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August 25, 2016

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

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

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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