Hatred of Jewish people is everywhere.


(JTA) — A 21-year-old Ohio man was arrested for planning an attack on a Toledo-area synagogue.

Damon Joseph of Holland was charged Monday in U.S. District Court in Toledo with attempting to provide material support to ISIS. He told an undercover FBI agent that he was inspired by the gunman who shot up a synagogue building in Pittsburgh, killing 11.

“I admire what the guy did with the shooting actually,” Joseph told the agent, according to the Department of Justice. “I can see myself carrying out this type of operation.”

Joseph told the agent that he wanted to kill a rabbi, the Toledo Blade reported, citing an FBI affidavit. He also said, according to the FBI, that “Jewish people were evil and deserved what was coming to them.”

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My wife and I joined the then Jewish Community Center, now merged with the YMCA, when our children were young, around 1980. I started working out there regularly after my first angioplasty and rehab in 1996. In all that time, and also as members of the adjacent Temple Shomer Emunim, I always accepted the idea of being Jewish with the full knowledge that those sites could be targeted by anti-Semitic people. I was not about to change my habits because of possible hateful attacks. To do so -- to me -- would give a victory to hatred.
Well...working out at the same place daily, I get to know many of the "regulars" there. They are wonderful people, who reflect the mosaic nature of the American people. I saw one of them, a really nice woman, the other day as I was leaving. She was coming in. She told me that her son requested that she not go to the Y/JCC to work out for a while after the man who was allegedly plotting to attack one of the buildings within the Sylvania Ave. complex of Jewish-sponsored buildings, was arrested. Her son was afraid for her safety, and she complied with his request. The day I saw her, was her first day back. She still felt unsafe. Oh...and she is NOT Jewish herself!
Yes, Virginia, anti-Semitism is more blatant today than in recent history. I wonder why?

Never quite understood all the hate for Jews through out history. What did they do as a people that was so bad?

Hope I didn't offend anyone!


Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Anti-Semitism knows no ideological boundaries.
Uhhh...just one thing, Fred. Which ideology were those people at the "Unite the Right" rally who yelled anti-Semitic slogans such as, "Jews will not replace us!?"
And what did our POTUS say about the rally? Here's a quote from Lyin Don the Michelin Man who never met a burger he didn't like: “'I think there is blame on both sides. You had some very bad people in that group,' Trump said, referring to the white nationalist groups rallying against removal of a Confederate statue. 'But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.'"
As Sen. Marco Rubio, a fellow Republican leader put it at the time, “The organizers of events which inspired & led to #charlottesvilleterroristattack are 100% to blame for a number of reasons.”
“Mr President, you can’t allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame. They support idea[s] which cost nation & world so much pain. The #Whitesupremacy groups will see being assigned only 50% of blame as a win. We can not allow this old evil to be resurrected.” Profound and predictive words from Sen. Rubio!
Since the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally and Fat Donny's statements, what has happened to the number of anti-Semitic actions in America? Hmmm...


Using Fred logic, we should #1 -- Avoid Walmart parking lots...#2 -- Stay out of Houston...#3 -- Never trust white men with beards wearing hoodies. (Houston is infamous for its large liberal population, sooo...the killer is probably a liberal and an anti-Semite, too.)

Here is a fact obtained from the ADL [Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith]: "The Anti-Defamation League has identified 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents in its 2017 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents. That's up from 1,267 in 2016, marking the highest single-year increase since the organization released its first audit in 1979."
Anyone want to bet that the number of anti-Semitic incidents will not be even greater when the ADL completes its final audit of the current year, 2018?

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