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December 4, 2014 1

Syrian Counterterrorism Conference Attracts U.S. Anti-Semites

The Syr­ian government’s Coun­tert­er­ror­ism and Reli­gious Extrem­ism Con­fer­ence is the lat­est con­fer­ence orga­nized by a for­eign gov­ern­ment that has attracted Amer­i­can anti-Semites.

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Gor­don Duff

The con­fer­ence in Syria, held on Novem­ber 30 and Decem­ber 1, brought together rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 25 coun­tries with Syr­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials who report­edly harshly crit­i­cized the U.S. led anti-ISIS coali­tion and sug­gested an “Inter­na­tional Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Forum” be estab­lished in Dam­as­cus instead to deal with this issue. Syria’s Jus­tice Min­is­ter Najm al-Ahmad report­edly stated at the con­fer­ence that the U.S. is “inter­fer­ing in other states’ affairs and breach­ing their sov­er­eignty under the pre­texts of human­i­tar­i­an­ism and counterterrorism.”

Atten­dees from Europe at the con­fer­ence included far-right politi­cians such as Nicholas John Grif­fin, a for­mer chair­man and later pres­i­dent of the far-right British National Party and Philip Dewin­ter and Frank Creyel­man, mem­bers of Vlaams Belang, a far-right Flem­ish nation­al­ist party.

Four of the eight Amer­i­cans who par­tic­i­pated in the con­fer­ence were from Vet­er­ans Today, a web­site that presents anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as news.

Jim Dean, a man­ag­ing edi­tor for Vet­er­ans Today who has made claims of Israeli con­trol of Amer­ica, attended the con­fer­ence and told an Arabic-language news­pa­per that Vet­er­ans Today has “uncon­firmed reports that a secret U.S. orga­ni­za­tion sup­ported by the CIA and the Israeli Mossad car­ried out assas­si­na­tions of Iran­ian nuclear sci­en­tists” and that “the same orga­ni­za­tion has links to the Islamic State (ISIS) and it super­vises, through a spe­cial­ized depart­ment, the tele­vi­sion film­ing of behead­ings.” He claimed that this secret American-Israeli-supported orga­ni­za­tion sup­pos­edly “over­saw the film­ing of the behead­ing of Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist James Foley in August.”

The del­e­ga­tion from Vet­er­ans Today also included Gor­don Duff, Colonel Jim Hanke, and Mike Har­ris, who has ties to mem­bers of the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM) and has claimed that Zion­ists are respon­si­ble for a num­ber of mass shoot­ings in Amer­ica. Among the Amer­i­cans was also Richard Hines, described by the Syr­ian media as a for­mer South Car­olina politi­cian who pre­vi­ously served in the Ronald Rea­gan administration.

Cov­er­age of the con­fer­ence by Press TV, Iran’s government-run English-language satel­lite news net­work which pro­vides a plat­form to well-known Amer­i­can anti-Semites and Holo­caust deniers, was con­sis­tent with the conference’s mes­sag­ing, dis­cussing the West’s sup­posed “unprece­dented sup­port for ter­ror­ism in Syria” which aims “to cre­ate sec­tar­ian ten­sions and destroy Syria.”

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Syr­ian Prime Min­is­ter Wael Nader al-Halqi

Press TV also claimed that even “U.S. experts slammed Wash­ing­ton for inter­fer­ence in Syria’s inter­nal affairs,” and then pre­sented Gor­don Duff, senior edi­tor at Vet­er­ans Today, as an expert. Duff told Press TV that “think­ing that ISIS…the intel­li­gence sup­port they’re get­ting, that it doesn’t involve mul­ti­ple intel­li­gence agen­cies, that it doesn’t involve a num­ber of gov­ern­ments, is unre­al­is­tic. We have to accept that we’re deal­ing with some­thing that involves a broad conspiracy.”

Oth­ers at the con­fer­ence were not as spe­cific about who to blame for ter­ror­ism in Syria, but dis­cussed it as part of a gen­eral con­spir­acy. Syr­ian Prime Min­is­ter Wael Nader al-Halqi dis­cussed the need “to defeat the con­spir­acy” and Syria’s Jus­tice Min­is­ter Najm al-Ahmad stated that the cur­rent events in Syria rep­re­sented “orga­nized ter­ror­ism backed by sev­eral countries.”

Addi­tion­ally, accord­ing to Syr­ian offi­cial media, Head of Hezbol­lah’s Arab Affairs Divi­sion, Sheik Has­san Ezzil Deen attended the conference.

Other recent con­fer­ences abroad that have hosted Amer­i­can anti-Semites, Holo­caust deniers, and con­spir­acy the­o­rists include the 2nd New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence in Iran in Sep­tem­ber 2014, a May 2014 pro-“resistance” con­fer­ence in Beirut that attracted mem­bers of Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist groups as well as at least three Amer­i­can activists, and the Iran Hol­ly­wood­ism Con­fer­ence in Feb­ru­ary 2013. Amer­i­cans who fre­quent these types of con­fer­ences are often given a plat­form for their fringe views.

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July 7, 2014 0

Israeli Leaders Speak Out Against the Revenge Killing of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir

Israeli lead­ers expressed shock and hor­ror that Israeli Jews are appar­ently respon­si­ble for the kid­nap­ping and bru­tal mur­der of Muham­mad Hus­sein Abu Khdeir, a six­teen year old boy from the Beit Shuafat neigh­bor­hood in East Jerusalem, whose burned body was found in the Jerusalem For­est on July 2.

Six Israelis were arrested, and are believed to have car­ried out the mur­der as an act of revenge for the killing of 3 Israeli teens, Naf­tali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, who were kid­napped on June 12, and mur­dered by Pales­tini­ans asso­ci­ated with Hamas.

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ADL con­demned Muhammad’s mur­der and the ”alarm­ing surge” of incite­ment within Israeli society.

Fol­low­ing a con­do­lence call to the fam­i­lies of the 3 Israelis teens, Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu con­demned the shock­ing killing of Muham­mad, and declared:

We do not dif­fer­en­ti­ate between the ter­ror­ists and we will respond to all of them, wher­ever they come from, with a firm hand. We will not allow extrem­ists from wher­ever they come to ignite the region and shed more blood.

The fol­low­ing day, July 7, in speak­ing to Muhammad’s father, Hus­sein Abu Khdeir,  the Prime Min­is­ter said:

I would like to express my out­rage and that of the cit­i­zen of Israel over the rep­re­hen­si­ble mur­der of your son.  We acted imme­di­ately to appre­hend the mur­der­ers.  We will bring them to trial and they will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.  We denounce all bru­tal behav­ior; the mur­der of your son is abhor­rent and can­not be coun­te­nanced by any human being.

Israeli Pres­i­dent Shi­mon Peres spoke emo­tion­ally to Mr. Abu Khdeir, saying:

I am ashamed on behalf of my nation and grieve with you. The only thing left for all of us to do is to ensure that no more chil­dren are mur­dered, and no more tears are shed by mothers.

Peres was joined by incom­ing pres­i­dent Ruby Rivlin in an op-ed in Yediot Ahronot , appeal­ing to Jew­ish and Arab Israelis to fight incite­ment and hate:

…there is no dif­fer­ence between blood and blood. The demo­c­ra­tic State of Israel sanc­ti­fies the moral right to life and the equal right each per­son has to be dif­fer­ent. The mur­der of a boy or a girl, Jew­ish or Arab, is an unac­cept­able act…It is our duty to stop the jour­ney of incite­ment. We must under­stand that we have no other way but to live together. The blood­shed will only stop when we all real­ize that we have not been sen­tenced to live together, but des­tined to live together. Any hes­i­ta­tion or com­pro­mise on this issue will lead to dete­ri­o­ra­tion which could be dis­as­trous not just to our life together, but to our actual life.

Join­ing the offi­cial pro­nounce­ments were those of a more per­sonal nature.  In The Times of Israel, Sherri Man­dell, the mother of thir­teen year old, Koby Man­dell who was mur­dered by Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ists in 2001, harshly con­demned the killers of Muham­mad, writ­ing in a blog enti­tled  “How Dare You”:

When I heard that the three yeshiva boys, Naf­tali, Eyal, and Gil-ad, were mur­dered I admit I felt both rage and anger. Those are legit­i­mate feel­ings when young boys in your com­mu­nity are kid­napped and mur­dered. But the Jew­ish way is always to choose life, not death. To seek jus­tice, not vengeance. Jus­tice is not burn­ing another inno­cent human being alive. Jus­tice is allow­ing the gov­ern­ment to find the mur­der­ers and pun­ish them. I am con­cerned about how the world views us in Israel. But I am more con­cerned about what we say and think about our­selves. What can we believe about our own soci­ety now that you have weak­ened our integrity? We are guilty of com­mit­ting an abom­inable depraved act.

Per­haps the most poignant con­dem­na­tions came from the fam­i­lies of the three Israeli teens.  Naf­tali Fraenkel’s uncle, Yishai, reached out to the Abu Khdeir fam­ily and said:  “there is no dif­fer­ence between those who mur­dered Muham­mad, and those who mur­dered our chil­dren. Those are mur­der­ers, and these are mur­der­ers. And both must be dealt with to the full extent of the law, and we told him that.”

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February 4, 2014 0

FBI Hosts ADL Extremism Training for North Texas/Oklahoma Regional Office

ADL’s North Texas/Oklahoma Regional Office pro­vided a day-long train­ing on domes­tic extrem­ism to 161 local, state and fed­eral law enforce­ment offi­cers rep­re­sent­ing 40 agen­cies on Jan­u­ary 29. The train­ing was co-sponsored and hosted by the FBI, Dal­las Divi­sion.dallas-fbi-adl-extremism-training

ADL’s Dr. Mark Pit­cav­age and Oren Segal, two of the Direc­tors of ADL’s Cen­ter on Extrem­ism, pre­sented train­ing on the activ­ity, tac­tics and ide­ol­ogy of var­i­ous domes­tic extrem­ists move­ments and groups. Dr. Pit­cav­age focused on anti-government move­ments, includ­ing sov­er­eign cit­i­zens, as well as white suprema­cists. Mr. Segal focused on the rad­i­cal­iza­tion process and crim­i­nal activ­ity asso­ci­ated with home­grown extrem­ists moti­vated by rad­i­cal inter­pre­ta­tions of Islam, as well as the role of the Inter­net in the rad­i­cal­iza­tion process.

“The FBI Dal­las Divi­sion is proud to part­ner with ADL on a num­ber of ini­tia­tives, includ­ing law enforce­ment train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties,” said Assis­tant Spe­cial Agent in Charge Don­ald Freese. “These con­fer­ences strengthen national secu­rity by train­ing law enforce­ment to iden­tify and pre­vent hate crimes and extrem­ism in our community.”

“ADL is grate­ful to the FBI for being strong com­mu­nity part­ners, help­ing to pro­vide such impor­tant train­ings for law enforce­ment through­out our Region,” said ADL North Texas/Oklahoma Com­mu­nity Direc­tor Roberta S. Clark. “In addi­tion to pro­vid­ing crit­i­cally impor­tant train­ing, these oppor­tu­ni­ties allow us to inform law enforce­ment pro­fes­sion­als about the many ways ADL can be of assis­tance to them in areas of hate crimes, hate groups, extrem­ists and terrorists.”

The FBI Cit­i­zens Acad­emy Alumni Asso­ci­a­tion gen­er­ously hosted a Con­ti­nen­tal break­fast for the par­tic­i­pants. The train­ing eval­u­a­tions were over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive and expressed great appre­ci­a­tion to ADL for pro­vid­ing such an impor­tant opportunity.

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