According to Knightsbridge Research, over the course of the last month, the ADL has heavily promoted the idea that a “National Day of Hate” was planned by white supremacist and antisemitic groups for February 25.
The ADL claimed that the “National Day of Hate” originated from a neo-Nazi group in Iowa and was “endorsed and shared online by various extremist groups.”
The agency reported, “Based partially on the ADL’s assessment, several police departments across the nation sent out Situational Awareness Alerts.”
According to some of the alerts, multiple groups including the Goyim Defense League, (GDL), National Socialist Movement (NSM), Crew 319, and Clockwork Crew signed on to participate in the "Day of Hate" and the event was meant as a call to action for followers to conduct in-person propaganda efforts across the US. Jewish organizations were warned to be on the lookout for antisemitic activity including in-person demonstrations, flyering efforts, stickering efforts, banner drops, and vandalism. The alerts also claimed that members of the hate groups have also asked their followers to document their efforts and submit photos and video footage of their activity for use in future propaganda and recruitment videos.
Oren Segal, vice president of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism told the Forward, “It’s essentially a hodgepodge of white supremacist organizations, many of which engage in an on-the-ground activity like flyer distribution, banners, protests, that sort of thing.”
After those alerts went out, Jewish security organizations across the US sent out their own alerts but stressed that there was no specific threat. “National Day of Hate” began to trend in the Jewish community and on social media and soon synagogues and other Jewish institutions were sending out their own alerts.
This triggered even more agencies to send out alerts and authorities from coast to coast have warned synagogues, Jewish schools, and institutions of messages being circulated on social media “instructing likeminded individuals to drop banners, place stickers and flyers, or scrawl graffiti” targeting Jews and record video of the attacks.
The national media picked up the alerts and began running stories about the “National Day of Hate.” Some left-leaning outlets even began blaming Fox News and comparing the threats to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol.
In response, many Jewish institutions across the US increased security for last Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, at synagogues and Jewish institutions at added expense.
According to Knightsbridge, “During our investigation and ongoing monitoring of extremist groups, Knightsbridge found no evidence that any ‘National Day of Hate’ was planned outside of a few small groups with very little influence nationally.”
The alleged “National Day of Hate” failed to materialize, however, “typical extremist activity, such as small protests, online activity, graffiti, and the sporadic placement of flyers took place in various locations,” but none of the incidents “were of a greater scale than most weekends.” It turned out that the "event planning" originated on an obscure anonymously-run Telegram channel with a few hundred followers.
Following the nationwide game of viral “Telephone,” many in the Jewish community began wondering where the “threats” originated and began pointing fingers at the ADL for promoting the viral panic.
In a statement to The Post Millennial, the ADL said it "has been closely tracking the National Day of Hate, which was based on evidence that white supremacist groups were coordinating hateful activities across the country this past weekend. We shared alerts with law enforcement agencies and community organizations in an effort to ensure they were prepared for potential activities.”
“In this current climate, we carefully vet information and take potential threats of hateful activity seriously. While we did not see a huge uptick in hateful activity this past weekend, we believed it necessary to provide situational awareness to law enforcement and communities which hopefully deterred such activities. Sadly, we are seeing everyday acts of hate increase in number and seriousness, with antisemitic incidents and extremist activities at historic levels in Washington State and nationwide.”
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