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Jewish Defense Org. takes on another group

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Jewish Defense Organization is trying to block what it calls a neo-Nazi group from holding a conference in Charlotte, N.C.

The JDO has threatened to boycott any hotel that welcomes American Renaissance magazine, The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday. On its Web site, it calls American Renaissance "a collection of Jew-Hating and racist neo-Nazi and KKK."

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Jared Taylor, editor of American Renaissance, responds by calling the JDO "just goofy" and saying the group has a "bee in its bonnet."

Marilyn Mayo, director of the Center on Extremism of the Anti-Defamation League, thinks they are both at least partly right.

"You have one extremist group fighting another extremist group," she said. "In fact, the American Renaissance is not a neo-Nazi group. It's a racist group."

American Renaissance describes itself as believing in "race realism." It calls race "the most prominent and divisive fault line" in society.

The conference is scheduled Feb. 4-6. Taylor said the venue would be announced immediately beforehand for security reasons.

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