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Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer must pay Muslim comedian Dean Obeidallah $4.1 million

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On Wednesday, a judge ruled that the publisher of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer must pay American Muslim comedian Dean Obeidallah $4.1 million for falsely portraying him as a terrorist.


In 2017, Obeidallah, a Daily Beast contributor, wrote an article for the site questioning President Trump's response to white supremacist violence.


The following day, Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin smeared Obeidallah in a post casting him as the "mastermind" behind the Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people.


"He fabricated tweets that made it look like I was tweeting — that I was the mastermind of the bombing, I was cheering for it and I did it the name of Allah in my faith as a Muslim," Obeidallah told NPR's Michel Martin. "They looked exactly real with retweets and likes and then [he] directed his readership at the The Daily Stormer to 'confront' me was the exact term."



The Daily Stormer site, named after the Nazi propaganda newspaper Der Stürmer, spreads messages of anti-Semitism and white nationalism, including "the coming race war," and is known to stoke violence from its audience.



In 2017, James Jackson, a Daily Stormer reader and self-professed racist, traveled from Baltimore to New York where he fatally stabbed Timothy Caughman, a 66-year-old black man. In an act meant to "provoke a race war," Jackson called his killing a "declaration of global total war on the Negro race."



"To me, the best way to use these white supremacists' money is to invest it in organizations and projects dedicated to countering and eradicating their hateful ideology," Obeidallah wrote.



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