It’s a small town of about 30,000, about half of them Jewish. And whether or not the young shooter was/is antisemitic, even the survivors are devastated.
Via The Times of Israel
Accused mass shooter Bobby Crimo “also attempted a rehearsal of the July 4 shooting weeks earlier when he tried to enter a Highland Park synagogue during Passover just two blocks from where he ultimately attacked the parade. He was forcibly asked to leave by the temple’s armed security. He is a manifestation of all the left stands for, including wokeness, gender fluidity, and anti-Semitism.”
Glad to hear the synagogue had armed security, but many of them do nowadays.
Via Rabbi Michael Barclay on PJMedia
UPDATE: Meanwhile, in Israel, a Jewish family was massacred at Shabbat dinner.
Holocaust Remembrance Day begins this evening, commemorating the closing of the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp in Poland, the largest of many run by Nazi Germany which murdered 6 million men, women and children. It’s a somber day in Israel, where about 200,000 aging Holocaust survivors live, and about 20 percent of the young are polling as fearful of another one. Those over age 45, having seen more of life, don’t. But anti-semitic incidents are increasing across the U.S. and around the world. The old, irrational hatred lives on.
That would be Black Lives Matter. Who else? After trashing L.A.’s Jewish businesses, one of their black nationalists tried to assassinate a Jewish candidate for mayor of Louisville, Ky. He failed and BLM sprung him from jail. Of course.
“Black Lives Matter is a racist and antisemitic hate group, and (Quintez) Brown’s increasingly hateful and antisemitic views were not out of line with his fellow black nationalist bigots. BLM’s decision to bail him out of jail is evidence that the hate group continues its support even after the shooting.”
Them and a few of their celebrity backers, like Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy and others you’ve probably never heard of.
Via Sultan Knish
“The hero rabbi held hostage in his Texas synagogue has credited active-shooter training for helping him save his congregants — revealing Monday that he threw a chair at the terrorist so they could finally escape.”
Video shows them running out a door, before the flash-bang grenade and gunfire erupted. But in most media, the FBI is getting credit for the rescue.
Via New York Post
UPDATE: WSJ’s assistant editor James Freeman has a good opinion piece on the rabbi’s actions headlined: Good Guy With A Chair.
“Gulbar Akram, the brother of terrorist Malik Faisal Akram, who took four hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on Saturday, has revealed that his brother had a criminal record in comments to UK media, raising questions about how he was allowed into the United States.”
Via Breitbart News
UPDATE: We’re not likely to ever find out.
The FBI apparently did good work in freeing the hostages at Beth Israel, but, as usual, they were slow in releasing the name of the Muslim perp (UK citizen Malik Faisal Akram) who was killed in the process. And they denied any connection between his demand for the feds to release a convicted terrorist and his choice of taking hostages in a synagogue to make it.
Jacob Siegel, in a special report in Tablet Magazine’s emails but not, apparently, on Tablet’s site, reports that the terrorist, a Pakistani woman named Aafia Siddiqui, is well-known for being vocally anti-Jewish.
Siddiqui “…once wrote a letter to Barack Obama, according to Deborah Scroggins’ 2012 book ‘Wanted Women’ in which Siddiqui urged the former president: ‘Study the history of the Jews. They have always backstabbed everyone who has taken pity on them and made the fatal error of giving them shelter…This is why ‘holocausts’ keep happening to them repeatedly.’… During her federal trial in 2009, Siddiqui unsuccessfully petitioned the court to give jurors a DNA test to prove they were not Jewish.”
After her conviction and sentencing to 86 years for a mass-murder plot, Siddiqui said: “This is a verdict coming from Israel and not from America. That’s where the anger belongs.”
The Beth Israel takeover was not a happenstance but a clear continuation of the wars of radical Islam. And our own government’s potentially-fatal refusal to connect the dots in public.
Via Tablet Magazine
UPDATE: After President Biden called the hostage-taking an act of terror and antisemitism, the FBI updated its previous statement to this: “This is a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted, and is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.”