New York, NY – The New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sent an alert to local law enforcement after white supremacist groups encouraged their members to try to spread coronavirus to police and Jewish people.
The FBI’s New York office said “members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions,” ABC News reported.
The alert was sent out Thursday to New York law enforcement agencies and warned that extremists were urging followers infected with the coronavirus to use spray bottles to try and spread bodily fluids to police officer working on the streets.
“Anti-government folks in America love to target law enforcement as a symbol of America’s authority,” Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation Executive Vice President Don Mihalek said. “It’s just sad that that’s their focus at a time of crisis in the nation.”
The white supremacist groups also directed their followers to infect Jews by going “any place they may be congregated, to include markets, political offices, businesses and places of worship,” ABC News reported.
Groups that watch for white supremacist messaging online told ABC News that there has been chatter on the Internet for weeks blaming Jewish people and Jewish leadership for the pandemic and the global response to the disease.
White supremacist groups have even blamed Jews for the lockdowns ordered by the governors in New York, New Jersey, and California, ABC News reported.
Michael Masters, who runs an umbrella group called Secure Communities Network that was established to help organize security for Jewish groups and facilities all over the United States, said white supremacists are running a disinformation campaign targeting Jewish people.
“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, neo-Nazis and others have used this to drive their own conspiracy theories, spread disinformation and incite violence on their online platforms,” Masters told ABC News.