The anti-Semitism, on the rise since Trump was elected, continues.
Elizabeth Midlarsky, a Jewish professor who teaches and researches the Holocaust at Columbia Teachers College, experienced first-hand the resurgence of anti-Semitic crimes across the country since President Trump took office.
They came to Charlottesville prepared "with their hands taped ready to do street battle, committed multiple acts of violence including punching, kicking, head-butting and pushing numerous people."
white nationalists from California who flew cross country to Charlottesville, after having trained MMA style to commit violence and succeeded, now face up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.
Benjamin Daley, 25, and Thomas Gillen, 34, both of Redondo Beach; Michael Miselis, 29, of Lawndale; and Cole White, 24, of Clayton, members of the Rise Above Movement (RAM), assaulted a Black man, two women, and a minister, during the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville in 2017.
"Daley, Miselis, Gillen and White, while on their way to the Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park, and with their hands taped ready to do street battle, committed multiple acts of violence including punching, kicking, head-butting and pushing numerous people," said the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Thomas T. Cullen.
They, reportedly, were chanting "Blood and soil!" and "White lives matter!"
1/ NEW: Federal authorities in VA announced today that 4 men have been arrested in connection with the violence at Unite the Right in Charlottesville in Aug. 2017. We've reported on 3 of those men before. We first identified Tom Gillen & Ben Daley in this video last October. pic.twitter.com/vg78HdOE7g
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"Rise Above Movement is essentially a white supremacist organization that operates like an alt-right fight club," Joanna Mendelson, a senior investigative researcher with the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, said. "They romanticize themselves as these foot soldiers to fend off against the elements that threaten their white existence."
They have about 50 members and meet regularly in public parks to train in boxing and street fighting techniques. According to the Southern Law Poverty Center, recruitment targets men who find the idea of real world fight club appealing, and includes promotional videos of their workouts.
A group leader, Daley, who recruits and promotes hate on Gab.ai (Twitter and Instagram accounts were suspended) and owns a tree-trimming business (according to Heavy.com) , has a prior criminal record that includes carrying a concealed weapon for which he was sentenced to seven days in jail. Miselis, an aerospace engineer, was arrested in his home, which was adorned with a wall hanging with the numeric code for Heil Hitler, "88", along with ammunition for assault-style weapons, smoke bombs and flairs.
White and Miselis have both lost their jobs due to their involvement in Charlottesville.
An "incredible volume of digital evidence" helped federal prosecutors identify and charge the four men, Cullen said. He said they weren't finished investigating either and that there could be more arrests.
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"Their actions were not only reprehensible but in violation of federal law," FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Thomas Chadwick said.
During the Charlottesville rally, Heather Hayer was killed by James Alex Fields Jr. (since charged with hate crimes and murder) and several Unite the Right protestors beat counter protestor DeAndre Harris.
Jacob Scoot Goodwin of Arkansas and Alex Michael Ramos of Georgia were sentenced to eight and six years, respectively, in prison, while Daniel Patrick Gordon of Ohio has yet to be sentenced, but found guilty of beating Harris.
Richard Wilson Preston was sentenced to four years in prison for firing his gun during the rally, as he was near a school.
"They see campuses as a fertile recruiting ground," said Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.
White supremacist group Vanguard America vandalized a Black History Month poster at Middle Tennessee University last week with propaganda, along with "plastering college campuses with fliers, demonstrating the trend shows no signs of stopping," according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
A costume website described the 15-year-old Holocaust victim as "a young girl" who had "nothing but a diary and hope."
"We are concerned that this lyric could feed into preconceived notions about Jews and alleged Jewish 'control' of the banks and finance," said the Anti-Defamation League.
Since releasing his new album on June 30, Jay-Z has managed to do two things in less than a week — gain platinum status and stir up anti-Semitic controversy. While the former sounds great, there are some who are less than enthusiastic about the lyricist's accomplishment, including the Anti-Defamation League.
Spicer's repeated offensive statements "have exposed a serious gap in your knowledge of the Holocaust, its impact, and the lessons we can learn from it," the ADL told the White House spokesman.
Following White House press secretary Sean Spicer's spreading of "alternative facts" about the Holocaust, the Anti-Defamation League has offered to provide him with a little education.
About 100 headstones were overturned at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia just a week after a similar incident occurred in Missouri.
As more incidents of anti-Semitism take the national spotlight, about 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia were overturned this weekend, police reported. This comes just one week after about 150 headstones were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri.
White supremacists are praising Trump's silence, summed up by one popular writer saying, "Everyone is pretty damn sick of Jews."
Prominent anti-Semites are applauding President Donald Trump's continued refusal to condemn a rising level of anti-Semitism in the United States, including bomb threats to at least 11 more Jewish community centers on Monday, bringing the total to 69 incidents targeting 54 JCCs in 27 states since January.
Breitbart chairman Stephen Bannon, credited with making the conservative website more openly racist and anti-Semitic, to be "equal partners" with White House chief of staff.
GOP frontrunner repeatedly tweets messages appealing to white supremacists.
'Blue Lives Matter' law now treats crimes against law enforcement the same as crimes against minorities.
Louisiana on Thursday became the first state in the nation to include law enforcement officers as a protected class under hate-crime law, treating attacks on public safety workers the same as attacks motivated by race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Rabbis call for boycott, Anti-Defamation League to redirect Trump donations; his hate speech and authoritarian style likened to Nazi Germany.
Many groups have been offended by Donald Trump since the businessman announced his candidacy for president last summer. This time, it is Jewish groups that have had enough of Trump.