Jewish Task Force’s Anti-Muslim Campaign
Posted: March 25, 2011
Jewish Task Force (JTF), an extremist Jewish group based in New York City, portrays itself as a necessary defense against a range of perceived threats faced by Israel and the Unites States. The group identifies Muslims as being among its primary enemies and claims that it is the “only hope” in the escalating fight against Islam, which it describes as “a despicable and racist death cult.”
JTF is led by Victor Vancier (a.k.a. Chaim Ben Pesach), a former national chairman of the Jewish Defense League, an offshoot of the extremist Kahane Movement, who served five and a half years in federal prison for his involvement in 18 bombings in New York and Washington.
Much of the group’s activity is devoted to promoting its bigotry through various online platforms. It also seeks to join with other groups that share its views. To this end, JTF embraces all members of the political far-right, proclaiming on its Web site that it “loves righteous non-Jews” in addition to “religious and right-wing Jews.”
In February 2011, JTF was invited to partner with the Jewish division of the English Defence League (EDL), a far-right group based in England that seeks to oppose “radical Islam’s encroachment into the lives of non-Muslims.” JTF indicated at the time that it looked forward to supporting EDL’s efforts to “save England from the millions of Muslim invaders” and welcomed the opportunity for the widespread recognition such a partnership might bring. The following month, however, EDL’s top leadership issued a statement threatening to cut ties with its Jewish division over the partnership, citing the extreme nature of JTF. “We cannot support terrorist sympathizers,” it said.
In its online materials JTF describes Islam as a religion “whose fanatical hatred seeks the destruction of all non-Muslims” and claims that extremist views and a predilection for violence are deeply-rooted in the Qu’ran, which it calls Islam’s “terrorist bible.” JTF further maintains that followers of Islam—and Muslim Arabs, in particular—are responsible for “all terrorist attacks.”
JTF provides an online forum for users to exchange their views. For example, posts on the forum have referenced “ “ ” and charged that Posts to its Facebook page read “DEATH TO THE ARABS!! DEATH TO THE ARABS!!!” and “Bomb the Kabaa! Bomb the Kabaa!” referring to the sacred building at Mecca.
JTF proposes a series of political actions aimed at weakening Muslim nations and strengthening the U.S. and Israel in a seven-point plan titled “How JTF would save America and Israel!” In it, JTF calls for: U.S. recognition that Israel should have sovereignty over all of the Palestinian territories; a stop to nuclear and other forms of arms development in predominantly Muslim countries; and a “ferocious retaliation” against all Muslim countries with ties to terrorism.
The plan also calls on the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations, end its dependence on foreign energy, and halt all illegal immigration and expel all illegal immigrants currently residing in the U.S.
As part of its effort to combat the “threat” Islam poses to the U.S. and Israel, JTF seeks to “expose” President Barack Obama as a Muslim and reveal what it views as his anti-Israel ties and agenda. It claims that an Obama presidency will “undermine America’s and Israel’s will to defend themselves and to properly fight their wars.” During the 2008 presidential election, the group launched a blog aimed at discrediting Obama and “warning” the U.S. and Israel about him. (Obama is not the only American politician targeted by JTF; the group also assails Hillary Clinton as a “traitor to America,” “vicious Jew-hater” and “pathological liar.”)
JTF’s online forum includes a section devoted to guns and firearms, much of which is devoted to news and discussion about gun laws. At times, comments have advocated that members of synagogues be trained in firearms and warned Jews that “you got to take the fight to these gutless bastards they are nothing but bullies.. Bullies need to be put in their place. Take the war to them, strike them down.” One post on whether Jews living in the New York area are safe there stated, “I won’t let Jewish blood run down the Hudson, I know it will be time to fight and fight hard, even if Obama and the ragheads put a bullet in my skull.”