WASHINGTON — Neo-Nazi skinheads are working with radical Islamists in a growing unholy alliance that has European law enforcement officials concerned about a new front in the war on terrorism, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, the premium, online intelligence newsletter published by the founder of WND.
Sources in the UK, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Italy, Switzerland and in the Middle East are warning that the world should not be surprised to see young, white males involved in terrorism and in league with Osama bin Laden.
Just a few years ago, Muslims represented one of the biggest harassment targets of neo-Nazi skinheads in Europe. But anti-Muslim hate crimes by skinheads have seen a dramatic drop-off — even as their movement takes on more visibility and bigger numbers.
“In business they ignore the race,” said an Italian official.
Law enforcement officials fear skinheads and neo-Nazis could provide not just additional numbers to the Islamic terrorist cause but also some operatives who would defy profiling efforts.
Skinheads can easily cover their tattoos and wear respectable clothing to deceive police and immigration authorities, say police officials. An Italian police expert on gang activities said it is known skinheads travel as far as Australia, South Africa and the Indian sub-continent “at times looking like the boy next door or a student on vacation.” He also revealed Italian agents are aware of a number of meetings between gang leaders, radical Islamic students and organized crime bosses.
The chilling possibility that Muslim terrorists and neo-Nazis may combine forces was raised as a distinct possibility by Israel’s president last month.
On a visit to commemorate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany, Moshe Katsav declared, “Let us not be surprised if one day terror organizations use neo-Nazis to carry out terrorist attacks.”
The majority of Muslims in Europe are law-abiding citizens, he added. But Muslim extremists may form alliances with neo-Nazis, he said.
What brings the groups together is a common enemy — Jews — and business interests, say law enforcement officials. Neo-Nazi skinheads are deeply involved in drug-running and human smuggling gangs — two areas of common interest with Islamists.