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Kansas Shooting Suspect a White Supremacist, Indicted for Murder

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Missouri-born suspect charged in a pre-Passover shooting spree that left three dead outside two Kansas Jewish centers is a known white supremacist, media report.

Frazier Glenn Cross (aka Frazier Glenn Miller), 73, was charged with one count of first degree premeditated murder and one count of capital murder in connection with the shootings that took place on Sunday near Kansas City, Kansas.  He had three weapons in his possession when he was taken into custody on Sunday, according to police, after shooting at five people, none of whom he knew.

Of those, 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood and his grandfather, family practitioner Dr. William Lewis Corporon, 69, were both Methodists. Reat was heading for an audition for a play to be held at the Jewish community center. Occupational therapist Terri LaManno, 53, a Roman Catholic, was on the way to visit her mother at the assisted living center.

Police investigators say the shooter’s actions were “unquestionably determined” to be a hate crime,” Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass told reporters. While sitting in the back of a police vehicle after his arrest, Cross was seen in a video filmed by CNN affiliate KMBC shouting, “Heil Hitler!”

Those who know Cross told CNN that he has ‘made no secret of his racist views, writing letters to newspapers and inviting people to white supremacist meetings at his home.’

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) watchdog organization reported that Cross was the founder and former ‘Grand Dragon’ of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and the paramilitary White Patriot Party.

Also according to the Center, Cross is a “raging anti-Semite” who has called Jews “swarthy, hairy, bow-legged, beady-eyed parasitic midgets” in posts on online forums advocating the extermination of Jews.

But although he was convicted on weapons charges and for plotting to murder SPLC founder Morris Dees, Cross spent only three years in prison. And he’s been publishing ‘The Aryan Alternative’ tabloid regularly, without interference, since 2005.

(Note the difference in how American ‘justice for all’ is meted out to a convicted would-be assassin such as Cross, and a Jewish spy for the allied nation of Israel, the man named Pollard.)

The abbreviated prison term for Cross came as the result of a plea bargain arranged with federal prosecutors in exchange for testimony against 14 white supremacists in Arkansas at a sedition trial in 1988.

(The plea bargain arranged with federal prosecutors for Pollard was suddenly abrogated at the bench during sentencing without warning, with no explanation and after Pollard had already fulfilled his part of the deal. He was instead sentenced to life in prison on a one charge of passing classified information to a friendly allied nation. The crime carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison – Pollard is now entering his 29th year.)

Cross appeared in court on Tuesday in a wheelchair wearing an anti-suicide garment to face the charges of murder: the first, for killing a boy and his grandfather outside the Jewish community center. Neither victim was Jewish. As he heard the other accusation for killing a woman visiting her mother at the nearby Jewish assisted living facility, he learned that in this case he had also failed: nor was his third victim a Jew.

Three Dead in Multiple Kansas Jewish Center Shootings

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

UPDATES:  see updates at the bottom of this article.

Someone used a gun to terrorize Jews in two separate locations just outside of Kansas City, Kansas on Sunday afternoon, April 13.

The Jewish Community Center in Overland Park was the site of the first shooting incident. It happened at approximately 1:00 p.m. local time. At least one person was killed.

Shortly after the first shooting, another one took place less than a mile away, at a Jewish assisted living facility, Village Shalom. At least one person was killed at this location as well.

It is not yet known at which of the two locations the third victim was shot.

A male suspect was taken into custody. He was apprehended at a local elementary school, Valley Park Elementary, which is near the assisted living facility.

There is a report from a local news station, KCTV5, that when the suspect was led away, he was believed to be yelling, “Heil Hitler.”

Since March 8, a sniper has been terrorizing drivers in that area of Kansas, shooting at over 20 drivers. But it is not currently believed that the serial shooter is connected to the JCC center shootings.

UPDATE: The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City posted the following information at approximately 4:00 local time:

JCC Kansas City.jpgUPDATE: A press conference was held at 5:00 p.m. in Kansas City, with the Police Chief and mayor of Overland Park. The new information that was provided at the briefing revealed that five people were shot at, three were hit and all three of those died. The two victims from the Jewish Community Center were both males, a female was killed outside the Shalom Village Assisted Living facility.

The suspect is not from Kansas and was unknown to local officials prior to the shootings.

Police Chief Douglas acknowledged that the suspect made several statements while he was in custody, but would not confirm whether or not the suspect made anti-Semitic statements. At this point the shootings are  being investigated as a hate crime, but it has not yet been classified a hate crime.

UPDATE: 11:00 p.m. EST CNN is now identifying the suspect in custody is Frazier Glenn Cross.

Suspect in shooting at two Kansas Jewish centers which left three dead, April 13, 2014.

Suspect in shooting at two Kansas Jewish centers which left three dead, April 13, 2014.

Shas Blames ‘Incitement’ for Vandalism of Haredi School

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Hate graffiti and swastikas painted on a Haredi Orthodox school in Be’er Sheva is the result of “incitement against the Haredi Orthodox,” the Shas Party said Wednesday after the vandalism at the entrance to the school was discovered.

“The public atmosphere against the haredi public and Torah students has gotten out of control and actually encourages harassment of the haredi Orthodox public,” Shas party leader Aryeh Deri wrote on his Facebook page.

The Haredi community has been under fire over the drafting of yeshiva students into the army. A Knesset committee is working to prepare a universal draft law for its second and third reading in the full parliament that would drastically reduce the number of deferments for yeshiva students.

However, Be’er Sheva synagogues and schools, including those that are not Haredi, have frequently been the targets of anti-Semites. Several thousand non-Jews of Russian origin live in the city.

JTA contributed to this report.

When Knockout Victim Is Black, Attacker Charged with Hate Crime

Friday, December 27th, 2013

For months, people in the New York City area have been watching media reports of a violent craze known as the “Knockout Game.” In this ugly fad, thugs attempt to knock out a random victim with a single punch, usually while the assault is being videotaped. The videotape of the attack is then widely shared, and the assailant gains that elusive currency of “street cred.”

People have wondered why, given that the vast majority of victims in the New York City area have been Jewish, the attacks have not been officially labelled “hate crimes.”

The following story provides a near perfect example of what kind of evidence would be required before an attack can be labeled a hate crime.

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On Thursday, Dec. 26, the United Stated Justice Department charged Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, with a federal hate crime after allegedly breaking the jaw of a 79 year old African American man.

On Nov. 24, Barrett, of suburban Houston, Texas, allegedly punched the victim, laughed, and said “knockout,” as he fled the scene. The victim was hit with such force that he immediately fell to the ground. The victim suffered two jaw fractures for which he had to have metal plates inserted, and was hospitalized for several days as a result of the attack.

The assault and Barrett’s glee was allegedly captured on Barrett’s cellphone, which he allegedly showed to others. According to the complaint, Barrett attacked the elderly man because of the man’s race and color in what Barrett called a “knockout.”

In addition to the claimed contemporaneous audio and video of the actual crime, there were other indicia of Barrett’s animosity towards African Americans, some of which was also captured on videotape.

For example, the complaint against Barrett states that he made several videos in which he identified himself, made racial slurs, and talked about the “Knockout Game.” Barrett was also recorded on a video saying, “the plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”

“Hate crimes tear at the fabric of entire communities,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Samuels.  “As always, the Civil Rights Division will work with our federal and state law enforcement partners to ensure that hate crimes are identified and prosecuted, and that justice is done.”

The criminal complaint was filed under seal Dec. 24, 2013, and unsealed today upon Barrett’s arrest, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement.   He is expected to make an initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate at 10:00 a.m.

“Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said in a statement. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.”

Because the victim’s race was part of the motive behind the attack, Barrett is being charged with violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

If convicted, Barrett faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Barrett’s attorney told reporters that his client suffers from bipolar disorder.

Wisconsin Man Arrested after Beating Two Men for Speaking Hebrew

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Police in Madison, Wisconsin have arrested a man for punching two men who were speaking Hebrew, but he claimed he attacked them because they he thought they were speaking Spanish.

The attacker apparently doesn’t mind Israelis but perhaps has a grudge against Spanish-speaking folks. He also obviously has no language background if he cannot distinguish “shalom” from “buenos dias.”

Police said the man demanded that his victims speak English and then hit them in their faces, knocking one of them to the ground and leaving the other man with a black eye.

French Court Acquits Boycott Activists of Hate Crime

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

A French court has acquitted three activists charged with discrimination and hate crimes for calling for a boycott of Israeli products in 2010, the France 3 television station reported.

The activists, Bernard Cholet, Jeanne Rousseau and Yamina Tadjeur, made the calls during a protest at a shopping center in the southern city and were charged following a complaint from the BNVCA anti-Semitism group.

The group to which the activists belong, Collectif 66 Peace and Justice in Palestine, supports a blanket boycott of all Israeli products as well as a “boycott only of products from Israeli colonies [in the Judea and Samaria],” according to a statement from 2011. Prosecutors had said that even if the call were discriminatory, there was no evidence it was an incitement to hatred or violence, as stated in the original indictment.

Police Launch Hate Crimes Probe of Toronto Arab Leader

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Toronto police launched a hate crimes investigation into comments made by an Arab community leader who called for the murder of Israelis.

“We have received a complaint with regards to things said at last week’s Al-Quds Day rally, a global and annual event started by the late Iranian cleric Ayatollah Khomeini to press for the “liberation” of Al-Quds, the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

There is an investigation ongoing,” Toronto police spokeswoman Wendy Drummond told the Canadian Jewish News.

Addressing an Al-Quds Day rally on Aug. 3, Elias Hazineh, former president of Palestine House in suburban Toronto, said “an ultimatum” must be issued to Israelis: “You have to leave Jerusalem. You have to leave Palestine,” he said.

“We say get out or you’re dead! We give them two minutes and then we start shooting. And that’s the only way that they will understand,” Hazineh said to cheers from a crowd of approximately 400 at the annual rally.

His remarks were captured on video and posted to several blogs and websites, including YouTube.

Hazineh later said his comments were not meant to be taken literally.

Three Charged in Paintball Guns Attack on Hassidic Jew in New York

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Racial tensions in the New York town of Ramapo, near Monsey, flared Wednesday when two men and a women were arrested for firing a paintball gun at two members of the Jewish volunteer patrol group Chaverim. One of them suffered minor wounds in the stomach.

The trio also yelled anti-Semitic slurs and was charged with a hate crime, aggravated harassment and criminal possession of a weapon.

The victims were standing on a street when the suspected attackers drove through the Jewish community near Monsey. The volunteer radioed other Chaverim members, who were able to corner the vehicle until police arrived and arrested the trio.

Tensions have been running high in Ramapo, where there is a large Orthodox Hassidic community and large black and immigrant communities.

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