Days after a group of people dressed in clothing reminiscent of Nazi brownshirts drove a rental truck displaying hate messages on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, a watchdog group has spoken out against the incident and said he identified the hate group and two of its members.
According to StopAntisemitism, an organization that works to expose people and groups who engage in anti-Semitic behavior, the group responsible for Saturday’s incident is the Goyim Defense League.
The organization also named two people caught on video participating in the hate rally: Jon Minadeo II and Robert Frank Wilson.
“We are horrified that innocent bystanders in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, Jews and others, have been subjected to such vile and excruciating hatred,” Liora Rez, executive director of StopAntisemitism, told The Times on Monday. “When white supremacists like the Goyim Defense League are allowed to spread this kind of despicable bigotry without any pushback, it normalizes hatred of Jews and sends the message that it is tolerable.”
Neither Beverly Hills Police nor the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which responded to the incident, identified the group or any participants.
StopAntisemitism said it identified the two men “based on their physical appearance.”
The group also said the anti-Semitic messages on the truck had been reported in previous incidents involving the hate group, including in March when Wilson was seen driving around San Diego in a similar truck.
“The GDL has also been responsible for circulating anti-Semitic flyers as well as putting up signs with hateful rhetoric on freeway overpasses,” StopAntisemitism said.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Joana Warren told The Times on Sunday that investigators had identified the truck’s license plate and were working to identify who had rented it.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department told The Times on Monday that the incident was still under investigation and said she could no longer share information.
“The Goyim Defamation League is a loose network of individuals bound together by their virulent anti-Semitism,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. “The group includes five or six main organizers/public figures, dozens of supporters and thousands of online followers.”
He was responsible for at least 74 incidents of anti-Semitic propaganda in 2021, the Anti-Defamation League said.
According to an account of the incident on Saturday by StopAntisemitism, the truck was parked in the driveway of the Beverly Hilton hotel, where Minadeo, Wilson and two other members of the hate group dressed in clothing resembling those of the brownshirts of the Nazi Germany were seen marching and shouting “The Nazis are coming” and “here comes the Jewish boy…we’re going to wipe you out.”
Another video captures an encounter between the group and a law enforcement officer, StopAntisemitism said. A member of the hate group says “Holocaust denial… 6 million is an exaggeration”.
The person then thanks the officer, calling him a “good goy,” StopAntisemitism said.
The truck carried hate-filled messages such as “Ann Coulter was right about the Jews” and “Resisting the Great Replacement = Greater Threat?”
The so-called replacement conspiracy theory is a racist philosophy embraced by white nationalists.
FBI statistics show that Jews continue to be the most targeted minority in the United States and that anti-Semitic crimes are on the rise, Rez said.
“Yet Jews are often overlooked when discussing issues of civil rights and social justice because they are categorized as a ‘model class minority’ and are misrepresented as a privileged group,” he said. she stated. “Hateful individuals, both among fringe groups but also in the mainstream, then use this perception as an excuse to attack Jews.”
Privileged perception of Jewish people leads to anti-Semitism not attracting the same level of attention as discrimination against other groups, Rez said, adding that his organization works to ensure that anti-Semitism receives the same attention and is fought with the same level of fervor.
“The lack of fear of white supremacists should scare everyone,” she said.
Los Angeles Times