There have been disturbing reports from various news outlets that white supremacist groups are planning on using the coronavirus to intentionally infect Jews, and others who they believe are the “enemies of the state.”
According to the Associated Press, The FBI’s New York office recently sent out an alert to local authorities warning of extremist groups it said are encouraging their members to spread the novel coronavirus to police and Jewish people.
The alert, which was reportedly issued on March 19, said that “members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions.”
ABC News reported that the alert warned that the racist groups were urging their members to go to places where Jewish people “may be congregated, to include markets, political offices, businesses and places of worship.”
The alert also reportedly said some white supremacists and neo-Nazis were urging members who contract the virus to spread the disease to cops by using spray bottles.
In a statement to The Hill earlier this week, a spokesperson for the FBI said that while the agency’s “standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, FBI field offices routinely share information with their local law enforcement partners to assist in protecting the communities they serve.”
The report comes as the Anti-Defamation League reports some extremists have been pushing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories online that blame Jewish people for the spread of the virus.
“As the coronavirus has spread, we have observed how white-supremacists, neo-Nazis, and others have used this to drive their own conspiracy theories, spread disinformation and incite violence on their online platforms,” Michael Masters, who heads the Secure Communities Network, a nonprofit that works to “serve the American Jewish community concerning matters of communal safety,” told ABC News.
“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,” Masters added.
The disturbing report arrives as New York has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks amid an international outbreak. The CDC recently referred to New York as the “epicenter” of the coronavirus outbreak in the US.
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