Far-Right Extremists Killed At Least 38 in US in 2019; White Supremacists Arrested After Threats; Sanders Claims AIPAC is Platform for Bigotry

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February 27, 2020


Far-right extremists killed at least 38 people in the U.S. in 2019, the sixth deadliest year on record violence by all domestic extremists since 1970, according to a new report. Federal prosecutors charged five people allegedly linked to a neo-Nazi group for engaging in a campaign to intimidate and harass journalists, activists and a member of the President’s cabinet. Calling AIPAC a platform “for leaders who express bigotry,” presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders announced he would not attend the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, prompting ADL and others to label his remarks “irresponsible.”

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1) Domestic Far-Right Extremists Killed At Least 38 People in 2019

“The Anti-Defamation League counted a total of 42 domestic extremism-related slayings last year. The gunman who shot and killed 22 people in August 2019 at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, accounted for more than half of them.” Associated Press: READ MORE

+ ADL Resource: Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2019

2) White Supremacists Arrested After Targeting Journalists, Activists and a Trump Official

“The charges, announced on Wednesday in Virginia and Washington State, are part of a broader recent crackdown by federal law enforcement on violent white supremacists in the United States. Authorities said the individuals were associated with the Atomwaffen Division, a small but violent paramilitary neo-Nazi group.” The New York Times: FULL STORY

+ ADL Blog: Five Alleged Atomwaffen Members Arrested for Swatting, Intimidation

+ ADL Backgrounder: Atomwaffen Division (AWD)

3) Bernie Sanders Won’t Attend AIPAC Conference; Says Lobbying Group Provides Platform for ‘Bigotry’

“Sanders wrote on Twitter that he would not attend the conference because he is ‘concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and opposed basic Palestinian rights.’” Salon: FULL STORY

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: “At a time when we see a surge of real hate across the US, it’s irresponsible to describe AIPAC like this. @ADL proudly will be there.”