Friday, July 28, 2006

Stateside Terrorism

A Pakistani gunman opened fire on a Seattle Jewish Center, killing one and wounding five. The suspect apparently targeted the Jews due to his hostility towards Israel.

Local coverage from both the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Seattle Times.

I've been to synagogue services that have had to be held under police protection on multiple occassions. Just another reminder that there are plenty of people in the world that want to see me and my family dead.

3 comments:

Mike said...

I've been to at least one synagogue in suburban Maryland that has a police officer present every Saturday. Back where I'm from (Montreal), I'm used to seeing heightened security only on the high holidays.

Anonymous said...

Most synagogues in WA state have hired offduty police for security at shabbat services and children's activities since a terrorist attacked a Jewish day care center in Califoria in 1999. Numbers hired vary with congregations' size and wealth.

At the same time, liberal congregations push gun control through their social action commitees. I've been at meetings where this (and other idiocies) have been voted temple funds. There are seven liberals and two moderates for every conservative at TDHS in Seattle.

I think we ought to be forming Haganah havduras and appropriating temple funds for firearms training, concealed carry permits, and maybe reserve police officer training courses for temple members, and arranging for some members to attend services armed. Boards should be enlarged to include a Vice President for community defense.

Besides an idiot (though not quite so clueless as in previous years)well meaning city government,
Seattle boasts a very large hard- left community (Jim Mcdermott's electors) which is increasingly anti-semitic (they would say anti-zionist)and large American born, legal and illegal-immigrant Moslem comunities as well as its quota of NOI fruitcakes (remember mohamad and malvo?)who blame Jews for slavery.

On 991, one Seatle neighborhood (populated by mostly illegal Somali immigrants) spent the night ululating celebration of the event in the streets and from its rooftops.

Seattle is a place where you would think that a pogrom would never take place, but the active ingrediants are present: a complaisant government which only vaguely disaproves of antisemitism, a broad antisemitic community with regular propaganda, and smaller pools of active haters who could cook off and explode.

There may never be another Crown Heights in NYC, but unreadiness could allow one in Seattle--after which everyone would be saying "Never again."

I currently live in Eastern Washington. There is less diversity out here. As a Jew, I feel safer here even though I am more likely to run into friendly Christians asking me about Jews'opinions on Jesus.

Pekuah nefesh.

JDF

Anonymous said...

Most synagogues in WA state have hired offduty police for security at shabbat services and children's activities since a terrorist attacked a Jewish day care center in Califoria in 1999. Numbers hired vary with congregations' size and wealth.

At the same time, liberal congregations push gun control through their social action commitees. I've been at meetings where this (and other idiocies) have been voted temple funds. There are seven liberals and two moderates for every conservative at TDHS in Seattle.

I think we ought to be forming Haganah havduras and appropriating temple funds for firearms training, concealed carry permits, and maybe reserve police officer training courses for temple members, and arranging for some members to attend services armed. Boards should be enlarged to include a Vice President for community defense.

Besides an idiot (though not quite so clueless as in previous years)well meaning city government,
Seattle boasts a very large hard- left community (Jim Mcdermott's electors) which is increasingly anti-semitic (they would say anti-zionist)and large American born, legal and illegal-immigrant Moslem comunities as well as its quota of NOI fruitcakes (remember mohamad and malvo?)who blame Jews for slavery.

On 991, one Seatle neighborhood (populated by mostly illegal Somali immigrants) spent the night ululating celebration of the event in the streets and from its rooftops.

Seattle is a place where you would think that a pogrom would never take place, but the active ingrediants are present: a complaisant government which only vaguely disaproves of antisemitism, a broad antisemitic community with regular propaganda, and smaller pools of active haters who could cook off and explode.

There may never be another Crown Heights in NYC, but unreadiness could allow one in Seattle--after which everyone would be saying "Never again."

I currently live in Eastern Washington. There is less diversity out here. As a Jew, I feel safer here even though I am more likely to run into friendly Christians asking me about Jews'opinions on Jesus.

Pekuah nefesh.

JDF