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Instagram Still has a Big Problem with Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists; White Nationalists Hold Impromptu Rally in Nation’s Capitol

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December 09, 2021

THE WEEK’S BIG 3

American college campuses experienced anti-Israel activity and inflammatory rhetoric at the “highest rate in recent memory” during and after Israel’s May conflict with Hamas, according to a new report by ADL. Despite taking steps to remove hateful content, hundreds of posts promoting dangerous white supremacist ideologies are still readily available on Instagram where they could radicalize unsuspecting users, new research shows. On Saturday, more than 100 members of the white nationalist group Patriot Front marched through downtown Washington, D.C., in a demonstration meant to share their plan to “reclaim America.”

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  1. Israel-Hamas War Fueled Unprecedented Levels of Anti-Israel Activity on College Campuses per ADL Report

    “Released Tuesday as part of the ADL Center on Extremism’s efforts to track antisemitism in higher education, the report said extreme anti-Israel activism had an outsized effect on Jewish students during the 2020-2021 academic year — and often ‘crossed the line’ from legitimate criticism of Israeli policies into “blatant expressions of antisemitism from certain groups and activists.” Algemeiner: LEARN MORE

    + READ: The Anti-Israel Movement on U.S. Campuses, 2020-2021

    + Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: Outrageous that Zionist students are being disparaged as inherently bigoted. All students have a right to express their views about Israel, critical or not, but antisemitism disguised as Israel criticism is unacceptable.

  2. Instagram Still has a Big Problem with Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists

    “The Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism searched for terms on Instagram related to white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements, quickly uncovering hundreds of accounts sharing extremist propaganda.” USA Today: FULL STORY

    + WATCH: ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on CNBC’s Squawk Box discussing what can be done to better regulate Big Tech

    + READ: Remarks by Jonathan Greenblatt to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on "Holding Big Tech Accountable"CNN

  3. White Nationalists Hold Impromptu Rally in Nation’s Capitol

    “Despite being granted police escorts for its rally Saturday, the group seemed to come prepared for violence. A number of the members wore knee pads and brought shields with them. It was a scene reminiscent of a Ku Klux Klan rally. Video posted to Twitter on Saturday showed participants walking from the Lincoln Memorial toward the U.S. Capitol wearing matching outfits of khaki pants, dark blue jackets, baseball hats, sunglasses and gaiter masks covering their mouths and noses.” NBC News: READ MORE

    + What is Patriot Front?

    + ADL H.E.A.T. Map

 

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