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US Jersey City shooting follows a rise in hate crimes, frightening pattern of attacks on Jewish sites

18:47  12 december  2019
18:47  12 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Jersey City Kosher Market Was 'Targeted' By Gunmen: Mayor Fulop

  Jersey City Kosher Market Was 'Targeted' By Gunmen: Mayor Fulop JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- The gunmen in the Jersey City shooting that left with six people dead, including a police officer targeted the kosher market where a standoff occurred early Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Steven Fulop said via Twitter. "Last night after extensive review of our CCTV system it has now become clear from the cameras that these two individuals targeted the Kosher grocery location on MLK Dr," Fulop tweeted. Last night afterLast night after extensive review of our CCTV system it has now become clear from the cameras that these two individuals targeted the Kosher grocery location on MLK Dr - the 2 JCPD officers that were on a foot post one block away immediately responded/engaged

Jersey City shooting sparks fears of another hate crime and questions about Black Israelite For Jews in North Jersey and beyond, the deadly Jersey City shooting follows a frighteningly familiar pattern . The attack would join a growing list of recent assaults on Jewish sites in the U.S. The

The Jersey City police officer who was killed was identified on Tuesday as Detective Joe Seals, a 15-year law enforcement veteran and a father of five. In Manhattan, at a news conference at City Hall, Rabbi David Niederman, the executive director and president of the United Jewish Organizations of

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — For Jews in North Jersey and beyond, the deadly Jersey City shooting follows a frighteningly familiar pattern.

The brazen, broad-daylight attack on a kosher supermarket ended with three civilians and a police officer dead. Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop on Wednesday branded the assault a "hate crime" and said surveillance video showed that the two shooters, who also died, had targeted the market.

Jersey City Shooting: Victims Identified As Pioneering Mother, Food Drive Organizer

  Jersey City Shooting: Victims Identified As Pioneering Mother, Food Drive Organizer Rabbi David Niederman said the victims had lived or currently live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Among those killed were Mindel Ferencz, a wife and mother of five.© Provided by CBS New YorkTHE INVESTIGATION:Mayor Says Jewish Market Was Targeted In Deadly Standoff“Mindel Ferencz, may she rest in peace, was a pioneer. She and her husband were from the first people who moved to Jersey City, who could not afford a home for their growing family and figured, ‘let’s go to places where it’s cheaper, and I’ll make an example and go there.

The calls follow a spate of attacks on people sleeping on the streets in the UK. Last week a man was left with burns after his tent was set on fire in a busy Welsh These attacks need to be recognised as ‘ hate crimes ’ to see them for what they really are and to engender a more strategic response to an

Jersey City is in shock after the deadly attack , as community leaders say hate must be stamped Nearby the scene of the JC Kosher Supermarket shooting . Jewish leaders have labeled it a hate He believes the attack was clearly a hate crime and that communities around the country must work to

But the state's top law enforcement officials said it was too early to know what motivated the shooters.

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The attack would join a list of recent assaults on Jewish sites in the U.S. The deadliest came in Pittsburgh last year when 11 people were killed by a white supremacist gunman. In April of this year, a worshiper was gunned down at a Poway, California, synagogue, followed by a July shooting that targeted a Miami temple.

“That is something that needs to make us take pause as a country," said Evan Bernstein, director of the Anti-Defamation League in New York and New Jersey, on Tuesday. "We need to figure out what we’re going to do at the highest level, federally and also locally, to make sure that these things do not continue.”

Philadelphia Police Increasing Patrols To Synagogues Following Deadly Shootout At Jewish Market In Jersey City

  Philadelphia Police Increasing Patrols To Synagogues Following Deadly Shootout At Jewish Market In Jersey City Officials say the Jewish market was targeted and two shooters planned the deadly attack. The incident began around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, when officers confronted two people they believed looked suspicious.The ensuing standoff lasted hours, bringing a busy neighborhood to a standstill during an intense gun battle.Police believe the suspects may have been planning an even larger attack. After reviewing surveillance videos, Jersey City officials say the two shooters targeted a Jewish kosher deli.

Jersey City ’s mayor said officials now believe that the shooters had “targeted the location they A firefight between police officers and two suspected gunmen in a Jersey City , N.J., neighborhood The authorities believe Detective Seals was working to investigate a gun crime when he came across the

New York-area police on alert to protect Jewish neighborhoods after long gun battle in which three civilians, one police officer and two gunmen died.

The latest: Jersey City mayor, others scolded for suggesting deadly rampage was anti-Semitic attack

A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told the Bergen Record, part of the USA TODAY Network, that one of the suspects was a onetime follower of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. The group's members believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites. It includes factions that have been designated as "hate groups" by watchdogs including the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.

The Israelite Church of God, an extremist sect of the Hebrew Israelite movement, has chapters in Jersey City, Camden and Asbury Park, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ in New York said through an attorney Wednesday that it has no connection to the shooting and does not know the suspects.

Jersey City Shooting: Mayor Says Shooters’ Social Media Offers Possible Motive

  Jersey City Shooting: Mayor Says Shooters’ Social Media Offers Possible Motive Funerals were held last night for two of the victims in the Jersey City shooting, hours after the attorney general’s office identified the suspects. © Provided by CBS New YorkAuthorities said 47-year-old David Anderson and 50-year-old Francine Graham were also wanted in another crime over the weekend in Bayonne.This morning, community members are trying to wrap their heads around what happened as things slowly return to normal.

“I do believe it is a hate crime ,” Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop (D) said in an interview. “I used the term ‘anti-Semitism,’ and … If confirmed as an anti-Semitic attack , Tuesday’s shooting would follow a pair of deadly attacks at U.S. synagogues within the past 14 months: one near San Diego that left

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

“There’s no relationship to the events in Jersey City,” Gerald Lefcourt said. “There is no connection whatsoever, no knowledge of the individuals” who have been named as suspects in the shooting.

"Although most Hebrew Israelites are neither explicitly racist nor anti-Semitic and do not advocate violence, there is a rising extremist sector within the Hebrew Israelite movement," the SPLC wrote in a 2008 report. Adherents to that fringe "believe that Jews are devilish impostors and who openly condemn whites as evil personified, deserving only death or slavery.”

a large crowd of people: The casket of Moshe Deutch is carried to a hearse as thousands of Orthodox Jewish men crowded Rodney Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Wednesday night for the funeral Deutch, one of the victims of the fatal shooting in Jersey City.© Seth Harrison/The Journal News The casket of Moshe Deutch is carried to a hearse as thousands of Orthodox Jewish men crowded Rodney Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Wednesday night for the funeral Deutch, one of the victims of the fatal shooting in Jersey City.

Jersey City shooting: Thousands gather to mourn two victims

Hate crimes on the rise

New Jersey reported 561 hate crimes last year, marking the third consecutive year that such crimes rose in the state, according to an annual FBI report.

Mourners Gather For Funeral Services Of 2 Jersey City Shooting Victims

  Mourners Gather For Funeral Services Of 2 Jersey City Shooting Victims NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two of the victims of the Jersey City shooting were laid to rest on Wednesday night. Memebers of the Jewish Orthodox community mourned the death of 33-year-old Mindy Ferencz, who owned the JC Kosher Market where the shooting took place, and Moshe Deutsch, a rabbinical student and volunteer. Services for Ferencz were held at Satmar Shul in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn before she was taken to Khal Adas Greenville in Jersey City for a second service.Deutsch's funeral services were held after Ferencz at the same shul in Brooklyn.

JERSEY CITY — Sam Gold drove his grey Kia Optima into a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Jersey City The suspects "started shooting on the street and ran right into the kosher supermarket in the Jewish But Jewish leaders were unrestrained in characterizing the attack as anti-Semitic.

The small ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Greenville, Jersey City , consists of only around 100 Levitin spoke to BuzzFeed News while standing outside the scene of the attack the day after the He described the recent rise of anti-Semitism and hate crimes the final push from the losing side in "a

In nearly 200 incidents, people were targeted because of their religion. The vast majority of those — 172 in total — were directed at Jewish individuals or institutions. Incidents included swastika graffiti, threats and harassment.

Nationally, the number of incidents jumped 17% in three years, even with a slight retreat in 2018. There were 7,120 reported hate crimes in the U.S. last year, down by five from a year earlier, the FBI said. About 20% of those were linked to religious bias.

The most serious attack occurred in October 2018, when a white supremacist obsessed with anti-Semitic conspiracy theory opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Tree of Life massacre: A year later, US Jewish communities still facing 'significant threats'

However, the FBI hate crimes report gives an incomplete picture because reporting by local law enforcement agencies is voluntary and victims don’t report hate crimes in about half of cases, experts say.

“We’ve seen an increase in K-12 schools; we’ve seen an increase on college campuses; we’ve seen an increase in assaults especially in Brooklyn,” Bernstein said. “Anti-Semitism, we’re almost dealing with an incident a day in this region."

'Titanic threat'

White supremacist movements, in particular, have been on the rise.

FBI to investigate deadly New Jersey kosher grocery rampage as domestic terrorism - official

  FBI to investigate deadly New Jersey kosher grocery rampage as domestic terrorism - official NEW JERSEY-SHOOTING/ (URGENT):FBI to investigate deadly New Jersey kosher grocery rampage as domestic terrorism - official

The Jersey City incident was a “violent, anti-Semitic hate crime ,” Mr. de Blasio said. The detective was a longtime police veteran. On Tuesday, Detective Seals had approached the assailants’ van near a cemetery, a law enforcement official said. The assailants shot him twice, Ms. Perruzza said, including

Other large cities have also seen hate crimes rise . In 2018, Los Angeles recorded its highest level of hate The rise in hate crimes , Mr. de Blasio said, is “an unacceptable reality and we’re going to fight it with Jewish groups have been concerned that an ongoing measles outbreak, centered in the

At a panel on domestic terrorism last month in Garfield, Gov. Phil Murphy and other speakers called the phenomenon a "titanic threat" and blamed rising disinformation and hate-mongering online, in media and in political rhetoric.

Last year, 49 of 50 extremist killings in the United States were committed by individuals with extreme right-wing ideologies — as were 73% of all extremist killings over the past decade, according to an analysis by the Anti-Defamation League.

"We must recognize the greater context in which this outrage occurred," the Orthodox advocacy group Agudath Israel of America said in a statement Tuesday. "Jews have been targeted in city streets, in their houses of worship and online. The increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents is alarming and needs to be urgently addressed."

As recently as Saturday, President Donald Trump was accused of playing to anti-Semitic tropes during a speech at a Florida conference sponsored by the Israeli-American Council, where he said many Jewish Americans do not "love Israel enough" and called those in the real estate business "brutal killers" who were "not nice people."

Amid rising threats, synagogues in the area have added or expanded safety measures, including security guards, cameras and lighting.

In January, Murphy and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness announced new security grants for institutions deemed vulnerable.

Applicants can receive up to $10,000 to hire security personnel or up to $50,000 to buy and install equipment such as cameras, card access readers, lighting, fencing and barriers.

Jersey City Shooting: Details On Funeral Services For Victims, How To Help Detective’s Family

  Jersey City Shooting: Details On Funeral Services For Victims, How To Help Detective’s Family Jersey City Police Det. Joseph Seals, a 39-year-old father of five, was shot in the head at Bayview Cemetery just minutes before Tuesday’s deadly standoff at JC Kosher Supermarket that killed three other victims. His viewing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the McLaughlin Funeral Home on Pavonia Avenue in Jersey City. It will be followed by a funeral at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Aedan’s Church on Bergen Avenue.© Provided by CBS New YorkJersey City shooting victims Mindel Ferencz, Moshe Deutsch and Douglas Miguel Rodriguez.Last night, services were held in Brooklyn for 31-year-old Mindel Ferencz and 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch.

Hate crime reports increased 17 percent last year from 2016, the F.B.I. said on Tuesday, rising for the third consecutive year as heated racial rhetoric and actions have come to dominate the news. Of the more than 7,100 hate crimes reported last year

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]. One video showed a 51-year-old Jewish man being beaten to the ground by three young men, who seemed to select him at random.

The Jersey City rampage targeted "not just the city but the values that the city stands for," New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said at a news conference Wednesday. But, he promised, "we are stronger than the hate that fueled this tragedy."

Hannan Adely is an education and diversity reporter for NorthJersey.com. Email: adely@northjersey.com Twitter: @adelyreporter

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jersey City shooting follows a rise in hate crimes, frightening pattern of attacks on Jewish sites

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