Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Seattle Federation Gunman Found Guilty

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The man who shot up the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building in July 2006 was found guilty of murder in his second trial.

A jury found Naveed Haq, 34, guilty on all eight counts against him. Haq, of Pasco, Wash., will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Following nearly two months of testimony, the jury agreed with the prosecution that Haq knew full well what he was doing when he wounded six women, killing one, at the federation building 2 1/2 years ago.

Haq suffers from a bipolar disorder and his defense claimed he could not understand his actions.

Monday, December 14, 2009

US Neo-Nazis and Moldova Christians Darken Chanukah Lights

(IsraelNN.com) Jews around the world are trying to celebrate Chanukah amid worldwide anti-Semitism. Masked neo-Nazis disrupted a menorah lighting ceremony in Connecticut before being arrested, Christians in the Republic of Moldova replaced a menorah with a cross, and vandals in Long Island, New York threw a menorah in a pond.

News footage from the eastern European Republic of Moldova, located between Romania and Ukraine, showed a fundamentalist bearded priest leading 200 Christians who shouted anti-Semitic slogans and ripped down a public metal menorah, replacing it with a wooden cross.

The Christians then placed the menorah upside down at the base of a statue of a king, while police did not intervene. "The Jews can try to kill us, to traumatize our children,” the priest charged, adding that Jews try to “dominate people.”

In Connecticut, masked neo-Nazis Sunday night disrupted a Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony, shouting Nazi obscenities and waving Nazi flags bearing a swastika and an iron cross before police chased after them. 

In Long Island, one public menorah was broken and a second was tossed into a pond in what police are treating as hate crimes.