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A man screaming "Jews, Jews, Jews" fired on them with a BB gun in Baltimore on Rosh HaShanah.

An unidentified man, possibly of Middle Eastern descent, shot at Orthodox Jews on Rosh HaShanah with a BB gun and blasted a hole in a synagogue window in the Baltimore area late Thursday afternoon.

No one was injured. But residents in the heavily Jewish-populated area are worried.

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And it’s about time.

“It says something about what is going on in the world in terms of the anti-Semitism that is growing,” Bernice Seiden told Baltimore’s WJZ television.

The attacker drove by the Bais Hamedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore while several Orthodox Jews were walking and yelled, “Jews, Jews, Jews” as he fired with what apparently was a BB gun.

The pellets missed the targets, some of whom were children, and hit a synagogue window.

The suspect was described as a white male but with a dark complexion, possibly of Middle Eastern descent. He could be charged with a hate crime if caught.

“It’s awful. It’s a very sad state that that’s what we have to deal with. Nothing is safe and nothing is sacred anymore,” Marcy and Steve Sher said.

The attack gives American Jews a lot more to think about during the Rosh HaShanah-Yom Kippur holiday period.

Happy New Year.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

38 COMMENTS

  1. Jews ARE included in hate crime laws. I checked on that recently out of curiousity, and someone committing a hate crime AGAINST Whites CAN be charged. The law prohibits hate crimes based on race … not just minorities. And White is a race. ARE included.

  2. The attack, at this time of Jewish importance, these people are trying to do something awful to Jews. I am an anomaly. I was born in the Northeast to Jews who were heavily into Zionism. As a youngster, I came to live in Florida. I went in the army during V N and learned to shoot. And that is something I have done for a long time now. So, here I was, the son of liberal Democrats, and an NRA life member since the 70's. That is what makes me different. I am a Jew with a gun and know how to use it. (Aside from the army, I was also a deputy sheriff in my youth). I ask you to consider you may have been wrong about weapons these last years, but they are part of our (American) heritage. I urge you to learn how to protect yourself. I know Maryland is a nightmare for gun owners, but consider them a necessity. It could save your life.

  3. According to the comments, American Jews are still missing the wake-up calls, even though the author stated it right at the top. Wake up means this: Jews, G-d is telling you to come home to Israel. The prophet said He would send hunters. Muslims are the hunters. No, the answer is not to gather the Muslims and throw them out of the US, though the non-Muslim goyim should do that too. The answer is for Jews to move home. All we need is a million or so more in Israel, and Moshiach will come. It just takes a little faith. Don't perish as the Jews in Egypt, who ignored Moshe, did. Come home.

  4. RuThann Schlifu : I don't care whether they regard us as black, white or brindled. Colour doesn't change WHO and WHAT one is. What I do care about, however, is the entire world taking aim at Jews and then being offended when Jews defend themselves. Another thing: An increasing number of people equate Zionism with racism, and no-one says a word to point out how ridiculous this is. One tiny Jewish State, democratic, with every human right adhered
    to, with all religions tolerated, all races absorbed – and we're RACIST?? How many Muslim States are there, where only Muslims are permitted citizenship – why is no-one telling the truth about them? When they, the Muslims, are truly, deeply racist? This business of firing guns at Jewish people and Jewish institutions : there really are an increasing number of days on which I wish I had a BIG GUN. Am reaching the point where I think I might actually use it – outside a Mosque.

  5. Unfortunately, since Maryland is not a state with the right to bear arms, and since getting a carry permit in Maryland is next to impossible, people need to either leave the state or carry anyway. At the risk of sounding cavalier, I would rather carry and apologize later than not carry and be dead.

  6. We American Jews must be careful. There is hate all around us. Having a President who never remarks on these attacks on Jews is having the wrong person as President. We need someone who won't ignore Anti-Semitism.
    He is too busy praising people who want to kill both Israelis and Americans.

  7. Jews and guns…you must be joking. Aside from the Warsaw Ghetto uprising during WW2, most Jews were willing to just walk into the gas chambers and killing fields without a murmur. Now you are suggesting that the Jews in Maryland arm themselves? Most probably, they will arm themselves with their check books as they flock to the most anti semitic President in US History. Right now they are flocking to Hillary's campaign. If the Jews worldwide, ever took life really serious, and armed themselves…anti semitism would virtually disappear from the world stage. We both know, that that will never happen. Not even in Israel.

  8. So Barack Obama is the most anti-Semetic President in history? More than Richard Nixon, who's viscious anti-Semetic comments are well documented? Who deliberately held off vitally needed aid to Israel at the time of the Y'om Kippur war? And what about the fact that G. W, Bush did absolutely nothing to try and move Arab-Israeli negotiations forward in his 8 years in office? let's get real! And remember that Jimmy Carter, for all his faults, did negotiate the only successful peace between Israel and the Arab states.

  9. There is no such thing as Arab- Israeli negotiations. Please do not delude yourselves. All the Arabs want and have ever wanted us to kill all of the Jews and take their land(Israel) That is their negotiations. Look at the actions of Hamas and read their charter. Likewise look at the so called Palestinian Authority and review their actions towards Israel over the last 50 years. Look at your hero Jimmy Carter. Is he at least neutral towards Israel?…Hardly. The only peace treaty that Jimmy Carter was responsible for was the giving up of the Sinai complete with its oil wells to Egypt…and you call that a victory for Jimmy Carter.

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