Anti-Semitic killers had bomb capable of killing ‘five football fields away’
The head of the New Jersey FBI has confirmed that the bomb found in the van of the two alleged domestic terrorists had the potential to kill or seriously injure people “up to five football fields away.”
The FBI head, who is also a New Jersey attorney, also confirmed that there was substantial material in the vehicle that could have been used to make a second bomb.
The attack, which played out on December 10 in Jersey City, took the lives of four innocent civilians, including police detective Joseph Seals, a father of five.
Seals’ tragic death was the first attack in what became a bloody spree killing, which left the neighbourhood in lockdown.
The majority of the victims were slain inside JC Koshoper Supermarket on MLK Boulevard.
U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito told NBC that Seals’ brave actions “probably saved dozens if not more lives.”
Authorities confirmed that the two suspects, Francine Graham and David Anderson, had done substantial research on the Jewish community center in Bayonne, though no further detail was given regarding their overall plan. The FBI did confirm, though, that the attack was targetted against the Jewish community, as well as law enforcement.
A next-door kosher supermarket was also cased out by the pair, who were heavily armed.
Weapons linked to the two included an AR-15 type assault rifle, a shotgun, a semiautomatic firearm, and a handgun. A fifth customized weapon was later discovered in a U-Haul, which also contained pipe bombs.
I was never a gun person. I didn’t want them in my house because I have curious kids, but I was fine with others having firearms. Until recently, I was content with my Louisville Slugger next to my nightstand.
Crime in Seattle has gotten so bad that we brought armed guards to Jewish cemeteries to protect children and veterans placing flags for the fallen on Memorial Day. Drug dealers, prostitutes, pimps, substance abusers and others, have been desecrating the grounds on a nightly basis.
Armed guards are nothing new to Jews. They are present at synagogues, schools and community events. Unfortunately, because of our religious beliefs, we are always a target. The observant Jewish community enjoys a close connection with law enforcement. At the beginning of the year, 90,000 Jews attended an event called Siyum Hashas at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey celebrating the completion of the 7.5 year cycle of learning the Talmud. The police captain in charge of security called Rabbi Yosef Chaim Golding, CEO of the event, confirming that there were zero incidents at the event, but also that “…his ‘troopers have worked millions of events, but they NEVER felt so appreciated as they felt yesterday”.
This event coincided with a string of anti Semitic attacks in New York and New Jersey. The suspects, who had priors on their records, were arrested, some quickly released and subsequently re-arrested for committing new crimes, thanks to New York’s new bail reform.
According to the New York Post: “The legislation requires arraignment judges to set free suspects in any non-sexual assault that doesn’t actually cause a physical injury, even in cases of hate crime attacks. The no-injury loophole will mean a quick get-out-of-jail-free card for all but one of the accused attackers in the eight Hanukkah-timed, anti-Semitic bias crimes that have terrified the city’s Orthodox communities.”
These kind of “reforms” have been in action in Seattle for several years under a program called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD): While I would love to use their own words to tell you what they do, their King County Website says: “The Seattle-King County LEAD website is currently being revamped and will be shortly updated and relaunched.”
What LEAD claims it does is divert people who don’t belong in jail, to other programs to transition them back into society. This program has won awards and been cited as something to expand and replicate across the country.
When LEAD asked to meet with me last year to explain their operations, the director could not answer my basic questions about the program. How many people are in the program? How many people were back as contributing members of society? How many people returned to crime? No answers were given or available for these very simple questions. I have run several non profits and I knew every stat about each organization backwards and forwards.
The visuals on the streets of Seattle do not match LEAD’s claims of success. Almost every day there is another story of an attack, including on tourists and businesses. Business groups were so fed up that they commissioned System Failure: Report on Prolific Offenders in Seattle’s Criminal Justice System. The report showcases 100 Prolific offenders with multiple arrests, one as many as 74, who are continuously released. These offenders account for a large portion of the crime in downtown Seattle. Since the report was published, the majority of the “Prolific Offenders” have continued to cycle through Seattle’s “revolving door” justice system. LEAD funding has been put on hold by the Mayor pending a review by an outside consultant on the effectiveness of the program.
The report reminded me of the “Squeegee Men” who terrorized New York during the 1980s. These people were your first impression of New York when coming off the highway, as they started cleaning your windshield and would get violent if you told them “no”. It seemed as if there were thousands of them, but when NYPD started cracking down, it was discovered that there were only a few hundred Squeegee Men, who usually had criminal records. Under the Giuliani and Bloomberg mayoral administrations, the Squeegee Men were taken off the streets. Now under the DeBlasio Administration, they have made a comeback. Just like Seattle has seen a major spike in crime and boasts a property crime rate two-and-a-half times Los Angeles and four Times New York. “Progressive” politicians are making the problem worse and our cities more dangerous.
Peter Weyand, broke into a girls dorm at Yeshiva University in Manhattan and began setting fires in the building. According to the New York Post “he was released without bail following his arrest—only to be sprung again when he was allegedly caught trespassing on Staten Island hours later. He was also busted and let go after allegedly menacing a Brooklyn housemate on Dec. 5—sharpening a knife outside their door while calling out, ‘Here, piggy, piggy, piggy!’ according to police.”
When there is a failure of government to protect its own citizens, citizens will take their safety into their own hands. According to the Washington Examiner, Gun permit applications surged nearly 1,000 percent in New York’s Jewish community since the 13 anti-Semitic attacks in December.
When I ran for Seattle City Council, my family received multiple death threats. Strange phone calls. Doxxing of my home and office. As far as I know, I was the only candidate for Seattle City Council out of 57, who needed security guards. Ring doorbells and baseball bats were not going to cut it. My 12-year-old son asked if he could have a knife to protect his family from the people that were trying to kill us.
Ironically, the threats against my family came from believers of an ideology that is against gun ownership. I continue to receive threats, especially from Antifa who claim to be anti-fascist and are anything but, even though the campaign had been over for months. My family and I were being targeted because we are Jewish not because of my politics. Extremist actions like these, against an individual who does not have strong feelings on an issue, will cause a person to be more supportive of an ideology they don’t identify with because that is who is advocating for them.
When I hear about attacks with a body count on a religious institution, I always assume there were no members “carrying”. This is the new normal for Jewish life in America. I am troubled by the new legislation targeting legal gun owners in Washington and Virginia. None of the legislation they are proposing will do anything to make Jews or Non Jews safer. New York and New Jersey have some of the most stringent gun laws in the country, and that did not stop determined attackers. Meanwhile, Jews who want to protect themselves, have a very difficult time applying for firearms permits because of these laws. As long as people are intent on killing us, and “progressive” politicians continue to put us at risk, we need the ability to protect ourselves.
“Hey Siri, wtf?” That’s the question that started floating around the Twittersphere Saturday evening.
Numerous people discovered that if you asked your iPhone who the president of Israel is, it would respond with a highly problematic answer: Reuvin Rivlin is the “President of the Zionist occupation state.”
The New York Post‘s Karol Markowicz tried, and got the same answer:
Sky News’ Rita Panahi had the same result over in Australia:
TPM‘s own Yanky Pollak attempted the question and recorded the answer:
The Post Millennial asked anti-Semitism expert and former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind for comment and he said, “Apple has serious explaining to do. Not only do they have to remove and replace this nasty politicized result, they have to deal with how such a result was ever published. We want answers.”
The Post Millennial reached out to Apple but has not heard back by the time of publication.
People around the globe rallied and asked Apple to fix this. The anti-Semitic message remained unaltered for well over an hour. The source of the problem appears to be an anti-Semitic user who made an edit on Wikipedia.
While the anti-Semitic response has been scrubbed for now, a new issue has emerged: Why is Siri relying on Wikipedia to provide information to its users? Wikipedia has long been criticized to have a severe left-wing bias.
A town in Quebec has become the center of unwanted attention due to its anti-Semitic roots that are still visible to this day.
In a neighbourhood of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a relic of the ’50s still remains in local law, though largely unenforced: the prohibition of the sale or rental of property to Jews.
This type of discrimination was once common across Quebec, a province that has a well-documented history of blatant anti-Semitism.
The regulation was put into place by local apple grower Alphonse Waegener, who still has a street named after him in the town. Waegener had divided his land into lots roughly 60 years ago, where he then put a ban on the rental or disposing of land to people of the “Jewish race” in public documents.
In total, over 350 houses are placed under Waegeners rules.
The Superior Court of Quebec recently called for the rule to be struck out, calling it a discriminatory and illegal relic that “has been tolerated to date.”
Montreal city council leader of the opposition Lionel Perez called the rule “shocking.”
“This shocking legacy of anti-Semitism in Quebec must make us aware of this issue, which is still so topical with the resurgence of hatred and prejudice towards Jewish communities,” he said in a tweet Tuesday.
On Waegener street, homeowners told La Presse that they were already aware of the anti-Semitic rule.
“Our lawyer informed us when we purchased the home three years ago. It’s in the papers,” said Nadine Mercier.
“It sure surprised us, our lawyer said that we no longer respected that, but it’s still surprising that it has lasted all these years.”
Another neighbour who spoke to the press expressed similar sentiments.
“I remember that there was a clause,” said Jean Patenaude, the home’s owner. “I don’t know what this gentleman had against Jews.”
Local landowners have put legal notices in the local newspaper to inform neighbours that they were in the process of cancelling the rule in hundreds of sales contracts, along with other “technical easements concerning construction limits.”
News of the Jewish ban shocked “conscience to such an extent” that it requires cancellation, wrote Justice Dallaire in December. “The values it sought to protect are indeed downgraded. “It survives all the same for the other terrains.
The son of Alphonse Waegener, Louis Waegener, is still alive and lives in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
“My father was involved with everyone, but you see, the Jews become masters of everything. That’s what he didn’t like. He had Jewish friends. He didn’t want any trouble with Canadians.”
“The fact is that these kinds of clauses were quite common in North America at the time. The idea was to expel Jews or Blacks from the neighbourhoods,” said Consultative Center for Jewish and Israeli Relations spokesperson David Oullette.
When it comes to the street and park named after Waegener, Oullette had more practical issues in mind. “The Jewish communities, including the Quebec Jewish community, are more concerned about the resurgence of anti-Semitism today,” said Ouellette.
On January 11th, popular anonymous Twitter user @neontaster was doxed by former Young Turks reporter Michael Tracey.
Addressing his followers, @neontaster explained that Tracey’s threat to reveal his identity first began last February, with Tracey sending him an email stating, “I believe I have ascertained your identity … I believe it would be journalistically valid to reveal it given the platform you have accrued.”
The doxing comes after @neontaster asked Tracey to stop following him on Twitter—a reaction prompted by Tracey openly insulting him. Tracey began to leak details about @neontaster’s identity immediately, and within an hour of their interaction, the former TYT reporter published a thread revealing the identity of the then-anonymous user.
The recent spat between Tracey and @neontaster stems in-part from a disagreement over Tracey’s outspoken support for the Iranian regime. In the wake of the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq by Iranian-backed militia in December, Tracey took it upon himself to become an ardent defender of the Iranian regime, which only a day ago admitted to shooting down a civilian airliner amidst its brief bombing campaign of U.S. bases in Iraq following President Trump’s removal of its top general, Qasem Soleimani, from the battlefield.
@neontaster took a contrasting position, not advocating for war or regime change, but speaking in favour of punitive action against the Iranian regime for its repeated attacks on American military personnel stationed in the Middle East.
The disagreement came to a head as Tracey first threatened to unmask @neontaster, followed up by a tweet purportedly revealing the pseudonymous commentator’s personal identity and that of his uncle.
Following Tracey’s doxing of @neontaster, the former TYT contributor remained unapologetic in the face of widespread condemnation. He wrote: “I will always feel great about seeking to identify the influence of prominent neoconservatives in DC and media power structure. If you are offended by that, I am glad. Cry about it.”
In subsequent responses, @neontaster highlighted what he felt was an anti-Semitic current below the surface of Tracey’s actions. The term “neocon” has been weaponized by white nationalists to refer to Jewish people engaged in politics. White supremacist academic Kevin MacDonald published a thesis outlining “Neoconservatism as a Jewish movement.” As a result, the use of the term, especially when directed at Jewish people, remains sensitive.
Disturbingly, white nationalists on Twitter have taken to celebrate Tracey’s exposé and labelling of @neontaster as supposed “neocon.”
Among the first to signal his support for Tracey’s doxing efforts of @neontaster was alt-right figurehead Richard Spencer, who notably added an Iranian flag to his Twitter profile and publicly “regretted” supporting Donald Trump in 2016.
Other anti-Semitic and white nationalist Twitter users chimed in, even those who admitted to never having heard of @neontaster’s account before the doxing.
Efforts to unmask @neontaster’s private identity are not new. White nationalists belonging to the “Groyper” movement—allies and followers of self-described “paleoconservative” Nicholas J. Fuentes, notable for his anti-Semitic views, were previously responsible for outing @neontaster’s identity following his outspoken criticism of their involuntarily celibate messiah.
When reached for comment about his efforts to chill @neontaster’s presence and speech on social media by outing him publicly, Tracey denied that his actions were inappropriate, claiming “journalistic validity” because of the other user’s familial ties. Tracey’s comments in full are provided here, with redaction of @neontaster’s personal information:
When asked for his comments on the ordeal, @neontaster encouraged people read the interactions that lead to the doxing before forming an opinion.
“I think the facts speak for themselves, and people are welcome to go read his tweets and decide whether he was acting in good faith or not.”