Instead of singling out white-supremacist violence, the FBI’s recent switch to prioritize “racially motivated violent extremism” can backfire on victims suspected of nothing more than leftist, anti-government ideology, say staff at a Tennessee education center targeted in a suspected arson.
Two assailants who shot up a Jersey City, N.J., kosher grocery cased the shop for months in advance, made a bomb strong enough to injure and kill people up to five football fields away and researched other Jewish centers. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal calls a rise in anti-Semitic attacks “more than troubling–they are unacceptable.”
The Gainesville, Ga., police chief said churchgoers should hurl Bibles or hot coffee, chairs or fire extinguishers, anything, he said, that can be weaponized if they are under attack and cannot safely escape.
When a machete-wielding attacker walked into a rabbi’s home in Monsey, N.Y., during Hanukkah and a gunman fired on worshippers at a Texas church 14 hours later, congregations in different regions joined a growing list of faith communities that have come under attack.
Grafton Thomas, the man accused of stabbing five Jews at a Hanukkah celebration near New York City,, also searched online for “why did Hitler hate the Jews,” and looked for “prominent companies founded by Jews in America” according to prosecutors.
Sean Urbanski was arrested minutes after he stabbed to death Army Lt. Richard Collins III at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus. Urbanski’s iPhone was found to contain racist memes, online group chats and social media, including engagement with the now-deleted “Alt-Reich: Nation” Facebook group.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, ahead of Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate, released a new plan aimed at defeating white nationalist violence. Warren said she would make prosecuting hate crimes a “priority” in her administration.