mass mur­derer as a joke because they believe that the media assumes that mass mur­der­ers are white men. In the graphic imagery of the flyer, Tyler declares that he is Sam Hyde as he sys­tem­at­i­cally kills Jews and bru­tally rapes a young Jew­ish woman.

Though Auern­heimer appar­ently sent these fly­ers out to net­worked print­ers, he did not reach as many print­ers as he had pre­vi­ously with the flyer in March. In an arti­cle on Storify, Auern­heimer explains that “a large body of enti­ties” have taken their print­ers offline or have fixed the secu­rity breach that allowed him to access their printers.

Auern­heimer has claimed that he is plan­ning on send­ing more “sophis­ti­cated” fly­ers under the “samiz.dat” ban­ner. What is cer­tain is that he will con­tinue to try and exploit any gap he can to access print­ers and gar­ner more attention.

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July 21, 2016 Off

Arizona Arrest Reminder of Link between Terror and Anti-Semitism

Mahin Khan arizona terror plot

Mahin Khan

Court pro­ceed­ings have indi­cated that Ari­zona res­i­dent Mahin Khan, arrested on July 1 for allegedly plot­ting to bomb a DMV on behalf of ISIS and the Pak­istani Tal­iban, had con­sid­ered direct­ing his attack against a local Jew­ish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter (JCC) before choos­ing the DMV as his final tar­get. His plan­ning, as well as anti-Semitic state­ments he made, serve as a crit­i­cal reminder of the nexus between anti-Semitism and Islamic extremism.

Khan had allegedly indi­cated his inter­est in attack­ing the JCC in an Octo­ber 2015 con­ver­sa­tion with an under­cover FBI employee that was relayed in court on July 20, 2016. The crim­i­nal com­plaint filed against Khan also quoted him as request­ing ammu­ni­tion to tar­get Jews, say­ing, “Need AK and pis­tols can u do that wanna take out marines and jews (sic).”

News reports sug­gest addi­tional evi­dence of Khan’s anti-Semitism as well. A for­mer class­mate of his report­edly claimed that, “At one point he went as far as to say ‘what Hitler did was good.’ And he told me that he did not like the Jew­ish people.”

  • Khan is the 22nd U.S. res­i­dents moti­vated by Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy to plot or con­sider an attack against Jew­ish or Israeli tar­gets since 2002.
  • He is the 5th U.S. res­i­dent arrested in Ari­zona related to activ­ity moti­vated by Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy since 2002. Three addi­tional Ari­zona res­i­dents have also been linked, but were killed or arrested out­side the state.
  • Khan is the sec­ond U.S. res­i­dent to con­sider attack­ing a domes­tic Jew­ish tar­get in 2016. The other was James Gon­zalo Med­ina, a Florida res­i­dent arrested on April 29, 2016 accused of plot­ting to blow up a Florida syn­a­gogue dur­ing the Passover hol­i­day on behalf of ISIS.

ADL has writ­ten a report about the con­nec­tions between anti-Semitism and Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy, which also includes a list of U.S. res­i­dents linked to ter­ror­ism since 2012 who expressed anti-Semitic moti­va­tion and a list of plots against Jews and Jew­ish insti­tu­tions worldwide.

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July 14, 2016 5

New Black Panther Party Traveling to Cleveland To Inflame Tense Situation

The lead­ers of the New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP), the largest orga­nized anti-Semitic and racist Black mil­i­tant group in Amer­ica, will be in Cleve­land July 14–17 ahead of the Repub­li­can con­ven­tion, where they will likely inflam­e the already tense sit­u­a­tion fol­low­ing the fatal shoot­ings of Alton Ster­ling in Louisiana and Phi­lando Castile in Min­nesota and the killing of five police offi­cers in Dallas.

The NBPP is one of a num­ber of extrem­ist groups protest­ing in Cleve­land dur­ing the GOP convention.

Hashim Nzinga (left) and Malik Zulu Shabazz (right) lead protestors in Charleston (June 2015)

Hashim Nzinga (left) and Malik Zulu Shabazz (right) lead pro­tes­tors in Charleston (June 2015)

Exploit­ing high-profile shoot­ings for pub­lic­ity and some­times call­ing for vio­lence against law enforce­ment is a com­mon tac­tic of the NBPP. This is espe­cially con­cern­ing since the racist and anti-Semitic Chair­man of the NBPP, Hashim Nzinga, told Reuters on July 13 that the NBPP mem­bers protest­ing in Cleve­land will be armed. Nzinga stated, “If that state allows us to bear arms, the Pan­thers and oth­ers who can legally bear arms will bear arms.”

While Nzinga and other promi­nent NBPP lead­ers such as “spir­i­tual advi­sor” and for­mer Chair­man Malik Zulu Shabazz attempt to por­tray them­selves as civil rights activists, in real­ity they inject big­otry and vio­lent rhetoric into high-profile racially-charged events.

Some instances of the NBPP lead­ers call­ing for vio­lence against law enforce­ment in response to such events include:

  • In May 2015, in the after­math of Fred­die Gray’s death in Bal­ti­more, Shabazz orga­nized protests and called for vio­lence against law enforce­ment on Fox News Radio’s “The Alan Colmes Show.” Shabazz told Colmes that “those young Bal­ti­more youth are liken to the Pales­tini­ans bat­tling an Israeli occupier…some peo­ple might need to get hurt in self-defense.”
  • After Michael Brown was killed by police in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri, Shabazz and other NBPP lead­ers trav­eled to Fer­gu­son, aggra­vat­ing the sit­u­a­tion there. Shabazz led pro­test­ers in chants call­ing for the death of the offi­cer who shot Michael Brown. Using a mega­phone, Shabazz yelled, “Who do we want?” The pro­tes­tors responded, “Dar­ren Wil­son!” Shabazz: “How do we want him?” Pro­tes­tors: “Dead!”
  • Shabazz wrote on Face­book on August 14, 2014 that if the name of the offi­cer who shot Michael Brown was not released, he would release the officer’s name and address to “give the demon­stra­tors a clearer target.”
  • NBPP Chief of Staff Chawn Kweli posted a state­ment on Face­book on August 10, 2014 regard­ing Fer­gu­son that read: “IF NEED BE PUT AS MANY AGGRESSORS IN THE COFFINS THEY PICKED OUT FOR YOU IN SELF DEFENSE…IF YOU DIE, DIE LIKE A WARRIOR.”

The NBPP has also made more gen­eral calls for vio­lence after high-profile killings, including:

  • On Black Power Radio in June 2015, regard­ing protests after the death of Fred­die Gray, Shabazz jus­ti­fied the burn­ing down of a CVS and told his audi­ence that “we’re gonna stop all of this god­damn talk­ing and raise up an army and deal with you motherf—-rs”
  • In June 2015 in Charleston, South Car­olina, Shabazz orga­nized a rally in front of the Emanuel AME Church in the after­math of the shoot­ing that killed nine peo­ple in which he stated, “Den­mark Vesey [who planned a slave rebel­lion in 1822 in which he intended to kill the gov­er­nor and set fire to the city] had a plan to kill all the slave mas­ters in the state. Den­mark Vesey had a plan to kill every last one of them and kill all their god­damn fam­i­lies, and we need some new Den­mark Veseys today. We gotta com­plete what Den­mark didn’t fin­ish. He never fin­ished his mis­sion, but the real chil­dren of Den­mark Vesey is [sic] out here today.”
  • In 2012, the NBPP, then under the lead­er­ship of Shabazz, also offered a $10,000 reward for the “dead or alive” cap­ture of George Zim­mer­man, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Mar­tin in Florida.
  • The NBPP’s Tampa chap­ter Chief of Staff, Michelle Williams, spoke on the group’s web radio pro­gram on April 2, 2012. “I am for vio­lence if non-violence means we con­tinue to post­pone a solu­tion to the Amer­i­can Black man’s prob­lem just to avoid vio­lence,” she said. Williams added, “This could not have hap­pened in St. Peters­burg, Florida, where the Black man over there ain’t scared to kill a cracker…If some­one put their hands on you, you bet­ter send that god­dam cracker to the ceme­tery grave.”

Addi­tion­ally, NBPP also has used these high-profile shoot­ing cases to make other racist and anti-Semitic statements:

  • In a Black Power Radio broad­cast on July 4, 2016 titled “Amer­ica on the Hot­seat: The End of White Supremacy,” Nzinga stated, “We’re deal­ing with a beast, man, and we gotta speak power to truth, and we gotta unite. We’re deal­ing with the Jew­ish onslaught…People should get the Jew­ish Onslaught by Tony Mor­ton about how these Jews have hacked into my email today and how these Jews con­trol the media and con­trol so damn much…and run America…”
  • In a May 2015 online radio broad­cast regard­ing the after­math of Fred­die Gray’s death in Bal­ti­more, Nzinga injected anti-Semitism into the dis­cus­sion, employ­ing a com­mon trope of his: that a sup­pos­edly Jewish-controlled media nefar­i­ously por­trays Black peo­ple in a neg­a­tive light. “And with your Jew­ish and your mostly meno­rah, I mean major­ity, uh, minority-owned TV sta­tions, going to paint a pic­ture like something’s wrong with us,” Nzinga stated.
  • Related to Fer­gu­son, Nzinga addressed the NBPP on the August 11, 2014 online broad­cast of Black Power Radio titled “Mur­der In Mis­souri– Michael Brown And Blood Thirsty Pigs– The Bat­tle Is On!” Nzinga claimed that white Amer­i­cans are com­mit­ting “geno­cide” against Black males: “The Black male is being exterminated…The ones who are not being exter­mi­nated, they’re push­ing them to be gay and fags so they won’t be pro­duc­tive on repro­duc­ing babies. This is about genocide.”
  • Nzinga also blamed the shoot­ing in Fer­gu­son on the sup­pos­edly Jewish-controlled media. “Jews’ media and the Jews’ TV, they have made it look like we’re the vil­lains of Amer­ica…” said Nzinga. He also blamed vio­lence in Chicago on Mayor Rahm Emanuel who he described as “a Jew, and that Jew is a mas­ter at propaganda.”

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