Understanding the Ideology Behind the Jersey City Murders

Dec. 19 2019

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has released a two-part report on the online postings—under a variety of aliases and on several sites—of David Anderson, one of the two perpetrators of the deadly attack on a kosher grocery store in Jersey City. Emerging from these postings is an amalgam of ideas about Jews and the Bible shaped by Black Hebrew Israelite groups and the Nation of Islam—groups Anderson nonetheless rejected as insufficiently extreme—and the fringes of the far-right and far-left. In Anderson’s view, African Americans are descendants of the biblical Jews, today’s Jews are evil impostors, and the former must fight the latter:

The Facebook profile features images of Anderson and hundreds of posts that give evidence of his extreme ideology, including rabid anti-Semitism and hatred of police and white people. There is a distinct and undeniable pattern of virulent rhetoric that indicates deep hostility and a propensity for violence toward his purported enemies—Jewish people. . . .

Numerous posts in this Facebook account illustrate Anderson’s hatred for Jews, whom he sometimes refers to as Khazars—a reference to an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that modern Jews are descendants of an East European tribe from the 11th century. In July 2015 he wrote, “Brooklyn is full of NAZIS – ASHKE-NAZIS (KHAZARS). He went on to allege that Jews were responsible for murdering black men because “the police are their hand now.”

The last point is an apparent reference to the canard, propagated by various anti-Israel groups, that American police are trained in brutality by Israeli police—and thus the Jewish state, and American Jewish organizations, bear responsibility for the incidents that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. The report adds:

In September 2015, Anderson reposted an image which attacked “Jewish businessmen” for allegedly siphoning money out of the black community. . . . Anderson also believed that Jews created the state of Israel “as an attempt to make us believe that they were the Jews (us) that the Bible speaks of and their exodus from Auschwitz was our exodus from captivity.”

The first part of the report can be read here,and the more detailed second part at the link below.

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Will America Invite Israel to Join Its Multinational Coalitions?

From the Korean War onward, the U.S. has rarely fought wars alone, but has instead led coalitions of various allied states. Israel stands out in that it has close military and diplomatic relations with Washington yet its forces have never been part of these coalitions—even in the 1991 Gulf War, when Iraqi missiles were raining down on its cities. The primary reason for its exclusion was the sensitivity of participating Arab and Muslim nations. But now that Jerusalem has diplomatic relations with several Arab countries and indeed regularly participates alongside them in U.S.-led joint military exercises, David Levy believes it may someday soon be asked to contribute to an American expedition.

It is unlikely that Israel would be expected by the U.S. to deploy the Golani [infantry] brigade or any other major army unit. Instead, Washington will likely solicit areas of IDF niche expertise. These include missile defense and special forces, two areas in which Israel is a world leader. The IDF has capabilities that it can share by providing trainers and observers. Naval and air support would also be expected as these assets are inherently deployable. Israel can also provide allies in foreign wars with intelligence and cyber-warfare support, much of which can be accomplished without the physical deployment of troops.

Jerusalem’s previous reasons for abstention from coalitions were legitimate. Since its independence, Israel has faced existential threats. Conventional Arab armies sought to eliminate the nascent state in 1948-49, 1967, and again in 1973. This danger remained ever-present until the 1978 signing of the Camp David Accords, which established peace between Egypt and Israel. Post-Camp David, the threats to Israel remain serious but are no longer existential. If Iran were to become a nuclear power, this would pose a new existential threat. Until then, Israel is relatively well secured.

Jerusalem’s new Arab allies would welcome its aid. Western capitals, especially Washington, should be expected to pursue Israel’s military assistance, and Jerusalem will have little choice but to acquiesce to the expeditionary expectation.

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