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December 4, 2014

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.

Gordon Duff

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.”


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

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

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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