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US white supremacist groups target Jews over coronavirus

 WHITE supremacist groups in the US are calling on supporters who contract coronavirus to pass it on to Jewish people and police officers, according to the FBI.

Intelligence reports from its New York office claimed: “Members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions.”

ABC News reported on Sunday that an FBI alert was sent to local police forces last week warning that the far-right groups were urging their members to use spray bottles to attack officers on the street.

They were also calling on supporters to infect Jewish people with the coronavirus by going “to any place they may be congregated, to include markets, political offices, businesses and places of worship.” 

Surveillance of online white supremacist groups revealed that discussions are centred on blaming Jewish people for the spread of the virus, along with the closure of businesses.

Secure Communities Network spokesman Michael Masters, who co-ordinates security for Jewish organisations and synagogues in the US said: “From pushing the idea that Jews created the coronavirus virus to sell vaccines to encouraging infected followers to try to spread the illness to the Jewish community and law enforcement as the coronavirus has spread, we have observed how white supremacists, neonazis and others have used this to drive their own conspiracy theories, spread disinformation and incite violence on their online platforms.”

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation vice-president Don Mihalek said: “Anti-government folks in America love to target law enforcement as a symbol of America’s authority.

“It’s just sad that that’s their focus at a time of crisis in the nation.”

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