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Richard Spencer’s White Nationalist ‘Nonprofit’ Punished By IRS For Failing to File Tax Returns – The Root

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So, this isnt the same or even as exciting as Richard Spencer getting punched in the face, but we should all feel some sort of satisfaction that this dude is getting something else he deserves. The IRS has stripped Spencers nonprofit organization of its tax-exempt status because it failed to file financial returns for three years.

The Washington Post previously reported in December that Spencers think tank, the National Policy Institute, had been allowed to operate in financial secrecy since 2013, but on Tuesday, Spencer said he was told by the IRS that the Virginia-based organization had lost its tax-exempt status for failing to submit necessary records when it was supposed to.

Spencer reportedly blamed the mistake on a former bookkeeper, and according to the Post, he has already begun the reapplication process, which could take months.

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The institute, which promotes a form of American apartheid, has functioned as a public charity that relies heavily on contributions. The IRS almost always requires such organizations to file returns that detail where the money comes from and how it is spent. For reasons the agency still hasnt explained, Spencers group had been categorized among those not obligated to file any returns whatsoever, according to an examination by the Post.

Tax experts asked to review the case by The Post last year said they believed the classification was erroneous and should be fixed and, when it was, they predicted that the institute would lose its tax exemption.

Despite the IRSs miscue, the experts added, Spencer still had a duty to provide the documents, known as Form 990s. The error allowed the institute to avoid public scrutiny at a time when the alt-right the term Spencer coined to describe a movement seeking a whites-only state had garnered international attention.

According to the Post, when Spencer was first asked about the tax issue, he said he didnt know about, but that the blunder and its fallout had prompted him to fire the firm handling his accounting.

The people I delegated this task to really screwed up. Ill take responsibility, Spencer said. We solved the issue, but now were facing the consequences.

Spencer said that the institute will temporarily halt its fundraising until we get all of our is dotted and our ts crossed, a task that he predicted would take anywhere from one to six months.

Spencer does not believe the revocation is politically motivated, and said he would only question the IRSs motivation if his reapplication is rejected.

Im obviously going to respect their decision because mistakes were made on our end, Spencer said.

According to the Post, groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors Spencer and other white supremacists, were not aware until they were informed by WaPo that the IRS had not demanded that Spencers organization file returns, and they immediately objected.

SPLC spokeswoman Heidi Beirich told the Post, If theyre going to claim tax breaks for their donors, we should know where the money is coming from and what the money is being spent on. Its important for the IRS to hold them to the same standard they hold the rest of us.

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America’s LGBT Centers Are Under Attack – Advocate.com

On Sunday afternoon, a visitor to theCasa Ruby LGBT Community Center in Washington, D.C., physically attacked a worker, threw a brick through a window, and let loose a string of verbal assaults.

“I’ll kill your motherfucking ass. Ya’ll tranny motherfuckers think somebody won’t fuck y’all up,” the man screamed, according to a police report of the incident.

Two weeks earlier, a different man entered the same facility, made sexual advances toward LGBT youth, and then punched a hole in the wall. He was arrested, but returned the following week to repeat the crime, reports DCist.

TheCasa Ruby center is far from alone in being the target of attacks. Last week at least one armed person shot 13 pellets at theDennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa, Okla., reports theTulsa World. Hours later, a man entered the facility and began yelling expletives at the staff, telling them, I wish you would all die.”

“We’re getting reports like this from all over the country,” said Toby Jenkins, the center’s executive director. “Gay community centers being vandalized; welcoming churches being vandalized; gay businesses being vandalized. Now it’s happened in Tulsa.”

Two days earlier, a pair of men in Asbury Park, N.J., shattered the glass door of Garden State Equality, the state’s largest LGBT organization. Christian Fuscarino, the group’s executive director, said the building was no random target the broken glass was meant to send a message of terror to the LGBT community in New Jersey and beyond.

“This kind of incident shows that hate knows no boundaries. It is not restricted by geography, even in a state as historically progressive as ours,” he told the Asbury Park Press.

Since the presidential election, hate crimes have spiked, confirms the Southern Poverty Law Center. This uptick includes an increase in attacks on LGBT centers, mosques, and Jewish cemeteries, which as symbols of their respective communities, have become targets in a divisive political clime.

The truth is theres been a lot of groups of people victimized since the election [in November], especially the LGBT community,”Heidi Beirich, a director of SPLC, toldVocativ.

Last month, Vocativ counted at least five reported attacks on LGBT centers, including a smashed window at Equality Florida in Orlando and transphobic slurs scrawled on the side of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Three occurred after the Trump administration rolled back education guidelines protecting transgender students.

We see the same pattern, Beirich said. Trump will attack a group of people and then we see incidents of hate crimes afterward.

Kelly Love, a spokesperson for the White House, told the Washington Blade that President Trump denounced these attacks.

President Trump condemns hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms, including attacks against the LGBT community, Love said.

However, activists worry that anti-LGBT legislation and directives, such as the rumored “religious freedom” executive order, will exacerbate these crimes. JoDee Winterhof, the senior vice president for policy and political affairs for the Human Rights Campaign, saidTrump must be more vocal in condemning such hatred, and become the ally he promised to be on the campaign trail.

Many LGBTQ Americans are scared right now theyre scared of their rights being taken away, scared for their families, and scared that they may no longer be protected in the country they live in,” Winterhof said.

“The president has done little to calm those nerves. He owes it to the LGBTQ community to not only disavow these acts of hate, but also to restore protections for transgender kids and totally rule out his license to discriminate executive order.”

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US Rep. Steve King Tweets In Favor Of White Nationalism, Gets Little Pushback From Colleagues – Huffington Post

U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has made no secretof how he views people who arent white, Christian or American-born. His latest public remarks are being critically viewed as a paean to white nationalism by Democrats and independentsbut not, evidently, by many of his Republican colleagues in Congress.

On Sunday afternoon, King suggested that Muslim children were preventing our civilization from being restored.

The tweet was in response to a cartoon tweeted out by an account that supports far-right European candidates and platforms. The cartoon depicts Geert Wilders, a candidate for prime minister in the Netherlands, sticking his finger in a dam labeled Western Civilization to stop a flow of green ooze with stars and crescent moons a color and set of symbols widely associated with Islam.

A representative for King did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

His remarks, however, align with ones made last September when heappeared with Wilders and Frauke Petry, chairwoman of the far-right anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party, saying, Cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end.

In anexplainer on white nationalism last year, Eric Kaufmann, a professor of politics at Birkbeck University in London, told The New York Times the ideology centers around intertwining national identity with ethnicity and the belief that whites should preserve a demographic, social and political majority.

Yet more than five hours after King issued his remarks, most of Kings Republican congressional colleagues were conspicuously quiet. State Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Minn.) was one Republican to condemn King, whom he called a fake conservative and a fake Republican.

Evan McMullin, who ran as an independent presidential candidate in Utah, and Democrats like Rep. David Cicilline (R.I.) called out King for his endorsement of white nationalism.

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) was not so much outraged as dismissive, calling King an ignoramus whom nobody takes seriously.

One person who did take Kings words to heart and applauded them was former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke a figure whos arguably the strongest litmus test for whether a political position or worldview is on the wrong side of history.

UPDATE: March 13 During an appearance on CNN Monday, King doubled down on his commentsin a fiery interview with Chris Cuomo.

I meant exactly what I said, King told Cuomo. You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody elses babies. Youve got to keep your birth rate up… You need to teach your children your values and in doing so, then you can grow your population, and you can strengthen your culture, you can strengthen your way of life.

Heidi Beirich, an expert on extremism for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and extremist activity,on Monday called Kings remarks just a flat-out statement of white nationalism.

In [Kings]comments on civilization and babies, he sounds no different than your standard white supremacist people likeJared Taylor and whatnot, Beirich told The Huffington Post. (Taylor is the editor of the white nationalist publication American Renaissance.)

Its amazing to think that you can get away with that kind of rhetoric today, given the damage that this kind of racism has done over the years, Beirich went on. Youd expect it to be widely condemned, including by people of [Kings]own party.

By Monday morning, several Republicans from Florida had indeed condemned Kings words. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, born to Cuban parents, asked if King considered him somebody elses baby, while Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told King to get a clue.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said that the sentiment expressed by Steve King doesnt reflect our shared history or values.

This post has been updated with remarks from King, Beirich and multiple Florida Republicans.

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LGBT Centers Keep Being Attacked; Why Aren’t Trump & The Media … – Instinct Magazine

Instinct Staff | March 12, 2017

Have you guys noticed that there’s been an increasing number of attacks on LGBTcenters across the country since the November election and no one in the Trump administration is talking about it?

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A wave of attacks against LGBT community centers spanning coast-to-coast cropped up in the first months of 2017, receiving little national media coverage and no words of condemnation from the president.

Since President Donald Trump withdrewfederal protections for transgender studentsin late February, three LGBT centers have been vandalized, bringing the total to at least five in the past month. But hate crimes against LGBT people have been on the rise since Novembers election, according to Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The truth is theres been a lot of groups of people victimized since the election [in November], especially the LGBT community, Beirich said, noting that LGBT people continue to be the groupmost likely to be targetedfor hate crimes in the United States.

Here at Instinct, we’ve reported on these attacks as they’ve occurred–check out our posts on LGBT center attacks in Tulsa, New Jersey, and Los Angeles–so the information’s out there. Why is the Trump administration being silent as the LGBT community faces these assaults?

These attacks range from graffiti to drive-by shootings. Why aren’t these attacksbeing covered more widely by the mainstream media?

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LGBTQ centers are getting vandalized and no one’s talking about it – The Daily Dot

BY RYAN BECKLER

A wave of attacks against LGBTQ community centersspanning coast-to-coastcropped up in the first months of 2017, receiving little national media coverage and no words of condemnation from the president.

Since President Donald Trump withdrew federal protections for transgender students in late February, three LGBTQ centers have been vandalized, bringing the total to at least five in the past month. But hate crimes against LGBTQ people have been on the rise since Novembers election, according to Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The truth is theres been a lot of groups of people victimized since the election [in November], especially the LGBTQ community, Beirich said, noting that LGBTQ people continue to be the groupmost likely to be targeted for hate crimes in the United States.

Most recently, at least one person riddled the Equality Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a pellet gun. Hours later, an enraged man came into the same building, cursed out the front desk crew, and allegedly told staff, I wish you would all die.

The [shooting incident] made us mad and concerned, but that scared us to death, Toby Jenkins, the centers executive director told the Tulsa World on Monday. They cant hold in their bigot, and it just explodes on us like a volcano.

On the East coast, two men were seen on surveillance footage shattering the glass door of the Garden State Equality office in Asbury Park, New Jersey. And just a day after Trump announced his new transgender policy, vandals shattered a window of the Equality Florida office in Orlando.

Earlier in February, Milwaukees Diverse & Resilient Center was reportedly vandalized for the third time in two months, with F*g being graffitied in the most recent incident.

We cant be certain of the motives behind the vandalism or if the incidents are related, but we are aware that such attacks have increased across the country since the election, Gerald Coon, the president of Diverse & Resilient, told NBC News. We remain undeterred and will continue our work.

Out West, a Los Angeles LGBTQ center was spray-painted with the words F**k Trannies.

We see the same pattern, SPLCs Heidi Beirich said. Trump will attack a group of people and then we see incidents of hate crimes afterward.

The recent rise in attacks against the LGBTQ community come alongside an even sharper rise in threats to Jewish Community Centers. Those incidents were finally, explicitly condemned by President Trump in late Februaryafter many criticized his weeks-long silence.

Also in late February, the president backtracked on his promise to fight for transgender people, by rolling back an Obama administration rule to allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. A report in December found that a majority of trans people in America were already avoiding public restrooms.

The White House did not return a request for comment.

This story originally appeared on Vocativ and has been republished with permission.

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LGBT Centers Are Getting Vandalized And No One’s Talking About It … – Vocativ

A wave of attacks against LGBT community centers spanning coast-to-coast cropped up in the first months of 2017, receiving little national media coverage and no words of condemnation from the president.

Since President Donald Trump withdrew federal protections for transgender students in late February, three LGBT centers have been vandalized, bringing the total to at least five in the past month. But hate crimes against LGBT people have been on the rise since Novembers election, according to Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The truth is theres been a lot of groups of people victimized since the election [in November], especially the LGBT community, Beirich said, noting that LGBT people continue to be the groupmost likely to be targeted for hate crimes in the United States.

Most recently, at least one person riddled the Equality Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a pellet gun. Hours later, an enraged man came into the same building, cursed out the front desk crew, and allegedly told staff, I wish you would all die.

The [shooting incident] made us mad and concerned, but that scared us to death, Toby Jenkins, the centers executive director told the Tulsa World on Monday. They cant hold in their bigot, and it just explodes on us like a volcano.

On the East coast, two men were seen on surveillance footage shattering the glass door of the Garden State Equality office in Asbury Park, New Jersey. And just a day after Trump announced his new transgender policy, vandals shattered a window of the Equality Florida office in Orlando.

Earlier in February, Milwaukees Diverse & Resilient Center was reportedly vandalized for the third time in two months, with F*g being graffitied in the most recent incident.

We cant be certain of the motives behind the vandalism or if the incidents are related, but we are aware that such attacks have increased across the country since the election, Gerald Coon, the president of Diverse & Resilient, told NBC News. We remain undeterred and will continue our work.

Out West, an Los Angeles LGBT center was spray painted with the words F**k Trannies.

We see the same pattern, SPLCs Heidi Beirich said. Trump will attack a group of people and then we see incidents of hate crimes afterward.

The recent rise in attacks against the LGBT community come alongside an even sharper rise in threats to Jewish Community Centers. Those incidents were finally, explicitly condemned by President Trump in late February after many criticized his weeks-long silence.

Also in late February, the president backtracked on his promise to fight for transgender people, by rolling back an Obama administration rule to allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. A report in December found that a majority of trans people in America were already avoiding public restrooms.

The White House did not return a request for comment.

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Anti-Semitism’s Newest Apologist? David Bernstein. – Jewish Journal

Not even the title of David Bernsteins recentWashington Post column, The Great Anti-SemitismPanicof 2017, makes sense. Most everything that follows makes even less. I mean, if you start withsuch adramaticassertionJews! Panic! then you betterhave some facts to back it up. Guess what? He doesnt.

Granted,mostJews I know and I mostly know Jews panic over something somewheresometime during the day. Its not a bug, its a feature. Then we make jokes about our panic, and then we sell a sitcom.

But Bernstein is implying the most Jews are panicked specifically over the increase in anti-Semitic threats,desecrations and social media memes. He writes:

Ive been rather taken aback by the panic in the Jewish community over American anti-Semitism since Donald Trump won the election. The recent spate of hoax bombing threats to Jewish community centers and other Jewish institutions around the country has been a precipitating factor, but the fear is drastically out of proportion to the threat; .

His evidence for this? Zilch. Because while Jewish communities have increased securityand called on authorities including President Donald Trump to acknowledge and investigatethe recent wave of anti-semitic acts, they havent done anything that could be seen as a sign of over-reaction or panic. They havent closed down schools, synagogues and community centers. They havent turned their institutions into barbed wired enclaves. They havent put their stocks into gold, or packed a single bag. They havent stopped wearing Jewish starsaround their necks or kipas on their heads. These would be actual signs of panic.

True, some Jewish leaders assertedthatanti-Semitic acts are at a level not seen in America since the 1930s, which is highly debatable. But considering the lack of clarity on the actual numbersbehind the statistical burst, those kinds of initial claims are understandable.

To strengthen his assertion, Bernstein misleads his readers.

By contrast, in the past decade or so there have been actual murdersat a JCCand aJewish federation officewithout precipitating such panic.

Our paper covered the JCC shooting, which took place in Los Angeles. If you want to see panic look at the photos from that awful day. Read about the chaos surrounding the pursuit and capture of the perpetrator, and the investigation into possible accomplices. Institutions all over the cityacross the country were locked down. Parents kept their kids home. Teams of psychologists worked for weeksto calm parents, children and administrators. A massive march was organized in response. It was the kind of understandable reactionany community would exhibit after such an event. Whats happening now rightly pales in comparison.

Bernsteins agenda, it seems, is not to assess the true nature of the Jewish response, but to slam Jews for panic, then pin that ontheir opposition to the president. He attacks a fakeJewish response in order to defend thereal Donald Trump.

It seems that much of the panic is in fact due to Trump, Bernstein writes, with the JCC threats seen as a potential first sign of the deteriorating status of American Jews.

So Bernstein moves quickly from not-establishing panic to defending Trump and his supporters.

Ive lost track of how many times Jewish friends and acquaintances in my Facebook feed have asserted, as a matter of settled fact, that Bannons website BreitbartNews is a white-supremacist, anti-Semitic site. I took the liberty of searching for every article published at Breitbart that has the words Jew, Jewish, Israel or anti-Semitism in it, and can vouch for the fact that the website is not only not anti-Semitic, but often criticizes anti-Semitism (though it is quite ideologically selective in which types of anti-Semitism it chooses to focus on). Ive invited Bannons Facebook critics to actually look at Breitbart and do a similar search on the site, and each has declined, generally suggesting that it would be beneath them to look at such a site, when they alreadyknowits anti-Semitic.

Im one of those people who have raised concerns about Breitbart.com, and it had nothing to do with individual articles. Indeed, some of Breitbart.coms best friends and editors are Jewish. But the site, as Steve Bannon has said, is a platform for the alt-right, and it has fomented and reaffirmed through its coverage and comments a deep antagonism toward Jews. Heres what I found:

You would think, for instance, that the comments following one story about how Islamic extremism is driving Jews from France would evoke standard Breitbart-issue Islamaphobia. Instead, the comments quickly turn to how the Jews brought on their own destruction in Nazi Europe by fomenting the pre-World War I revolutions.

The atheist Jews hate themselves and hate Christianity even more, wrote commenter gotham1883.

1933-1939? You are autistic?, wrote ExDeo. 1933 was the year Europe freed itself from Jewish control and finally RESTORED BORDERS and ENDED DEGENERACY. If anything the modern era is reminiscent of the DECADENCE of PRE WAR GERMANY, where ALL VICES (prostitution, drug use) financed by JEWS prospered and where MEDIA/FINANCE/POLITICS were controlled to oppress Europeans.

Heres another comment, following Trump election news: It seems apparent that we need to get back to what the founders intended America to be: a new homeland for White European only immigrants. Jews can go to Israel, blacks can go to Africa, etc. We dont need the melting pot subversive lie of Jew Israel Zangwill! Jews dont want goyim in Israel, blacks dont want whites in Africa, and the world is ok with that. We dont want/need ANY of you here so GTFO as multiculturalism is a failed concept re-branded and promoted by Jews to serve their interests in every country but Israel! FACT! Game over! Go be with your people and leave us ALONE!

Someone hiding behind the name Cannon Fodder added: all I need is the glorious yuks of the left and jews destroying themselves.

I collected those after spending five minutes on the site. As the techies say, these comments arent a bug of Breitbart, theyre a feature.

Ben Shapiro, former editor-at-large of Breitbart.com and a longtime associate of Bannon, said whether Bannon believes this garbage is irrelevant. The neo-Nazis use Breitbart.com and the high profile of its creator to strengthen their voice and advance their agenda.

The alt-right would say, Bannon isnt one of us. Breitbart isnt us. Trump isnt one of us. But theyre the most useful tool weve ever found, Shapiro wrote.

Ben Shapiro, no liberal sap, believes Breitbart.com is the most useful tool for the alt-right. But Bernstein thinks his liberal Facebook friends who think the same are just full of panic.

Onshaky ground defending Trumps various and well-documented overtures to the alt-right, Bernstein accuses liberal Jews of claiming that Trump supporters are more anti-Semitic than the public at large.

I have many times asked for empirical evidence that supports this proposition, and have so far come up empty. I dont rule out the possibility that its true, but there doesnt seem to be any survey or other evidence supporting it.

Data would be great, we all love data. In the meantime, the lack of numbers doesnt negate well-documented racist and anti-semitic actsperpetrated as Donald Trump ascended to nominee and then president.

The first day of his campaign, he bashed immigrants and said Mexicans are rapists, Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Centertold Salon. The entire campaign included xenophobic remarks, anti-immigrant remarks, anti-Muslim remarks, racist remarks, trading in anti-Semitic imagery and anti-women comments. Lets not forget that during the campaign there were hate crimes committed very severe ones in Trumps name. For example, there was an immigrant in Boston who was beaten by two Trump supporters.

There was a failed attack on a mosque by a Trump supporter in Los Angeles. Then the pattern accelerated, within hours right after the electoral vote was counted. The pattern of the attacks followed the language he used. Immigrant is No. 1; Muslims, No. 2. You can go right down the list and see that based on who he attacked in the campaign, they then became victims after the election.

Is all this anti-semitism? Not always, but Jews becomeunderstandably concernedwhen anti-minority groups are off leash. And it turns out, with good reason.

Ive experienced more pure, unadulterated anti-Semitism since coming out against Trumps candidacy than at any other time in my political career, Shapiro wrote in the National Review. Trump supporters have threatened me and other Jews who hold my viewpoint. Theyve blown up my e-mail inbox with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. They greeted the birth of my second child by calling for me, my wife, and two children to be thrown into a gas chambers.

It takes an almost goofy, willful denial to avoid the fact that Trumps candidacy has bred an anti-semitism on the right.

William Johnson, an LA Lawyer named by the ADL as one of the 10 most prominent white supremacists in America, told the Jewish Journal: Virtually all of the white nationalist movement is behind Donald Trump.

This doesnt negate left-wing anti-semitism and anti-Zionism. Butyou could make the argument that the organized Jewish community has so farresponded to Trump-inspired anti-semitism withfar less panic and far less resources than it has to BDS andcampus anti-Zionism. The Jewish world is awash in groups dedicated to fighting BDS and steeling our college kids against the anti-Israel crowd. But many of our leaders have been outright timid in saying a cross word against Trump when it comes to the revivalof good old right-wing Jew-hating or Muslim- or Mexican- or women-hating.

Yet in Bernsteins effortto soldier on for Trump, it is the Jews who express concern about anti-semitism who arethe ones to blame.

Jewish defense groups, most prominently the Anti-Defamation League, have stoked the panic with wildly exaggerated rhetoric. Jonathan Greenblatt, a former Democratic politico who now runs the ADL, stated in November that the American Jewish community has not seen this level of anti-Semitism in mainstream political and public discourse since the 1930s.

Im not sure why Bernstein puts quotes around the defense in Jewish defense groups, likely because he has no idea what they actually do. Nor does he bother to share with readersADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatts measured statements on Trump, like this one: Those who say [Trump]doesnt understand [Jews] and has no connection to us are wrong.

Greenblatt has challenged Trump where he has fallen short as in still adhering to a favored white supremacist trope that the Holocaust was not a specifically Jewish genocide. ButI challenge Bernstein to find examples where Greenblatt who was an outspoken critic of his former bosss Iran deal has been unduly partisan.

Im going to skip over more dumb stuff, like the idea that only the far leftuses neo-cons as a code for Jews, or that the ADL is going after Trump because it has discovered a mother lode of donations in the Black Lives Matter/LGBT community (okay, that latter claim is so preposterousI cant resist, having heard personally from Republican ADL supporters who stand by Greenblatts statements and have increased their support).

Then Bernstein concludes with a falsehood. He writes that Jewscare less about the uptick in anti-semitism and more about Arab immigration to the United States. He provides zero evidence because, well, there is none.

The irony of all this is that if you talk privately to those who work in the Jewish organization world, many will confide that the greatest threat to the security of the American Jewish community is changing demographics, which is a euphemism for a growing population of Arab migrants to the United States.

I speak with those who work in the Jewish organizational world for a living on the record, off the record, over coffee, at bar mitzvahs. Not one, much less many, has expressed fear over the relatively minute amounts of Arab immigrants coming to America. (Bernstein uses Arab to mean Muslim, though of course not all Arabs are Muslims).

Instead, this is what many in the Jewish organizational world are doing:

The American Jewish Committee has joined with the Islamic Society of North America to launch the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, a group of religious and business leaders from both communities who will help draft domestic policy legislation and advocate on issues of shared concern.

The Shalom Hartman Institutecreated theMuslim Leadership Initiative, which educates young Muslim leaders about Judaism and Israel.

Rabbi Marc Schneier, co-founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, launched an initiative called Muslims are Speaking Outthathighlights Muslim condemnations of extremism and aims to dispel misconceptions Americans have about the Muslim community.

NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish group in Los Angeles, launched a Circle of Courage campaign in which young Muslims and Jews share their storiesin public areas, like the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA.

All this takes place with mainstream private and foundation funding. And it is a small sample of the lack of fear and panic overtaking the Jewish community, and the lack of concern about the threat American Muslims pose to the Jews who live and thrive here.

So Bernstein is wrong on allcounts: American Jews arent in a panic over the increase in anti-semitic acts, they arent panicked about Muslims or Muslim refugees, and they areclear, unlike David Bernstein, as towho is most responsible for the rebirth of alt-right Jew hatred today.

Rob Eshman is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TRIBE Media. He is on Twitter and Instagram @foodaism and @robeshman. His email is here.

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Twitter briefly suspends former KKK leader David Duke – WGBA-TV

SAN FRANCISCO (CNNMoney) — Twitter briefly suspended David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, on Monday.

For a few hours Monday morning, users who tried viewing Duke’s tweets saw a message that the account was suspended. The company reinstated the account, and Duke tweeted that he didn’t know why he had been suspended.

In recent months, Twitter has doubled down on policing abuse, harassment, and hate speech on its platform.

Last week, the company added an automated system for banning users who violate its terms of service, and implemented new tools for individuals to be able to mute accounts.

Twitter previously banned white nationalist Richard Spencer, though his account was reinstated. Last year, the social network permanently banned Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos after he instigated a torrent of harassment at actress Leslie Jones.

Critics say Twitter isn’t doing enough to prevent harassment and bullying on its platform, and the company is working to change that. For instance, during the 2016 presidential election, anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter users increased. In October, the Anti-Defamation League found almost 20,000 of those tweets targeted 800 journalists.

It’s unclear what prompted the social network to shut down Duke’s account, but he has previously tweeted anti-Semitic and racist comments. Prior to the suspension, he had over 30,000 followers. After being reinstated, he had just over 100 followers. It took several hours for the follower count to reach the original level.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“I can make no sense why people lose their accounts and get them reinstated,” Heidi Beirich, director of Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said. “I feel like if Twitter wants to get serious about reigning in hate speech, there’s no reason for a David Duke or a Richard Spencer to be on the platform.”

The SPLC tracks hate speech on Twitter, and when Twitter banned some white nationalist accounts in November, the organization highlighted numerous examples of extremist accounts that were still active on the site.

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Why presidents speak out against religious hate and why people notice when Trump doesn’t – McClatchy Washington Bureau


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The president, whoever that person is, is the highest elected official in the country and when they make a statement it's about who we are as a nation and about our values, said Heidi Beirich, director of the intelligence project at the Southern

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Richard Spencer’s White Nationalist ‘Nonprofit’ Punished By IRS For Failing to File Tax Returns – The Root

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images So, this isnt the same or even as exciting as Richard Spencer getting punched in the face, but we should all feel some sort of satisfaction that this dude is getting something else he deserves. The IRS has stripped Spencers nonprofit organization of its tax-exempt status because it failed to file financial returns for three years. The Washington Post previously reported in December that Spencers think tank, the National Policy Institute, had been allowed to operate in financial secrecy since 2013, but on Tuesday, Spencer said he was told by the IRS that the Virginia-based organization had lost its tax-exempt status for failing to submit necessary records when it was supposed to. Spencer reportedly blamed the mistake on a former bookkeeper, and according to the Post, he has already begun the reapplication process, which could take months. From WaPo: The institute, which promotes a form of American apartheid, has functioned as a public charity that relies heavily on contributions. The IRS almost always requires such organizations to file returns that detail where the money comes from and how it is spent. For reasons the agency still hasnt explained, Spencers group had been categorized among those not obligated to file any returns whatsoever, according to an examination by the Post. Tax experts asked to review the case by The Post last year said they believed the classification was erroneous and should be fixed and, when it was, they predicted that the institute would lose its tax exemption. Despite the IRSs miscue, the experts added, Spencer still had a duty to provide the documents, known as Form 990s. The error allowed the institute to avoid public scrutiny at a time when the alt-right the term Spencer coined to describe a movement seeking a whites-only state had garnered international attention. According to the Post, when Spencer was first asked about the tax issue, he said he didnt know about, but that the blunder and its fallout had prompted him to fire the firm handling his accounting. The people I delegated this task to really screwed up. Ill take responsibility, Spencer said. We solved the issue, but now were facing the consequences. Spencer said that the institute will temporarily halt its fundraising until we get all of our is dotted and our ts crossed, a task that he predicted would take anywhere from one to six months. Spencer does not believe the revocation is politically motivated, and said he would only question the IRSs motivation if his reapplication is rejected. Im obviously going to respect their decision because mistakes were made on our end, Spencer said. According to the Post, groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors Spencer and other white supremacists, were not aware until they were informed by WaPo that the IRS had not demanded that Spencers organization file returns, and they immediately objected. SPLC spokeswoman Heidi Beirich told the Post, If theyre going to claim tax breaks for their donors, we should know where the money is coming from and what the money is being spent on. Its important for the IRS to hold them to the same standard they hold the rest of us. Read more at the Washington Post.

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America’s LGBT Centers Are Under Attack – Advocate.com

On Sunday afternoon, a visitor to theCasa Ruby LGBT Community Center in Washington, D.C., physically attacked a worker, threw a brick through a window, and let loose a string of verbal assaults. “I’ll kill your motherfucking ass. Ya’ll tranny motherfuckers think somebody won’t fuck y’all up,” the man screamed, according to a police report of the incident. Two weeks earlier, a different man entered the same facility, made sexual advances toward LGBT youth, and then punched a hole in the wall. He was arrested, but returned the following week to repeat the crime, reports DCist. TheCasa Ruby center is far from alone in being the target of attacks. Last week at least one armed person shot 13 pellets at theDennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa, Okla., reports theTulsa World. Hours later, a man entered the facility and began yelling expletives at the staff, telling them, I wish you would all die.” “We’re getting reports like this from all over the country,” said Toby Jenkins, the center’s executive director. “Gay community centers being vandalized; welcoming churches being vandalized; gay businesses being vandalized. Now it’s happened in Tulsa.” Two days earlier, a pair of men in Asbury Park, N.J., shattered the glass door of Garden State Equality, the state’s largest LGBT organization. Christian Fuscarino, the group’s executive director, said the building was no random target the broken glass was meant to send a message of terror to the LGBT community in New Jersey and beyond. “This kind of incident shows that hate knows no boundaries. It is not restricted by geography, even in a state as historically progressive as ours,” he told the Asbury Park Press. Since the presidential election, hate crimes have spiked, confirms the Southern Poverty Law Center. This uptick includes an increase in attacks on LGBT centers, mosques, and Jewish cemeteries, which as symbols of their respective communities, have become targets in a divisive political clime. The truth is theres been a lot of groups of people victimized since the election [in November], especially the LGBT community,”Heidi Beirich, a director of SPLC, toldVocativ. Last month, Vocativ counted at least five reported attacks on LGBT centers, including a smashed window at Equality Florida in Orlando and transphobic slurs scrawled on the side of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Three occurred after the Trump administration rolled back education guidelines protecting transgender students. We see the same pattern, Beirich said. Trump will attack a group of people and then we see incidents of hate crimes afterward. Kelly Love, a spokesperson for the White House, told the Washington Blade that President Trump denounced these attacks. President Trump condemns hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms, including attacks against the LGBT community, Love said. However, activists worry that anti-LGBT legislation and directives, such as the rumored “religious freedom” executive order, will exacerbate these crimes. JoDee Winterhof, the senior vice president for policy and political affairs for the Human Rights Campaign, saidTrump must be more vocal in condemning such hatred, and become the ally he promised to be on the campaign trail. Many LGBTQ Americans are scared right now theyre scared of their rights being taken away, scared for their families, and scared that they may no longer be protected in the country they live in,” Winterhof said. “The president has done little to calm those nerves. He owes it to the LGBTQ community to not only disavow these acts of hate, but also to restore protections for transgender kids and totally rule out his license to discriminate executive order.”

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US Rep. Steve King Tweets In Favor Of White Nationalism, Gets Little Pushback From Colleagues – Huffington Post

U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has made no secretof how he views people who arent white, Christian or American-born. His latest public remarks are being critically viewed as a paean to white nationalism by Democrats and independentsbut not, evidently, by many of his Republican colleagues in Congress. On Sunday afternoon, King suggested that Muslim children were preventing our civilization from being restored. The tweet was in response to a cartoon tweeted out by an account that supports far-right European candidates and platforms. The cartoon depicts Geert Wilders, a candidate for prime minister in the Netherlands, sticking his finger in a dam labeled Western Civilization to stop a flow of green ooze with stars and crescent moons a color and set of symbols widely associated with Islam. A representative for King did not immediately respond to a request for comment. His remarks, however, align with ones made last September when heappeared with Wilders and Frauke Petry, chairwoman of the far-right anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party, saying, Cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end. In anexplainer on white nationalism last year, Eric Kaufmann, a professor of politics at Birkbeck University in London, told The New York Times the ideology centers around intertwining national identity with ethnicity and the belief that whites should preserve a demographic, social and political majority. Yet more than five hours after King issued his remarks, most of Kings Republican congressional colleagues were conspicuously quiet. State Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Minn.) was one Republican to condemn King, whom he called a fake conservative and a fake Republican. Evan McMullin, who ran as an independent presidential candidate in Utah, and Democrats like Rep. David Cicilline (R.I.) called out King for his endorsement of white nationalism. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) was not so much outraged as dismissive, calling King an ignoramus whom nobody takes seriously. One person who did take Kings words to heart and applauded them was former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke a figure whos arguably the strongest litmus test for whether a political position or worldview is on the wrong side of history. UPDATE: March 13 During an appearance on CNN Monday, King doubled down on his commentsin a fiery interview with Chris Cuomo. I meant exactly what I said, King told Cuomo. You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody elses babies. Youve got to keep your birth rate up… You need to teach your children your values and in doing so, then you can grow your population, and you can strengthen your culture, you can strengthen your way of life. Heidi Beirich, an expert on extremism for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and extremist activity,on Monday called Kings remarks just a flat-out statement of white nationalism. In [Kings]comments on civilization and babies, he sounds no different than your standard white supremacist people likeJared Taylor and whatnot, Beirich told The Huffington Post. (Taylor is the editor of the white nationalist publication American Renaissance.) Its amazing to think that you can get away with that kind of rhetoric today, given the damage that this kind of racism has done over the years, Beirich went on. Youd expect it to be widely condemned, including by people of [Kings]own party. By Monday morning, several Republicans from Florida had indeed condemned Kings words. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, born to Cuban parents, asked if King considered him somebody elses baby, while Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told King to get a clue. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said that the sentiment expressed by Steve King doesnt reflect our shared history or values. This post has been updated with remarks from King, Beirich and multiple Florida Republicans.

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LGBT Centers Keep Being Attacked; Why Aren’t Trump & The Media … – Instinct Magazine

Instinct Staff | March 12, 2017 Have you guys noticed that there’s been an increasing number of attacks on LGBTcenters across the country since the November election and no one in the Trump administration is talking about it? Vocativ notes: A wave of attacks against LGBT community centers spanning coast-to-coast cropped up in the first months of 2017, receiving little national media coverage and no words of condemnation from the president. Since President Donald Trump withdrewfederal protections for transgender studentsin late February, three LGBT centers have been vandalized, bringing the total to at least five in the past month. But hate crimes against LGBT people have been on the rise since Novembers election, according to Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The truth is theres been a lot of groups of people victimized since the election [in November], especially the LGBT community, Beirich said, noting that LGBT people continue to be the groupmost likely to be targetedfor hate crimes in the United States. Here at Instinct, we’ve reported on these attacks as they’ve occurred–check out our posts on LGBT center attacks in Tulsa, New Jersey, and Los Angeles–so the information’s out there. Why is the Trump administration being silent as the LGBT community faces these assaults? These attacks range from graffiti to drive-by shootings. Why aren’t these attacksbeing covered more widely by the mainstream media?

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LGBTQ centers are getting vandalized and no one’s talking about it – The Daily Dot

BY RYAN BECKLER A wave of attacks against LGBTQ community centersspanning coast-to-coastcropped up in the first months of 2017, receiving little national media coverage and no words of condemnation from the president. Since President Donald Trump withdrew federal protections for transgender students in late February, three LGBTQ centers have been vandalized, bringing the total to at least five in the past month. But hate crimes against LGBTQ people have been on the rise since Novembers election, according to Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The truth is theres been a lot of groups of people victimized since the election [in November], especially the LGBTQ community, Beirich said, noting that LGBTQ people continue to be the groupmost likely to be targeted for hate crimes in the United States. Most recently, at least one person riddled the Equality Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a pellet gun. Hours later, an enraged man came into the same building, cursed out the front desk crew, and allegedly told staff, I wish you would all die. The [shooting incident] made us mad and concerned, but that scared us to death, Toby Jenkins, the centers executive director told the Tulsa World on Monday. They cant hold in their bigot, and it just explodes on us like a volcano. On the East coast, two men were seen on surveillance footage shattering the glass door of the Garden State Equality office in Asbury Park, New Jersey. And just a day after Trump announced his new transgender policy, vandals shattered a window of the Equality Florida office in Orlando. Earlier in February, Milwaukees Diverse & Resilient Center was reportedly vandalized for the third time in two months, with F*g being graffitied in the most recent incident. We cant be certain of the motives behind the vandalism or if the incidents are related, but we are aware that such attacks have increased across the country since the election, Gerald Coon, the president of Diverse & Resilient, told NBC News. We remain undeterred and will continue our work. Out West, a Los Angeles LGBTQ center was spray-painted with the words F**k Trannies. We see the same pattern, SPLCs Heidi Beirich said. Trump will attack a group of people and then we see incidents of hate crimes afterward. The recent rise in attacks against the LGBTQ community come alongside an even sharper rise in threats to Jewish Community Centers. Those incidents were finally, explicitly condemned by President Trump in late Februaryafter many criticized his weeks-long silence. Also in late February, the president backtracked on his promise to fight for transgender people, by rolling back an Obama administration rule to allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. A report in December found that a majority of trans people in America were already avoiding public restrooms. The White House did not return a request for comment. This story originally appeared on Vocativ and has been republished with permission.

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LGBT Centers Are Getting Vandalized And No One’s Talking About It … – Vocativ

A wave of attacks against LGBT community centers spanning coast-to-coast cropped up in the first months of 2017, receiving little national media coverage and no words of condemnation from the president. Since President Donald Trump withdrew federal protections for transgender students in late February, three LGBT centers have been vandalized, bringing the total to at least five in the past month. But hate crimes against LGBT people have been on the rise since Novembers election, according to Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The truth is theres been a lot of groups of people victimized since the election [in November], especially the LGBT community, Beirich said, noting that LGBT people continue to be the groupmost likely to be targeted for hate crimes in the United States. Most recently, at least one person riddled the Equality Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a pellet gun. Hours later, an enraged man came into the same building, cursed out the front desk crew, and allegedly told staff, I wish you would all die. The [shooting incident] made us mad and concerned, but that scared us to death, Toby Jenkins, the centers executive director told the Tulsa World on Monday. They cant hold in their bigot, and it just explodes on us like a volcano. On the East coast, two men were seen on surveillance footage shattering the glass door of the Garden State Equality office in Asbury Park, New Jersey. And just a day after Trump announced his new transgender policy, vandals shattered a window of the Equality Florida office in Orlando. Earlier in February, Milwaukees Diverse & Resilient Center was reportedly vandalized for the third time in two months, with F*g being graffitied in the most recent incident. We cant be certain of the motives behind the vandalism or if the incidents are related, but we are aware that such attacks have increased across the country since the election, Gerald Coon, the president of Diverse & Resilient, told NBC News. We remain undeterred and will continue our work. Out West, an Los Angeles LGBT center was spray painted with the words F**k Trannies. We see the same pattern, SPLCs Heidi Beirich said. Trump will attack a group of people and then we see incidents of hate crimes afterward. The recent rise in attacks against the LGBT community come alongside an even sharper rise in threats to Jewish Community Centers. Those incidents were finally, explicitly condemned by President Trump in late February after many criticized his weeks-long silence. Also in late February, the president backtracked on his promise to fight for transgender people, by rolling back an Obama administration rule to allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. A report in December found that a majority of trans people in America were already avoiding public restrooms. The White House did not return a request for comment.

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Anti-Semitism’s Newest Apologist? David Bernstein. – Jewish Journal

Not even the title of David Bernsteins recentWashington Post column, The Great Anti-SemitismPanicof 2017, makes sense. Most everything that follows makes even less. I mean, if you start withsuch adramaticassertionJews! Panic! then you betterhave some facts to back it up. Guess what? He doesnt. Granted,mostJews I know and I mostly know Jews panic over something somewheresometime during the day. Its not a bug, its a feature. Then we make jokes about our panic, and then we sell a sitcom. But Bernstein is implying the most Jews are panicked specifically over the increase in anti-Semitic threats,desecrations and social media memes. He writes: Ive been rather taken aback by the panic in the Jewish community over American anti-Semitism since Donald Trump won the election. The recent spate of hoax bombing threats to Jewish community centers and other Jewish institutions around the country has been a precipitating factor, but the fear is drastically out of proportion to the threat; . His evidence for this? Zilch. Because while Jewish communities have increased securityand called on authorities including President Donald Trump to acknowledge and investigatethe recent wave of anti-semitic acts, they havent done anything that could be seen as a sign of over-reaction or panic. They havent closed down schools, synagogues and community centers. They havent turned their institutions into barbed wired enclaves. They havent put their stocks into gold, or packed a single bag. They havent stopped wearing Jewish starsaround their necks or kipas on their heads. These would be actual signs of panic. True, some Jewish leaders assertedthatanti-Semitic acts are at a level not seen in America since the 1930s, which is highly debatable. But considering the lack of clarity on the actual numbersbehind the statistical burst, those kinds of initial claims are understandable. To strengthen his assertion, Bernstein misleads his readers. By contrast, in the past decade or so there have been actual murdersat a JCCand aJewish federation officewithout precipitating such panic. Our paper covered the JCC shooting, which took place in Los Angeles. If you want to see panic look at the photos from that awful day. Read about the chaos surrounding the pursuit and capture of the perpetrator, and the investigation into possible accomplices. Institutions all over the cityacross the country were locked down. Parents kept their kids home. Teams of psychologists worked for weeksto calm parents, children and administrators. A massive march was organized in response. It was the kind of understandable reactionany community would exhibit after such an event. Whats happening now rightly pales in comparison. Bernsteins agenda, it seems, is not to assess the true nature of the Jewish response, but to slam Jews for panic, then pin that ontheir opposition to the president. He attacks a fakeJewish response in order to defend thereal Donald Trump. It seems that much of the panic is in fact due to Trump, Bernstein writes, with the JCC threats seen as a potential first sign of the deteriorating status of American Jews. So Bernstein moves quickly from not-establishing panic to defending Trump and his supporters. Ive lost track of how many times Jewish friends and acquaintances in my Facebook feed have asserted, as a matter of settled fact, that Bannons website BreitbartNews is a white-supremacist, anti-Semitic site. I took the liberty of searching for every article published at Breitbart that has the words Jew, Jewish, Israel or anti-Semitism in it, and can vouch for the fact that the website is not only not anti-Semitic, but often criticizes anti-Semitism (though it is quite ideologically selective in which types of anti-Semitism it chooses to focus on). Ive invited Bannons Facebook critics to actually look at Breitbart and do a similar search on the site, and each has declined, generally suggesting that it would be beneath them to look at such a site, when they alreadyknowits anti-Semitic. Im one of those people who have raised concerns about Breitbart.com, and it had nothing to do with individual articles. Indeed, some of Breitbart.coms best friends and editors are Jewish. But the site, as Steve Bannon has said, is a platform for the alt-right, and it has fomented and reaffirmed through its coverage and comments a deep antagonism toward Jews. Heres what I found: You would think, for instance, that the comments following one story about how Islamic extremism is driving Jews from France would evoke standard Breitbart-issue Islamaphobia. Instead, the comments quickly turn to how the Jews brought on their own destruction in Nazi Europe by fomenting the pre-World War I revolutions. The atheist Jews hate themselves and hate Christianity even more, wrote commenter gotham1883. 1933-1939? You are autistic?, wrote ExDeo. 1933 was the year Europe freed itself from Jewish control and finally RESTORED BORDERS and ENDED DEGENERACY. If anything the modern era is reminiscent of the DECADENCE of PRE WAR GERMANY, where ALL VICES (prostitution, drug use) financed by JEWS prospered and where MEDIA/FINANCE/POLITICS were controlled to oppress Europeans. Heres another comment, following Trump election news: It seems apparent that we need to get back to what the founders intended America to be: a new homeland for White European only immigrants. Jews can go to Israel, blacks can go to Africa, etc. We dont need the melting pot subversive lie of Jew Israel Zangwill! Jews dont want goyim in Israel, blacks dont want whites in Africa, and the world is ok with that. We dont want/need ANY of you here so GTFO as multiculturalism is a failed concept re-branded and promoted by Jews to serve their interests in every country but Israel! FACT! Game over! Go be with your people and leave us ALONE! Someone hiding behind the name Cannon Fodder added: all I need is the glorious yuks of the left and jews destroying themselves. I collected those after spending five minutes on the site. As the techies say, these comments arent a bug of Breitbart, theyre a feature. Ben Shapiro, former editor-at-large of Breitbart.com and a longtime associate of Bannon, said whether Bannon believes this garbage is irrelevant. The neo-Nazis use Breitbart.com and the high profile of its creator to strengthen their voice and advance their agenda. The alt-right would say, Bannon isnt one of us. Breitbart isnt us. Trump isnt one of us. But theyre the most useful tool weve ever found, Shapiro wrote. Ben Shapiro, no liberal sap, believes Breitbart.com is the most useful tool for the alt-right. But Bernstein thinks his liberal Facebook friends who think the same are just full of panic. Onshaky ground defending Trumps various and well-documented overtures to the alt-right, Bernstein accuses liberal Jews of claiming that Trump supporters are more anti-Semitic than the public at large. I have many times asked for empirical evidence that supports this proposition, and have so far come up empty. I dont rule out the possibility that its true, but there doesnt seem to be any survey or other evidence supporting it. Data would be great, we all love data. In the meantime, the lack of numbers doesnt negate well-documented racist and anti-semitic actsperpetrated as Donald Trump ascended to nominee and then president. The first day of his campaign, he bashed immigrants and said Mexicans are rapists, Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Centertold Salon. The entire campaign included xenophobic remarks, anti-immigrant remarks, anti-Muslim remarks, racist remarks, trading in anti-Semitic imagery and anti-women comments. Lets not forget that during the campaign there were hate crimes committed very severe ones in Trumps name. For example, there was an immigrant in Boston who was beaten by two Trump supporters. There was a failed attack on a mosque by a Trump supporter in Los Angeles. Then the pattern accelerated, within hours right after the electoral vote was counted. The pattern of the attacks followed the language he used. Immigrant is No. 1; Muslims, No. 2. You can go right down the list and see that based on who he attacked in the campaign, they then became victims after the election. Is all this anti-semitism? Not always, but Jews becomeunderstandably concernedwhen anti-minority groups are off leash. And it turns out, with good reason. Ive experienced more pure, unadulterated anti-Semitism since coming out against Trumps candidacy than at any other time in my political career, Shapiro wrote in the National Review. Trump supporters have threatened me and other Jews who hold my viewpoint. Theyve blown up my e-mail inbox with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. They greeted the birth of my second child by calling for me, my wife, and two children to be thrown into a gas chambers. It takes an almost goofy, willful denial to avoid the fact that Trumps candidacy has bred an anti-semitism on the right. William Johnson, an LA Lawyer named by the ADL as one of the 10 most prominent white supremacists in America, told the Jewish Journal: Virtually all of the white nationalist movement is behind Donald Trump. This doesnt negate left-wing anti-semitism and anti-Zionism. Butyou could make the argument that the organized Jewish community has so farresponded to Trump-inspired anti-semitism withfar less panic and far less resources than it has to BDS andcampus anti-Zionism. The Jewish world is awash in groups dedicated to fighting BDS and steeling our college kids against the anti-Israel crowd. But many of our leaders have been outright timid in saying a cross word against Trump when it comes to the revivalof good old right-wing Jew-hating or Muslim- or Mexican- or women-hating. Yet in Bernsteins effortto soldier on for Trump, it is the Jews who express concern about anti-semitism who arethe ones to blame. Jewish defense groups, most prominently the Anti-Defamation League, have stoked the panic with wildly exaggerated rhetoric. Jonathan Greenblatt, a former Democratic politico who now runs the ADL, stated in November that the American Jewish community has not seen this level of anti-Semitism in mainstream political and public discourse since the 1930s. Im not sure why Bernstein puts quotes around the defense in Jewish defense groups, likely because he has no idea what they actually do. Nor does he bother to share with readersADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatts measured statements on Trump, like this one: Those who say [Trump]doesnt understand [Jews] and has no connection to us are wrong. Greenblatt has challenged Trump where he has fallen short as in still adhering to a favored white supremacist trope that the Holocaust was not a specifically Jewish genocide. ButI challenge Bernstein to find examples where Greenblatt who was an outspoken critic of his former bosss Iran deal has been unduly partisan. Im going to skip over more dumb stuff, like the idea that only the far leftuses neo-cons as a code for Jews, or that the ADL is going after Trump because it has discovered a mother lode of donations in the Black Lives Matter/LGBT community (okay, that latter claim is so preposterousI cant resist, having heard personally from Republican ADL supporters who stand by Greenblatts statements and have increased their support). Then Bernstein concludes with a falsehood. He writes that Jewscare less about the uptick in anti-semitism and more about Arab immigration to the United States. He provides zero evidence because, well, there is none. The irony of all this is that if you talk privately to those who work in the Jewish organization world, many will confide that the greatest threat to the security of the American Jewish community is changing demographics, which is a euphemism for a growing population of Arab migrants to the United States. I speak with those who work in the Jewish organizational world for a living on the record, off the record, over coffee, at bar mitzvahs. Not one, much less many, has expressed fear over the relatively minute amounts of Arab immigrants coming to America. (Bernstein uses Arab to mean Muslim, though of course not all Arabs are Muslims). Instead, this is what many in the Jewish organizational world are doing: The American Jewish Committee has joined with the Islamic Society of North America to launch the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, a group of religious and business leaders from both communities who will help draft domestic policy legislation and advocate on issues of shared concern. The Shalom Hartman Institutecreated theMuslim Leadership Initiative, which educates young Muslim leaders about Judaism and Israel. Rabbi Marc Schneier, co-founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, launched an initiative called Muslims are Speaking Outthathighlights Muslim condemnations of extremism and aims to dispel misconceptions Americans have about the Muslim community. NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish group in Los Angeles, launched a Circle of Courage campaign in which young Muslims and Jews share their storiesin public areas, like the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA. All this takes place with mainstream private and foundation funding. And it is a small sample of the lack of fear and panic overtaking the Jewish community, and the lack of concern about the threat American Muslims pose to the Jews who live and thrive here. So Bernstein is wrong on allcounts: American Jews arent in a panic over the increase in anti-semitic acts, they arent panicked about Muslims or Muslim refugees, and they areclear, unlike David Bernstein, as towho is most responsible for the rebirth of alt-right Jew hatred today. Rob Eshman is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TRIBE Media. He is on Twitter and Instagram @foodaism and @robeshman. His email is here.

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Twitter briefly suspends former KKK leader David Duke – WGBA-TV

SAN FRANCISCO (CNNMoney) — Twitter briefly suspended David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, on Monday. For a few hours Monday morning, users who tried viewing Duke’s tweets saw a message that the account was suspended. The company reinstated the account, and Duke tweeted that he didn’t know why he had been suspended. In recent months, Twitter has doubled down on policing abuse, harassment, and hate speech on its platform. Last week, the company added an automated system for banning users who violate its terms of service, and implemented new tools for individuals to be able to mute accounts. Twitter previously banned white nationalist Richard Spencer, though his account was reinstated. Last year, the social network permanently banned Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos after he instigated a torrent of harassment at actress Leslie Jones. Critics say Twitter isn’t doing enough to prevent harassment and bullying on its platform, and the company is working to change that. For instance, during the 2016 presidential election, anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter users increased. In October, the Anti-Defamation League found almost 20,000 of those tweets targeted 800 journalists. It’s unclear what prompted the social network to shut down Duke’s account, but he has previously tweeted anti-Semitic and racist comments. Prior to the suspension, he had over 30,000 followers. After being reinstated, he had just over 100 followers. It took several hours for the follower count to reach the original level. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. “I can make no sense why people lose their accounts and get them reinstated,” Heidi Beirich, director of Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said. “I feel like if Twitter wants to get serious about reigning in hate speech, there’s no reason for a David Duke or a Richard Spencer to be on the platform.” The SPLC tracks hate speech on Twitter, and when Twitter banned some white nationalist accounts in November, the organization highlighted numerous examples of extremist accounts that were still active on the site. The-CNN-Wire & 2017 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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Why presidents speak out against religious hate and why people notice when Trump doesn’t – McClatchy Washington Bureau

McClatchy Washington Bureau Why presidents speak out against religious hate and why people notice when Trump doesn't McClatchy Washington Bureau The president, whoever that person is, is the highest elected official in the country and when they make a statement it's about who we are as a nation and about our values, said Heidi Beirich , director of the intelligence project at the Southern … and more »

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"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono-records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  • (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for or nonprofit educational purposes,
  • (2) the nature of the copyrighted work,
  • (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and
  • (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."