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Report: Synagogue massacre led to string of attack plots

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Oct 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 08:52:09-04

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Jewish civil rights group says at least 12 white supremacists have been arrested on allegations of plotting, threatening or carrying out anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. since the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue nearly one year ago.

The Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism also counted at least 50 incidents in which white supremacists are accused of vandalizing or otherwise targeting Jewish institutions' property since a gunman killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27, 2018.

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The ADL's tally includes the April 2019 arrest of John T. Earnest, who is charged with killing one person and injuring three others in a shooting at a synagogue in Poway, California.

The group says many of the cases it counted, including the Poway shooting, were inspired by previous white supremacist attacks.

In August, Connor Climo was charged and arraigned in federal court, accused by the FBI of planning to attack gay and Jewish communities in Las Vegas.

Climo drew the attention of the FBI in 2016 after he appeared on 13 Action News describing why he was armed and patrolling his neighborhood in the Centennial Hills area.

Authorities say Climo claims to be a member of The Feurerkrieg Division of Atomwaffen, which is known as an organization that encourages and may even commit violent attacks on people of the Jewish religion, homosexuals, African Americans and federal infrastructures.

His trial is set for November.

KTNV contributed to the original story.