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.
Jeremy Corbyn leads a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London in 2014, one year before becoming Labour Party leader. Photo: File.
This marked a massive rise from the previous such survey, in which only 39% of Jews believed Corbyn was antisemitic.
British Jews also expressed an extremely low opinion of the Labour Party in general. The poll showed that 85.6% believed Labour suffered from “very high” levels of antisemitism.
Corbyn and his party have been beset with a series of high-profile antisemitism scandals for several years, which has resulted in the resignation and suspension of several prominent officials. Corbyn himself was recently caught on video saying that “Zionists” did not understand “English irony” despite “having lived in this country for a very long time.”
Makuya in Jerusalem 201 (YouTube)
Like an apple tree among trees of the forest, So is my beloved among the youths. I delight to sit in his shade, And his fruit is sweet to my mouth. (Song of Songs 2:3)
For ten days in late August, Israeli Rabbi Benny Lau and his wife, Rabbanit Noah Lau, traveled from Jerusalem to Japan to lead Bible study for groups of Makuya Japanese Christians. The Laus traveled to five Japanese towns and spent three days together at a weekend conference with 3,400 members of the Makuya group.
Makuya is Japanese for the Hebrew word Mishkan, the tent of meeting, where human beings come into contact with God. The Mishkan was the portable sanctuary that the Israelites used in the desert, before entering Israel and building the First Holy Temple.
The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. (Psalm 11:5)
Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. (Credit: Agencia O Globo)
Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in the upcoming presidential election in Brazil, was stabbed during a campaign rally Thursday and was undergoing surgery.
The far-right politician, whose heated rhetoric has electrified some voters and angered others – -who accuse him of racism and homophobia – in a deeply polarized electorate, was attacked amid a crowd in the south-east state of Minas Gerais. Bolsonaro has performed strongly in recent opinion polls.
Those same polls suggested that he will likely receive the most votes in next month’s presidential elections, especially if the country’s former president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (‘Lula’) remains blocked from standing. He is currently in prison, but is appealing against his candidacy ban – imposed after his conviction for corruption.
Republican lawmakers have made it clear they have no intention of repealing Obamacare in the current Congress.
Republicans in the nation’s top lawmaking body have never really wanted to get rid of Obamacare. They would prefer to present the program, which David Horowitz correctly describes as “the greatest assault on individual freedom and individual choice in our lifetimes,” as a villain and whip up sentiment against it and run against it every election. They view Obamacare as good for the business of politics. They may chip away at it from time to time or tinker with it at the margins, but make no mistake: these creatures of Washington want to keep it in place. This is the Republicans’ dirty secret.
The Trump administration has decided to reopen a case brought by a Zionist group against Rutgers University, previously closed by the Obama administration in 2014, alleging that the university had allowed Jewish students to be subjected to a hostile environment in violation of Title VI of the U.S. Civil Rights Act. The issue, ignored by the Obama administration, was whether the students were discriminated against based on their actual or perceived Jewish ancestry or ethnicity. Kenneth L. Marcus, the new assistant secretary of education for civil rights, decided that the case deserved another look.
Nestled in the Han River in the middle of South Korea’s bustling capital of Seoul, Yeoui Island is hardly where one would expect to find the largest mega-church in the world. Home to the city’s business and financial district, its skyline dotted with skyscrapers, the island boasts some of the country’s most powerful institutions, such as the Korean stock exchange and the headquarters of LG, the international conglomerate.
The AfD’s opponents, who often brand the party as “far right” or “extremist,” claim that the party’s alleged ties to neo-Nazi groups pose an existential threat to Germany’s constitutional order. The AfD’s supporters counter that Germany’s politically correct establishment, afraid of losing its power and influence, is attempting to outlaw a legitimate party that has pledged to put the interests of German citizens first.
Israel’s Palestinian foes regard “martyrdom” as the supremely highest expression of Islamic sacredness. Nonetheless, there are certain conspicuously prominent disjunctions between the relevant obligations of faith and expectations of international law. Unambiguously, only the latter set of obligations can offer a suitably authoritative source for assessing Palestinian resorts to armed force.
This is the case even when the stated objective of such resorts would be “self-determination” and/or “national liberation.”
“Setting fire to the ground,” a “major catastrophe,” bringing “new instability” are the headlines that have greeted Donald Trump’s unorthodox decisions over the past year. Withdrawing from UNESCO, moving the US Embassy, leaving the Iran deal and cutting funding to UNRWA and funding for Pakistan were seen as extreme decisions in the Middle East and around the world. Insofar as there is a “Trump Doctrine,” it has been to call this bluff.
In the mind-set of Trump and his team, the time has come for the United States to move quickly to reverse decades of foreign policy norms, ending the status quo, and ripping up what the previous administrations did.
The jihadi assault on and massacre of Christians continued unabated throughout the Muslim word. According to one report titled, “Armed gangs WIPE OUT 15 villages in mass Christian slaughter in Nigeria,” several Islamic terrorists “stormed through 15 villages to massacre Christians and destroy their churches in a violent crackdown against the religion…. Dozens of people have been killed after the gangs ransacked towns and villages to clear them of all aspects of the Christian faith.
Wars are raging in various parts of the Middle East, although there is a tendency not to call the conflicts by that name because of the fear conjured up by the word.
One conflagration is the war Iran is waging against those – headed by Israel – who stand in the way of its plans to take over the entire Middle East.
Another is the Assad regime’s war to take back control of the entire country, and a third is the PLO’s battle for survival.
Much has been written about the first of these wars, and reports have claimed that from early 2017 on, Israel has launched over 200 attacks in Syria, mainly at targets connected to Iran.