Anti-Semitism the Cause of Deadly Kosher Shop Shooting

  • These murderers were associated with the Black Hebrew Israelites movement, whose members are known to rail against whites and Jews.
  • President Trump tweeted, “our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families during this very difficult and tragic time.”
  • The Black Hebrew Israelites were part of the controversy in January between Covington Catholic High School students outside the Lincoln Memorial.

A video posted by the founder of Americans Against Antisemitism captures Jews being blamed for their own murder, while people cheer on “Get the Jews out of Jersey City.The police have already declared that the two gunmen had deliberately targeted the JC Kosher Supermarket, where the four hour gun battle took place. The investigation into the motives of this incident shows the two attackers approaching the Kosher store rather than another store on the street.

On December 10, 2019, a mass shooting occurred at a kosher grocery store located in the Greenville section of Jersey City, New Jersey, in which five people, including the two attackers and three civilians were killed, while another civilian and two police officers were wounded.

These murderers were associated with the Black Hebrew Israelites movement, whose members are known to rail against whites and Jews. The attackers had posted anti-semitic and anti-police messages on social media. They had killed a policeman, Joseph Seals, who was investigating these two attackers at a New Jersey cemetery. Later, they approached the Kosher Supermarket because it was associated with Jews. Perhaps Officer Seals had information about these killers and was following them before the incident. 

President Trump tweeted, “our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families during this very difficult and tragic time.” He called it a “Horrific Shootout.”  On December 11, President Trump signed an executive order against Anti-Semitism on college campuses, which will broaden Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to apply to discrimination based on Anti-Semitism. Title VI bans discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs and activities at colleges and universities.

The Black Hebrew Israelites were connected to the controversy over the confrontation in January between Covington Catholic High School students outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Their school in Kentucky was closed in fear of violence connected to this organization which also is connected to the NJ Kosher Supermarket shooting. The Black Hebrew Israelites are groups of black Americans who believe that they are the descendants of the ancient Israelites.

President Trump was criticised by his opponents for standing up for the boys of the Covington Kentucky Catholic High School in their encounter with these Black Hebrew Israelites. He is also being criticized for his strong support of Israel. His opponents from the Democratic Party have initiated impeachment proceedings.

The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was a mass shooting that took place on October 27, 2018, at the Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The shooter killed eleven people and wounded seven (he was among the wounded). It was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States.

Today, being against Trump is related to opposition to Israel, to police officers protecting Americans, to rights of clergy to speak out and give opinions on politics, and the protection of Americans against illegal immigration. Anti-Semitism is on the rise in America. Last year, in Pittsburgh, a synagogue was attacked and eleven Jews were viciously killed. In Europe, there is also a rise of Anti-Semitic incidents.

President Trump has shown awareness of the danger of anti-Semitism that has already spread out to discrimination against Catholics and Protestants in America. The impeachment proceedings seem to be arousing animosity amongst the public against Jews and the white Republican supporters of President Trump.  Trump has called his Democratic enemies “dirty politicians.”  Both Israel and America are suffering from a lack of National Unity. Already, Israel has called for new elections because the two sides cannot get together.

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David Wexelman

Author of 5 books on the internet on topics of Jewish mysticism, managing two websites. www.progressivejewishspirituality.net
http://www.worldunitypeace.org

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