Source: The Guardian
BY Lois Beckett
A Jewish woman in Montana who was the target of weeks of harassment by neo-Nazi internet trolls is suing the instigator of the “troll storm”, asking for damages after receiving more than 700 threatening phone calls, voicemails, emails and other messages.
The attacks on Tanya Gersh and her family made international headlines after Andrew Anglin, who runs a neo-Nazi website, promised to stage an armed antisemitic march through the streets of Whitefish, a remote Montana town where Richard Spencer, America’s most prominent white nationalist, sometimes lives.
The threat of an armed march was just one part of the deluge of anonymous online and phone harassment for weeks this winter targeting Gersh, her husband and 12-year-old son, a local human rights group founded to oppose neo-Nazis, and a series of local businesses deemed sympathetic to Jewish residents.
The attacks followed Anglin’s claims that Gersh had tried to engage in an “extortion racket” against Spencer’s mother to punish her for her son’s political beliefs.