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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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September 21, 2015 0

New AQAP Inspire Magazine Encourages Lone Wolf Attacks

Issue 14 of AQAP's Inspire Magazine

Issue 14 of AQAP’s Inspire Magazine

The 14th issue of InspireAl Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula (AQAP)’s Eng­lish lan­guage mag­a­zine, released on Sep­tem­ber 9 to coin­cide with the anniver­sary of the 9/11 attacks, incites Amer­i­cans and oth­ers liv­ing in the West to per­pe­trate lone-wolf attacks.“We at Inspire, and in the cause of the events of 9/11 encour­age the Mus­lims in the West to join the Lone Jihad car­a­van,” reads the Editor’s Let­ter at the start of the mag­a­zine, “the car­a­van that has and always will con­tinue to trou­ble and bring night­mares to the west (sic).”

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

One arti­cle in the new issue states that the 9/11 attack “in con­text [was] a gen­eral defense on our Ummah [Mus­lim com­mu­nity], that has been assaulted by the Jews and sup­ported by Amer­ica.” Sim­i­larly, another arti­cle stated that ter­ror­ism “give[s] joy and hap­pi­ness to…all those hurt by Amer­ica, bearer of evil, oppres­sion and the pro­tec­tor of the Jews.”

A third arti­cle, titled “The Cor­ner,” focused on anti-Israel sen­ti­ments as a means to rile anger against the U.S. The arti­cle began by stat­ing that, “Track­ing AIPAC annual events, one gets a sense of a spir­i­tual bond between Amer­ica and Israel.” It went on to claim that “In all AIPAC meet­ings, America’s tone towards Israel has been of blind sup­port. Reas­sur­ing the Jews that what­ever it takes or what­ever crime they com­mit, Amer­ica will always back them.”

Rehash­ing claims made in an August AQAP video that called for attacks on the U.S., one arti­cle says that “There is no stronger evi­dence than the issue of the Holo­caust in which there is no room for free­dom of expres­sion or ideas,” imply­ing that if West­ern free speech allows for crit­i­cism of Islam, the West must also encour­age dele­git­imiza­tion of the Holo­caust to avoid hypocrisy.

This issue of Inspire also attempted to har­ness pop­u­lar anger about injus­tices against African Amer­i­cans in the U.S., equat­ing “Amer­i­can oppres­sion towards the Blacks today” to “oppression…exercised against the Mus­lims today.” The arti­cle calls on African Amer­i­cans to “review your actions and to take a stand against these crimes” by con­demn­ing the actions of the U.S. and the State of Israel and then sug­gests that they, too, com­mit acts of ter­ror­ism as described in the mag­a­zine: “we at Inspire bring to you mil­i­tary con­sul­ta­tion, one may refer back to the pre­vi­ous issues to find appro­pri­ate mil­i­tary ideas.”

Dur­ing the protests in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri, ter­ror sup­port­ers (and par­tic­u­larly sup­port­ers of ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) reg­u­larly shared state­ments online attempt­ing to cap­i­tal­ize on the unrest and pro­mote their ver­sion of Islam as bet­ter than and more equal­ity than Amer­i­can democ­racy. There is no rea­son to believe that mem­bers of the African Amer­i­can com­mu­nity or oth­ers sym­pa­thetic to the injus­tices in the U.S. crim­i­nal sys­tem took those mes­sages seri­ously, as there is no rea­son to believe they will take these mes­sages from AQAP seriously.

Other arti­cles and graph­ics in the mag­a­zine praise the 9/11 attacks, the Boston Marathon bomb­ing and the Char­lie Hebdo attack.

Inspire has been par­tic­u­larly noto­ri­ous for its pro­vi­sion of bomb-making instruc­tions. The 14th   issue pro­vides direc­tions for build­ing home­made pipe-bombs to be used in assas­si­na­tion attempts. Specif­i­cally, the mag­a­zine advises tar­get­ing eco­nom­i­cally influ­en­tial Amer­i­cans includ­ing Ben Shalom Bar­nanek (sic), Robert James Shiller, Bill Gates, War­ren Buf­fet, Larry Joseph, Char­lie and David Koch, Sam Wal­ton, Shel­don Adel­son, and Michael Bloomberg. As if issu­ing a ran­som note, the arti­cle sug­gests that “whoso­ever wants to secure him­self and wealth” should remove their money from U.S. banks, invest their wealth out­side U.S. soil and “declare via media that they are far from Amer­i­can poli­cies towards Mus­lim (sic) and America’s sup­port for Israel.

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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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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