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May 27, 2016 21

Anti-Semites Spearhead Attack Campaign Against Jewish Journalists

White suprema­cists and anti-Semites have been bom­bard­ing Jew­ish jour­nal­ists with anti-Semitic tweets, par­tic­u­larly if the jour­nal­ists have been crit­i­cal of pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump or his fam­ily. Anony­mous tweet­ers whose back­ground is unknown have also joined in the attack. julia ioffe tweet stripes

Jour­nal­ists such as Julia Ioffe, Bethany Man­del, Jonathan Weis­man and Ben Shapiro have all been tar­gets of this cam­paign. Many of the tweets fea­ture Holo­caust imagery. Yel­low Jew­ish stars with the word “Jude” are super­im­posed on the pic­tures of these jour­nal­ists. There are also dis­turb­ing images of con­cen­tra­tion camps and ovens directed at the jour­nal­ists, as well as car­toons depict­ing anti-Semitic stereotypes.

While the actual iden­tity of many of the peo­ple send­ing the offen­sive tweets can’t be deter­mined, at least two well-known neo-Nazis have bla­tantly attacked Jew­ish jour­nal­ists online. In a recent blog post, neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin went after Weis­man, a New York Times reporter, who received an avalanche of anti-Semitic tweets after mak­ing a com­ment on Twit­ter regard­ing a neg­a­tive arti­cle about Trump. In an ear­lier blog post, Anglin had also encour­aged his fol­low­ers to troll Ioffe on Twit­ter after she wrote a pro­file of Mela­nia Trump for GQ magazine.jonathan weisman tweet auschwitz

Anglin derided Weis­man for pub­li­ciz­ing the hate­ful tweets directed at him. Anglin alleged that Jew­ish jour­nal­ists like Weis­man and Ioffe had pro­voked the wrath of white suprema­cists. But Anglin went fur­ther, prac­ti­cally declar­ing that there is a war on with Jew­ish jour­nal­ists. He wrote, “You’ve all pro­voked us. You’ve been doing it for decades—and cen­turies even—and we’ve finally had enough. Chal­lenge has been accepted.”

Another neo-Nazi, Andrew Auern­heimer–also known as “Weev”–tweeted at Weis­man, “Get used to it you f—ing kike. You peo­ple will be made to pay for the vio­lence and fraud you’ve com­mit­ted against us.”

Anglin and Auern­heimer are both adept at pro­pa­ganda. Anglin uses his web­site, The Daily Stormer, to attack Jew­ish jour­nal­ists and other Jews and encour­ages his fol­low­ers to troll them online. Anglin him­self was banned from Twit­ter after he ran a pro­pa­ganda cam­paign with fake tweets about the Klan com­ing to the Uni­ver­sity of Mis­souri fol­low­ing some racial inci­dents at the school. Auern­heimer is a well-known hacker who this year sent fly­ers adver­tis­ing The Daily Stormer to dozens of print­ers located at uni­ver­si­ties across the country. ben shapiro tweet jude

Both Anglin and Auern­heimer are known fig­ures who have used social media to attack Jews, but there are legions of anony­mous Twit­ter users who are exploit­ing the Inter­net to carry out these anti-Semitic cam­paigns against Jew­ish jour­nal­ists. While white suprema­cists used to pro­mote their anti-Jewish pro­pa­ganda on extrem­ist forums and ran­dom web­sites, they are now able to main­stream their hate on sites used by mil­lions of peo­ple and eas­ily recruit oth­ers to join in their efforts.

 

May 19, 2016 1

Latest Issue of Inspire Magazine Encourages Small Scale Attacks

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Inspire 15

The 15th issue of InspireAl Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP)’s Eng­lish lan­guage mag­a­zine, released on May 14, pro­vides read­ers with instruc­tions for mur­der­ing “the intel­li­gentsia, eco­nomic and influ­en­tial per­son­al­i­ties of Amer­ica.” Such attacks, claims the mag­a­zine, are “easy options that do not require huge efforts or man power, but the result is par­al­lel to the big oper­a­tions or even more.”

This incite­ment to kill indi­vid­u­als is the same attack strat­egy that was pro­vided in the 14th issue of Inspire mag­a­zine (released in Sep­tem­ber 2015), but the 15th issue pro­vides addi­tional sug­ges­tions for mak­ing bombs to con­duct the assas­si­na­tions, includ­ing pack­age bombs, small bombs under cars, and bombs that can be attached to a doorframe.

As in pre­vi­ous issues of Inspire, the mag­a­zine uses anti-Semitism and resent­ment of Israel to mobi­lize the anger and sup­port needed to encour­age indi­vid­u­als to sus­tain AQAP and per­pe­trate attacks. ADL pub­lished an updated report on anti-Semitism in Islamic extrem­ist pro­pa­ganda in 2015.

This exploita­tion of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sen­ti­ment was par­tic­u­larly evi­dent in the arti­cle, “O Knife Rev­o­lu­tion, Head Toward Amer­ica.” In it, AQAP strives to export the cur­rent mode of Pales­tin­ian ter­ror attacks in Israel to the U.S. by ask­ing, “Where are the zeal­ous Mus­lims in Amer­ica, who clearly see their Mus­lim broth­ers in Pales­tine being tor­tured? It is because of this painful tor­ture, that the blessed Knife Upris­ing has sur­faced. Then way is it that you just sit and wait, with your hands tied up?”

That arti­cle fur­ther uti­lizes anti-Semitism to encour­age attacks against the U.S. “It is no secret that the first guardian, sup­porter, and great­est inciter to the Jews are the Amer­i­cans,” it states. It goes on to directly threaten Jews, ask­ing “How many Jews are there in Amer­ica, Europe and other kufr (apos­tate) coun­tries? So take mat­ters in hand and fol­low the advice of your Prophet, if any of you gets hold of a Jew any­where, let him fin­ish him off.”

An article in Inspire 15 Encourages Domestic Attacks

An arti­cle in Inspire 15 encour­ages knife attacks in the U.S. mod­eled after attacks under­taken by Pales­tini­ans in Israel.

Sim­i­larly, the arti­cle, “Let us Unite for Pales­tine,” clearly attempts to trans­fer anger against Israel to attacks against the U.S. by assert­ing “The lib­er­a­tion of Jerusalem…requires…two things: Firstly: Strik­ing the West…. Sec­ondly: Estab­lish­ing a Mus­lim state in Egypt and the Lev­ant.” AQAP is more inter­ested in attack­ing the West and secur­ing a foothold in Egypt and Syria than in attack­ing Israel, so the mag­a­zine tries to con­vince its sup­port­ers that these goals are inher­ently a part of destroy­ing the State of Israel.

Yet another arti­cle, “Inside Obama’s Ratio­nal­ity,” sug­gests a con­spir­acy the­ory of Jew­ish influ­ence in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics: “every­one com­petes in pleas­ing the Jews, even the so-called ratio­nal Pres­i­dents com­pete with each other in prov­ing who is the most biased, irra­tional, par­ti­san pres­i­dent when it comes to sup­port­ing the Jews.”

Other arti­cles directly pro­mote any sort of lone wolf attacks against the U.S., while striv­ing to ensure that Al Qaeda can receive credit for indi­vid­ual actions. The arti­cle “Jihad Upon Clear Insight” states “one can ben­e­fit from the pub­li­ca­tion of As-Sahab foun­da­tion (an Al Qaeda media foundation)…It explains the impor­tance of lone jihad and its impact upon the enemy…. And he can also ben­e­fit from Inspire Mag­a­zine. A Lone Mujahid and oth­ers should know that this knowl­edge is not less impor­tant than the sci­ence of weaponry and how to use them, how to make explo­sives and charges.”

As noted, the cover arti­cle, “Pro­fes­sional Assas­si­na­tions,” pro­vides instruc­tions for sur­veilling influ­en­tial indi­vid­u­als and then build­ing bombs to mur­der them.

Inspire is per­haps the most noto­ri­ous Al Qaeda pro­pa­ganda vehi­cle. It has played a role in the rad­i­cal­iza­tion of mul­ti­ple domes­tic extrem­ists, includ­ing the Tsar­naev broth­ers of the Boston Marathon bomb­ing), Jose Pimentel, who attempted a bomb­ing in New York, and Abdel Daoud, who attempted a bomb­ing in Chicago.

 

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May 5, 2016 227

David Duke and Other Anti-Semites Welcome Donald Trump’s Success

On his radio show yes­ter­day, white suprema­cist David Duke cel­e­brated Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory in Indi­ana, which made him the pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent. Duke also used the show as yet another oppor­tu­nity to pro­mote his vir­u­lent brand of anti-Semitism, blam­ing Jew­ish “neo-cons” for try­ing to destroy Trump’s can­di­dacy and for allegedly con­trol­ling the country.

Duke asserted that “Jew­ish extrem­ists have made a ter­ri­bly crazy mis­cal­cu­la­tion, because all they’re going to be doing by doing a ‘Never Trump’ move­ment is expos­ing their alien, their anti-American, anti-American-majority posi­tion. … They’re going to push peo­ple more into an aware­ness that the neo­cons are the prob­lem, that these Jew­ish suprema­cists who con­trol our coun­try are the real prob­lem, and the rea­son why Amer­ica is not great.”

David Duke

David Duke

While Duke’s lat­est anti-Semitic attack was in reac­tion to Trump’s recent win, he has con­sis­tently used Trump’s can­di­dacy as a hook to pro­mote his views that Jews con­trol the gov­ern­ment, the bank­ing sys­tem and the media. In March, Duke posted a video, “Why the Jew­ish Elite Hate Trump,” in antic­i­pa­tion of Trump’s appear­ance before the Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tion AIPAC. In that video, he declared that the Jew­ish estab­lish­ment is respon­si­ble for open bor­der poli­cies that are destroy­ing the “her­itage of peo­ple whose ances­tors cre­ated America.”

Duke is not the only anti-Semite who is ardently sup­port­ing Trump. A num­ber of anti-Semites believe that Trump’s cam­paign is implic­itly appeal­ing to white Amer­ica and that his attacks on the media, the estab­lish­ment and glob­al­ism show that he is not beholden to what they see as Jew­ish interests.

Kevin Mac­Don­ald, a noto­ri­ous anti-Semite, joined Duke on his radio show yes­ter­day to cel­e­brate Trump’s vic­tory. At an ear­lier con­fer­ence of the National Pol­icy Insti­tute in March 2016, Mac­Don­ald gave a speech about Trump’s can­di­dacy. He blamed Jew­ish neo-cons for try­ing to take the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion from Trump. He declared, “It is no sur­prise that [Jew­ish groups] have been hos­tile to Trump…Such orga­ni­za­tions have been in the fore­front of pro­mot­ing a mul­ti­cul­tural and non-White America…”

Other anti-Semites have pro­moted the the­ory that Jew­ish Repub­li­cans are behind an effort to stop Trump from becom­ing pres­i­dent. Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin posted a col­umn yes­ter­day on the Daily Stormer web­site, “For Jews, Trump Win is Like Another Holo­caust.” In it, he wrote, “White men in Amer­ica and across the planet are par­ty­ing like it’s 1999 fol­low­ing Trump’s deci­sive vic­tory over the evil ene­mies of our race.”

White suprema­cist Matthew Heim­bach crys­tal­lized anti-Semites’ view of Trump’s can­di­dacy in Octo­ber 2015. He said that Trump’s run “could be the step­ping stone we need to then rad­i­cal­ize mil­lions of White work­ing and mid­dle class fam­i­lies to the call to truly begin a strug­gle for Faith, fam­ily and folk. For this rea­son alone I will cam­paign for Don­ald Trump because as the say­ing goes ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’ and that is dou­bly true if that per­son is viewed as an enemy by the Inter­na­tional Jew.”

 

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