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May 3, 2016 3

Medina Arrest Highlights Threats of Anti-Semitism in Islamic Extremism

James Medina

James Med­ina

James Gon­zalo Med­ina, a 40-year-old res­i­dent of Hol­ly­wood, Florida, was arrested on May 2, 2016, for allegedly plot­ting to use an explo­sive device in a Florida syn­a­gogue on Passover. Court doc­u­ments indi­cate that he wanted to leave a notice with the bomb attribut­ing the attack to ISIS.

Vio­lent expres­sions of anti-Semitism, includ­ing encour­age­ment of attacks against Jews and Jew­ish or Israeli insti­tu­tions, have been at the core of pro­pa­ganda dis­trib­uted by Al Qaeda, ISIS, and other Islamic extrem­ist ter­ror­ist groups for decades. Last year, the ADL released a report, “Anti-Semitism: A Pil­lar of Islamic Extrem­ist Ide­ol­ogy,” which describes the way in which ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions rely on depic­tions of a Jew­ish enemy to recruit fol­low­ers, moti­vate adher­ents and draw atten­tion to their cause.

Medina’s plot was never oper­a­tional because he had been work­ing closely with an under­cover infor­mant. ADL joined with the South Florida Mus­lim com­mu­nity in issu­ing a press state­ment con­demn­ing the plot, which is avail­able on the ADL web­site.

How­ever, Med­ina is not the first U.S. res­i­dent appar­ently moti­vated by Islamic extrem­ist ide­olo­gies to plot attacks against a syn­a­gogue. Oth­ers included New York res­i­dents Ahmed Fer­hani and Moham­mad Mam­douh, arrested in May 2011 for plot­ting to attack a syn­a­gogue in New York City and four New York res­i­dents who plot­ted to attack syn­a­gogues in the Bronx and to shoot down air­planes at a mil­i­tary base in New­burgh, New York in 2009.

More recently, there have been a num­ber of U.S. res­i­dents inspired by Islamic extrem­ist orga­ni­za­tions who con­sid­ered attack­ing Jew­ish or Israeli insti­tu­tions or oth­er­wise indi­cated that anti-Semitism was an impor­tant ele­ment of their ide­ol­ogy. They included:

  • Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, arrested in 2016 for allegedly attempt­ing to bomb a masonic tem­ple in Wis­con­sin, had ini­tially expressed inter­est in trav­el­ing to Israel to kill sol­diers and civil­ians in the West Bank, accord­ing to court doc­u­ments. He allegedly changed his plan for logis­ti­cal reasons.
  • Tairod Pugh, arrested for allegedly attempt­ing to join ISIS in 2015, wrote a Face­book post that stated, “All the evil done by the Jews came from within them­selves. On the day of Judg­ment full respon­si­bil­ity of the starv­ing, tor­ture, jail­ing and killing of inno­cent Mus­lims will rest upon there (sic) shoul­ders. Allah must really hate them to give the rope to hang them­selves,” and posted an image with text stat­ing, “Most Jews do not like to admit it, but our Gd is Lucifer.” He also shared an image on Face­book that ref­er­enced blood libel accu­sa­tions, depict­ing Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu slit­ting the throats of sleep­ing children.
  • Nader Elhuza­yel, arrested in 2015 for allegedly attempt­ing to join ISIS, report­edly expressed excite­ment at the pos­si­bil­ity of ISIS attack­ing Israel. Court doc­u­ments claim that he wrote, “Look­ing for­ward to see some yahoodi (Jew­ish) heads rolling, or dead bod­ies car­ry­ing their own yahoodi heads, and jihadi john (iden­ti­fied as the beheader in sev­eral Screen­shot from Al Shabaab video call­ing for attacks on “Jewish-owned West­field shop­ping cen­ters” 9 ISIS videos) doing this stance on them…” as part of an Inter­net exchange in Decem­ber 2014.
  • Nadir Soofi, one of men who allegedly fired shots at a Gar­land, Texas com­mu­nity cen­ter in 2015, advanced con­spir­acy the­o­ries sug­gest­ing Jew­ish involve­ment in the Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 attacks in online forums.
  • Christo­pher Lee Cor­nell, arrested in 2015 for allegedly plot­ting to bomb the U.S. capi­tol and shoot gov­ern­ment offi­cials, report­edly expressed a desire to attack the Israeli Embassy in an inter­view con­ducted in prison fol­low­ing his arrest.
  • Shan­non Mau­reen Con­ley, arrested in 2014 for allegedly attempt­ing to join ISIS, threat­ened a church in her home town repot­edly in part because of the church’s sup­port for Israel.
  • Basit Javed Sheikh, arrested for attempt­ing to join Jab­hat al Nusra (al Qaeda in Syria) in 2014, advanced a con­spir­acy the­ory on online forums that there was a Jew­ish con­spir­acy to pro­mote mod­er­ate Islam, which he viewed as inau­then­tic, over fun­da­men­tal­ist or extrem­ist views of Islam

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December 18, 2015 0

ADL Reports at Least 75 Anti-Muslim Incidents In US Since Paris Attacks

Fol­low­ing the shoot­ing in San Bernardino that left 14 peo­ple dead and 22 injured, there has been a con­tin­ued esca­la­tion in hos­til­ity and attacks through­out the U.S. against the Mus­lim com­mu­nity and those per­ceived as Muslim.

Islamic Center of Alameda's boarded up window, after it was shattered by a brick

Islamic Cen­ter of Alameda’s boarded up win­dow, after it was shat­tered by a brick (CBS)

Since the San Bernardino shoot­ing on Decem­ber 2, at least 27 anti-Muslim inci­dents have been reported in the U.S., rais­ing the total num­ber of inci­dents since the Novem­ber 13 Paris attacks to at least 75.Between the Paris attacks and the San Bernardino shoot­ing, ADL tracked approx­i­mately 48 anti-Muslim inci­dents. These num­bers are based on reports ADL has col­lected from media and other sources.

Inci­dents such as assaults, van­dal­ism, and threats tar­get­ing Mus­lim indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions in the U.S. tend to notice­ably spike in the after­math of ter­ror­ist attacks linked to Islamic extrem­ists in the U.S or abroad.

Below are selected exam­ples of alleged anti-Muslim inci­dents in the weeks fol­low­ing the San Bernardino attacks, both crim­i­nal and non-criminal:

Assaults

  • Grand Rapids, Michi­gan: Aman hold­ing up a con­ve­nience store report­edly called the Sikh man­ager a “ter­ror­ist” and sug­gested he was a mem­ber of ISIS before shoot­ing him in the face. (Decem­ber 12)
  • Queens, New York: A man beat a Mus­lim store owner in the Asto­ria neigh­bor­hood of Queens. The attacker report­edly stated, “I kill Mus­lims.” (Decem­ber 5)

Van­dal­ism

  • Hawthorne, Cal­i­for­nia: “Jesus” graf­fiti and a fake hand grenade were left at two mosques. (Decem­ber 12)
  • Alameda, Cal­i­for­nia: A brick was thrown through a mosque’s win­dow, shat­ter­ing the win­dow. (Decem­ber 10)
  • Palm Beach, Florida: The Islamic Cen­ter of Palm Beach was van­dal­ized, its win­dows smashed and fur­ni­ture over­turned. (Decem­ber 3)

Threats and Intimidation

  • Cull­man, Alabama: KKK fliers try to recruit Alaba­mans to stop “the spread of Islam.” (Decem­ber 10)
  • Philadel­phia, Penn­syl­va­nia: A sev­ered pig’s head was thrown at a mosque’s door. (Decem­ber 7)
  • Van­dalia, Ohio: A 7th grader threat­ened to shoot and kill a 6th grade Mus­lim school­mate, report­edly call­ing him a “ter­ror­ist,” a “towel head,” and a “son of ISIS.” (Decem­ber 7)
  • St. Louis, Mis­souri: A threat­en­ing voice­mail was left at the Islamic Cen­ter of St. Louis. The mes­sage report­edly stated “I was a Marine, I killed a lot of Mus­lims, watched a lot of you die and burn…You want to kill? Come my way. I will cut your f-cking head off.” (Decem­ber 5)
  • Fred­er­icks­burg, Vir­ginia: In advance of a pub­lic hear­ing about a new mosque, anti-Muslim fliers were posted around town that read “No Jihad in Fred­er­icks­burg.” (Decem­ber 5)

 

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August 31, 2015 16

Farrakhan Promotes Million Man March with Anti-Semitism & Bigotry

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan once again expressed anti-Semitism and big­otry at an event to pro­mote the Octo­ber 10 “Justice…Or Else!” Mil­lion Man March (MMM) in Wash­ing­ton, DC.farrakhan-detroit-justice-or-else-million-man-march-2015

At the August 25 Detroit stop of his multi-city “Justice…Or Else!” tour, Far­rakhan told his audi­ence that “[Israeli Prime Min­is­ter] Netanyahu can make a call from Israel and sen­a­tors dance…Here’s a man, leave Israel and come to the U.S. Con­gress, and talk like he’s at home because he knows his peo­ple run the gov­ern­ment. You didn’t hear me! Well, if his peo­ple run the gov­ern­ment, they own the media, they own Hollywood.”

Dur­ing the event, which took place at Detroit’s Fel­low­ship Chapel, Far­rakhan was intro­duced by Rev. Wen­dell Anthony, who serves as the pas­tor of the church as well as the Pres­i­dent of the NAACP’s Detroit branch. Rev. Anthony praised the event as “mak­ing history.”

Addi­tion­ally, dur­ing Farrakhan’s visit to Detroit, he was pre­sented with a “state of Michi­gan seal com­mem­o­rat­ing the 20th Anniver­sary of the Mil­lion Man March” as well as a “procla­ma­tion” from the State of Michi­gan by Michi­gan State Sen­a­tor Bert John­son and Michi­gan State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sherry Gay-Dagnogo.

Far­rakhan also incor­po­rated homo­pho­bic sen­ti­ment into his anti-Jewish con­spir­acy the­o­ries, mak­ing the fol­low­ing claims: “Biden said that Hol­ly­wood mem­bers of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity sin­gle hand­edly made same sex mar­riage legal. Now to the Jew­ish com­mu­nity, if you’re here, how you going to tell me you have a covenant rela­tion­ship with God? No, lis­ten! I’m going to chal­lenge you on this!” He con­tin­ued, “You’re God’s cho­sen peo­ple?! And you pro­mote some­thing that God rejects? You’ve lost your covenant sta­tus! You are not the cho­sen of God, you are the cho­sen of Satan!…You’re pro­mot­ing homo­sex­u­al­ity. God doesn’t. You pro­mote fifth. God con­demns it!”

Far­rakhan stated that a man who “would want to have sex with another man and say that I’m in love, see, this is a sick soci­ety!” Far­rakhan also claimed Jews are respon­si­ble for the pornog­ra­phy indus­try, “Most of the 3X 4X 6X movies…most of it is run by mem­bers of the Jew­ish community.”

Far­rakhan chas­tised the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity as well, describ­ing Cait­lyn Jenner’s tran­si­tion as “sci­ence that is so wicked” claim­ing that trans­gen­der peo­ple are the work of Satan. He stated, “Satan wants to turn you so that God will reject you.”

Addi­tion­ally, in a crit­i­cism of U.S. mil­i­tary actions in the Mid­dle East, Far­rakhan min­i­mized the role of for­mer Al-Qaeda ide­o­logue Anwar al-Awlaki in encour­ag­ing attacks against Amer­ica and the West ask­ing, “What did al-Awlaki do!? Al-Awlaki dis­agreed with America’s poli­cies. If you had any sense you would dis­agree with them too…It’s very sad.” Al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2011.

This was not the first event in Farrakhan’s multi-city “Justice…Or Else!” tour to pro­mote hatred against Jews and others.

  • In his August 13 remarks at a church in Mil­wau­kee, Far­rakhan told the con­gre­ga­tion, “I’m talk­ing about the wicked ones in the Jew­ish com­mu­nity that run Amer­ica, run the gov­ern­ment, run the world, own the banks, own the means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. They are my ene­mies! But as sure as I’m alive, my ene­mies will be made my foot­stool and so will yours.”
  • Also in Mil­wau­kee, Far­rakhan said, “Would the Jew had lis­tened to Jesus…but you rebelled against him and killed him.”
  • Far­rakhan claimed in Mil­wau­kee that the media have mis­rep­re­sented him as vio­lent because “white peo­ple deserve to die, and they know, so they think it’s us com­ing to do it.”
  • In his July 30 remarks in Miami, Far­rakhan asserted, “A Jew is not a Jew by the cir­cum­ci­sion of the male organ but cir­cum­ci­sion of the heart.”
  • Also in Miami, Farrakhan’s remarks also took a par­tic­u­larly mil­i­tant tone. He stated, “If the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will not inter­cede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us! Stalk them! And kill them! And let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling!”

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