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December 18, 2015

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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November 10, 2015

Virginia White Supremacists Arrested; Plot Against Jews Alleged

Ronald Chaney from Facebook

Ronald Chaney (Facebook)

FBI agents have arrested three eastern Virginia men on weapons and robbery conspiracy charges in connection with an alleged terrorist plot to attack Jewish and African-American religious institutions and conduct “acts of violence against persons of the Jewish faith.”

The three men, Robert Curtis Doyle and Ronald Beasley Chaney III, charged with conspiracy to possess firearms despite felony convictions, and Charles Daniel Halderman, charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, are white supremacists with past criminal records. They all are from the greater Richmond area.

According to criminal complaints, a meeting took place at Doyle’s house in September “to discuss…shooting or bombing the occupants of black churches and Jewish synagogues.” Doyle allegedly discussed criminal acts they could employ for getting money with which to carry out their plans, including robbing and killing a jewelry dealer, committing an armored car robbery, and attacking a gun store owner. The proceeds would allegedly be used to buy land and weapons and to train “for the coming race war.”

The following month, Doyle and Chaney allegedly met with an undercover FBI agent to purchase weapons and explosives from the agent. FBI agents arrested the three at their homes on November 8.

All three suspects have lengthy criminal histories, including crimes of violence. Chaney, for example, pleaded guilty in 2006 to a number of charges related to an attempted robbery and subsequent shootout with the intended victims. He was released from his most recent prison stay in the spring of 2015.

The men may have met in prison, where all were designated by prison officials as white supremacists while in custody. According to the FBI, the suspects were adherents of a white supremacist variety of Asatruism. Asatru is the most common name given to the modern revival of ancient Norse paganism. Most Asatruists are not white supremacists, but a minority are, often referring to themselves by terms such as Odinists or Wotanists.

Halderman and Doyle both have Asatru tattoos, as well as white supremacist tattoos, while Chaney identifies himself as Asatruist on his Facebook profile.

White supremacists have been involved in many of the right-wing terrorist conspiracies and acts in recent decades.   Many white supremacist terrorist plots and acts involve attacks against Jewish targets, as most white supremacists view Jews as their “ultimate enemy.”

 

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March 30, 2015

White Supremacists Protest Against Purported “White Genocide”

White supremacists in locations across the United States recently took part in demonstrations, leafletings, and individual acts of protest to promote an increasingly popular concept within the white supremacy movement: the notion of “white genocide.”

Doggett at Starbucks

Doggett at Starbucks

The Anti-Defamation League tracked incidents in at least 11 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Activities also occurred in other countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Hungary, and New Zealand.

All actions took place on March 21, 2015, a date white supremacists have for several years declared to be “White Pride World Wide Day.” Described as part of the “March against White Genocide,” the actions were organized and promoted by Fight Wide Genocide, a self-described “collective of…activism” led by white supremacist Laura Fitzgerald, who is based in the Columbia, South Carolina, area.

The term “white genocide” is a relatively recent phrase coined by white supremacists to describe one of their long-held convictions: that the white race is “dying” due to non-white immigration and “forced assimilation.” White supremacists commonly claim that Jews are behind this “genocidal” action.

Fitzgerald, the campaign organizer, is a disciple of Robert Whitaker, an elderly guru in the white supremacist movement. His followers have coined what they term the “Stop White Genocide Mantra.” Fitzgerald encouraged white supremacists to participate through demonstrations, posting “#WhiteGenocide” stickers in public locations, holding up banners at high-traffic locations, or handing out literature.

A few white supremacists even tried to exploit Starbucks’ recent “Race Together” diversity campaign. Ron Doggett, a longtime white supremacist based in Richmond, Virginia, and several others demonstrated outside a local Starbucks, holding up a “Diversity = White Genocide” banner and other white supremacist signs and placards. Doggett is a former supporter of David Duke, as well as Frazier Glenn Miller, the suspect in the 2014 fatal shootings of three people at Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kansas.

Another white supremacist posted on-line a photo of a cup of Starbucks coffee with “‘Race Together’ is a code word for WHITE GENOCIDE” written on the sleeve.

Most demonstrations and actions were small in scope. The largest occurred in Florence, Kentucky, where 10-15 white supremacists led by neo-Nazi Robert Ransdell carried a “‘Diversity’ = White Genocide” banner and waved white supremacist flags and placards.

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