The Hate Spewed in Charlottesville Helps ISIS and al-Qaeda

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - JULY 08: The Ku Klux Klan protests on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The KKK is protesting the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, and calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments. (Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images)

A culture of anti-Semitism breeds extremism and terrorist sympathizers

Al-Qaeda columnist Ibrahim al-Qosi, a former Guantanamo detainee, wrote in the May issue of the terror group’s Inspire magazine that white nationalist groups in the United States most helpfully “see the federal government serve the interests of the Jews” and realize they “must be curbed.”

How they must have smiled watching coverage of the “Unite the Right” rally, where the assembled white supremacists and neo-Nazis chanted “Jew” at any derisive mention of Charlottesville’s Jewish mayor, Mike Signer. Chants included “Jews will not replace us,” “the goyim know,” and the old Nazi rally slogan “blood and soil.” Some marchers wore Nazi armbands and carried swastika flags and signs denouncing Jews as “Satan’s children”—boy, Islamic terrorists are vigorously nodding their heads in agreement—along with a vile range of racist slurs.

On the alt-right /pol/ 4chan site, a nickname thread for James Fields Jr., the Ohio man accused of running over counter-protesters and killing one woman, suggested “James ‘The Jews went too far so I got my car’ Fields” and “James ‘Mow Down the Kikes, Even the Tykes’ Fields.”

Fields is accused of killing by a method often described in do-it-yourself terrorist guides: ramming a car into a crowd, while first waiting until enough people have massed and gathering enough speed to do real damage.

Though many of these haters would chafe at the mere suggestion, it’s a devastating cooperative relationship: domestic anti-Semites, while cherry-picking useful tips on online organizing and youth recruitment from Islamist terror groups’ successes, are also emboldening terrorists.

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