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July 29, 2014

Some Anti-Semitism In U.S. In Reaction To Israeli Operations In Gaza

As Israel’s response to the latest round of rocket fire from Hamas in Gaza continues, some Jewish individuals and institutions in the U.S. have been targets of anti-Semitism related to the current conflict.anti-semitic-graffiti-synagogue

In Florida this week, two separate anti-Semitic hate crimes desecrated a synagogue and a Jewish family’s property. Congregation Torah V’Emunah, an Orthodox synagogue within close proximity to other synagogues, was spray-painted with the word “Hamas” and swastikas on its front entrance. Additionally a Jewish family discovered that one of their cars was covered from top to bottom with eggs while the other had the words “Jew” and “Hamas” smeared in cream cheese on the windows.

In Malibu, California over the weekend, phrases such as “Jews=Killers” and “Jews are Killing Innocent Children” were found near the entrance to a Jewish summer camp.

Last week, anti-Semitic leaflets, which threatened violence if Israel does not pull out of Gaza, were left on cars in Peterson Park, a predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Chicago.

On July 17, about two dozen anti-Israel protesters targeted the Florida Holocaust Museum with graphic images of dead Palestinians and slogans charging Israel with genocide.

Earlier this month, the Chabad of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas was spray-painted with graffiti that read “Fre Palestine” [sic] and “Free Gaza.”

Similarly, in Massachusetts, the Montefiore Orthodox Synagogue in Lowell was vandalized with the words “Free Palestine” and “God Bless Gaza” spray painted in red on its white marble walls.

American Jewish institutions have also been targeted online. The Moroccan Islamic Union-mail hacker group vandalized the website of Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania earlier this month with the phrase “end Israeli violence in #Gaza” and an image of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian who was killed in Jerusalem by what appears to be a group of Jewish extremists.

Additionally, the pop­u­lar­ity of some dis­turb­ing Hitler-related hash­tags on Twit­ter has grown in reac­tion to Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge,” such as #HitlerWasRight and #HitlerDidNothingWrong.

Such anti-Semitism is also evident at many of the anti-Israel demonstrations held in cities throughout the U.S., as well as in Europe, where the State of Israel is often demonized with Holocaust imagery or other anti-Semitic expressions.

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June 9, 2014

“Dawn of a New Day”: Las Vegas Shooter’s Final Message

The most recent entry on Jerad Miller’s Facebook, left on Saturday, June 7, is chilling: “The dawn of a new day. May all of our coming sacrifices be worth it.”jerad-amanda-miller

Jerad Miller, along with his wife Amanda, are the two suspects who committed suicide in a Las Vegas Walmart on Sunday, after allegedly fatally shooting two Las Vegas police officers in a nearby restaurant and a third person at the Walmart itself.

Based on their Internet writings, Jerad and Amanda Miller were both right-wing anti-government extremists of the “Patriot” movement variety, believing in all the common militia-type conspiracy theories about the “New World Order,” including concentration camps for Americans, coming martial law, and chemtrails, among others.

Some of Jerad’s postings in the months before the Las Vegas incident seem to reflect a growing radicalization. In March, Jerad declared that he had “compromised enough” and that he was “prepared to die” for his convictions about freedom and tyranny. “The day of your judgment will come,” he wrote, “not from my hand, for you will make me a martyr…Come for me, free me from your slavery. Give me the death a hero deserves. Help wake the masses to your corruption and treason. I f*****g dare you!”

In April, Jerad Miller travelled to the scene of the Cliven Bundy standoff, hoping that it “could be the next Waco and start of [the] revolution.”   In early May, Miller claimed that “there is no greater cause to die for than liberty” and that he would willingly do so. “Death, in a sense is freedom from tyranny,” he posted. Miller claimed that he and his wife “will not submit to fascist rule” and “are willing to sacrifice everything.”

Amanda Miller also had anti-government and conspiratorial beliefs. “Every day I realize how more and more people are asleep and only a few of us are awake,” she wrote in 2012. “The government is trying to take away our rights…only the few of us are willing to fight back.” Miller stated that she was “proud to be awake to see what[‘]s really going on.”

The anger that the Millers felt at the government and police may have increased in 2013, when Jerad Miller had to serve a period of home confinement following a criminal incident apparently involving marijuana. “Here I am,” he wrote about the confinement, “because the previous generations of Americans were a bunch of spineless zombies.” Hopefully, he wrote, “we can achieve freedom without killing the older generations off. It may come to that.”

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June 9, 2014

Officers Down: Right-Wing Extremists Attacking Police At Growing Rate

In Las Vegas on June 8, a man and a woman entered a local pizza restaurant and shot and killed two Las Vegas Metro Police officers, Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, who were eating lunch there. The shooters then crossed the street to a Walmart, where they killed another person, then committed suicide.officers-killed-domestic-extremists-1965-2014

Though, as of this writing, the names of the suspects have not yet been released, details of the shootings and suspects released by police or uncovered by journalists strongly suggest the shootings may be the work of right-wing extremists.

If so, the two officers who lost their lives this past Sunday are only the latest in a series of casualties in a de facto war being waged against police by right-wing extremists, including both anti-government extremists and white supremacists. Some extremists have deliberately targeted police, while others have responded violently when meeting police in unplanned encounters. The killings are not the effort of a concerted campaign but rather a series of independent attacks and clashes stemming from right-wing ideologies.

In the 1960s and 1970s it was left-wing groups like the Black Liberation Army which targeted police for killing. However, by the 1980s, right-wing extremists began to surpass left-wing extremists in causing police deaths. The number of officers killed by right-wing extremists more than doubled in the 1990s, then increased by 50% more in the first decade of the 2000s. Five officers have been killed by right-wing extremists since 2011, not counting the Las Vegas incident.

In the past five years alone, from 2009 through 2013, ADL has tracked 43 separate violent incidents between domestic extremists (of all types) and law enforcement in the United States. These incidents include situations in which shots are exchanged between police and extremists (shootouts), situations in which extremists have fired at police but police subdued the extremists without having to return fire, and situations in which officers had to use their firearms to protect themselves against extremists.

Of these 43 incidents, fully 39 of them involved extremists sporting some sort of extreme right-wing ideology. White supremacists took part in 21 incidents, while anti-government extremists were involved in 17 more. An anti-Muslim extremist was involved in one incident (the other four incidents included one with a left-wing extremist and three with domestic Islamic extremists). In these shooting incidents, the extremists shot 30 officers, 14 fatally. Many other officers sustained non-gunfire injuries during some of these encounters.shooting-incidents-2009-2013-by-ideology

Extreme ideologies cause right-wing radicals directly to attack officers. Anti-government extremist such as militia groups and sovereign citizens believe that police are agents of the illegitimate government, while white supremacists believe that police are tools of the “Jewish-controlled” government. The same ideologies sometimes cause extremists to act out violently when they randomly encounter police in routine situations.

Moreover, because right-wing extremists frequently engage in criminal activity—both ideological and non-ideological, police responding to reports of criminal activity may encounter extremists committing a crime or who are fugitives from justice. Such situations can also frequently turn deadly.

Unfortunately, relatively few officer safety courses incorporate information about the dangers to police from domestic extremists.

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