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November 23, 2015 2

“With Open Gates”: Racist Anti-Refugee Video Goes Viral

“With Open Gates: The Forced Col­lec­tive Sui­cide of Euro­pean Nations,” a vir­u­lently anti-refugee pro­pa­ganda video widely cir­cu­lated on the Inter­net has received over four mil­lion views on YouTube over the last two weeks. The video uses selec­tive footage of African and Mus­lim refugees and immi­grants to depict them as cre­at­ing may­hem and destruc­tion through­out Europe.

The video ends with a clip of the founder of a Jew­ish cul­tural insti­tute in Swe­den, who claims that Jews sup­port efforts to pro­mote mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in Europe. This seg­ment of the video gives fuel to anti-Semites who blame Jews for non-white immi­gra­tion to Europe. The state­ment that accom­pa­nied the post­ing of the video on YouTube blames “Zion­ist inter­est” for destroy­ing Europe “from the inside.”

Still shot from "With Open Gates"

Still shot from “With Open Gates”

The clear aim of “With Open Gates” is to increase anti-immigrant and anti-refugee hys­te­ria in Europe by paint­ing refugees as invaders who are destroy­ing Euro­pean cul­ture and soci­ety and push­ing the con­ti­nent to become a non-white majority.

The racist video orig­i­nated on 8chan, a con­tro­ver­sial Inter­net dis­cus­sion forum whose “Polit­i­cally Incor­rect” sub­fo­rum is noto­ri­ous for racist and anti-Semitic lan­guage. A user with the screen name of Gex appears to have cre­ated the video, with some assis­tance from other users. The same per­son cre­ated an ear­lier video called “End Times Europe,” which uses some of the same footage.

In its first days of release, it was mostly white suprema­cists in Europe and North Amer­ica who were extolling the video. Racists on 8chan and else­where worked to pro­mote the video and gain more view­ers for it. Andrew Anglin, who runs the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer site, asked his read­ers to make the video go viral. Jared Tay­lor, who runs the white suprema­cist web­site Amer­i­can Renais­sance, also sup­ported the video, as did two pop­u­lar white suprema­cist forums, Van­guard News Net­work and Storm­front. InfoWars, an anti-government conspiracy-oriented site, also high­lighted the video.

The Right Stuff, a web site that posts arti­cles and Inter­net radio inter­views by white suprema­cists, claimed that hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple had viewed the video in the first 3 days after it was posted. They wrote, “If half of the peo­ple who watched this video col­lec­tively were as trig­gered as we were.….Thats [sic] like the largest stand­ing army in europe.”

The video picked up steam in main­stream con­ser­v­a­tive cir­cles after Bre­it­bart in Lon­don fea­tured it in a Novem­ber 11 col­umn. Bre­it­bart reported that the video was being rapidly shared on social media includ­ing YouTube and Face­book and online mes­sage boards. The video had over a mil­lion views by the time YouTube took it down for copy­right vio­la­tions. How­ever, mir­ror ver­sions of the video soon appeared on social media sites in the U.S. and Europe. YouTube even­tu­ally allowed the video to be viewed again once the copy­righted music had been removed.

In the wake of the Paris ter­ror­ist attacks, the video received even more atten­tion, par­tic­u­larly in more main­stream cir­cles. For­mer Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michele Bach­man encour­aged peo­ple to view it, urg­ing, “After 100 killed by Mus­lims, watch this video on migrants.” In addi­tion, Wash­ing­ton Times con­trib­u­tor and radio show host Steve Deace devoted an entire col­umn to the video. He writes dis­parag­ingly of the refugees going to Europe and says that the video shows what could be at stake in Amer­ica, “if we con­tinue to let our own cul­tural her­itage bleed out.”

“With Open Gates” demon­strates graph­i­cally how the ideas of extrem­ists and white suprema­cists can res­onate with a wide audi­ence. It also illus­trates just how recep­tive so many peo­ple in North Amer­ica and Europe are to anti-immigrant and anti-refugee fear and loathing.



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October 9, 2015 2

Nationwide Anti-Muslim Rallies Expected This Weekend 

The main Facebook page for the anti-Muslim rally.

The main Face­book page for the rally

Anti-Muslim big­ots have announced plans for ral­lies pri­mar­ily tar­get­ing mosques across the coun­try this week­end, rais­ing con­cerns over how big­ots can gen­er­ate atten­tion  for their cause and harm the com­mu­ni­ties they target.

Unlike more well-known anti-Muslim groups and lead­ers like the Amer­i­can Free­dom Defense Ini­tia­tive and Pamela Geller, who have planned events around the coun­try for years, this weekend’s planned ral­lies are dri­ven by a col­lec­tion of less well-known, loosely affil­i­ated individuals.

Billed as a “Global Rally For Human­ity,” the events’ pri­mary Face­book page encour­ages sup­port­ers to set up their own Face­book event pages to enable other sup­port­ers to orga­nize ral­lies where they live. The page notes, “Remem­ber to do your home­work and find a local mosque in your area so you can pub­lish the loca­tion. Good Luck and wel­come to the Global Rally For Humanity!”

The weekend’s planned ral­lies are mod­eled after a sim­i­lar rally in May orga­nized in Phoenix by Jon Ritzheimer, who encour­aged atten­dees to bring their weapons to a protest out­side of the Islamic Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Phoenix.

Some of the ral­lies this week­end are sim­i­larly billed as “open-carry events,” which fur­ther raises con­cerns over the types of intim­i­da­tion tac­tics that might be used and the poten­tial for violence.

Ritzheimer, who has said he is orga­niz­ing one of the ral­lies this week­end, has taken to social media to deliver angry and often inco­her­ent mes­sages with under­ly­ing cur­rents of mil­i­tancy and big­otry. In a July 25 Face­book post, for exam­ple, Ritzheimer wrote: “To all my broth­ers. Be ready for vengeance and be ready to drink beer from the skulls of our enemy. I am the Infi­del Allah warned you about!”

Rizheimer was pre­vi­ously affil­i­ated with the Oath Keep­ers, an anti-government right-wing move­ment which later dis­tanced itself from his mes­sages and report­edly removed him from the group after he called for the arrest of Sen­a­tor Deb­bie Stabenow of Michigan.

Some of the ral­lies this week­end claim to be in response to the planned Nation of Islam (NOI) Jus­tice or Else Mil­lion Man March in DC, as well as a wide range of other seem­ingly unre­lated issues, includ­ing Syr­ian refugee reset­tle­ment and the Iran deal.

ADL has expressed con­cern and shared infor­ma­tion about the ral­lies with Law Enforcement.

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May 4, 2015 2

Garland Shooting Overshadows Anti-Muslim Event Featuring Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders

Police shot and killed two sus­pects who opened fire at a Gar­land, Texas, cen­ter host­ing a “Muham­mad Art Exhibit and Car­toon Con­test.” The Amer­i­can Free­dom Defense Ini­tia­tive (AFDI), an anti-Muslim orga­ni­za­tion headed by Pamela Geller, orga­nized the event, which fea­tured anti-Muslim Dutch Par­lia­men­tar­ian Geert Wilders as the main speaker.  Geller also heads Stop Islamiza­tion of Amer­ica, which oper­ates under the aus­pices of AFDI and seeks to rouse pub­lic fears about a vast Islamic con­spir­acy to destroy Amer­i­can values.

The shoot­ing over­shad­owed the Muham­mad car­toon con­test which AFDI billed as an event “in defense of free speech.”  AFDI asked peo­ple to sub­mit car­toons of Muham­mad and promised $10,000 to the win­ner of the con­test.  The con­test was also AFDI’s response to the ter­ror attack in Paris in which 12 peo­ple who worked for the satir­i­cal mag­a­zine Char­lie Hebdo were killed by Mus­lim ter­ror­ists angry over the depic­tion of Muham­mad in the pub­li­ca­tion.  It is also evi­dent that the con­test would incite the Mus­lim com­mu­nity and oth­ers opposed to anti-Muslim big­otry. AFDI chose to hold it at the same venue where the Mus­lim com­mu­nity recently held a “Stand With the Prophet Against Ter­ror & Hate” event.

In his speech at the car­toon con­test, Wilders asserted that “We will never allow Islam to rob us of our free­dom of speech.” He said that the con­test was held “in defi­ance of Islam” and that “depict­ing Muham­mad is an act of lib­er­a­tion.”  Wilders declared, “Let us de-Islamize our soci­eties! No more Islam, no more mosques, no more Islamic schools. It is time for our own cul­ture and heritage.”

It is no sur­prise that Gellers invited Wilders to be the keynote speaker at the car­toon con­test. Both have pro­moted an anti-Muslim agenda for years and have worked together pre­vi­ously. Like Geller, Wilders has made it his mis­sion to “warn peo­ple of the Islamiza­tion of our West­ern societies.”

The car­toon con­test was one of four events at which Wilders spoke over the past week in the United States. On April 29, two mem­bers of Con­gress, Steven King (R-IA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX), invited Wilders to speak at two sep­a­rate events in DC. At one of the events, a meet­ing of the Con­ser­v­a­tive Oppor­tu­nity Soci­ety, founded by for­mer House Speaker Newt Gin­grich, Wilders com­pared Islam to Nazism and declared that the West should end all immi­gra­tion from Islamic coun­tries. The next day, Wilders spoke at a press con­fer­ence in front of the Capi­tol in Wash­ing­ton, along with Rep­re­sen­ta­tives King and Gohmert. Wilders once again spoke out against Islamic immi­gra­tion and argued that Islam has tried to sub­ju­gate the coun­tries where there is a Mus­lim majority.

Wilders brought up sim­i­lar themes in his speech at the car­toon con­test, which he deliv­ered before the shoot­ing. No mat­ter how offen­sive an event or pro­gram may be, there is no place in our com­mu­nity or our coun­try for the vio­lence that took place out­side the event. 

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