Sunday, January 9, 2011

AZ shooter may be tied to anti-Semitic hate group

An internal memo put out by the Department of Homeland Security and obtained by Fox News suggests an anti-Semitic motive behind the AZ shooting.

As posted on Gretawire:
"suspect’s mother works for the Pima County Board of Supervisors* the suspect has multiple arrests ... But no criminal record? Intervention by someone?* no direct connection - but strong suspicion is being directed at AmRen / American Renaissance. Suspect is possibly linked to this group. (through videos posted on his myspace and YouTube account.). The group’s ideology is anti government, anti immigration, anti ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti Semitic. Gabrielle Gifford is the first Jewish female elected to such a high position in the US government. She was also opposite this group’s ideology when it came to immigration debate..." (bold, italics added)
According to JTA, Giffords, who grew up in a mixed religious environment, took interest in her Jewish roots and identity after a 2001 trip to Israel. During her campaign she openly recounted her Jewish upbringing and Jewish tradition among her strengths for the job:
“If you want something done, your best bet is to ask a Jewish woman to do it...Jewish women — by our tradition and by the way we were raised — have an ability to cut through all the reasons why something should, shouldn’t or can’t be done and pull people together to be successful.”
JTA also points out that in one of her last photos, Giffords posed with the new U.S. House of Representatives speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) at her swearing in, with her hand on the Five Books of Moses.

Combine Giffords' public Jewish identity with the shooter's suspected ties to anti-Semitic hate groups, and it's hard not to cry wolf. This incident begs urgent follow-up questions, which we hope the media are asking: What role does anti-Semitism and Neo-Nazism play in the Tea Party movement? Why are we seeing an anti-Semitic shooting in 22nd-century America? And what is Obama going to do about it?

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