Anti-Semitism on the Rise in U.S., Again

A rise in anti-Semitism in the U.S. has led to violence not once, but twice again. 


December 11, 2019 began normally for the JC Kosher, a small deli in Jersey City, New Jersey. Around noon, a U-Haul parked across the street, and two shooters emerged, marched into the supermarket and proceeded to shoot. An hours-long stand-off followed, when police rushed to the scene. Both attackers, David Anderson and Francine Graham, were killed in the shoot-out. The two had come from Bay View Cemetery where they had murdered Detective Joseph Seals. Det. Seals had gone to question them about the killing of an Uber driver. His work removing guns from the streets of Jersey City has been honored by his department


Three civilians were murdered inside the shop soon after the attack began. Mindy Ferencz owned JC Kosher along with her husband. A mother of three, Ferencz is remembered as a kind and loving person. Douglas Miguel Rodriguez worked at the market and is survived by his wife, mother, and daughter. Moshe Deutsch was shopping when the attack broke out. His selflessness and care for others in need is remembered and sorely missed. 


One other shopper was able to escape, but still sustained injuries. Two officers were wounded in the shoot-out as well. After investigating the motive, the FBI has labeled this as an act of domestic terrorism. Documents reveal the shooters’ anti-Semitism and evidence that the shooting was planned.


On December 29, 2019, a man barged into a Hanukkah celebration in New York, stabbing five. Monsey, NY is home to a large community of Hasidic Jews, 100 of whom were gathered at Rabbi Yisroel Kahan’s home to celebrate the eighth day of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Light. A man entered the house with a machete, screamed threats at the group, and proceeded to stab five people. Some individuals attempted to subdue the attacker, throwing a table and chair as well as hitting him with a cane. The stabber then fled the house, turning his attention to the synagogue. Luckily, those inside the synagogue had locked the doors after hearing screams at the Rabbi’s house. After failing to gain entrance, he sped away in his car, but not before witnesses got the license plate. 


Grafton Thomas, 37, was arrested hours later for attempted murder and has pled not guilty. Thomas’s journals and search history are filled with references to Nazis and Hitler. Four of the victims have been released from the hospital, but Josef Neumann, 72, remains in a coma.


By Amira Pierotti

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