The report cites an alert that was sent to local police agencies by the FBI’s New York office. According to the alert, extremist organizations are suggesting that members use spray bottles to spread their bodily fluids on police officers as well as around places where Jews congregate, such as political offices, places of worship, markets, and other businesses.
Don Mihalek, the executive vice president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation and an ABC News contributor, noted that extremist anti-government groups targeting law enforcement are nothing new.
“It’s just sad that that’s their focus at a time of crisis in the nation,” he said.
According to ABC News, many white supremacists have been blaming Jews for the spread of the coronavirus and the global response to the pandemic. Michael Masters, the head of Secure Communities Network, highlighted some of the theories being spread, including the idea that Jews created the coronavirus to sell vaccines for profit.
“While the world faces a deadly pandemic, it’s a stark reminder that certain groups – notably the Jewish community and law enforcement – must also continue the battle against those who wish to hurt or kill them,” he said.
“As the economic situation remains fragile and civil society disrupted, the potential for the followers of hate to act becomes more likely… and more deadly.”
Neo-Nazi groups ask members to go to “any place [Jews] may be congregated, to include markets, political offices, businesses and places of worship” to spread the #coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/sxMGhsxxeR
— Julie Lenarz (@MsJulieLenarz) March 22, 2020
In a piece for USA Today, Humanity Forward founder Andrew Yang and Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt called for unity amid the COVID-19 pandemic and spotlighted those targeting Asian, Jewish, and other minorities being blamed for the spread of the virus. The pair noted the use of racially charged terms — such as the “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus” — to describe the coronavirus as an example.
“Rarely has there been a more opportune moment to seize on fear and spread hate,” the piece reads.
The article calls for an end to the “demonization of minorities” to help the nation unite and combat the coronavirus. It also notes that both Chinese and Jewish immigrants were subjected to xenophobia in the United States due to their large-scale immigration in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Donald Trump has received backlash for what some call a racialization of the coronavirus via the phrase “Chinese virus.” As reported by The Inquisitr, the president defended his use of the phrase by claiming it was a reminder of where the virus originated.