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Investigate Links Between Neo-Nazis and Islamic Fundamentalists After the Poway Chabad Shooting

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on May 2, 2019 10:05

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The horrific attempted massacre at Chabad of Poway on the last day of Passover, April 27th, raises questions about possible links between Neo-Nazi and Islamic Fundamentalist terrorism that must be investigated by the Trump Administration.

On April 27th, the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California was attacked by an armed youth intent on mass-murder. Only the supreme self-sacrifice of Lori Gilbert-Kaye, murdered protecting Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, plus quick-thinking by congregation member Oscar Stewart and security guard Jonathan Morales, an off-duty Border Patrol agent,  prevented an even more horrendous massacre of some 100 worshippers celebrating the end of Passover. 

While media attention has focused on the killer's racist motivations expressed in a published manifesto, less attention has been given to possible links between Neo-Nazi attacks like this and at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue on October 18, 2018 and Islamic terrorist organizations.

The choice of targets, modus operandi, Jew-hatred, and language of the manifestos in both Pittsburgh and Poway appeared to this author uncomfortably reminiscent of Al Qaeda, ISIS and other Islamic terrorist attacks on houses of worship around the world, including most recently in Sri Lanka. Whether merely copycat crimes or co-ordinated plots, the inspiration would seem apparent.

Recent public statements by American Neo-Nazis, such as David Duke's tweet in support of Islamist Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, also raise suspicions of solidarity, if not direct collusion.

Worries about Islamist-Neo-Nazi cooperation are nothing new. After 9/11, observers reported Neo-Nazis celebrating the attack on the World Trade Center and that "bin Laden is secretly financing neo-Nazi skinhead groups throughout Europe to commit acts of violence."

Former Oklahoma City TV newswoman Jayna Davis published allegations of cooperation between Oklahoma City federal building bombers Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols and Islamic terrorists in her 2004 book, The Third Terrorist: The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Numerous critics of American policy have reported co-operation between the Neo-Nazi "Azov group" and the Islamic "Sheikh Mansur group" in Ukraine's bloody civil war.

In addition, both types of extremists draw from a pool of disaffected or mentally unstable youths. Neo-Nazis have been known to convert to Islam, prior to committing attacks, as with a 2017 double murder in Tampa, Florida.

Paul Gill, an expert on extremism at University College, London, told The Guardian that ideology comes secondary to the opportunity to cause death and destruction for many people attracted to terrorism. 

“Our studies on both jihadis and rightwingers, and also school shooters, found very little difference in terms of … pathways. It’s like when your immune system is down. You can guess you’ll get sick, but what sickness you contract depends on what you are exposed to.” 

Such cooperation should not be surprising. It has happened before. During World War II, the Nazis worked closely with Islamic leaders, including the Mufti of Jerusalem, as documented in Barry Rubin's authoritative history: Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East.

If it has happened before, it could happen again...and may be happening right now.

The Trump Administration needs to investigate possible links between Neo-Nazis and Islamic terrorist organizations, as soon as possible.

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on May 2, 2019 10:05

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