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A Jewish community center in Paramus, N.J., apparently was a potential target of a 19-year-old New Jersey man arrested for two synagogue firebombings, authorities say. In one of those bombings, a rabbi and eight members of his family narrowly awoke in time to escape their burning living quarters.
Anthony M. Graziano, who apparently acted as a “lone wolf,” was arrested last Monday, just three days after Bergen County authorities and the FBI released surveillance video and photos and posted a $7,500 reward.
Graziano’s arrest led authorities to search 70 other synagogues and Jewish community centers within 10 miles of the suspect’s home. As part of that expanded search, investigators found multiple Molotov cocktails and a bicycle in a wooded area near the Jewish Community Center of Paramus, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said at a Friday press conference. ( continue to full post… )
Concern is mounting over an apparent wave of anti-Semitic assaults and vandalism in the New York City area since November, with the latest two incidents being investigated as hate crimes.
At about 4:30 a.m. today, several Molotov cocktails and other explosive devices were thrown into the rabbi’s residence at Congregation Beth El in Rutherford, N.J., according to the Associated Press. Rabbi Nosson Schuman told CBS 880 Radio that he saw a flash of fire outside his bedroom window before the bedspread caught fire. The rabbi said his five children and wife made it out safely, and that the damage to the building was minimal. Bergen County prosecutor John Molinelli said the incident is being investigated as attempted murder and bias-related arson. ( continue to full post… )
As the Occupy Wall Street protesters are swept out of their encampments around the nation, many are asking what the movement’s next step will be and if the police actions might actually help the two-month-old populist outburst grow.
But even for those seeking to discern the future of the OWS movement, a more instructive question might be: What was OWS, anyway?
To hear the denizens of the far right tell it, the protesters who filled public spaces in cities around the country and even abroad were unwashed hippies, lazy potheads incapable of holding a job, homeless opportunists scarfing up free food and shelter. They were Nazis. They were Marxists. They were anarchists. ( continue to full post… )
The FBI undercover tapes of four North Georgia militiamen arrested Tuesday offer an extraordinary glimpse of the terrorism the group is accused of planning. Details of how they allegedly intended to commit mass murder with deadly ricin, carry out assassinations of officials, and bomb government buildings abound in government affidavits that directly quote the men talking to undercover informants.
But there’s one thing the affidavits don’t tell you: What did these four elderly Georgians allegedly hope to accomplish? About as close as you get to an answer is this cryptic quote from the alleged ringleader, 73-year-old Frederick W. Thomas: “When it comes to saving the Constitution, that means some people gotta die.”
Although the group is not mentioned in the court papers, the organization the men belonged to is certainly the Georgia Militia, which on its Web page identifies one of the accused terrorists, Dan Roberts, 67, as a contact. And the Georgia Militia is one of the hardest line such groups around, going far beyond most militias’ hatred of the federal government to traffic in open racism and anti-Semitism. ( continue to full post… )
Two white supremacists arrested after a West Coast “vicious, wild reign of terror” were heading to California to “kill more Jews” after allegedly committing four murders, newly filed court documents say.
David “Joey” Pedersen, a 31-year-old white supremacist recently released from an Oregon prison, and his 24-year-old girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, are each charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the documents filed in Snohomish County. The charges are related to the Sept. 26 murders of Pedersen’s father, David “Red” Pedersen, 56, and his wife, Leslie “DeeDee” Pedersen, 69, the suspect’s stepmother, in Everett, Wash. ( continue to full post… )
A college student in Waterloo, Iowa, was killed in a possible hate crime. According to a friend of the victim, a group of individuals taunted the victim with anti-gay slurs, prompting a fight. The victim was knocked to the ground and kicked in the head; he later died. Police are still searching for the suspects.
The manhunt continues for an Oklahoma militiaman accused of sexual assault. Charles Alan Dyer is accused of raping a 7-year-old girl and then fleeing authorities. Police are now concentrating on a small Texas town.
Los Angeles police are investigating a hate crime after a local synagogue was vandalized with white supremacist symbols. Police say that swastikas with “666” and “Go Home” were spray-painted in the property.
Anders Breivik’s “European Declaration of Independence” (pdf) marshaled scores of writers who argued that Communism, multiculturalism, feminism, and even environmentalism have been using Islam to weaken and destroy the foundations of the Christian West. “The cultural Marxist bourgeois experiment will end as catastrophically as Stalin’s social experiments,” wrote the man who went on to murder 77 Norwegians this July 22 because he thought their political party was facilitating massive Muslim immigration. “The difference is that this time, we will not only be bankrupt and suffer 50 million casualties. This time we have the added risk of being enslaved under a brutal and retarding Sharia reign.”
To me, as a long-time student of right-wing conspiracism, there was an eerily familiar quality to the 1500-plus pages of Breivik’s manifesto, which made accusations of global conspiracy that were remarkably similar to those traditionally leveled against Jews. “Think carefully of the successes we arranged for Darwinism, Marxism, Nietzsche-ism,” declared the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a document forged more than a century ago that purported to expose secret Jewish plans to weaken and then take over the Gentile world. “To us Jews, at any rate, it should be plain to see what a disintegrating importance these directives have had upon the minds of the Goyim.” ( continue to full post… )
Two teens in Arvada, Colo., have been charged with a hate crime for beating up a man as they used gay slurs. The teens are accused of following a man for several blocks and beating up the victim as he was walking with a friend.
Police are investigating an incident on Provincetown, Mass., in which a gay couple was assaulted while their attackers used anti-gay language. The two men were walking home when, they say, they informed two men in a car that they were driving in the wrong direction and were then assaulted by the drivers.
A Pennsylvania man was arrested after being wanted for a possible hate crime. Kelvin Ford is accused of using a box cutter to cut a man on the neck, face and arm in July while using racial comments against the victims and other individuals involved.
A teen from Lower Salford, Penn., pleaded guilty to a charge of terroristic threats after spray-painting swastikas and ethnic slurs on a Jewish family’s home. Although the charge is normally a misdemeanor, the prosecutor upgraded the charge due to the ethnic nature of the crime, while the defense claims the defendant was simply intoxicated.
The Pennsylvania jury that recommended the death penalty for cop-killer Richard Poplawski earlier this week was kept from hearing about his racist, antigovernment beliefs as detailed in an expert’s report.
The report was authored by Mark Pitcavage, the director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who began his detailed research into Poplawski’s background just hours after the April 4, 2009, shooting of three Pittsburgh police officers. ( continue to full post… )
Racist activist Jamie Kelso announced this past Friday that long-time professor Virginia Abernethy has joined the board of the white nationalist American Third Position (ATP) political party. Established in 2009, the ATP was originally created by racist Southern California skinheads and is now led by a man who once sought to deport any American with an “ascertainable trace of Negro blood.” Its chief aim, ATP says, is to “return our nation to its rightful owners” — that is, white people — and by “liberating” it from the “banksters,” a radical-right term meaning Jews.
Abernethy, a self-described “white separatist” and emeritus professor of psychiatry and anthropology at Vanderbilt Medical School, has a long history of working with racist groups. At one time, Abernethy was on the editorial advisory board of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a racist hate group that describes black people as “a retrograde species of humanity.” But her addition to the board of ATP, with its open racism and anti-Semitism, is a further step to the extreme right.
With the addition of Abernethy, the ATP board is now populated by the top tier of American white nationalists. The chairman of the group is corporate lawyer William D. Johnson, and board members include virulent anti-Semite Kevin MacDonald — an academic like Abernethy — and white nationalist radio host James Edwards. Kelso, who for years ran former Klansman David Duke’s website and also helped moderate the white nationalist Stormfront.org, is the chief organizer for the party. ( continue to full post… )