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Shooting At U.S. Holocaust Museum Part Of A 'Wave Of Hate' Against Jews

New York, NY, June 11, 2009 The shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum by a white supremacist and anti-Semite is not an isolated incident, but is part of a "wave of hate" targeting Jews and others, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which monitors and fights anti-Semitism and extremism.


"The shooting at the Holocaust Museum is part of a wave of hate targeting Jews and Jewish institutions and others," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  "It serves as a painful reminder that the anti-Semites and racists are still out there, and are more prone to act out on their beliefs."


In just the first six months of this year, there have been a number of violent attacks and plots in the United States involving "lone wolves" infected with anti-Semitic beliefs, or motivated by extremist sentiments.


"These violent crimes involve a certain amount of cross fertilization," said Mr. Foxman.  "Anti-Semitism is a common thread that runs through the extremism of many of these perpetrators, and then they combine it with other toxic ideologies."


"These factors are creating an atmosphere where domestic terrorism seems to be on the rise," said  Mr. Foxman.  "The danger is ever-present and we must remain vigilant."


The wave of hate, documented on the League's Web site, includes:


  • The plot by Muslim extremists to bomb two synagogues in Riverdale, New York;
  • The shooting of American soldiers at a military recruiting center in Arkansas;
  • The shooting deaths of two persons and sexual assault on a third as part of a killing spree directed against Jews and non-whites in Brockton, Massachusetts.
  • The shooting deaths of three Pittsburgh police officers by a man with virulently racist and anti-Semitic beliefs.

While not all of the incidents and plots outlined by ADL specifically targeted Jews directly, they all share certain key characteristics:


  • Many of the perpetrators do not belong to a specific extremist group or organization, but seem to be motivated to commit violence by their own radical ideologies
  • Their ideologies often include a hatred of Jews, and they are willing to act out on their hate.
  • Many of the extremists are influenced by current events and conditions, including the economic crisis, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the immigration debate, and the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president. 

ADL, one of the primary resources on extremism for law enforcement nationwide, is also a leading provider of security information for Jewish community institutions. 


The League has sent out an alert through its regional offices to Jewish communities across the country, providing time-critical information on the latest attacks and recommending that all institutions review their security policies, procedures and training and implement any increased or higher alert statuses called for by those plans. 


In recent years, the League has conducted security awareness seminars for hundreds of Jewish community institutions across the country. More information and the League's security awareness guides for religious and community institutions are available on the League's Web site at

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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