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US Richard Tobin, 19, Pleads Guilty for Conspiracy to Vandalize Synagogues Across U.S.

05:15  27 february  2021
05:15  27 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Richard Tobin , 19 , of Brooklawn, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with conspiracy against rights. U . S . District Court Judge Robert B. Kugler scheduled sentencing for June 28, 2021. “Conspiring with others to vandalize and destroy property owned by African-Americans and Jewish Americans will not be tolerated by the Department of Justice,” said Principal Deputy A conspirator, Yousef Omar Barasneh, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy against rights in federal court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, for his role in vandalizing the synagogue in Racine, Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to vandalizing a synagogue last year as part of a neo-Nazi plot, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Yousef Barasneh, 22, of Oak Creek, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal civil rights charge, U . S . Attorney Matthew Krueger of the Eastern Authorities said Barasneh took part in online group chats with other Base members in which they agreed to threaten and intimidate African Americans and Jewish Americans. Prosecutors said on Sept. 21, Barasneh went to a Racine, Wisconsin, synagogue and spray-painted anti-Semitic words

Richard Tobin, a 19-year-old New Jersey resident, pleaded guilty to conspiring to vandalize synagogues and other property belonging to Jewish and Black Americans in order to intimidate them.

text, letter: Richard Tobin, a 19-year-old New Jersey resident, pleaded guilty to conspiring to vandalize synagogues and other property associated with Jewish and Black Americans. This photo illustration shows a Jewish prayer shawl, called a tallitot, draped over a Hebrew text. © EdwardShtern/Getty Richard Tobin, a 19-year-old New Jersey resident, pleaded guilty to conspiring to vandalize synagogues and other property associated with Jewish and Black Americans. This photo illustration shows a Jewish prayer shawl, called a tallitot, draped over a Hebrew text.

From September 15 to 23, 2019, Tobin allegedly conspired with a white supremacist hate group called "The Base." Using online communications, he told its members to destroy and vandalize buildings and vehicles belonging to Jewish and Black Americans, he told authorities.

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He called the operation "Kristallnacht." The operation took its name from a historic event in Nazi Germany that literally translates to "crystal night" but is better known as the "Night of Broken Glass." On November 9 and 10, 1938, Nazis and other anti-Semites vandalized and destroyed thousands of Jewish synagogues, cemeteries and businesses. The aggressors killed Jewish people during the attacks and torched their belongings, a prelude to the destruction of the Jewish Holocaust.

Members of The Base ended up vandalizing synagogues in Racine, Wisconsin and Hancock, Michigan by spray painting them with hate symbols, the Department of Justice reported.

Tobin now faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of either $250,000 or double the costs of the damaged property, whichever is greater. His co-conspirator, Yousef Omar Barasneh, also pleaded guilty to vandalizing the aforementioned synagogue in Racine.

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"People of all races and faiths deserve to feel safe in their communities," said Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Philadelphia Division. "Richard Tobin encouraged others to victimize innocent people, in furtherance of his abhorrent white supremacist beliefs."

"While we all have the right to believe whatever we want," Driscoll added, "when those views lead to violence, that's a different and dangerous story."

An April 2019 audit from the Anti-Defamation League, an international Jewish nongovernmental organization, found that anti-Semitic incidents have remained at near-historic levels across the nation in recent years.

A November 2019 FBI report also showed that nearly 60 percent of hate crimes based on religious bias were motivated by anti-Semitism. Numerous instances of anti-Semitic vandalism and attacks have also occurred across the U.S. in the years since both reports.

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Richard Tobin , an 18-year-old from Brooklawn, New Jersey, allegedly directed members of a white supremacist organization, referred to as "Group 1" in court filings, to attack the two synagogues with swastikas and other anti-Semitic symbols. The top U . S . Navy official in the Mideast said Sunday that America has reached an “uneasy deterrence” with Iran after months of regional attacks and seizures at sea, even as tensions remain high between Washington and Tehran over the Islamic Republic’ s nuclear program.

"Tan’ s guilty plea continues to fill in the picture of China’ s theft of American intellectual property," said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers. "The Department launched its China Initiative to battle precisely the type of behavior reflected in today’ s plea — illegal behavior that costs Americans their jobs Tan was responsible for research and development of the U . S . company’ s battery program and developing battery technologies using its proprietary processes. Phillips 66 told the FBI in 2018 it had earned an estimated .4 billion to .8 billion from the unspecified technology.

In May 2019, racist and anti-Semitic graffiti was found at Godwin High School in Richmond, Virginia, sparking a hate crime investigation.

In July 2020, police in University Heights, Ohio investigated anti-Semitic graffiti and a spray-painted swastika discovered at three businesses: a wig shop, an accounting firm and the Waxman Torah Center.

In November 2020, police in Cleveland, Ohio began investigating a swastika painted in a Jewish cemetery. In December 2020, a driver shouting anti-Semitic slurs ran over a Jewish man during a menorah lighting ceremony in Lexington, Kentucky.

On February 10, 2021, police in Spokane, Washington began a hate-crime investigation into a series of swastikas spray-painted on a synagogue.

Newsweek contacted the U.S. Department of Justice for comment.

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