Alleged White Supremacists Planned Violence at Va. Gun Rally; Anti-Semitic 'News' Site Gets White House Press Credentials; World Leaders in Israel to Mark Holocaust Anniversary

  • January 23, 2020
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THE WEEK’S BIG 3

Three men linked to The Base – a violent white supremacist group – were arrested in Maryland and Delaware on federal felony charges after plotting to kill pro-gun control protesters at a Virginia rally in hopes of starting a race war. The anti-Semitic and conspiracy-promoting “news” outlet TruNews was once again granted White House press credentials, this time to cover the World Economic Forum in Davos. U.S. officials, 50 world leaders, and Jewish community representatives were in Israel to participate in the fifth annual World Holocaust Forum, marking 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.

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1. Three Alleged White Supremacists Planned Deadly Violence at Richmond Gun Rally

“Before being arrested by the FBI last week, three alleged members of The Base, a white supremacist group, were plotting deadly attacks at Monday’s gun rights rally in Richmond, including shooting ‘unsuspecting civilians and police officers’ in hopes of ignoring what one called a ‘full-blown civil war,’ authorities said in court filings…” The Washington Post: READ MORE

+ ADL Resource: The Base

2. White House Reportedly Credentials Website That Called Impeachment a ‘Jew Coup’

“Rick Wiles, the pastor who runs TruNews, said in a broadcast from Davos that the White House had extended the invitation and gloated that ‘there are a lot of people in society very upset that TruNews is showing up in these places…’” JTA FULL STORY

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: “Now TruNews is at the WEF in Davos on press credentials from the White House. Unacceptable is an understatement…”

+ ADL Resource: TruNews and Rick Wiles

3. World Leaders Arrive in Israel for World Holocaust Forum Marking 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

“The event is organized by the World Holocaust Forum Foundation and Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial and museum. The intention of the event is to support the memory of the Holocaust and raise awareness to combat anti-Semitism…” The Hill: FULL STORY

+ Greenblatt tweet: “Thank you to nearly 50 world leaders for convening at @YadVashem under the message ‘Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting AntiSemitism.’”

+ ADL Resource: Liberation at 75 – Teaching Strategies and Resources

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