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August 25, 2016 Off

Event in L.A. Features Who’s Who of Anti-Muslim Movement in U.S.

The Amer­i­can Free­dom Alliance (AFA) held a con­fer­ence on  “Islam and West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion: Can they Co-exist?”  in Los Ange­les on August 21.   The AFA claims to be “a non-political, non-partisan move­ment which pro­motes, defends and upholds West­ern val­ues and ideals,” and spe­cial­izes in  pro­mul­gat­ing an Islam­o­pho­bic world view.  The con­fer­ence included the who’s who of the anti-Muslim move­ment in the United States, with recy­cled con­spir­acy the­o­ries and offen­sive claims about immi­grants, Mus­lims, law enforce­ment offi­cers, var­i­ous US gov­ern­ment agen­cies and the Pope.

Fea­tured speak­ers included anti-Muslim extrem­ists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer (the heads of the conspiracy-minded Stop Islamiza­tion of Amer­ica (SIOA), in addi­tion to other “experts” who  ped­dled base­less the­o­ries about a Mus­lim infil­tra­tion of the United States gov­ern­ment,  and advanced offen­sive anti-Muslim rhetoric such as brand­ing Mus­lims, and their reli­gious law [Sharia], as affronts to Amer­i­can freedom.

 

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Amer­i­can Free­dom Alliance Anti-Muslim Event

Geller widened her usual net of con­spir­acy the­o­ries about Mus­lims, Islam and Sharia law, to include  alle­ga­tions against a long list of U.S. cities, social media com­pa­nies and other oppo­nents, who she claims have cen­sored her by refus­ing to allow her  anti-Muslim adver­tis­ing cam­paigns;  attacks on the FBI for the agency’s han­dling of the ter­ror­ist attack in Gar­land, Texas, when two armed men tar­geted the com­mu­nity cen­ter host­ing a SIOA event– and even  insin­u­ated that the FBI wants her dead; and she also  alleged that pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hillary Clin­ton is involved in an inti­mate rela­tion­ship with her Mus­lim female assis­tant, stat­ing they are “lit­er­ally and not fig­u­ra­tively in bed” with each other.

In addi­tion to Geller and Spencer, other speak­ers included: Frank Gaffney, founder and pres­i­dent of the Cen­ter for Secu­rity Pol­icy; Stephen Cough­lin, a senior fel­low at the Cen­ter for Secu­rity Pol­icy; Mor­ton Klein, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Zion­ist Orga­ni­za­tion of Amer­ica (ZOA); James Lyons, who pro­motes con­spir­a­cies about the infil­tra­tion of the US gov­ern­ment by Islamists; Elis­a­beth Sabaditsch-Wolff, an Aus­trian anti-Muslim activist;  and  Wafa Sul­tan, a Syrian-born anti-Muslim activist who exhorted,  “There is no such thing as Islam and rad­i­cal Islam; all Islam is radical.”

The event also high­lighted attacks on Khizr Khan, the father of Cap­tain Humayan Khan, who died in Iraq while serv­ing in the US Army. The attacks on Khan were based on alle­ga­tions made by anti-Muslim extrem­ist Walid Shoe­bat, who is known for pro­mot­ing mil­i­tant Christianity.

 

 

 

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August 22, 2016 Off

Middle East Press Review: July-December 2015

Anti-Semitism is wide­spread through­out the Arab and Mus­lim world, man­i­fested in many seg­ments of soci­ety. The Anti-Defamation League mon­i­tors and doc­u­ments anti-Semitic car­toons and arti­cles, which appear daily in the Arab media. This pub­li­ca­tion is the lat­est com­pi­la­tion of select anti-Semitic car­i­ca­tures and themes, and includes exam­ples from July-December 2015.

News­pa­pers across the Arab and Mus­lim world con­tinue to fea­ture anti-Semitic car­i­ca­tures and themes, with stereo­typ­i­cal depic­tions of Jews that include big noses, black coats and hats. Many pro­mote age-old global Jew­ish con­spir­acy the­o­ries, includ­ing con­trol of the US and inter­na­tional gov­ern­ments, blood libel, the use of ani­mal imagery – rodents, dogs, snakes, and octo­puses – and Nazi analo­gies to por­tray Israel and Jews as sin­is­ter predators.

Filastin, August 2, 2015 (Gaza)

Filastin, August 2, 2015 (Gaza)

A num­ber of cur­rent events themes are high­lighted in this com­pi­la­tion, including:

  • Car­toons relat­ing to the hor­rific Duma mur­der of Pales­tin­ian infant Ali Dawab­sheh by Jew­ish extremists.
  • Car­toons accus­ing Jews of being behind global insta­bil­ity, includ­ing Jews depicted as respon­si­ble for the ter­ror­ism and geno­cide being per­pe­trated by ISIS.
  • Car­toons depict­ing the recent Pales­tin­ian vio­lence in Israel – the so-called “knife Intifada” – with Israelis in stereo­typ­i­cal Jew­ish garb as vic­tims of Pales­tin­ian stabbings.

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August 12, 2016 Off

California White Supremacist Convicted of Murder

On August 11, 2016, a jury con­victed white suprema­cist Billy Ray Mount, of Clear­lake, Cal­i­for­nia, on charges of second-degree murder.

Billy Ray Mount

Billy Ray Mount (Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

Mount, 36, a mem­ber of the racist skin­head orga­ni­za­tion Volks­front, killed Steven Galvin in a drive-by shoot­ing on July 2, 2015, appar­ently in retal­i­a­tion for Galvin’s alleged theft of a tablet computer.

Accord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors, David “Cyclops” Cox, a mem­ber of local racist skin­head group Modesto Hard­core, allegedly called for the attack on Galvin, and was in the car with Mount when the mur­der occurred. Cox, pro­tected by a series of immu­nity agree­ments, pro­vided key tes­ti­mony against Mount dur­ing the trial, recount­ing the mur­der in detail, and telling the jury that Mount had con­fessed to killing Galvin.

Volks­front is a vir­u­lently racist and anti-Semitic group founded in Port­land, Ore­gon, in 1994, whose pri­mary agenda was to estab­lish a whites-only region in the Pacific North­west. Although the group claims to be non-violent, a num­ber of their mem­bers have been con­victed of vio­lent crimes. While it is now essen­tially defunct, the orga­ni­za­tion saw a period of growth between 1999 and 2012. Their Cal­i­for­nia pres­ence has been inter­mit­tent, based on the com­ings and goings of key lead­ers, but many Volks­front adher­ents still iden­tify with the orga­ni­za­tion and social­ize infor­mally. A num­ber of mem­bers also cross-identify with the white suprema­cist group Blood and Hon­our.

In addi­tion to the second-degree mur­der con­vic­tion, Mount, who has a prior crim­i­nal his­tory, was also found guilty of assault with a firearm, dis­charge of a firearm from a vehi­cle, felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm, and a num­ber of “spe­cial” alle­ga­tions. Pros­e­cu­tors expect Mount’s sen­tence, to be handed down on Sep­tem­ber 6, to range from 25 years to life.

 

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