According to the police alerts, a white supremacist group is pushing antisemites to vandalize and deface Jewish institutions this coming Saturday by calling for a “National Day of Hate” on social media, via WhatsApp chats, and by email.
The Chicago Police Department was the first to provide information on the antisemitic campaign. A “situational awareness warning” with an NYPD symbol making the rounds online warns local Jewish groups to watch for unusual activity.
But, as of Thursday afternoon, there are no known threats to Jewish institutions, according to law enforcement and security organizations in the Chicago and New York City regions.
The NYPD declined to comment on the validity of the bulletin bearing its seal but informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that “the Department will deploy additional resources to sensitive locations, including houses of worship,” out of an abundance of caution this weekend even though there are no known threats to New York City.
There is currently no actionable intelligence, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department this week. Likewise, a report from the Safe Communities Network, a nationwide organization that coordinates security for Jewish organizations, stated that online conversation about the campaign has remained limited, and we assess, as in the past, this will not likely be a widespread event.
One of the hate group’s messages, which called for “MASS ANTI-SEMITIC ACTION,” was also published by the NYPD bulletin. The post instructed members to “shock the masses with banner drops, stickers, leaflets, and graffiti” and to record their actions.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the campaign is being promoted by Crew-319, a small white nationalist organization in Iowa that works with other radical organizations.
The ADL verified that the hate message in the NYPD bulletin was real and originated from Crew-319’s channel on the extremist-favored social media platform Telegram.
Jewish community members were encouraged to “remain situationally alert and pay attention” in a memo from the Chicago Police Department’s Place of Worship Safety Advisory Unit, which tracks threats to synagogues and other houses of worship.
Jews have recently been the focus of hate groups’ flyers, graffiti, and in-person demonstrations. One of the most prominent hate groups in the nation, the Goyim Defense League, has spread antisemitic pamphlets throughout Jewish communities across the country and hung offensive banners overpasses.
Most recently, they organized an antisemitic demonstration in front of the Chabad of South Orlando. The L.A. suspect was purportedly influenced by their messaging. shootings.
Anti-Semitic graffiti has also been written on college campuses, projected into sporting venues, and plastered outside Disney World.
The rise in extreme violence across the country coincides with antisemitic behavior. According to an ADL report released on Thursday, the percentage of mass shootings associated with extremism has increased dramatically over the past ten years.