WHITEFISH, Montana — This is how pogroms begin.
An anti-Semitic website has called for “action” to be taken against Jewish residents of the Montana town of Whitefish, posting people’s personal information and urging a “troll storm” be unleashed against them.
The site says the call to action is in response to pressure being put on the mother of well-known White Supremacist figure Richard Spencer from members of a “vicious, evil race.”
The post cites an article in the Daily Mail that quotes said Sherry Spencer as saying “she is being forced to sell a building she owns in the small town because residents are rebelling against her son.”
The site posted phone numbers, mailing addresses, email addresses, and Twitter handles for the Whitefish residents it alleges are harassing Sherry Spencer. It also includes photographs of the targeted people with the Star of David and the word “Jude” superimposed on them. It also features pictures of some of their children.
While the post stresses that people should not resort to violence or make threats of violence, it urges people to bombard the people listed with emails, phone calls and messages.
Richard Spencer is president and director of the National Policy Institute, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as a hate group. The institute is “dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.”
Spencer recently rose to broad public attention when video from a rally celebrating the election of Donald Trump showed Spencer leading the crowd in a chant of “Hail Trump” with many sticking their arms up in the Nazi salute.
The law center has described the author of the post as a “prolific internet troll.”