The Holocaust Museum shooting last week led many people, including me, to think that we're seeing an uptick in the tempo of violent anti-Jewish attacks in America. We're certainly not in a situation analogous to that of Venezuela or France, and I would caution against overheating -- after all, no country in the history of the world has been as accepting of Jews as America has -- but the combination of white, right-wing fury, and Islamist rage is a nasty one. Here's a partial list of the anti-Semitic events of the past ten years. Judge for yourself whether this means anything:
August 10, 1999: Buford Furrow Jr., a 46-year-old white supremacist on parole for assault with a deadly weapon, opened fire with a semiautomatic in the North Valley Jewish community center in California. Two six-year-old boys, a 16-year-old girl, and the receptionist were injured and a five-year-old boy was severely wounded.
April 28, 2000: Richard Baumhammers killed his Jewish neighbor, Anita Gordon, in a suburban area of Pittsburgh beginning a killing spree fueled by anti-Semitic beliefs. Five individuals were killed and one victim was left paralyzed.
September 30, 2000: A rabbi and his wife were attacked in Brooklyn, New York while one of the attackers yelled, "this is for the Palestinians".
May 5, 2002: The Beth Jacob Congregation synagogue
in Oakland, California sustains thousands of dollars in damage after an
arson sets fire to the building in at least three places.
November 18, 2003: The Candles Museum
in Terre Haute, Indiana, was destroyed by a vicious arson. The museum
is run by Holocaust survivors and is dedicated to memorializing the
Holocaust and remembering the children used for brutal medical
October 15, 2005: Cameron Mathews and Josh Feinerman were attacked outside a pizza parlor in San Francisco.
Andrew Crawford brutally attacked after the boys responded to his
anti-Semitic comments. He was arrested while kicking an already
July 28, 2006: Naveed Aflaz Haq opened fire at the Jewish Federation
in Seattle, Washington. Five were wounded and the assistant director,
Pamela Waechter, was killed. Haq was a 30-year-old man of Pakistani
decent who claimed he was "angry at Israel".
December 7, 2007: Four Jewish students riding the New York trains
were violently attacked by a group of men and women upon hearing their
Happy Hanukkah wishes to one another. Hassan Askari, a Muslim, came to
February 1, 2007: Noble Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel
was stalked and attacked at a conference San Francisco by Eric Hunt,
22. Hunt boasted of the attacks on web forums dedicated to Holocaust
April 30, 2007: Scotts Valley High School
in San Francisco was closed for the day after the discovery of a non
explosive device appearing to be a pipe bomb along with anti-Semitic
December 29, 2008: Temple Sholom, one of the oldest synagogues in Chicago, was attacked with a Molotov cocktail.
April 12, 2008: Two men in North Hollywood attacked an Orthodox Jewish man wearing a kippah. They beat the 59-year-old man while calling him "dirty Jew".
March 17, 2008: The home of Yossi Knafo, the Jewish Agency for Israel's representative in Providence, Rhode Island, was attacked with two Molotov cocktails. No one was injured, but the house sustained damage.
April 6, 2009: Richard Poplawski,
23, killed three police officers in his Pittsburgh home when they
responded to a call from his mother. He is strongly linked to white
May 6, 2009: Wesleyan University student Johanna Justin-Jinich,
21, was killed while working at a bookstore near campus. Stephen
Morgan, 29, wrote violent anti-Semitic views and "I have to kill Jen"
in his journals before shooting Justin-Jinich at close range, disguised
in a wig. He was arrested two days later.
July 10, 2009:
James Von Brunn, an 88 year old white supremacist and author of the
radical anti-Semitic online book entitled "Kill the Best Gentiles!", opened fire at the Holocaust Museum of Washington, DC. Security Guard Stephen Tyrone Johns, 39, is killed.