The Bizarre Anti-Semitic Movement That Drives Its Members to al-Qaeda and Neo-Nazism

Earlier this year, an American serviceman was sent to prison for an attempted terrorist attack that received little coverage. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Emelie Chace-Donahue, and Thomas Plant relate the facts:

In March 2023, authorities sentenced the former U.S. Army private Ethan Melzer to 45 years in prison for plotting a terrorist attack against his own unit, the 173rd Airborne Brigade, during its upcoming deployment to Turkey. Melzer had leaked sensitive information about the deployment to co-conspirators—one of whom was an undercover FBI source whom Melzer believed was a member of al-Qaeda. The prospect that the attack might kill Melzer himself did not faze him; . . . he hoped his planned attack would provoke the United States into another costly war.

Melzer, despite his eagerness to help al-Qaeda, is not a Muslim at all, but a member of a secretive occult group called the Order of Nine Angles (O9A), which may have as many as 2,000 members. Its philosophy is anti-Semitic and loosely neo-Nazi, and it encourages its members to take radical actions by seeking out what its texts call “insight roles.” Gartenstein-Ross, Chace-Donahue, and Plant explain:

O9A should be seen as a Satanist movement and philosophy that is influenced by elements of fascism. . . . At the heart of the O9A’s outlook is a self-proclaimed mission to aid individual and societal evolution toward enlightenment by balancing human and supernatural forces. To progress toward this enlightenment, O9A holds that Western civilization must unlock its true pagan ethos, which has been corrupted by Judeo-Christian values. To this end, O9A encourages individuals to commit “sinister” and “heretical” acts conducive to liberation from artificial societal norms, thus breaking down the current social system.

Insight roles are lifestyles that adherents adopt that contradict their natural predispositions. For example, someone who considers himself honest might turn to a life of crime. Insight roles have many potential outlets: joining an “insurrectionary political organization,” assassinating those who support the current societal system, “undertaking jihad,” or joining or forming an anarchist or neo-Nazi group.

Some O9A texts also position the “Magian ethos,” [i.e., Judaism and Christianity], alongside white supremacist and anti-government conspiracy theories, including those alleging that a New World Order or Zionist Occupied Government (ZOG) is a hidden hand behind major world governments and events. Moreover, some O9A texts use terminology and references directly linked to white supremacism and neo-Nazism.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Jihadism, neo-Nazis, Terrorism

Hizballah Is Learning Israel’s Weak Spots

On Tuesday, a Hizballah drone attack injured three people in northern Israel. The next day, another attack, targeting an IDF base, injured eighteen people, six of them seriously, in Arab al-Amshe, also in the north. This second attack involved the simultaneous use of drones carrying explosives and guided antitank missiles. In both cases, the defensive systems that performed so successfully last weekend failed to stop the drones and missiles. Ron Ben-Yishai has a straightforward explanation as to why: the Lebanon-backed terrorist group is getting better at evading Israel defenses. He explains the three basis systems used to pilot these unmanned aircraft, and their practical effects:

These systems allow drones to act similarly to fighter jets, using “dead zones”—areas not visible to radar or other optical detection—to approach targets. They fly low initially, then ascend just before crashing and detonating on the target. The terrain of southern Lebanon is particularly conducive to such attacks.

But this requires skills that the terror group has honed over months of fighting against Israel. The latest attacks involved a large drone capable of carrying over 50 kg (110 lbs.) of explosives. The terrorists have likely analyzed Israel’s alert and interception systems, recognizing that shooting down their drones requires early detection to allow sufficient time for launching interceptors.

The IDF tries to detect any incoming drones on its radar, as it had done prior to the war. Despite Hizballah’s learning curve, the IDF’s technological edge offers an advantage. However, the military must recognize that any measure it takes is quickly observed and analyzed, and even the most effective defenses can be incomplete. The terrain near the Lebanon-Israel border continues to pose a challenge, necessitating technological solutions and significant financial investment.

Read more at Ynet

More about: Hizballah, Iron Dome, Israeli Security