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June 16, 2016

Bigots Express Hateful Rhetoric After Orlando Attack

In the wake of the brutal terrorist attack by Omar Mateen that killed 49 members of the LGBT community and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, communities held vigils across the country to express solidarity with the victims. In marked contrast to the love and support shown by people around the world, haters voiced anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT sentiment and promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in the aftermath of the event.

Not surprisingly, bigots and extremists used the massacre in Orlando to demonize Muslims and Jews and to assert that the LGBT community got what it deserved because of their lifestyle. The sentiments they expressed demonstrate that these haters will exploit any tragedy to promote their ideology.

Anti-Muslim activism

Over the past year, anti-Muslim activism has been on the rise across the United States. The Orlando attack has provided a boost to such hateful sentiment and bigoted rhetoric.

  • Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller commented on the Orlando attack on her blog on June 12: “The media is calling it a hate crime. So it’s safe to assume Islam is a hate ideology.”
  • Robert Spencer, director of the anti-Muslim website Jihad Watch, wrote an article on the site about the terrorist who carried out the Orlando attack: “He was a devout adherent of a religion that mandates death for homosexuals, and the son of a man who supports a group that puts gays to death (even as homosexual behavior is rampant in Afghanistan).”
  • A self-claimed ex-terrorist who is now a Christian convert and an extremist anti-Muslim activist, Walid Shoebat, used the Orlando attack as an opportunity to renew his support for calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.  He wrote on his official website on June 12, “First of all it is 100% impossible to screen Muslims to weed out the terrorists…. Anyone who thinks that the U.S. or Europe are properly vetting or can vet these terrorists [is] dreaming. They cannot even monitor a few terrorists.”  He concluded his statement: “What more can we do? In a nutshell, all you westerners, unless you completely ban Islam, your’e [sic] screwed.”
  • Over social media platforms, some have cheered what they considered proof that previous calls to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S. were wise and “spot-on,” attacking at the same time what they described as a policy to “import more Muslims.” Other anti-Muslim statements over social media recycled old claims about the inherently violent nature of Islam, and the threat of not using the words “radical Islamic terrorism” in the context of describing such terrorist attacks.

Anti-LGBTQ hatred

While the LGBT and Muslim communities banded together to promote tolerance over hatred, extremists, including two pastors who are close associates, promoted a virulent strain of homophobia. Neo-Nazis also expressed contempt for the LGBT community, with some celebrating the terrorist attack.

Anti-LGBT and anti-Semitic tweet on Orlando attack

Anti-LGBT and anti-Semitic tweet about Orlando attack

  • Steven Anderson, a pastor in Tempe, Arizona, who is known for his hatred of the LGBT community as well as Jews, gave a sermon celebrating the murder of gay people. He said: “The good news is that there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and pedophiles.” He asserted that “they should have been killed through the proper channels as in they should have been executed by a righteous government that would have tried them, convicted them, and saw them executed.”
  • Roger Jimenez, a pastor of a church in Sacramento, California and an associate of Anderson’s, voiced similar sentiments. He posed the rhetorical question, “Hey, are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?” He answered, “Um, no. I think that’s great. I think that helps society.” He added that “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is—I’m kind of upset that he didn’t finish the job.” He continued, “I wish the government would round them all up, put them against a firing wall, put a firing squad in front of them, and blow their brains out.”
  • On his neo-Nazi website Infostormer, Lee Rogers wrote, “I find your diseased lifestyles disgusting and toxic to the body politic.” He added that if the LGBT community “choses to follow The Don [a reference to Donald Trump]… we will not openly attack you or slaughter you. Your rights to defile our marriage ceremonies and push your agenda will of course be rescinded, and there will no longer be pride parades featuring massive dildos on American streets.”
  • In an early response to the shooting, a poster on the neo-Nazi forum Vanguard News Network said that Mateen “offed 20 of the most degenerate pieces of excrement on the face of the earth, and if he gets virgins in paradise, as far as I’m concerned, he earned them.”
  • Others on social media, in particular Twitter, used the pejorative term “homocaust” to describe the massacre in Orlando.

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories

Fringe anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rists rarely miss an oppor­tu­nity to exploit tragedies to pro­mote their hatred of Jews, as they did blaming Jews for events ranging from coordinated terror attacks across Paris in November 2015 to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December 2012 to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Tweet promoting anti-Semitic conspiracies in response to Orlando attack

Tweet promoting anti-Semitic conspiracies in response to Orlando attack

  • In this latest round of blaming Jews for all that is wrong with the world, David Duke, the former Klan leader, posted a video on YouTube titled “The Orlando Terror and the Dark Side of Diversity.” In this video, Duke invokes anti-Semitic theories about Jewish control and supposedly evil Jewish intentions stating, “…the powerful Jewish organizations have led the push for open borders.” He added, “…the takeover of American elite media, politics, and banking has directly led to the policies of ethnic cleansing in the country our forefathers created and they literally brag about this.” Duke blames the Jews and others for what he describes as the “the ethnic cleansing of America, Europe, and every Western Nation” and calls on “every white nation” to “rise up and defend Western Christian civilization.”
  •  Additionally, Vet­er­ans Today, a U.S.-based web­site that presents anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as news, published a number of articles blaming Israel or Jews for the Orlando shooting:

 –In an article titled “MK-Ultra Triple Play in Orlando,” Veterans Today columnist Preston James tries to place the Orlando shooting into a larger Jewish conspiracy. He wrote, “[I]t is reasonable to view this Orlando shooting as a possible joint Mossad/CIA Gladio-style, inside-job, false-flag “triple-play” op designed to help motivate the American masses to collect the guns, accept political correctness and homosexuality as the preferred norm, and to further motivate Americans to support deploying our war machine to fight more wars for Israel and the KM (Rothschild Zionist Banksters).”

–In “Orlando Shooting: Why Israel Availed the Vicious Circle of Terrorism?” Sajjad Shaukat claims that Israel is behind a number of attacks in cooperation with “the Zionist-Israeli-led America” in order to stir up hatred against Muslims. Shaukat writes: “And most probably…Mossad might have arranged this massive shooting…to divert the attention of American public from internal problems, prolonged war on terror etc., and especially to avoid the solution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue.”

Kevin Bar­rett, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist and fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to Iran’s Eng­lish lan­guage pro­pa­ganda news net­work, Press TV, wrote a Veterans Today article titled “Orlando Nighclub Shooting Another False Flag?” In this article, Barrett places Israel at the center of “the long list of false flags that created [the Orlando shooting], claiming that “Zionists have been panicking, fearing that Obama is going to…officially establish the State of Palestine…The usual suspects may have responded with a massive publicity student in Orlando designed to make us forget Muhammad Ali [who Barrett describes as a positive Muslim role model] and make it much harder, if not impossible, for Obama to force the Israelis to withdraw from the territory they stole in 1967.”

  • Some social media users responded by posting vehemently anti-Semitic messages on Twitter, making accusations similar to those of Duke or Veterans Today, either blaming Jews themselves for perpetrating the attacks or Jewish control of a number of sectors in the U.S. for inspiring the attacks.

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November 23, 2015

“With Open Gates”: Racist Anti-Refugee Video Goes Viral

“With Open Gates: The Forced Collective Suicide of European Nations,” a virulently anti-refugee propaganda video widely circulated on the Internet has received over four million views on YouTube over the last two weeks. The video uses selective footage of African and Muslim refugees and immigrants to depict them as creating mayhem and destruction throughout Europe.

The video ends with a clip of the founder of a Jewish cultural institute in Sweden, who claims that Jews support efforts to promote multiculturalism in Europe. This segment of the video gives fuel to anti-Semites who blame Jews for non-white immigration to Europe. The statement that accompanied the posting of the video on YouTube blames “Zionist interest” for destroying Europe “from the inside.”

Still shot from "With Open Gates"

Still shot from “With Open Gates”

The clear aim of “With Open Gates” is to increase anti-immigrant and anti-refugee hysteria in Europe by painting refugees as invaders who are destroying European culture and society and pushing the continent to become a non-white majority.

The racist video originated on 8chan, a controversial Internet discussion forum whose “Politically Incorrect” subforum is notorious for racist and anti-Semitic language. A user with the screen name of Gex appears to have created the video, with some assistance from other users. The same person created an earlier video called “End Times Europe,” which uses some of the same footage.

In its first days of release, it was mostly white supremacists in Europe and North America who were extolling the video. Racists on 8chan and elsewhere worked to promote the video and gain more viewers for it. Andrew Anglin, who runs the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer site, asked his readers to make the video go viral. Jared Taylor, who runs the white supremacist website American Renaissance, also supported the video, as did two popular white supremacist forums, Vanguard News Network and Stormfront. InfoWars, an anti-government conspiracy-oriented site, also highlighted the video.

The Right Stuff, a web site that posts articles and Internet radio interviews by white supremacists, claimed that hundreds of thousands of people had viewed the video in the first 3 days after it was posted. They wrote, “If half of the people who watched this video collectively were as triggered as we were…..Thats [sic] like the largest standing army in europe.”

The video picked up steam in mainstream conservative circles after Breitbart in London featured it in a November 11 column. Breitbart reported that the video was being rapidly shared on social media including YouTube and Facebook and online message boards. The video had over a million views by the time YouTube took it down for copyright violations. However, mirror versions of the video soon appeared on social media sites in the U.S. and Europe. YouTube eventually allowed the video to be viewed again once the copyrighted music had been removed.

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the video received even more attention, particularly in more mainstream circles. Former Representative Michele Bachman encouraged people to view it, urging, “After 100 killed by Muslims, watch this video on migrants.” In addition, Washington Times contributor and radio show host Steve Deace devoted an entire column to the video. He writes disparagingly of the refugees going to Europe and says that the video shows what could be at stake in America, “if we continue to let our own cultural heritage bleed out.”

“With Open Gates” demonstrates graphically how the ideas of extremists and white supremacists can resonate with a wide audience. It also illustrates just how receptive so many people in North America and Europe are to anti-immigrant and anti-refugee fear and loathing.

 

 

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October 2, 2015

Extremists Claim Oregon Shooting Is Sign of White Genocide

The tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, in which a gunman killed nine people and wounded a number of others, elicited a strong response among a sampling of extremists. When the media released information that the shooter, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, had listed himself as “mixed race” on an online dating profile, white supremacists called his actions a form of “white genocide.”

White supremacists were also quick to reject some media reports that said the gunman had white supremacist leanings. They claimed the gunman was motivated by hatred of whites and Christians. They also blamed Jews for everything from encouraging blacks to kill whites to downplaying the story once the shooter turned out to be non-white.

Chris Harper Mercer online profile circulating on Stormfront

Chris Harper Mercer online profile circulating on Stormfront

Since Mercer had expressed an interest in online postings in Vester Flanagan, a black former reporter who shot and killed two white ex-colleagues, posters on Stormfront, the largest white supremacist Internet forum,  promoted the idea that blacks were targeting whites en masse. One poster called Mercer and Flanagan “anti-white terrorists.”

Others on the site focused on Mercer’s mixed race heritage as the cause of his actions. One poster wrote that “light-skinned blacks are the most racist of all. They hate their white blood with a passion.” Another person posting as “White Nationhood” claimed that Mercer’s “interest in the left-hand path [a reference to the occult and black magic] plus racial anxieties probably fueled his anti-white, anti-Christian massacre.” Still another wrote, “Half castes secretly wish to be white, the denial of this godly privilege makes mulattoes insane.”

Some posters on Stormfront saw the shooting as an indication that whites need to take action to arm themselves or live separately from non-whites. Someone posting as “14 words of truth” wrote that the reaction to the shooting would be “many armed men world wide bringing justice to the guilty.” The person added, “All that violence could be avoided by halting white genocide and allowing white folk to live within our own nations in peace.”

“Tenniel” had similar sentiments, writing, “Given the open warfare being now perpetrated against Whites by nonwhites, particularly negroes, in America, it is vital that White people be able to be ARMED AT ALL TIMES IN ALL LOCATIONS IN AMERICA.”

Many of the posters on Stormfront blamed Jews for the shooting. One poster declared, “White genocide is real and there is always a filthy jew [sic] behind it.” “Laidbackguy71” wrote, “Don’t let the Jews jive ya because they are the ones with blood on their hands for all of this.” Another poster claimed, “The jews [sic] keep trying to brainwash people that race mixing is love and a demonstration of tolerance and equality. It is the worst thing a parent can do to a child.”

Still others claimed that the shooting would lead to gun control and disarming the population. A poster on another white supremacist Internet forum, Vanguard News Network, wrote, “It doesn’t matter this was a gun-free zone or that the shooter was a mulatto. Talmudic media won’t report this anyway! What matters is that this story, along with others before, will be exploited to entertain a mentality that ultimately, leads towards disarming American people.”

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