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October 7, 2015 0

ADL Marks the 30th Anniversary of the Murder of Leon Klinghoffer

The Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacked by terrorists

The Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacked by terrorists

Tomor­row – Octo­ber 8, 2015 – marks the thir­ti­eth anniver­sary of the death of Leon Klinghoffer.

Leon Kling­hof­fer was mur­dered on Octo­ber 8, 1985 when ter­ror­ists asso­ci­ated with the Pales­tin­ian Lib­er­a­tion Front hijacked the cruise ship the Achille Lauro on which he was trav­el­ing in cel­e­bra­tion of his 36th wed­ding anniver­sary. Kling­hof­fer, who was wheel­chair bound, was shot in the head by ter­ror­ists, who then threw him overboard.

The ter­ror­ists who hijacked the Achille Lauro sin­gled out the Jew­ish pas­sen­gers on the ship. Thirty years later, ter­ror­ism remains inex­tri­ca­bly bound with anti-Semitism. ADL recently released a new report on the link between ter­ror­ism and anti-Semitism titled Anti-Semitism: A Pil­lar of Islamic Extrem­ist Ide­ol­ogy.

The mur­der of Leon Kling­hof­fer brought the deadly real­ity of ter­ror­ism home to Jews and Amer­i­cans. It was not only a tragedy, but also a wake-up call.

The attack was per­son­ally dev­as­tat­ing to the fam­ily of Leon Kling­hof­fer but, to their last­ing credit, his daugh­ters Lisa and Ilsa were deter­mined to ensure that their father did not die in vain. Within months of the attack, they joined with the ADL to found the Leon and Mar­i­lyn Kling­hof­fer Memo­r­ial Foun­da­tion of the Anti-Defamation League, which serves to edu­cate about ter­ror­ism and its vic­tims to this day.

ADL will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in a panel com­mem­o­rat­ing the anniver­sary of the Achille Lauro tragedy on Octo­ber 8 at 8:30 AM. The panel, Com­bat­ing Ter­ror­ism through Amer­i­can Law: On the Occa­sion of the 30th Anniver­sary of the Mur­der of Leon Kling­hof­fer, is pre­sented by the Cen­ter for Jew­ish His­tory and the Amer­i­can Jew­ish His­tor­i­cal Society.

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October 2, 2015 12

Extremists Claim Oregon Shooting Is Sign of White Genocide

The tragic shoot­ing at Umpqua Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Rose­burg, Ore­gon, in which a gun­man killed nine peo­ple and wounded a num­ber of oth­ers, elicited a strong response among a sam­pling of extrem­ists. When the media released infor­ma­tion that the shooter, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mer­cer, had listed him­self as “mixed race” on an online dat­ing pro­file, white suprema­cists called his actions a form of “white genocide.”

White suprema­cists were also quick to reject some media reports that said the gun­man had white suprema­cist lean­ings. They claimed the gun­man was moti­vated by hatred of whites and Chris­tians. They also blamed Jews for every­thing from encour­ag­ing blacks to kill whites to down­play­ing the story once the shooter turned out to be non-white.

Chris Harper Mercer online profile circulating on Stormfront

Chris Harper Mer­cer online pro­file cir­cu­lat­ing on Stormfront

Since Mer­cer had expressed an inter­est in online post­ings in Vester Flana­gan, a black for­mer reporter who shot and killed two white ex-colleagues, posters on Storm­front, the largest white suprema­cist Inter­net forum,  pro­moted the idea that blacks were tar­get­ing whites en masse. One poster called Mer­cer and Flana­gan “anti-white terrorists.”

Oth­ers on the site focused on Mercer’s mixed race her­itage as the cause of his actions. One poster wrote that “light-skinned blacks are the most racist of all. They hate their white blood with a pas­sion.” Another per­son post­ing as “White Nation­hood” claimed that Mercer’s “inter­est in the left-hand path [a ref­er­ence to the occult and black magic] plus racial anx­i­eties prob­a­bly fueled his anti-white, anti-Christian mas­sacre.” Still another wrote, “Half castes secretly wish to be white, the denial of this godly priv­i­lege makes mulat­toes insane.”

Some posters on Storm­front saw the shoot­ing as an indi­ca­tion that whites need to take action to arm them­selves or live sep­a­rately from non-whites. Some­one post­ing as “14 words of truth” wrote that the reac­tion to the shoot­ing would be “many armed men world wide bring­ing jus­tice to the guilty.” The per­son added, “All that vio­lence could be avoided by halt­ing white geno­cide and allow­ing white folk to live within our own nations in peace.”

“Ten­niel” had sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments, writ­ing, “Given the open war­fare being now per­pe­trated against Whites by non­whites, par­tic­u­larly negroes, in Amer­ica, it is vital that White peo­ple be able to be ARMED AT ALL TIMES IN ALL LOCATIONS IN AMERICA.”

Many of the posters on Storm­front blamed Jews for the shoot­ing. One poster declared, “White geno­cide is real and there is always a filthy jew [sic] behind it.” “Laidbackguy71” wrote, “Don’t let the Jews jive ya because they are the ones with blood on their hands for all of this.” Another poster claimed, “The jews [sic] keep try­ing to brain­wash peo­ple that race mix­ing is love and a demon­stra­tion of tol­er­ance and equal­ity. It is the worst thing a par­ent can do to a child.”

Still oth­ers claimed that the shoot­ing would lead to gun con­trol and dis­arm­ing the pop­u­la­tion. A poster on another white suprema­cist Inter­net forum, Van­guard News Net­work, wrote, “It doesn’t mat­ter this was a gun-free zone or that the shooter was a mulatto. Tal­mu­dic media won’t report this any­way! What mat­ters is that this story, along with oth­ers before, will be exploited to enter­tain a men­tal­ity that ulti­mately, leads towards dis­arm­ing Amer­i­can people.”

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September 17, 2015 22

Extremists Declare: Refugees Hastening Europe’s Demise

White suprema­cists in the United States are up in arms over the refugee cri­sis in Europe. They believe that the set­tle­ment of refugees from the Mid­dle East and Africa in Euro­pean nations will destroy white Euro­pean cul­ture and trans­form the con­ti­nent. They are also hop­ing that the refugee cri­sis will push Euro­peans to embrace white nationalism.

In addi­tion, anti-Semites within the white suprema­cist camp are pro­mot­ing con­spir­acy the­o­ries that blame Jews for the cri­sis and accuse Jews of spear­head­ing Europe’s demise.

The Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), a white suprema­cist polit­i­cal group, posted an arti­cle by Joshua Bates, a self-identified white nation­al­ist. Bates called the refugee cri­sis an “inva­sion” and asserted that “Europe clearly needs a swift boot to the face, and per­haps even to suf­fer tragedy, if that is what it takes to dis­turb its com­pla­cency and force it to fight back.” He added, “The rapa­cious and ungrate­ful invaders will do much of the dirty work for us through inevitable attacks on our cul­ture and people.”

Kevin MacDonald

Kevin Mac­Don­ald

Like Bates, Jared Tay­lor, head of Amer­i­can Renais­sance (AR), a white suprema­cist online pub­li­ca­tion, said in video on the AR web­site, that Europe was has­ten­ing its demise if it con­tin­ued to accept refugees. He argued that white Euro­peans who wel­come refugees don’t under­stand what they’re doing. He claimed, “They are giv­ing away their cul­ture, their her­itage, their iden­tity, their coun­try. Kind­ness to strangers is cru­elty to their own chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. Europe will learn or Europe will die.”

Anti-Semites directly blame the Jews for encour­ag­ing non-white immi­gra­tion to Europe. Patrick Slat­tery, who often pro­vides com­men­tary on anti-Semite David Duke’s web­site and Inter­net radio show, argued that Jews want Mus­lim immi­gra­tion to Europe even if they’re fear­ful of anti-Semitism. Slat­tery asserted, “What really mat­ters to Europe’s Jew­ish lead­ers is that mil­lions of Mus­lim immi­grants will make Europe unliv­able for Euro­peans. Because what’s bad for the Euro­peans must be good for the Jews.”

Kevin Mac­Don­ald, an anti-Semite who runs The Occi­den­tal Observer, an anti-Semitic online pub­li­ca­tion, also claimed that Jews have self-interest in bring­ing refugees to Europe. He argued, “As always, the poli­cies advo­cated for Euro­pean coun­tries are couched in terms of Jew­ish atti­tudes and inter­ests, not the legit­i­mate inter­ests of Euro­peans to retain their cul­tures and demo­graphic status.”

Mac­Don­ald added, “From the per­spec­tive of Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tions and most Jews, Israel, but not Europe, is absolved from patho­log­i­cally altru­is­tic behav­ior toward refugees — patho­log­i­cal in the very real sense that this behav­ior com­pro­mises their legit­i­mate long-term interests. “

AFP posted an anti-Semitic arti­cle to its web­site that alleges that Jews are forc­ing the refugees on the West. The unnamed author adds, “Geno­cide hap­pens quickly when jews [sic] are steer­ing the ship. And up until today they con­tinue to advo­cate for open bor­ders and amnesty, seem­ingly unwill­ing to stop until there are no more Whites left.”

White suprema­cists and anti-Semites are obsessed with the idea that the white West­ern coun­tries are expe­ri­enc­ing a white geno­cide. They are using the refugee cri­sis to pro­mote that idea.

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