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November 4, 2015

UK Bans White Supremacist Matthew Heimbach From Entering Country

 

Matthew Heimbach

Matthew Heimbach

Matthew Heimbach, head of the white supremacist Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), has been banned by Great Britain from entering the country. Heimbach posted a letter from Great Britain’s Home Secretary on his Twitter page, which cited Heimbach’s advocacy of racial segregation and his anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi remarks as reasons for the ban.

The letter from the Home Secretary stated that Heimbach “should be excluded from the UK on grounds that [his] presence here would not be conducive to the public good.” Heimbach was reportedly planning to meet with a number of far-right activists at a private lunch in Southport, England this month.

Previously, Heimbach has reached out to other extremists in Europe in an effort to build ties abroad. In November 2014, Heimbach spoke at a neo-Nazi rally in the Czech Republic. That year, he also met with the wife of a leader of Greece’s Golden Dawn, a neo-Nazi political party. He has also expressed ardent support for nationalists in Russia and other for Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Heimbach has been an active white supremacist since 2012 when he founded the White Student Union at Towson University in Maryland. Since then, Heimbach has grown more virulently anti-Semitic and racist.  He founded TYN with Matthew Parrott in 2013 as a way to attract young people to the white supremacist movement. TYN models itself after the European Identitaire movement, which focuses on preserving white European culture and identity in Western countries.

TYN, a small group, is mostly active on college campuses, where the group often protests against Tim Wise, an independent scholar who gives speeches about combating racism at schools and universities. TYN has also started a political party, the Traditionalist Workers Party, to run white supremacist candidates for local offices.

While Heimbach is active with TYN, he also devotes a lot of time to networking with other white supremacist and hardcore racist groups in the U.S. He has been a speaker at a number of neo-Nazi and racist skinhead events.

In June 2015, Heimbach spoke at “Camp Comradery,” a weekend event in California filled with white power music bands and speeches by leaders in the white supremacist movement. He made a video of his speech at that event.  The video, available here, contains some Nazi imagery and highlights Heimbach’s hatred toward Jews. Discretion is advised in viewing.

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August 5, 2014

New ISIS Video Recruits Westerners

Following reports that between 70 and 100 Americans have travelled to fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a new video released by ISIS’s Al-Hayat media wing has allegedly featured an American calling for others to join.isis-terrorist-targets-video

The video, “Eid Greetings from the land of Khilafah,” was released on August 2 and features video of children praising the organization’s governance interspersed with video of fighters from around the world. The alleged American is a man called Abu Abdurahman al-Trinidadi who is apparently of Trinidadian origin. Other militants featured  allegedly came from Great Britain, Finland, Tunisia, Indonesia, Belgium, Morocco and South Africa. All praise ISIS and encourage Muslims from around the world to join the organization and to establish themselves in the territory it holds.

For more background on ISIS’s media savvy and recruitment of foreign fighters, see ADL’s report “Hashtag Terror: How ISIS Manipulates Social Media.”

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