Charlottesville Attack Was Domestic Terrorism

IPT News
August 14, 2017

The Investigative Project on Terrorism long has criticized those, like President Obama, who refuse to use terms like “radical Islamic terrorism” in the wake of jihadist violence. By the same logic, President Trump’s refusal Saturday to specifically condemn by name those Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi white supremacists also was morally deficient.

He spoke of “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.” Both sides did include people who showed up armed and looking for a fight, but only one side suffered death and severe injury. Moral equivalency did not belong in that moment. For proof, just read the reaction of white supremacists on social media: they thanked the president profusely for not condemning them by name.

Monday’s statement condemning Saturday’s racist, white supremacist provocateurs in Charlottesville seemed begrudging. Yes, he finally did condemn “the egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence” at the “Unite the Right” protests, and condemned “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups” involved as thugs. But starting off by citing economic gains was a non-sequitur that appeared to minimize the evil of Americans killing Americans over political differences.

We believe that the deliberate decision to drive a car into a crowd of protesters was an act of domestic terrorism and the end product of the pure hatred spewed by white nationalists. As the Simon Wiesenthal Center leadership said, “This murderous attack, resembles car rammings in Israel and Europe perpetrated by terrorists associated with ISIS and Hamas. It should be treated as a deliberate act of domestic terrorism.”

It was clear even before 32-year-old Heather Heyer was struck and killed. Friday night, torch carrying bigots marched on the University of Virginia, making Nazi salutes, chanting “Jews will not replace us” and taunting counter-protesters with racist slurs.

James Alex Fields, Jr.,20, is in custody, currently charged with second-degree murder and other counts. He reportedly self-identified as a Nazi. He allegedly saw a group of people who oppose his ideology and floored his accelerator. That’s political violence. That’s terrorism.

Conservatives were justifiably outraged when the Obama administration called Nidal Hasan’s 2009 Fort Hood massacre an act of “workplace violence.” Most were equally offended Saturday, when President Trump could only bring himself to condemn the “violence on many sides — on many sides.”

The president needs to disabuse white supremacists of the notion that they have friend in the White House, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News Sunday. “I don’t know why they believe that, but they don’t see me as a friend in the Senate, and I would urge the president to dissuade these groups that he’s their friend.”

When he wants to, Graham added, the president can speak with great clarity. “He needs to be clear here.”

Actions speak louder than words, however. Thankfully, Attorney General Jeff Sessions already has made it clear that the attack “does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute,” and is being investigated with an eye toward “the most serious charges that can be brought because this is unequivocally an unacceptable evil attack.”

It is an argument for another day, but worth a brief mention that those on the left who are outraged by the president’s reluctance to name racist, white supremacist bigotry as the cause for Saturday’s bloodshed would be well-served to ditch the “Islam has nothing to do with it” talking points the next time a jihadi kills.

To defeat evil, you have to confront it honestly and clearly and call it out by its name. The president finally condemned by name on Monday the evil of neo-Nazis and their racist, white supremacist followers brought to Charlottesville Saturday.

His daughter Ivanka managed to immediately find the proper moral clarity the first thing Sunday morning when she wrote, “There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.”

WATCH: Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes in UK Soar to Record Levels, Police Accused of ‘Betrayal’

Breitbart, by Simon Kent, July 17, 2017:

Hate crime targeting Jews in the UK has escalated for the third year running, reaching the worst level on record according to a new report. The shock result has prompted a warning from Jewish people that they are enduring “intolerable” levels of hate crime.

At the same time the number of charges for those perpetrating hate crimes against Jews fell “drastically”, with alleged perpetrators charged in fewer than a tenth of cases, campaigners say. They also claim a “paltry” 15 cases were prosecuted last year.

The new figures were obtained from all UK police forces by the Campaign Against Antisemitism for its National Antisemitic Crime Audit. In summary it highlights:

  • Antisemitic hate crime has surged 44 per cent since 2014, making 2016 the worst year on record
  • 1 in 10 antisemitic crimes were violent but only one violent antisemitic crime was prosecuted in 2016
  • Almost half of police forces did not charge a single one of the antisemitic crimes reported to them
  • Only 1.4 per cent of antisemitic crime was prosecuted — just 15 cases last year
  • The Home Secretary has issued a statement promising to “consider the report’s recommendations carefully”

In 2016, anti-Semitic crime rose by 14.9 per cent against 2015, or 44.5 per cent against 2014. There were 1,078 anti-Semitic crimes in 2016 and a consistently elevated level of anti-Semitic crime has become the new normality for British Jews.

Gideon Falter, chairman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, which compiled the analysis, said:

“The failure of police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service to protect British Jews is a betrayal. The solutions are simple, but whilst the right promises are being made, little has been implemented. The result is that British Jews continue to endure intolerable levels of hate crime.”

The campaign’s report warned that a consistently elevated level of anti-Semitic crime has become the “new normality” for British Jews since the middle of 2014.

Forces recorded 105 violent offences against Jews in 2016 – which was down by 44 per cent on the previous year, the assessment found.

In a statement, the Rt Hon. Amber Rudd MP, Home Secretary, responded to the new report, saying hate crime of any type is not acceptable. She continued:

“Everyone in this country has the right to be safe from violence and persecution. We are working together to tackle antisemitic hate crime in all its forms and using the full force of the law to protect every person in the UK. Our Hate Crime Action Plan has encouraged further action against hate crime across the police and criminal justice system.

“This includes encouraging more victims to report incidents to the police. We will consider the report’s recommendations carefully as we develop new ways to rid the country of this sickening crime.”

This is not the first time a study has revealed the level of anti-Semitic hate crime in the UK. As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, in February a different study revealed anti-Semitic hate incidents are surging to record highs in Britain.

The Community Security Trust charity said there were on average more than three anti-Semitic incidents per day in 2016.

It said there were 1,309 incidents last year, a 36 percent increase over the year before. It is the highest total since the group started keeping records in 1984.

Most of the incidents involved verbal abuse, hate mail and graffiti. There were also 81 cases of vandalism and damage to Jewish property.

Hatem Bazian: Terrorist Professor, Hamas Promoter

Front Page Magazine, July 13, 2017:

Is Hatem Bazian the most dangerous professor in the USA? Nablus-born Bazian, is notorious for calling for intifada [violent uprising] in the United States.
He is the founder of the radical organizations Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). He is a serial pusher of conspiracies, and has a “project” to re-write history. More worryingly, he is largely responsible for the wave of anti-Semitic incitement across North American campuses.

For more info about Bazian, go to this link at the indispensable Canary Mission website. The Canary Mission database was created to document people and groups that are promoting hatred of the U.S., Israel and the Jewish people, particularly on college campuses in North America.You can also learn more about BazianSJP and AMP at their comprehensive profile pages at the Freedom Center’s Discover the Networks resource site.

‘Disgusting and Embarrassing’: Film on Rampant Muslim Anti-Semitism in Europe Finally Aired

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Breitbart, by Simon Kent, June 14, 2017:

A film which “proves” endemic anti-Semitism among Europe’s growing Muslim community has finally been aired, just days after its release was cancelled by Arte, the Franco-German television network that commissioned it.

The documentary was uploaded to the German newspaper Bild‘s website on Tuesday with the banner headline “Jew-Hatred: Bild Shows the Documentary Which Arte Won’t.” It then continued: “The TV documentary proves the hatred of Jews in Europe, some of which have only two words: disgusting and embarrassing.”

As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, the commissioning editors at Arte were accused of censorship after shelving the investigative piece about European Jews facing persecution by Muslim migrants. Arte defended the decision by saying it was not “balanced” and the topic was really “very sensitive”.

Chosen and Excluded — The Hate for Jews in Europe highlights anti-Semitism on the continent and depicts the violence Jews experience from Muslim communities in cities such as Paris.

Filming took place in France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, and the Palestinian territories. It was hailed by German historian Michael Woffsohn as “the best, most intelligent and [most] historically profound film on this subject, which is sadly extremely topical”.

Bild backed its judgement to show the film by citing the importance of a vigorous debate on the “staggering” amount of Muslim anti-Semitism in the country. It said:

“Germany is certainly not the country in which antisemitic prejudices should be glossed over, concealed, overthrown. Our historical responsibility obliges us to resolutely counter the inadequacies that this documentation proves. We all need to know what we are dealing with… The fight against anti-Semitism is an overwhelming interest in Germany.”

Anti-Semitism is on the rise from Muslim migrant communities in Europe, notably in Germany which took in over a million migrants from the Middle East and Africa during the migrant crisis. Terror attacks which specifically target Jewish communities are rising, while the continent has seen large numbers of European Jewry making Aliyah (returning to Israel).

In 2016, 5,000 Jews left France; adding to the record the 7,900 who left in 2015 and 7,231 in 2014, in total, 40,000 French Jews have emigrated since 2006

Sarsour and the progressive zeitgeist

What’s the real reason Linda Sarsour was invited to be a commencement speaker at CUNY?

Front Page Magazine, by Caroline Glick, May 30, 2017:

In US academic tradition, university administrators choose commencement speakers they believe embody the zeitgeist of their institutions and as such, will be able to inspire graduating students to take that zeitgeist with them into the world outside.

In this context, it makes perfect sense that Ayman El-Mohandes, dean of the Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy at City University of New York (CUNY), invited Linda Sarsour to serve as commencement speaker at his faculty’s graduation ceremony.

Sarsour embodies Mohandes’s values.

Mohandes’s Twitter feed makes his values clear. His Twitter feed is filled with attacks against Israel.

Mohandes indirectly accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of wishing to commit genocide. Netanyahu, he intimated, wishes to “throw the Arabs in the sea.”

He has repeatedly libeled Israel as a repressive, racist, corrupt state.

Mohandes has effectively justified and legitimized Islamic terrorism and the Hamas terrorist regime in Gaza. The Islamic terrorist assault against Israel, led by Hamas from Gaza, is simply an act of “desperation,” he insists.

By Mohandes’s lights, Hamas terrorists are desperate not because they uphold values and beliefs that reject freedom, oppress women and aspire to the genocide of Jewry and the destruction of the West. No, they are desperate because Israel is evil and oppressive.

Who could Mohandes have chosen to serve as his commencement speaker other than Sarsour, given his positions? Sarsour, the rising star of the Democratic Party, not only shares Mohandes’s values and positions, she has taken those common values and positions and amplified them on the national stage.

Sarsour has taken support for Islamic terrorism and Jew hatred – positions that not long ago were considered beyond the pale in the Democratic Party – and moved them into the mainstream of the Democratic Party.

In fact, Sarsour has gone far beyond Mohandes. She has left him in the dust with her willingness to shill for radical Islam and its oppression of women and express openly her desire to see Israel destroyed while embracing Islamic terrorists and murderers.

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Documentary Exposes Surging Campus Anti-Semitism

Truth Revolt, May 10, 2017:

The anti-Semitism on today’s college and university campuses “has metastasized into a cancer,” says Charles Jacobs, special consultant on the recent documentary Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance. The title pointedly takes aim at the college fad of  “safe spaces” to protect minorities from bigotry and oppression — unless you’re Jewish. Anti-Semitism is not merely tolerated in higher education; it is “tacitly encouraged,” wrote Andrea Peyser at The New York Post, “by the frequent inaction and support of woefully politically correct administrators and radical leftist professors.”

Hate Spaces examines that ugly phenomenon, which often masquerades as anti-Israel activity such as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sactions (BDS) movement. The documentary, put out by the Americans for Peace and Tolerance organization, of which Jacobs is president, notes that anti-Semitism at Hunter and elsewhere is fueled by well-funded organizations with missions to destroy Israel, particularly Students for Justice in Palestine, the nationwide organization which the Horowitz Freedom Center has been targeting with its Stop the Hate on Campus campaign.

Hate Spaces is executive-produced, directed and written by Ralph Avi Goldwasser, who 12 years ago helped create the documentary Columbia Unbecoming, in which students and graduates of Columbia University describe being intimidated by professors for expressing pro-Israel views. “Since then, it’s only gotten worse,” Goldwasser told Peyser.

As an example, Peyser reported that the Million Student March last year at Manhattan’s Hunter College, part of the City University of New York, devolved from a rally for students demanding free tuition and lodging other grievances into a frenzy of Jew-hatred. “Death to Jews! Death to Jews!” the crowd chanted. Hunter’s president and student leaders released a tepid statement a day after the rally condemning the anti-Semitic comments. Too little, too late.

Other examples: a screening of a pro-Israel documentary last year at UC Irvine drew protesters who blocked the exits and chanted, “Long live the intifada!” A pro-Palestinian group slipped mock “eviction notices” under the dorm room doors of students perceived to be Jewish at New York University in 2014 and at least a dozen other campuses since then.

Near the film’s end, noted attorney Alan Dershowitz says, “We have to do more, we have to fight harder . . . because the facts are on our side, morality is on our side, history is on our side.”

Read more and order your copy of Hate Spaces here.

Sarsour’s Anti-Semitism Campaign Minimizes Anti-Semitism

by Ariel Behar
IPT News
May 9, 2017

Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet political prisoner and Jewish Agency chairman, put forth a “3D test” to distinguish between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism. Criticism crosses into anti-Semitism when it delegitimizes or demonizes Israel, or subjects it to double standards. Thus, when Israel is cast as evil, when only Israel is held accountable in a conflict, and when Israel’s fundamental right to exist as a Jewish homeland is questioned, criticism crosses into anti-Semitic territory.

Through her actions and statements about Israel and Jews, celebrity Islamist activist Linda Sarsour fails the “3D test.”

In a recent Newsweek article, Sarsour argues that she has been labeled an anti-Semite because of her participation in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement. “This is a deliberate attempt to smear me, as a prominent leader in the progressive movement,” she told the magazine. “They’re basically criminalizing and defaming my work calling for human rights in Palestine. They equate activism on Palestine with anti-Semitism and that is an unfortunate equation.”

“The reason why Israel gets singled out in this debate is because the majority of military aid … goes to Israel … which they use to occupy Palestinians,” Sarsour said in a radio interview last month on SiriusXM radio.

Sarsour’s answer is a self-serving attempt to divert attention away from her own words. It ignores her support of sharia law, her failure to denounce terrorism committed in the name of Islam, and her support of the violent Palestinian “resistance,” all of which aligns her with anti-Semitism.

Sarsour also tries to shut down those who cite her record of celebrating terrorists and advocating radical positions by calling the critics Islamophobes. “Linda Sarsour is a Palestinian Muslim American woman in a hijab and she has the audacity to be prominent in this country, the audacity to resonate with communities outside her community,” she said, speaking in the third person in the SiriusXM interview. “How dare I do that? How dare I defy every stereotype that Islamophobes have of me.”

Yet, she’s nakedly intolerant of beliefs other than her own.

Sarsour famously tweeted, “Nothing is creepier than Zionism.” That’s not a statement critical of the Israeli government or of settlement building in the West Bank. Instead, Sarsour believes the entire concept of a homeland for the Jewish people is flawed, is “creepy.”

And Sarsour wants nothing to do with you if you believe in and support the state of Israel. That goes for Jews who might try to stand in solidarity against anti-Muslim bigotry. In her worldview, Zionism and feminism are mutually exclusive. “You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none,” Sarsour told The Nation. “There’s just no way around it.”

“But insisting that Jews need not apply if they subscribe to the belief in a Jewish homeland in Israel is an anti-Semitic double standard,” StandWithUs researcher Lauren Post wrote in the Forward. “Too many leftists already ignore anti-Semitism unless it’s rhetorically convenient, so perhaps it’s unsurprising that Sarsour’s brand of feminism demands that we give up our liberation movement for some nebulous greater good.”

Women who disagree with Sarsour about feminism are met with sometimes profane attacks. She attacked ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali, saying she deserves an “a$$ whippin’,” and that she’d like to “take [Hirsi Ali and Islam critic Brigitte Gabriel’s] vaginas away- they don’t deserve to be women.”

New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, D-Brooklyn, called Sarsour out on her hypocrisy and double-standards after she was invited to give a commencement speech at CUNY School of Public Health in Brooklyn. Hikind highlighted Sarsour’s dishonesty in a recent op-ed published in the New York Daily News.

“Until recently, she’d convinced a lot of people that she stood for progressive liberalism, stood for feminism, stood for dignity, human rights and all of the things that people who favor the liberal left say they stand for, too,” Hikind wrote.

“But there’s an old saying: You can’t hide the crazy.”

That “crazy” includes embracing Rasmieh Odeh, a convicted terrorist whose participation in a 1969 grocery store bombing in Jerusalem killed two college students. Sarsour called it an honor to be in Odeh’s presence after Odeh announced her intention to plead guilty to naturalization fraud.

Sarsour “associates with terrorism and supports terrorism,” Hikind told the Investigative Project on Terrorism. “Her record, her involvement, her statements, is just beyond the pale. What kind of message does that send?”

It is not clear if Sarsour is feeling the heat or has other motivations, but she is orchestrating a broad campaign to insulate herself from questions of whether she fails the 3D test and crosses into anti-Semitism.

When vandals desecrated a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Sarsour made sure everyone saw her helping raise money to repair the damage even though those cemeteries likely included (shudder) Zionists. Still, her efforts garnered unquestioning national attention.

“This is another way for us to publicly defy the stereotype that Muslims and Jews are not communities that can get along,” she told National Public Radio.

Sarsour also appears in a video produced by the anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace, in which she said a “conversation on anti-Semitism is so critical at this moment.” But that good deed can’t be done without qualification, as she says accusations of anti-Semitism are often “used by the right wing against Palestinians and those who are pro-Palestine … [to say] that we are anti-Semitic, or because we’re critics of the State of Israel that means we are anti-Semitic.”

Anti-Semitism is a problem, she says in the video. It’s just not as bad as racism or anti-Muslim bigotry. Most Jews are white, after all, and therefore do not face systemic discrimination in employment or housing. “And we need to make that distinction.” Again, Sarsour offers a self-serving answer meant to define a problem on terms best suited for her. It’s a gross misrepresentation that minimizes the threat of anti-Semitism in America.

The latest FBI hate crime data, covering the year 2015, shows Jews are targeted more than twice as often as Muslims in hate crimes motivated by religious identity. In fact, Jews account for more than half of all hate crimes based on religion, with 664 documented incidents in 2015, compared to 257 targeting Muslims.

Generally speaking, activism is something worth celebrating. But Sarsour is notorious for her controversy and her double-standards. And praising Sarsour as a “champion of change” does harm to the legitimate struggle for human rights, and for the fight against anti-Semitism. We need not embrace someone who defends and supports extremism in the name of social justice.