Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism.
Fake extremism statistics are big business. Just like those shoddy research studies which warn that drinking a glass of wine can kill you or make you immortal, they exist to be broadcast by the media.
Last year, the Southern Poverty Law Center faked a three-fold increase in “hate groups” by switching from listing one organization it had been smearing to listing 45 of its chapters separately. This year, SAALT listed multiple Muslim hate crime hoaxes in its report claiming that such crimes had increased.
The media uncritically reported their claims. Now it’s pushing more bad numbers from the ADL.
“White supremacists responsible for most extremist killings in 2017, ADL says,” CNN reports. “Murders By U.S. White Supremacists More Than Doubled In 2017, New Report Shows,” the Huffington Post claims. “Murders by white supremacists in US more than doubled in 2017,” The Independent details.
“White Supremacists Killed 18 People in 2017, Double the Number From 2016,” Newsweek alleges.
“Unlike 2016, a year dominated by the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, Florida, committed by an Islamic extremist, a majority of the 2017 murders were committed by right-wing extremists, primarily white supremacists,” the ADL report’s key findings section asserts.
Don’t worry about Islamic terrorism, focus on white supremacists is the message. While white supremacists are obviously terrible people, there’s really no comparison when it comes to terrorism.
And there’s a huge problem with the ADL’s numbers.
White supremacists are extremists. And the ADL does document killings by white supremacists. But here’s the catch, not all white supremacist murders are extremists killings. Most aren’t.
Last year, Frank Ancona, a KKK imperial wizard, was allegedly killed by his wife and stepson.
The ADL report claims that, “In total, extremists killed at least 34 people in 2017. The far-right accounted for 59% of these deaths, or 20 deaths.” Frank’s murder is one of those deaths.
Why is Frank’s wife allegedly shooting him over a possible divorce a white supremacist murder?
Well, his wife was also allegedly a Klan member (in addition to allegedly hoarding 70 cats), so it’s a killing by an extremist. It just isn’t a killing motivated by political extremism.
The ADL report admits as much, “Neither ideology nor hate seems to have played a part when Frank Ancona, the head of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was murdered, allegedly by his wife and fellow Klan member, Malissa Ancona, and her son.”
So why is it listed?
But the report is full of murders that happened to be committed by white supremacists
Randy Gene Baker was allegedly murdered by his wife, nephew and sister. His nephew has ties to a white supremacist prison gang. There’s no mention of the two women being white supremacists.
5 of the murders in the ADL’s report actually involve family violence by white supremacists. Three of them might have involved arguments over political beliefs, but the two above clearly don’t belong.
And it’s really hard to delineate how political the murder of a family member is.
The ADL report also lists, “Aryan Circle member Edward Blackburn” who “allegedly shot and killed another man who was reportedly dating his ex-girlfriend.”
The victim was white.
White supremacist gangs have thousands of members. Like their black nationalist counterparts, they’re criminals. And they commit all sorts of crimes that have nothing to do with their politics.
In Indiana, John Byler was murdered by thugs demanding drugs. Or, as the ADL report puts it, “Wesley Andrew Hampton, a self-declared white supremacist, and another defendant allegedly robbed and murdered a man in a home invasion.” The report neglects to note that Aarron Christopher Vance, the other defendant, is a black man with dreadlocks.
The ADL report actually lists a murder by a black man and a white man as a white supremacist killing.
It’s one of four supposed white supremacist murders that were actually committed by a group of supremacists and non-supremacists.
In Texas, a dispute over a watch escalated to the murder of a Latino man committed by some people who may be white supremacists. But the woman on whose behalf the murder was allegedly committed has a Mexican last name.
Then there are the ambiguous prison murders.
In Georgia, a white supremacist gang member and another inmate killed two guards during a prison break. One of the guards was white and the other black. A white supremacist inmate in Florida stabbed a black inmate to death. But there’s no evidence of a racial motivation to the murder beyond that.
The ADL’s own report admits padding its list of murders with non-ideological killings. “Many extremist-related murders each year, as in 2017, are essentially non-ideological killings,” the report notes.
Then why include non-ideological murders in a list of ideological crimes? What is a non-ideological extremist killing anyway? If a crime isn’t ideological, how can it be extremist?
“Ideology seems to have played a primary or secondary role in 17 of the 34 murders (50%),” the report states. But those are the overall numbers. The right-wing specifics make the ADL look even sillier.
The ADL admits that 5 of the white supremacist murders it lists are non-ideological. 5 others have no proven racial motive. And 2 more deaths were actually caused by Islamic supremacism.
That’s the majority of the ADL’s list right there.
The ADL only lists 9 Islamic killings. But then there’s this truly confusing case.
“White supremacist Devon Arthurs allegedly shot to death two of his roommates for making fun of his recent conversion to Islam. All three, and a fourth roommate, were members of Atomwaffen, a neo-Nazi group.” Is this really a white supremacist murder or an Islamic supremacist killing?
The ADL doesn’t list it as an Islamic killing. Instead the full report describes it as a right-wing killing. More bizarrely, it claims that Devon “had recently converted to Islam (though apparently not a radical form of Islam)”. However the ADL defines “radical Islam”, it’s not a separate denomination. You don’t convert to “radical Islam”, just to Islam. But at least this was one of those non-radical ideological murders.
The ADL inappropriately misfiled the Devon Arthurs killings and while it correctly noted Kori Ali Muhammad, who shot three people in Fresno, was a black nationalist, he also shouted, “Allahu Akbar” and was linked to the Nation of Islam. The NOI, a hate group whose leader has met with Barack Obama and Congressional Black Caucus members, is a black nationalist neo-Islamic organization.
Even using the ADL’s numbers, an accurate count of Islamic ideological killings would be 15. Trim away the family arguments, personal vendettas and random crimes, and white supremacist killings fall below the number of Islamic ideological killings. That’s what the ADL tried to hide with its number games.
Islamic terrorism hasn’t gone anywhere. It remains a severe and ongoing threat.
The ADL claims to be a Jewish organization. In 2017, zero Jews were killed by white supremacists. But when Uzbeki Islamic terrorist Sayfullo Saipov ran over innocent people in Lower Manhattan, one of his eight victims, Ariel Erlij, was Jewish. He died alongside his four Christian school friends.
White supremacists have murdered Jews in America. This year the count already stands at one. But they pale compared to the hundreds of Americans Jews murdered by Islamic terrorists in the last two decades. And the ADL would rather talk about white supremacists because it’s safer.
Just mentioning Islamic terrorists can lead to accusations of Islamophobia. Jewish organizations have been placed on lists of hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center for even discussing the murder of Jews by Islamic terrorists. The media doesn’t want to report on Islamic supremacism and racism.
And the ADL gives the media the numbers that it wants. Even if, like the ADL, they’re worthless.
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration — which seeks to criminalize criticism of migration — is nothing more or less than a dangerous effort to weaken national borders, to normalize mass migration, to blur the line between legal and illegal immigration, and to bolster the idea that people claiming to be refugees enjoy a panoply of rights in countries where they have never before set foot.
One thing about the agreement, in any event, is irrefutable: almost nobody in the Western world has been clamoring for this. It is, quite simply, a project of the globalist elites. It is a UN power-grab.
The waterfront in the Chilean city of Valdivia. Photo: Arvid Puschnig via Wikimedia Commons.
Top Jewish groups have welcomed a Chilean government decision made earlier this week to ban municipalities across the country from boycotting Israel.
The ruling — issued by the Comptroller General of Chile – stemmed from a complaint filed by the Chilean Jewish community over a move of the Valdivia municipality to ban the city from signing contracts with Israel-linked companies.
Spurred by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s resignation and the realization that elections will likely be moved to early 2019, the leaders of the Druze community are determined to fight against the Nationality Law.
Leaders from the Druze minority and others take part in a rally to protest the Jewish nation-state law in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Aug. 4, 2018
It certainly seems like Israel is headed toward early elections. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, who resigned Nov. 14, and Education Minister Naftali Bennett were both part of the current right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu, competing over which of them was its most right-wing member
Israel has started uncovering and destroying Hezbollah’s attack tunnels under the Lebanese border, but destroying the group’s ambitious precision missile project will be much more difficult.
The Israel Defense Forces placed a camera into Hezbollah’s secret cross-border attack tunnel before sunrise on Dec. 4. They pushed it into the Lebanese side, under the Blue Line that separates the two countries. At dawn, two Hezbollah operatives reached the spot on their morning rounds. In the video disseminated by the IDF on Tuesday evening, one of the operatives is seen approaching the camera with suspicion. He stuck his nose in its direction and started to sniff around until something exploded in his face and he ran back the way he’d comVisibilitye.
The timing of Operation Northern Shield, to destroy Hezbollah tunnels leading from Lebanon into Israel, suggests that considerations other than security were behind the decision to launch it.
An Israeli commando from Yahalom, an engineering unit, takes part in a tunnel-hunting drill near Tel Aviv, March 7, 2012.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to Likud activists on Dec. 2 that was both defensive and combative toward law enforcement authorities. He complained about the supposedly suspicious timing of the police announcement recommending his indictment for taking bribes in Case 4000, coming as it did one day before Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh concluded his term in office.
This week, for the first time, Israel made public its discovery of the tunnel constructed by Hezbollah and reaching into Israel’s sovereign territory. This brought to an end a long period during which a large number of Israelis living in communities adjacent to the Lebanese border reported hearing sounds of digging as well as feeling tremors in the walls of their homes.
Attack tunnels are intended to allow for significant numbers of armed infantry bearing weapons, artillery and supplies, to traverse them within a minimal time span, avoiding Israeli lookouts and thereby gaining the element of surprise.
Last Saturday, Iran’s “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani called Israel “a cancerous tumor” in a speech at the regime’s annual Islamic Unity Conference.
Rouhani’s fellow speakers included deputy Hezbollah chief Naim Qassem and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh. Both terror bosses called for the destruction of the “cancerous tumor.”
With the predictability of a Swiss clock, the Europeans rushed to condemn Rouhani. The EU in Brussels condemned Rouhani. The German Foreign Ministry condemned Rouhani. And so on and so forth.
We could have done without their statements.
It was clear that with the onset of Operation Northern Shield—meant to neutralize terror tunnels Hezbollah has constructed along the Israel-Lebanon border—some would call it a public relations stunt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Those who believe the timing of the police’s recommendations in Case 4000—announced on the last day of Roni Alsheikh’s tenure as the police commissioner—was reasonable, somehow complain about the timing of the operation.
On Sunday evening, December 2, the people of Sderot, Israel – a town located a mere kilometer from the Gaza border – gathered to light the first candle of the town’s menorah to commemorate the first day of Hanukkah. Jews around the world celebrate this holiday, which marks the time some two millennia ago when the Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Second Temple.
What makes the candle lighting in Sderot worth mentioning is the fact that it is particularly symbolic of how the Jewish spirit looks for ways to turn tragedy into triumph.
This is obviously a short-lived honeymoon that will end the day after the UN General Assembly vote on the anti-Hamas resolution. The morning after the vote, Abbas will wake up to the realization that Hamas was a strange bedfellow indeed.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s hatred of Hamas is far from secret. But Abbas is now defending Hamas because he despises the Trump administration, which has sponsored a UN draft resolution that condemns Hamas. Pictured: Abbas (right) meets with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on May 30, 2007 in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Abu Askar/PPO via Getty Images)