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KKK Leader Thanks Jewish Man for Saving His Life After Violence Erupts at White Supremacist Rally

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Violence at the KKK rally in California. A Jewish man at the scene managed to push the KKK leader out of harms way. Photo: YouTube.

Violence at the KKK rally in California. A Jewish man at the scene managed to push the KKK leader out of harm’s way. Photo: YouTube/Screenshot.

A Ku Klux Klan leader thanked a Jewish man for pushing him out of harm’s way during a violent confrontation between KKK activists and anti-KKK protesters in California on Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The fight began after half a dozen Klan members arrived at Pearson Park in Anaheim, where they were scheduled to hold a rally. Several dozen protesters, waiting for the Klansmen at the site, immediately confronted them when they arrived, according to the LA Times.

Brian Levin — director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino — was at the scene trying to interview the KKK ringleader, whom he identified as William Quigg, when the violence broke out. Levin, who is Jewish, said he was standing next to Quigg when a crowd of angry demonstrators swarmed around the Klan members. Levin pushed the Klan leader away from the mob.

Levin said he then asked Quigg, “How do you feel that a Jewish guy just saved your life?”

“Thank you,” replied Quigg, whose organization is known for its white supremacist and antisemitic views.

Levin added that several Klan members jumped in an SUV and sped off, leaving others to “fend for themselves.”

Quigg is the leader of the Loyal White Knights in California and other Western states, Levin said. The sect aims to raise awareness about illegal immigration, terrorism and street crime.

The LA Times noted that the Klan members at the rally were not dressed in the hate group’s traditional white-hooded gowns, but were wearing clothes adorned with emblems promoting white supremacy.

Five people were injured in the fight, including three protesters who were stabbed. One protester was critically wounded after being stabbed with the decorative end of either a Confederate or American flag pole. Authorities arrested 13 people in total, but The Associated Press reported that five people were subsequently released after police reviewed video footage of the violence.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, reported that there were some 190 active KKK groups, with 5,000-8,000 members, operating in the US last year.

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  • Tzvi Herbert Jacobs

    Please insert missing word in first or second line of my comment

    • Tzvi Herbert Jacobs

      insert “who” came to Morristown

  • Tzvi Jacobs

    I believe it was David Duke and 9 old KKK geezers (a KKK minyan?) came to Morristown, New Jersey, on July 4th (around 1995) for a highly publicized march through downtown. The police cordoned off the streets on both sides while they did their little parade and Mr. Duke said his speech. Hundreds of protesters came, representing Socialist and Communist parties, gay rights,and Al Sharptons group. They were distributing literature. Most of the literature printed veiled anti-Jewish slurs (such as the one about the Goldbergs, Silversteins, etc, who control the money, etc). I managed to speak on the protester’s stage and told about an encounter in Walterboro, South Carolina. The police told me the landlady would give me back the rent money because one of my roommates was black.”We don’t allow no colored folks on the white end of Black Street,” Sheriff Zeigler said to me. (This story is recorded in my book, Who’s Gonna Save the World.) “The KKK say that they hate blacks and Jews. But you guys claim to be righteous and yet you distribute antisemitic literature. At least the KKK are honest. Al Sharpton claims to be reverend, yet brought thugs into Crown Heights to beat up Jews and even worse.” At that point, one of Al’s huge supporters lifted me up and carried me off the stage. Twenty years later, the KKK are honest about their racism. In contrast, the BDS movement are simply violent, dishonest antisemites, who care nothing about the Arabs who lost their jobs at Sodastream. They have no manners, too, unlike Mr. Quigg.

  • Jeff

    There must be a coming together of imaginary enemies, a realisation by the extreme right that there is only one enemy to all – ISLAM!

  • Mickey Oberman

    Ah well. We all make mistakes.