This story is still breaking, but I’d like to make two quick observations.
1. The entire notion of a hate crime strikes me as a depraved concept where crimes and criminals are categorized by an elite thought police. If the victims were, say, residents in a nursing facility for elderly black people, would that place the crime on a lesser scale? How about when black gangs and Latino gangs fatally clash because, y’know, they hate each other, does that qualify as a hate crime? Favored victim status is, in itself, a crime against democracy and justice.
2. Synagogues in America and Canada must take the issue of security seriously, right up there with prayer and Torah study. Unarmed rent-a-cops are close to useless. I believe that Jews who attend synagogue must be armed and trained. Synagogues should find out who of their membership is proficient in armed self-defense and institute a home guard. A few years ago, Muslim prisoners in a California prison hatched a plot to attack two local Orthodox synagogues. Luckily, an inmate turned snitch and the plot was broken up. But the plan was horrendous and hundreds would have died. Islamist cells—virulently anti-Semitic—in America and Canada, funded by Saudi Wahhabi petro dollars are highly motivated, and sooner or later they will turn their attention to a soft Jewish target. We must be ready to defend ourselves.
Los Angeles police have detained a man in the search for the suspect who shot and wounded two men at a synagogue in North Hollywood. The incident is being labeled a hate crime.
The shooting occurred at 6:19 a.m. Thursday at the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic synagogue in the 12000 block of Sylvan Street.
According to a police statement, a man with a handgun entered the synagogue and shot two people in the leg in what is being labeled as a hate crime.
The victims, both Jewish, were transported to a local hospital in stable condition, officials said. It’s believed the men, said to be in their 30s, were shot as they arrived at the temple for morning prayers.
The suspect was described only as a black man.
Police were later seen detaining a young man matching the suspect’s description about one mile away from the crime scene.
The synagogue is located next to an elementary school. It was not immediately known whether the suspect search affected the school.
The attack occurred 10 miles away from a 1999 shooting at a Jewish community center where white supremacist Buford Furrow wounded three children, a teenager and an adult. He later killed a letter carrier.
Via: KTLA-TV, Los Angeles