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Hate Literature Blitz Planned By Neo-Nazi Groups To Coincide With Jewish Holidays And 9/11

New York, NY, August 27, 2002 … In the wake of the death of its longtime leader, William Pierce, the neo-Nazi National Alliance has stepped up its anti-Semitic activities and is planning a nationwide distribution of hate literature to coincide with the start of the Jewish High Holidays and September 11.

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Following the National Alliance's hate literature distribution campaign that culminated on September 11, the group claims to have distributed over 100,000 anti-Semitic flyers. Although that number is an exaggeration, flyers from the group's campaign were found in California, Colorado, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, and other parts of the country. The National Alliance has announced another literature distribution drive for November.

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the virulently anti-Semitic group has billed the mass distribution effort as the "Dr. William L. Pierce memorial international literature distribution week," in tribute to its deceased former leader. Pierce's death in July has spurred the National Alliance to stage a series of high-profile events in an effort to maintain the group's stature and profile, including a rally and hate music concert in Washington, D.C. last weekend that attracted nearly 500 supporters. Now the group is calling on supporters to print out and distribute fliers for one week, September 5 - 11. The Jewish High Holidays commence with Rosh Hashanah on the evening of Friday, September 6.

"William Pierce may be dead and gone, but his legacy of hate and anti-Semitism lives on," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "That is the message the successor leadership of the National Alliance wants to send to its cohorts and potential competitors. This is as much an effort to ensure the group's future viability as it is a means to slander Jews and Israel during one of the most religiously significant holidays of the year."

The National Alliance is not the only hate group calling on members to use the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks as an opportunity to spread racist and anti-Semitic messages. Among others, the Women for Aryan Unity have indicated they have similar plans for leafleting on the 9/11 anniversary.

In a bulletin to supporters posted on the Internet, the National Alliance urged members to print or download anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and racist fliers from a publicly accessible Web site and to distribute them in neighborhoods across the country. The fliers include anti-Semitic conspiracy theories such as "Jewish control" of the media and Hollywood, anti-Israel messages calling for an end to U.S. support for the Jewish State, and racist fliers suggesting that Jews and racial minorities are contributing to a decline of values in society. One of the fliers deals specifically with September 11, evoking images of the burning Twin Towers, and proclaiming: "Let's Stop Being Human Shields for Israel. Cut off Aid to Israel Now!"

EDITORS NOTE: Background on the National Alliance is available at www.adl.org. To speak with an expert on right-wing extremists, contact ADL's Media Relations Department


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