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Feds Say Hanukkah Attacker’s Journals Referenced Black Hebrew Israelite Cult

Posted on | December 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Feds Say Hanukkah Attacker’s Journals Referenced Black Hebrew Israelite Cult


This seems so predictable:

The New York man accused of stabbing five people at a rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration this past weekend was charged Monday with federal hate crimes as details are emerging about a series of handwritten journals found at his home that the FBI says appear to “express anti-Semitic sentiments.”
Grafton Thomas is now facing five counts of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs by attempting to kill with a dangerous weapon and causing injuries. The 37-year-old already was charged with five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary following the incident that unfolded Saturday night in Monsey, N.Y., which officials have described as an anti-Semitic act of “domestic terrorism.” Thomas’ bail has been set at $5 million and he is scheduled to appear at a federal court Monday afternoon.
Law enforcement officials who searched Thomas’ home in Greenwood Lake found handwritten journals that appear to “express anti-Semitic sentiments,” an FBI agent wrote in a federal complaint filed Monday.
The journals question “why [people] mourned for anti-Semitism when there is Semitic genocide” and claim the “Hebrew Israelites” took from the “powerful [people] (ebinoid Israelites).” They also contained references to “Adolf Hitler” and “Nazi Culture” on the same page as drawings of symbols such as the Star of David and a swastika, the complaint says.
“The term ‘ebinoid Israelites’ appears to be a reference to the ‘Black Hebrew Israelite’ movement, in which groups of African-Americans assert that they are the descendants of the ancient Israelites,” the FBI agent wrote in the complaint. The male suspect in a recent mass shooting at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, N.J., was a follower of the Black Hebrew Israelite group, NBC New York previously has reported.
A phone recovered from Thomas’ car also contained Internet searches for “Why did Hitler hate the Jews” and “German Jewish Temples near me,” the agent wrote. . . .
Thomas’ family, through a statement issued by his attorney, said he has “a long history of mental illness and hospitalizations” yet has “no history of like violent acts and no convictions for any crime.
“He has no known history of anti-Semitism and was raised in a home which embraced and respected all religions and races,” the statement added. “He is not a member of any hate groups.”

OK, let’s be clear about mental illness and motives: If some white psychotic with “a long history of mental illness and hospitalizations” had attacked a rabbi’s home during Hanukkah, nobody would hesitate to blame the “alt-right,” and everybody on CNN would be talking about the “climate of hate” for which Trump is allegedly to blame. But let a black psychotic commit such a crime and — hang on while I change the TV channel to CNN — no, there’s no connect-the-dots political blame-game, no “national conversation” attempting to shift responsibility onto Jew-hating Democrats like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Any radical ideology that inspires violent acts of “lone wolf” terrorism will predictably appeal to crazy people. It doesn’t matter whether the ideology is Marxism or environmentalism or some kind of racial extremism, violent psychotics are always attracted to belief systems that furnish a pretext to justify their homicidal rage. Because we live in a society where the media elite are overwhelmingly partisan Democrats, however, the connection between crazy people and radical ideology is only considered newsworthy if the terrorist can be linked (however tenuously) to the “far right,” so that the accusing finger of blame can be pointed toward the Republican Party. The media will forget Grafton Thomas as quickly as they have forgotten Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson.





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