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The surprising relationship between Islamist extremists and white nationalists

Both types of extremism flourish among tormented young people, who become invested in wild, apocalyptic conspiracy theories

By Julia Ebner  

A far right rally in America. But what do white nationalists have in common with Islamic extremists?

In December 2016, the words “Deus Vult” were sprayed on a wall outside the Islamic Education Trust mosque in Cumernaud, Scotland. Literally ‘God wills,’ this Latin battle cry was used by Pope Urban II to declare the first Crusade in 1095. In recent years, the term resurfaced among far-right activists, often in reaction to jihadist violence.

When the moderator of the pro-Trump Reddit forum The_Donald posted “Meme Magic Friday: Deus Vult Edition” in May 2016,…

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