Jewish Defense League, White Supremacists Booted Off Twitter by the Forward

Jewish Defense League, White Supremacists Booted Off Twitter

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Twitter accounts associated with the far-right Jewish Defense League were swept up in a larger purging of white nationalists accounts as the social media site implemented new rules targeted “violent extremist” groups.

The Twitter accounts @JDLCanada, @jdldotorg, @JewishDefenceNY were all booted offline sometime on Monday, December 19.

Twitter announced in mid-November that beginning Dec. 18, it would consider account user behavior “on and off the platform” when deciding whether to close down an account, as part of an effort to “reduce hateful and abusive content.”

“You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people,” states Twitter’s rule for “violent extremist groups,” which went into effect Monday.

“Alt-right” or white nationalist users kicked off Twitter on Monday include Jared Taylor, editor of the “race realist” American Renaissance; Brad Griffin of the League of The South; and Vanguard America, the white nationalist group whose membership included James Alex Fields, who drove his car through counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Jewish Defense League was founded by the ultra-nationalist politician and writer Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1971. According to the FBI, the JDL has been involved in plotting and executing acts of terrorism within the United States. Since Kahane’s assassination in 1990, the group has fractured and has been dormant for years. Over the last months, though — amidst culture wars convulsing the nation — some acolytes of Kahane have sought to bring his ideas back into the mainstream. Members of the JDL have started showing up a street rallies again, sometimes violently sparring with other protestors.

Read more about the Jewish Defense League here and here.

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Sam Kestenbaum is a contributing editor and former staff writer for the Forward. Before this, he worked for The New York Times and newsrooms in Sana, Ramallah and Beijing. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter at @skestenbaum and on Instagram at @skestenbaum .

Jewish Defense League Twitter Accounts Shuttered

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