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July 21, 2016 0

Arizona Arrest Reminder of Link between Terror and Anti-Semitism

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Mahin Khan

Court pro­ceed­ings have indi­cated that Ari­zona res­i­dent Mahin Khan, arrested on July 1 for allegedly plot­ting to bomb a DMV on behalf of ISIS and the Pak­istani Tal­iban, had con­sid­ered direct­ing his attack against a local Jew­ish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter (JCC) before choos­ing the DMV as his final tar­get. His plan­ning, as well as anti-Semitic state­ments he made, serve as a crit­i­cal reminder of the nexus between anti-Semitism and Islamic extremism.

Khan had allegedly indi­cated his inter­est in attack­ing the JCC in an Octo­ber 2015 con­ver­sa­tion with an under­cover FBI employee that was relayed in court on July 20, 2016. The crim­i­nal com­plaint filed against Khan also quoted him as request­ing ammu­ni­tion to tar­get Jews, say­ing, “Need AK and pis­tols can u do that wanna take out marines and jews (sic).”

News reports sug­gest addi­tional evi­dence of Khan’s anti-Semitism as well. A for­mer class­mate of his report­edly claimed that, “At one point he went as far as to say ‘what Hitler did was good.’ And he told me that he did not like the Jew­ish people.”

  • Khan is the 22nd U.S. res­i­dents moti­vated by Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy to plot or con­sider an attack against Jew­ish or Israeli tar­gets since 2002.
  • He is the 5th U.S. res­i­dent arrested in Ari­zona related to activ­ity moti­vated by Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy since 2002. Three addi­tional Ari­zona res­i­dents have also been linked, but were killed or arrested out­side the state.
  • Khan is the sec­ond U.S. res­i­dent to con­sider attack­ing a domes­tic Jew­ish tar­get in 2016. The other was James Gon­zalo Med­ina, a Florida res­i­dent arrested on April 29, 2016 accused of plot­ting to blow up a Florida syn­a­gogue dur­ing the Passover hol­i­day on behalf of ISIS.

ADL has writ­ten a report about the con­nec­tions between anti-Semitism and Islamic extrem­ist ide­ol­ogy, which also includes a list of U.S. res­i­dents linked to ter­ror­ism since 2012 who expressed anti-Semitic moti­va­tion and a list of plots against Jews and Jew­ish insti­tu­tions worldwide.

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March 18, 2015 9

Arizona Shooting Spree Suspect May Have White Supremacist Connections

After a man­hunt that lasted sev­eral hours and involved mul­ti­ple police depart­ments, author­i­ties in Mesa announced the appre­hen­sion of a sus­pect believed respon­si­ble for mul­ti­ple shoot­ings in Mesa on March 18 that killed one and injured at least five more.   The sus­pect in the shoot­ings has been iden­ti­fied by media reports as Ryan Elliott Giroux.

Ryan Elliott Giroux

Ryan Elliott Giroux

Giroux has a past crim­i­nal his­tory, includ­ing a stint in state prison.  A Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions mug shot from his time in prison reveals that Giroux likely is or was a white suprema­cist, based on his facial tat­toos.  Giroux had the words “skin” and “head” tat­tooed on his eye­brows, while next to his left eye is a promi­nent “88” tat­too.  The numer­i­cal sym­bol “88,” which stands for “Heil Hitler” (because H is the 8th let­ter of the alpha­bet), is one of the most popular white suprema­cist tat­toos in the United States.

Giroux also has a Celtic knot­work tat­too on his chin.  Such tat­toos are pop­u­lar with white suprema­cists, though also used by others.

The shoot­ings began at a motel in Mesa around 8:45am, where two peo­ple were shot, one fatally.  The shooter went to a nearby restau­rant, where he allegedly shot a woman and stole a car.  Other shoot­ings occurred as the sus­pect tried to evade appre­hen­sion.   Mesa police offi­cers even­tu­ally tracked down and appre­hended Giroux.

The motive for the shoot­ings is not yet known.

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February 3, 2015 3

House Judiciary Committee Extends Invitation To Sheriff Paul Babeu

The House Judi­ciary Com­mit­tee, which held a meet­ing on Feb­ru­ary 3 on the enforce­ment of immi­gra­tion laws in the U.S., invited Sher­iff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Ari­zona to tes­tify. Babeu is known for his anti-immigrant views and claimed that many of the undoc­u­mented immi­grants cross­ing the bor­der have crim­i­nal back­grounds. Babeu is a con­tro­ver­sial figure.

Sheriff Paul Babeu

Sher­iff Paul Babeu

In the sum­mer of 2014, when there was a surge of chil­dren flee­ing to the United States across the Mex­i­can bor­der, Babeu report­edly leaked details of where some of those chil­dren would be bused in Ora­cle, Ari­zona, to receive social ser­vices. This led to chaos when about 80 anti-immigrant activists con­fronted school buses filled with chil­dren in the town and tried to halt the buses. Some held signs that said, “Return to Sender.” It turned out, how­ever, that the school buses were filled with local chil­dren head­ing to YMCA camp. Local media chas­tised Babeu for stir­ring up trou­ble in the town. In response, he said that he was just inform­ing the public.

Babeu has courted con­tro­versy on other occa­sions too. In 2012, when five bod­ies were found in a burned-out SUV in Pinal County, he declared that the deaths appeared to be related to a drug car­tel. Later on, author­i­ties learned that the inci­dent was actu­ally a murder-suicide of a fam­ily from Phoenix and unre­lated to drugs.

In addi­tion, Babeu has appeared on extrem­ist shows. In July 2010, he was a guest on “The Polit­i­cal Cesspool,” a white suprema­cist show, where Babeu talked about immi­gra­tion and bemoaned what he referred to as the inva­sion of Ari­zona. After Babeu’s appear­ance on the show became pub­lic, he claimed he did not know about the show’s politics.

Accord­ing to media reports, he also appeared on Alex Jones’ radio show. Jones is one of the most promi­nent con­spir­acy the­o­rist in the United States, and has been respon­si­ble for spread­ing and pop­u­lar­iz­ing a wide vari­ety of con­spir­a­cies, the major­ity espous­ing some form of anti-government view­point. Babeu report­edly spoke about an inci­dent in which his deputy was allegedly shot by mem­bers of a Mex­i­can drug car­tel. Although Babeu exploited the deputy’s story to jus­tify Arizona’s harsh anti-immigrant bill, SB 1070, the deputy was later fired for allegedly mak­ing false state­ments about the incident.

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