Pe­ti­tion Declar­ing An­tifa a Ter­ror Group Gets 100,000 Sig­na­tures

Pe­ti­tion reaches min­i­mum sig­na­tures for White House to give an of­fi­cial re­sponse.

The Jewish Voice - - NATIONAL - By: Tzvi Lev

Ape­ti­tion call­ing on Pres­i­dent Trump to rec­og­nize the rad­i­cal far-left group 'An­tifa' as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion has hit the 100,000 sig­na­ture thresh­old it needs to re­ceive an of­fi­cial re­sponse from the White House.

The pe­ti­tion said: "Ter­ror­ism is, in its broad­est sense, the use of in­ten­tion­ally in­dis­crim­i­nate vi­o­lence as a means to cre­ate ter­ror or fear, in or­der to achieve a po­lit­i­cal, re­li­gious, or ide­o­log­i­cal aim. An­tifa has demon­strated time and time again that they're more than will­ing and able to fill these cri­te­ria."

"We're ask­ing that the pres­i­dent for­mally de­clare An­tifa a do­mes­tic ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion had ob­li­gated it­self to re­spond to any pe­ti­tion that re­ceived more than 100,000 sig­na­tures on its 'We the Peo­ple' web­site, and sent out an of­fi­cial re­sponse to 321 out of 323 pe­ti­tions that reached the thresh­old. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has been more ret­i­cent, and has re­port­edly been con­sid­er­ing shut­ting the web­site down, cit­ing high main­te­nance costs.

An­tifa, short for ' anti-fas­cist', is a group of loosely af­fil­i­ated an­ar­chists and ex­treme leftists who con­tend that they are wag­ing vi­o­lent war­fare against right wing ex­trem­ists, but pro­mote vi­o­lence against oth­ers as well. An­tifa has in the past ri­oted against con­ser­va­tive speak­ers on col­lege cam­puses, and fought against po­lice­men at Black Lives Mat­ter protests.

Ex­perts say the move­ment has boomed since Trump’s election. Mark Bray, a lec­turer on hu­man rights and pol­i­tics at Dart­mouth Col­lege, told JTA that he es­ti­mates there are sev­eral hun­dred An­tifa chap­ters of vary­ing sizes and lev­els of ac­tiv­ity across the coun­try.

“The threat posed by the ‘al­tright’ in the con­text of em­pow­er­ment through Trump made a lot of peo­ple con­cerned about fas­cist, neo-Nazi, white su­prem­a­cist vi­o­lence,” said Bray, au­thor of the forth­com­ing book An­tifa: The Anti-Fas­cist Hand­book. “They turned to the An­tifa model as one op­tion to re­sist it. The op­tion of phys­i­cally con­fronting these groups has spread among the left and been nor­mal­ized.”

An­tifa, short for 'an­tifas­cist', is a group of loosely af­fil­i­ated an­ar­chists and ex­treme leftists who con­tend that they are wag­ing vi­o­lent war­fare against right wing ex­trem­ists, but pro­mote vi­o­lence against oth­ers as well.

An­tifa has in the past ri­oted against con­ser­va­tive speak­ers on col­lege cam­puses, and fought against po­lice­men at Black Lives Mat­ter protests.

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