Meinung: AfD-Unterstützerin Erika Steinbach ist menschenverachtend

Kommentar: Redakteur Florian Gürtler bezeichnet die Geisteshaltung hinter einem Tweet von Erika Steinbach als zynisch und menschenverachtend. Rechtspopulisten geben sich in der Regel sehr viel Mühe, ihre Anfeindungen gegen Flüchtlinge und andere Minderheiten in Worte zu kleiden, die ihre an sich menschenverachtenden Äußerungen gerade noch harmlos erscheinen lassen – getreu dem Motto “Das wird man doch noch sagen dürfen”. Manchmal jedoch fällt die Maske – und es wird deutlich, welche Geisteshaltung hinter der rechtspopulistischen Demagogie steckt. Eine Beispiel hierfür liefert Erika Steinbach (76), die Vorsitzende der AfD-nahen Desiderius-Erasmus-Stiftung.
Die ehemalige CDU-Politikerin, die viele Jahre lang als direkt gewählte Abgeordnete aus Frankfurt am Main im Bundestag saß, hat nach ihrem Austritt aus der Christlich Demokratischen Union Deutschlands im Jahr 2017 eine steile Karriere als Un­ter­stüt­ze­rin der Alternative für Deutschland hingelegt. Zudem ist die 76-Jährige eine sehr fleißige Twitter-Nutzerin. Am Mittwochmorgen teilte sie per Tweet einen Artikel der Welt vom gestrigen Dienstag. Darin geht es um das auf dem Mittelmeer operierende Rettungsschiff “Ocean Viking”, das binnen Stunden 109 Migranten aus Seenot rettete. Erika Steinbach kommentiert den Link zu dem Artikel (als Foto ist auf Twitter ein Bild der “Ocean Viking” zu sehen) mit den Worten: “Shuttle-Service funktioniert perfekt…”. Diese Formulierung ist perfide sowie menschenverachtend und zynisch zugleich.

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#4chan trolls impersonate Jewish people on social media to spread hate

The troll campaign provides yet another example of how online political discourse can be infiltrated and aggravated by outside groups. In the middle of August, Josh Goldberg picked up his phone and saw a flurry of messages from worried friends claiming someone was impersonating him on Twitter. The account was operating under a false name, Adam Greenblatt, and used a photo of Goldberg that was lifted from his YouTube page, where he uploads Jewish music he performs. But this account wasn’t promoting Goldberg’s music — it was posting politically charged anti-Israel content and spreading hate speech against black people. Goldberg, 28, is one of a handful of Jewish people who were targeted the week of Aug. 19 in a coordinated scheme created by internet trolls to instigate conflict within the Jewish community by creating fake accounts to spread extreme political views and hate speech, according to victims and posts about the campaign from 4chan obtained by NBC News. “They wanted to masquerade as Jewish people and sow the seeds of division,” Goldberg said.
The anonymous troll who posted the original call-to-action on 4chan, a fringe online messaging board frequented by white supremacists, asked for people to create “a massive movement of fake Jewish profiles on Facebook, Twitter, etc.,” according to the 4chan post, which also contained an anti-Semitic trope. Soon after that message was posted, several accounts impersonating Orthodox Jews emerged on Twitter sharing anti-Semitic and anti-Israel content. This 4chan campaign adds to growing concern that online extremism is translating into action online, and that these campaigns are also starting to inspire real-world violence. “These kinds of things are usually the precursor to violence later,” Goldberg said.

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Florida Man Arrested for Making Racially-Motivated Threats in Interference with Election in Charlottesville and Cyberstalking

Charlottesville, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Justice Department’s Civil Right Division announced today the arrest of a Florida man on federal charges that in January 2019 he made racially-motivated threats against a prospective candidate that interfered with a local election for City Council in Charlottesville, Virginia. A federal grand jury in the Western District of Virginia returned a sealed indictment.pdf on September 11, 2019 charging Daniel McMahon, 31, of Brandon, Fla., with four counts: willful interference with a candidate for elective office, bias-motivated interference with a candidate for elective office, threats to injure in interstate commerce, and cyberstalking. The indictment was unsealed today following McMahon’s arrest. “As alleged in the indictment, this defendant was motivated by racial animus and used his social-media accounts to threaten and intimidate a potential candidate for elective office,” U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen stated today. “Although the First Amendment protects an individual’s right to broadcast hateful views online, it does not give license to threats of violence or bodily harm. We will continue to prioritize cyber-threat cases, including those giving rise to civil rights violations.” “The alleged targeted and racially motivated actions by Daniel McMahon were an attempt to disrupt the American political process,” said David W. Archey, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division. “The FBI remains committed to protecting the civil liberties of all Americans. We are grateful for the assistance of the FBI office in Tampa and the partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office, during this investigation.”

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Canadian officials honour Nazi collaborators in Ukraine, angering Jewish groups

Roman Waschuk, Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine, along with members of the Canadian Forces honour members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army.Facebook
‘It’s like putting a monument to killers on the top of the graves of their victims,’ said an official from the Ukrainian Jewish Committee based in Kiev. The Canadian Forces and Global Affairs Canada are facing criticism after honouring members of Ukrainian organizations that helped the Nazis in the Second World War. Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk spoke at an Aug. 21 ceremony that unveiled a monument in Sambir to honour members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), two groups that are linked to the killing of tens of thousands of Jews and Poles. The event has been condemned by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and the Ukrainian Jewish Committee who warn the memorial whitewashes the role of Ukrainian collaborators in the Holocaust. “All Jews of Sambir were murdered by Nazis and their collaborators from OUN and UPA,” Eduard Dolinsky, director-general of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee based in Kiev, told Postmedia.
The monument, which is at the edge of a cemetery holding the remains of more than 1,200 Jews murdered by the Nazis and Ukrainian collaborators, is a desecration and “double murder of the Jewish victims,” Dolinsky said. “It’s like putting a monument to killers on the top of the graves of their victims.” Global Affairs Canada said the Sambir event was intended to assist efforts by the Jewish community in Canada and Ukraine to build public support to create an eventual memorial for the Jewish cemetery in the town. That was the reason for Waschuk’s attendance and to suggest otherwise would be false, the department said. The memorial is to 17 members of the OUN who the Ukrainians say were killed by the Nazis. Waschuk, in his speech at the ceremony, paid tribute to the murdered Jews, Ukrainians who tried to help them and “those Ukrainians who fought against the Nazi regime as members of OUN-UPA.” Members of the OUN-UPA supported the Nazis and helped round up and execute Jews after the Germans invaded Ukraine, according to Holocaust historians. At one point, they broke away from their support of the Nazis, but later joined forces again with Germany. In 1943 the UPA started massacring Polish civilians, killing an estimated 100,000 men, women and children, according to historians. The Canadian Forces said in a statement that military personnel were requested by the Canadian embassy in Ukraine to attend. The attendance was “part of a whole government effort to champion tolerance in a democratic Ukraine and reiterate that totalitarian regimes (in both past and contemporary times, and under all guises) have done injustices to Ukrainians,” the statement said.

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‘Do you have white teenage sons? Listen up.’ How white supremacists are recruiting boys online.

At first, it wasn’t obvious that anything was amiss. Kids are naturally curious about the complicated world around them, so Joanna Schroeder wasn’t surprised when her 11- and 14-year-old boys recently started asking questions about timely topics such as cultural appropriation and transgender rights. But she sensed something off about the way they framed their questions, she says — tinged with a bias that didn’t reflect their family’s progressive values. She heard one of her sons use the word “triggered” in a sarcastic, mocking tone. And there was the time Schroeder watched as her son scrolled through the “Explore” screen on his Instagram account and she caught a glimpse of a meme depicting Adolf Hitler. Schroeder, a writer and editor in Southern California, started paying closer attention, talking to her boys about what they’d encountered online. Then, after her kids were in bed one night last month, she opened Twitter and began to type. “Do you have white teenage sons?” she wrote. “Listen up.” In a series of tweets, Schroeder described the onslaught of racist, sexist and homophobic memes that had inundated her kids’ social media accounts unbidden, and the way those memes — packaged as irreverent, “edgy” humor — can indoctrinate children into the world of alt-right extremism and white supremacy.She didn’t know whether anyone would pay attention to her warning. But by the time she awoke the next morning, her thread had gone viral; as of Sept. 16, it had been retweeted more than 81,000 times and liked more than 180,000 times. Over the following days, Schroeder’s inbox filled with messages from other parents who were deeply concerned about what their own kids were seeing and sharing online.
“It just exploded, it hit a nerve,” she says of her message. “I realized, okay, there are other people who are also seeing this.” Over recent years, white-supremacist and alt-right groups have steadily emerged from the shadows — marching with torches through the streets Charlottesville, clashing with counterprotesters in Portland, Ore., papering school campuses with racist fliers. In June, the Anti-Defamation League reported that white-supremacist recruitment efforts on college campuses had increased for the third straight year, with more than 313 cases of white-supremacist propaganda recorded between September 2018 and May 2019. This marked a 7 percent increase over the previous academic year, which saw 292 incidents of extremist propaganda, according to the ADL. As extremist groups have grown increasingly visible in the physical world, their influence over malleable young minds in the digital realm has become a particularly urgent concern for parents. A barrage of recent reports has revealed how online platforms popular with kids (YouTube, iFunny, Instagram, Reddit and multiplayer video games, among others) are used as tools for extremists looking to recruit. Earlier this year, a viral essay in Washingtonian magazine — written by an anonymous mother who chronicled a harrowing, year-long struggle to reclaim her teenage son from the grips of alt-right extremists who had befriended him online — sparked a flurry of passionate discussions and debates among parents across social media. Parents wanted to know: What was happening to their kids? Why was it happening, and how could it be stopped? [They were raised to be ‘colorblind’ — but now more white parents are learning to talk about race] For extremist groups, the goal is hardly a secret; the founder and editor of the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer has openly declared that the site targets children as young as 11. “This is a specific strategy of white nationalists and alt-right groups,” says Lindsay Schubiner, program director at the Western States Center, a nonprofit focused on social, economic, racial and environmental justice. Schubiner co-authored a tool kit published by the center this year that offers guidance to school officials and parents who are facing white-nationalist threats in their communities. “White-nationalist and alt-right groups use jokes and memes as a way to normalize bigotry while still maintaining plausible deniability,” Schubiner says, “and it works very well as a recruitment strategy for young people.”

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Dahlonega Says ‘No’ to Nazis

Counter-protesters far outnumbered those there for the “Patriot” rally which included reported KKK members and white supremacists. The “Patriot” rally in downtown Dahlonega Saturday pitted a small group of demonstrators with connections to white nationalists against triple the number of protestors carrying signs saying, “Nazis not welcome in Georgia.” The demonstration was organized by a known member of the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacist movement who originally advertised it as a rally in support of President Donald Trump. Such gatherings are always “incredibly upsetting” to the Anti-Defamation League, according to Allison Padilla-Goodman, director of the ADL’s Southeast region. “We see a lot of movement that signals attempts at normalizing anti-Semitism and hatred,” she said. “They are couching hate in more normal mainstream platforms. This rally is an example of that.” At the rally, the demonstrators and counter-protesters – kept at a distance by barricades and an overwhelming police presence – maintained a peaceful rally in this historic North Georgia tourist town known for its gold rush and factory outlet about an hour north of Atlanta. Photo by Roni Robbins // Police from throughout the region descended on downtown Dahlonega to keep the peace. More than 450 officers from throughout the region, including a prison contingency in riot gear, far outnumbered the two factions, the first with 30 far-right “patriots,” at least two with ties to white nationalism, including anti-Semitism, and the second, a much more vocal group of around 100 anti-Nazi, anti-fascist protesters. The patriot camp made no mention of Nazism Saturday. The only sign of far-right beliefs was the small group wearing lime green T-shirts stating: “Confederate Patriot Rebel: Breathing Life Back into the American People.”

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Generation Identity protesters ‘acted like football hooligans’ outside Sevenoaks M&S

Dale Lutton and Deirdre McTucker have been convicted of violent disorder after the angry confrontation. Two members of a right-wing political group have been convicted of violent disorder after they ‘acted like football hooligans’ with protesters in Sevenoaks. Dale Lutton and Deirdre McTucker exchanged punches with members of left-wing Antifa – short for anti-fascist – during an angry confrontation in a car park outside an M&S store. The pair had attended the first UK conference by Generation Identity held at The Stag Theatre on Saturday, April 14 last year. McTucker, 42 and from Dublin, was a speaker at the meeting. But trouble flared post-conference when the two groups came together and engaged in ‘hand to hand combat’ in front of frightened shoppers and motorists.

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Anti-Semites are Using a Popular Chat App to Compile a List of Jewish People

Even 4chan decided that the project was too toxic. Anti-Semetic trolls are creating an online list of Jewish people who are critical of white nationalism. Since its creation almost a month ago, it has become the fastest-growing alt-right group on the popular Telegram chat service. The list is mostly made of archived tweets from individuals criticizing white supremacy, misogyny, and other types of bigotry. Each profile includes a tweet in which the person in question describes themselves as Jewish. The first post on the list singled out Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), but posters quickly moved to documenting far less prominent people that they believe are Jewish. The list includes many who are not public figures, or who have only modest profiles as rank-and-file activists, journalists, or social media figures. Around a dozen people have been added nearly every day. “When you curate public information in this way, you’re sending a message.” The chat has been the fastest-growing alt-right public Telegram channel since the start of September, according to metrics compiled by a separate far-right Telegram group tracking simliar channels. That channel’s data suggests the group has picked up over 1,500 new members in the last two weeks, averaging roughly 100 new subscriptions a day—a rate of growth three times that of the next channel. It now has 2,400 subscribers. Because the channel is publicly accessable, is likely being viewed by many more people.
While the group’s creator is pseudonymous, they appear to be a neo-Nazi, according to Oren Segal, the director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, based on a post they made in September saying they were “14 away from the magic number.” Segal believes this was a reference to the channel at the time being 14 away from 1488 subscribers; Neo-Nazis give the number significance because 14 is the number of words in a common white supremacist slogan and 88 is an abbreviation for “Heil Hitler.” Telegram is known for its deep commitment to free speech and hands-off approach to private conversations. While Telegram’s terms of service are brief, they do acknowledge a difference between chats involving small groups of people and public groups. The channel could be in violation of the platform’s rule against “promot[ing] violence on publicly viewable Telegram channels.” While the channel’s creator has written that they’re not encouraging violence against anyone on the list, a likely neo-Nazi creating a list of Jewish people is arguably inherently violent. The company did not respond to multiple requests for comment. White nationalists have kept similar lists on neo-Nazi forums since the early aughts. The most recent iteration of this list appears to have started on 4chan in July, according to the ADL, but migrated to Telegram after the imageboard removed it, deciding that it didn’t even meet its notoriously low standards. Another version of the list was published on Twitter via an account the company quickly suspended.

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Neonazi-Prozess in #Bückeburg 1979 – Das fast vergessene „#Stammheim von rechts“ – #terror

Dem Hitlergruß nachempfunden grüßen Teilnehmer eines Treffens der rechtsradikalen “Aktionsfront Nationaler Sozialisten” mit abgespreiztem Daumen, Zeige- und Mittelfinger der nach oben gereckten linken Hand während eines Treffens im Juli 1978. Zweiter von links der Vorsitzende der “ANS”, der ehemalige Bundeswehr-Leutnant Michael Kühnen. Im Bückeburger Prozess wurden vor 40 Jahren zum ersten Mal Rechtsextremisten als Terroristen verurteilt. Dabei stand Ende der 70er-Jahre für Terrorismus in Deutschland vor allem: die RAF. Auch in der Erinnerungskultur kommt Rechtsterrorismus kaum vor. „Sechs Neonazis sind in Bückeburg angeklagt, weil sie sich Geld und Waffen durch Überfälle auf militärische Einrichtungen, Banken und Privatleute beschafften.“ „Stammheim von rechts“ wurde er genannt, der Prozess, der aus Sicherheitsgründen in die Justizvollzugsanstalt Bückeburg verlegt worden war. Ein Ereignis, das sich auch der DDR-Rundfunk in seiner Sendung „Hallo Deutschland“ nicht entgehen ließ. Die sechs Mitglieder der „Werwolf-Gruppe“, wie sie sich selbst nannten, hatten zwei Banken überfallen, einen Unternehmer in seinem Haus ausgeraubt und bei Überfällen auf Kasernen und Übungsplätze der Bundeswehr Maschinengewehre und Munition erbeutet.
Anschlag auf Gedenkstätte Bergen-Belsen geplant Die Historikerin Barbara Manthe forscht an der Hochschule Düsseldorf zur Geschichte des Rechtsterrorismus in der Bundesrepublik. „Alle diese Männer hatten eine Vorgeschichte in extrem rechten Organisationen, zum Beispiel bei den Jungen Nationaldemokraten, der Jugendorganisation der NPD, oder der neonazistischen Wiking-Jugend. Sie waren also nicht unbefleckt, sondern durchaus schon vorher radikalisiert und politisiert worden.“ Geplant hatten sie einen Sprengstoffanschlag auf die Gedenkstätte des Konzentrationslagers Bergen-Belsen. Außerdem: ein Attentat auf Serge und Beate Klarsfeld, die Befreiung von Rudolf Hess aus dem alliierten Kriegsverbrechergefängnis, Anschläge auf die Berliner Mauer und die Grenze der DDR. Doch vor ihrem ersten terroristischen Anschlag wurden sie verhaftet. Als mutmaßlicher Rädelsführer galt Michael Kühnen, ein junger Neonazi-Kader, damals schon bekannt und berüchtigt, in den 1980er-Jahren wurde er dann zu einer prägenden Figur des Neonazismus in West-Deutschland. „Also er hat sich nicht davor gescheut, ganz offen ganz radikale Positionen zu vertreten, zum Beispiel einen äußerst radikalen Antisemitismus. Dass er nicht wie andere alte und neue Nazis gesagt hat ‚Ja, unter Hitler war nicht alles schlecht‘, sondern dass er gesagt hat: ‚Ja, ich bin Antisemit und ich befürworte das, was unter dem Nationalsozialismus passiert ist‘, nämlich die Ermordung der europäischen Juden.“

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#Connewitz-Prozesse: Ex-#JVA-Beamter ab Januar vor #Gericht – #terror #pack

Ein ehemaliger Beamter der Justizvollzugsanstalt Leipzig muss sich ab Januar wegen seiner Beteiligung an den rechtsextremen Krawallen im Stadtteil Connewitz Anfang 2016 vor Gericht verantworten. Nach zwei abgesagten Terminen sei die Verhandlung nun auf den 9. und 23. Januar angesetzt, sagte ein Sprecher des Leipziger Amtsgerichts dem Evangelischen Pressedienst am Dienstag auf Anfrage. Der Fall hatte jüngst für Schlagzeilen gesorgt, da der 34-Jährige nach Recherchen des “Tagesspiegel” und des Leipziger Stadtmagazins “Kreuzer” während seiner Zeit in der JVA unter anderem Kontakt mit einem verurteilten Rechtsterroristen der “Gruppe Freital” gehabt haben soll. Ein Sprecher des sächsischen Justizministeriums sagte dem epd am Dienstag, es habe zwar eine zeitliche Überschneidung gegeben, der 34-Jährige habe aber nicht auf der Station Dienst getan, auf der der Verurteilte einsaß. Das Ministerium könne jedoch “nicht zu 100 Prozent ausschließen, dass es mal Kontakt gab”, erklärte der Sprecher.

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