On May 20, 2019, an anti-Jewish thread was posted on the imaging board 8chan, titled "I'm done. I'm angry. Gas all kikes."[1] The post, which was uploaded to the page "/pol/ - Politically Incorrect," is another example of the hate speech and calls to action, namely to attack and kill Jews, on this platform.

The 8chan site has come to the attention of the public in the past three months, since New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant[2] and Poway, CA synagogue shooter John Earnest[3] posted their manifestos on it right before they carried out their attacks. It is noteworthy that Earnest called Tarrant a direct inspiration for him (for more on connections among users of these and other platforms, see MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 1457, Online Non-Jihadi Terrorism: Identifying Potential Threats, May 30, 2019).


The opening post of the May 20, 2019 anti-Jewish thread 

The following is an examination of the anti-Jewish thread on 8chan posted May 20, 2019 that specifically targeted a Jewish journalist.

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Date Posted: June 04, 2019
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IRGC Deputy Commander General Ali Fadavi said in a May 30, 2019 interview on Channel 3 TV (Iran) that the Houthi fighters in Yemen have achieved what they have because Yemenis are intelligent and because they are operating according to the guidelines of the Islamic Revolution. Responding to a question in which the interviewer, Vahid Yaminpour, said that the existence and security of Israel was becoming expensive for the "Jew-boys who count every penny and every cent," Fadavi said that the Jews will return to their countries of origin in Europe, Russia, Africa, and America, and that the Zionist government will be unable to prevent emigration from occupied Palestine because the Jewish citizens – not only the government – are "calculating profit and loss every day." He also said that the idea that America could fight a war against Iran in which the benefits would outweigh the damage does not enter even a "single cell in [the Americans'] brain." Gen. Fadavi, who has previously served as the Commander of the IRGC Navy, was promoted to Deputy Commander of the IRGC shortly after the IRGC was recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States.

To view the clip of General Ali Fadavi on MEMRI TV, click here or below.

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Date Posted: June 03, 2019
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On May 24, 2019, the Roznama Urdu Times, a leading Urdu-language daily published from Mumbai, ran an article titled "The Enemies Of God And Friendship With Them." The article, published a day after the 17th of Ramadan, which marks the day of the Battle of Badr, the first major battle involving a Muslim army, was written by Maulana Muhammad Abdul Hafeez Islami, an Islamic scholar.

The article begins with a Koran verse: "Oh you who have believed, do not make Jews and Christians your friends. They are friends between themselves. And if someone from among you makes them his friend, then he is counted among them. For sure, Allah deprives the oppressors of His guidance." The source for the quote is given as Chapter Al-Ma'idah Verse 51 of the Koran. The English translation of this verse and that of the verses cited below have been prepared from the Urdu given in the Roznama Urdu Times article.

There are many religious texts that promote negative views about one community or another. However, most communities tend to ignore such literature and junk it as irrelevant for modern times. The question is: Why is the editor of a leading Indian daily propagating such hateful content about Jews and Christians, or about any community, for that matter?

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Date Posted: May 31, 2019
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The Lebanese Al-Jumhouriyya daily quoted Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri as making the antisemitic remark that Jews are money-hungry even while still in their mother's womb. [1] The article, titled "How to Recognize a Jew," quoted Berri as saying: "If you see a pregnant woman, get close to her and toss a piece of gold near her or at her feet. If the fetus jumps out from his mother's womb and grabs the gold, you know he is a Jew." It should be stated that the article, including this statement, was also posted on Berri's personal website.[2]

 


The article on Berri's website

Al-Jumhouriyya  quoted the statement in a report on Berri's meeting several days ago with U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in Lebanon. The meeting was held as part of the U.S. efforts to mediate in the negotiations between Israel and Lebanon on demarcating the maritime border between the two countries, an issue having to do with oil and gas drilling rights in the Mediterranean. 

 

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Date Posted: May 30, 2019
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In the last two years, the Saudi media has published no few expressions of support for Israel and for normalizing relations with it. The Iranian threat, and its tangible manifestations in Yemen, Syria and Iraq, have caused Saudis to view Israel as non-threatening and perhaps even as a potential ally in the struggle against Iran.[1] Moreover, the Arab and Western media has occasionally reported that Saudi Arabia is interested in economic cooperation and normalization with Israel and has even taken steps to actualize this.

In terms of its official position, however, Saudi Arabia has been careful to stress that it has no relations with Israel, and that it opposes Israel's policy towards the Palestinians and remains committed to the Arab Peace Initiative, which makes normalization conditional upon a permanent solution to the Palestinian issue. This position has been articulated by Saudi Arabia's representatives in the UN,[2] as well as by Saudi Arabia's former ambassador to the U.S., Turki Al-Faisal, who, in an interview on Al-Arabiya TV, denied any Saudi cooperation with Israel and clarified that there has been no change in the kingdom's position towards it.[3]

This ambivalent attitude towards Israel is also discernable in op-eds published in the Saudi press. Alongside articles supporting Israel and calling to establish relations with it, there have been articles expressing reservations about maintaining ties with it and even harshly attacking Israel and its policies and accusing it of cooperating with Iran against the Arabs. Some of these articles used brutal language, hoping for Israel's demise and describing any Arab rapprochement with it as treason.

The following are excerpts from some of the latter articles, as well as cartoons against Israel published in the Saudi press:

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Date Posted: May 28, 2019
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Introduction

Recently, the Qatari Al-Jazeera Media Network apologized for an antisemitic video on the Holocaust that was released via Facebook and Twitter by network affiliate AJ+Arabic. The video questioned the number of Jewish Holocaust victims and added that Israel is the biggest "winner" from the Holocaust and that it uses Nazi justifications for annihilating the Palestinians.

View this clip on MEMRI TV here or below.

Following MEMRI's translation and release of the video, Al-Jazeera removed the video from the AJ+ social media accounts, suspended two journalists involved in its production, and stated that that the video "contravened its editorial standards." [1]  

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Date Posted: May 24, 2019
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On May 22, 2019, Dr. Ahmed Al-Raissouni, head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), posted an article titled "Why It Is Necessary to Question the Holocaust" on the IUMS website and on his personal website and Facebook page. In the article he claimed that the Holocaust has acquired an "exaggerated halo" and that questioning its veracity and scope is not only a right but an obligation. Listing ten reasons to justify this view, he stated, inter alia, that the Holocaust narrative, fabricated by the Zionist movement, has been sanctified and imposed on the world, to the extent that there are "campaigns that slander, intimidate, exclude and besiege anyone who dares to think independently about it or about any of its fake details or statistics." Moreover, the Holocaust narrative consists of claims that are "politically slanted and questionable" and many of which cannot be verified, he said. He called to subject the issue of the Holocaust to scientific scrutiny, free of all exploitation, threats and intimidation.

The IUMS was founded in 2004 in Dublin, Ireland by Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradawi, who also headed it until recently. Al-Qaradawi, who is considered to be a major ideologue of the Muslim Brotherhood, resides in Qatar and has been supported and sponsored for decades by the Qatari regime. The IUMS under his leadership promoted an extremist discourse, including rhetoric against Jews and Christians and encouragement of jihad and martyrdom.[1] This Ramadan, a Qatari daily published a series of religious lessons by Al-Qaradawi, including one in which he claimed that the Jews opposed Allah and He therefore transformed them into apes and pigs, and that the Christians were afflicted by ideological blindness and strayed from the path of righteousness.[2]

It should be noted that the IUMS is supported not only by Qatar but also by Turkey. In an interview Al-Raissouni gave on Al-Jazeera in November 18, 2018, shortly after he replaced Al-Qaradawi as the head of the IUMS, he revealed that Qatar has supported the organization since its inception and that Turkey now funds it as well, and said: "There is nothing wrong with that and we don't hide it. On the contrary, we are proud of it and we urge all the countries to follow in the footsteps of those two."[3]

The publication of Raissouni's article at this time may be linked to a video posted a week ago on the Facebook and Twitter pages of AJ+, one of the channels of the Qatari Al-Jazeera network. The video, which was translated and publicized by MEMRI, claimed that the number of Jewish Holocaust victims remains “one of the most prominent historical debates to this day,” and that Israel benefits from the Holocaust more than anyone and uses Nazi justifications to annihilate the Palestinians. [4] Following MEMRI's exposure of the video and the uproar it caused, Al-Jazeera removed it from its websites, suspended the employees responsible for its production, and published an apology stating that its content contravened its editing principles. 

To view this clip, click here or below:

However, MEMRI's years-long monitoring of the Qatari media reveals that these media, chief of them Al-Jazeera, serve as a platform for disseminating antisemitic messages.

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Date Posted: May 23, 2019
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On May 15, 2019, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said in an iftar meeting with senior members of Iran's regime that America was much stronger in 1979 than it is today and that President Jimmy Carter was much smarter than President Trump. He explained that Iran's accurate missiles have a range of up to 2,000 kilometers and that they can strike within six meters of their target. He added that enriching uranium past 20% would be much easier than enriching below 20%. Khamenei said that America will definitely "face defeat" in its confrontation with Iran and that negotiations with the Americans are "poison" because the Americans are trying to deprive Iran of its "points of strength." The Iranian leader added that Iran does not want war and that a war is unlikely to break out. Khamenei's speech aired on Channel 1 TV (Iran).

To view the clip of Ali Khamenei on MEMRI TV, click here or below.

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Date Posted: May 21, 2019
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Every day during Ramadan, the Qatari government daily Al-Arab publishes a Quran lesson by Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradawi, who for many years headed the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). He is considered a leading ideologue of the Muslim Brotherhood and has been protected and supported by the Qatari regime for many years.

In his lesson published May 14, 2019, Al-Qaradawi focused on the concluding verses of the first Surah of the Quran, Al-Fatiha (The Opening), which states: "Guide us to the straight path – the path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not [the path] of those who have evoked [Your] anger or [the path] of those who are astray" (Quran 1:7). Al-Qaradawi reiterated the common interpretation of this verse, i.e. that "those upon whom You have bestowed favor" refers to the Muslims, while "those who have evoked [Your] anger" refers to the Jews and "those who are astray" refers to the Christians.[1] He stated that Chapter Al-Fatiha is "the daily prayer Muslims repeat at least 17 times [every day]," underscores the identity of the Muslim, which is different from that of non-Muslims.

According to Al-Qaradawi, the Jews stubbornly opposed the Prophet Muhammad and acted arrogantly and fanatically, and thus are deserving of Allah's wrath. He also quoted Quran 5:60, in which Allah turned the Jews into apes and pigs. With regard to the Christians, Al-Qaradawi said that they were stricken with ideological blindness and could not distinguish the truth of Islam from falsehood, and thus they had gone astray. 

It should be noted that there was a dispute in Egypt regarding this common interpretation, and that well-known sheikhs, among them 19th-century religious reformist Muhammad 'Abduh and others, had rejected this interpretation.[2] In September 2017, Egypt's Al-Azhar institution stated that the term "astray" in the Quran, traditionally associated with the Christians, does not refer to any particular sect but to anyone, Muslim or non-Muslim, who does not follow the righteous path. Al-Azhar's clarification made no reference to the phrase "those who have evoked [Your] anger," traditionally associated with the Jews.[3]

The following is the translation of Al-Qaradawi's lesson in the Qatari daily Al-Arab:

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Date Posted: May 21, 2019
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By: C. R. Rublin*


Introduction

Many pro-Palestinian and BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions against Israel) groups maintain Facebook pages. These pages also serve as a platform for U.S.-based neo-Nazis and white supremacists, whose posts on them can include blatant incitement against Jews.

Parameters Of The Study

The anti-Jewish incitement in these posts includes support for Nazi ideology; expressions of racial hatred and demonization of Jews, including specifically American Jews; conspiracy theories regarding Jewish plans to take control of  the world and destroy Western moral values; and calls to action against Jews.[1]

The period covered by this study was January 2016 through April 2019, and the study covered posts by members of the Facebook groups who a) appear to reside in the U.S, and b) espouse neo-Nazi and/or white-supremacist ideology.

It is noteworthy that these individuals are also generally against vaccinations, believe in various conspiracy theories, primarily concerning 9/11 and "chemtrails," and also deny the Holocaust. Many of their posts express admiration of Nazi ideology. They might be devout Christians or blatant atheists, and several members identify with the Confederate South. These individuals were also identified by public Facebook pages that they had "liked," such as "Crush Social Marxism," "Goyim know," various "European Beauty" pages, neo-Nazi pages, and so on. Certain types of "memes" – images or GIFs with a caption added – are also used by those included in this study.[2]

None of the antisemitic posts in these groups were removed by the group's moderators; in fact, often the moderators themselves endorse such posts and even post similar statements themselves.

Groups Examined For Neo-Nazi And White Supremacist Members

See Appendix for more about the groups:

  1. Boycott Israel:[3] Public group with 10,000 members.

  2. BDS FIRST:[4] Public group with about 2,000 members.

  3. Stand with Palestine:[5] Public group with 60,000 members.

  4. ANTI ZIONIST – BOYCOTT ISRAEL:[6] Closed Facebook group with 4,000 members.

  5. A group for Palestine and its friends:[7] Closed group with 24,000 members.

  6. Boycott Israel.... Support the BDS:[8] Closed group with more than 35,000 members.

The research findings are divided into topics.

Jews As Enemies Of The White Race

Several posters express concern about the common classification of Jews as "whites." They emphasize that Jews are not "white" and that they have in fact been waging a battle against the white race and culture since early times. The Jews are accused of encouraging "inbreeding" between whites and other races in order to eliminate the white race.

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Date Posted: May 16, 2019
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By: Michael Davis*

 

Introduction

On April 27, 2019, John T. Earnest, a 19-year-old nursing student at California State University San Marcos, carried out a shooting attack at the Chabad of Poway synagogue, near San Diego, California, killing one and wounding three others. He managed to fire only eight to 10 rounds before his rifle either jammed or malfunctioned.[1] He also claimed, in his manifesto, to have previously set fire to a mosque in Escondido, which was immediately extinguished people on the scene.

Earnest was active on Twitter, but it appears that most of his online activity took place on the imageboard website 8chan. It was there that he published his manifesto, titled "An Open Letter," around the time of the attack.[2]  His manifesto is important in that it affords a window into the thinking of others who share similar views and who are similarly motivated. In it, he states that he began planning his attack shortly after the March 15, 2019 massacre in two Christchurch, NZ mosques carried out by Brenton Tarrant.[3] Both Tarrant and Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers[4] are listed by Earnest in the letter as directly inspiring his attack.[5]

Earnest's eight-page manifesto is predominantly anti-Jewish, although he does use racial slurs against Middle Easterners, for example "sandniggers" and "durka," and against Latinos and African-Americans, whom he calls "spics" and "niggers." As does Tarrant's manifesto, it follows a question-and-answer format.[6] He addresses several topics outlining his political and racial views, his personal background, and his motives for the attack. He directs it to his family and friends, to Jews and Jewish media agents, to his online supporters and followers, and to other Christians.

Earnest's manifesto enables us to see a chain of events: His attack was inspired by perpetrators of similar attacks – Tarrant's attack in 2019, who in turn drew inspiration from the 2011 Norway mass murder carried out by Anders Breivik.[7]

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Date Posted: May 15, 2019
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