New York and Jewish terrorist groups.
The letter threatened to set churches on fire while people were inside in retaliation for "anti-Israel and anti-Jewish attitudes," meaning the Presbyterian Church (USA) deciding to divest from Israel noting that, "divestment is one of the strategies that U.S. churches used in the 1970s and 80s in a successful campaign to end apartheid in South Africa. "
I found it interesting that the threats were coming from Queens NY, and remembered that the Jewish terrorist group the JDL (The Jewish Defense League) , back in the eighties in Coney Island, was intimidating and threatening minorities out of their apartment buildings then moving in, much like settler groups have done in East Jerusalem over the years.
What is the JDL up to these days? Back on Dec. 12 2001 federal officials arrested JDL chairman Irving David Rubin, 56, and member Earl Leslie Krugel, 59, for allegedly plotting to blow up a major Los Angeles mosque, the office of Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who is of Lebanese descent, and the Los Angeles offices of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a Muslim advocacy group.
As reported by The Jewish Week at the time chairman of the JDL chapter in Chicago Zvi Ben said the, ¬ìJDL decries the efforts of Muslims who de facto admit they are responsible for the attacks of 9-11 by establishing a moral equivalency between the allegations against [Rubin and Krugel] and the Islamic murderers who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.¬î
Naturally, its all a big plot by Muslim groups.
It turned out the Justice Dept. didn't think so and in 2003 Earl Leslie Krugel pled guilty "to two federal charges related to two criminal conspiracies to manufacture and detonate bombs at a mosque and a field office of United States Congressman Darrell Issa of California." and Rubin killed himself while awaiting trial.
This is not to say the JDL isn't still around. It turns out that Michael Moore is an anti-Semite according to their web site:
"Those considering seeing Fahrenheit 9/11, the latest leftist pseudo-documentary from traducer Michael Moore, now have another reason to save their entertainment dollars. In addition to being anti-American, Moore is a Jew-hating Arabist, aligned with forces that pray for the destruction of the Jewish state. Moore was in attendance at last November¬ís Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Media Award event, at which he received MPAC's "Award for Courage and Conscience" (read as award for unamericanism).
In his acceptance speech, Moore reportedly condoned Arab violence against Israel and berated it over the demise of Rachel Corrie, a terrorist-phile whose moronic indiscretion resulted in a loss in a match against a bulldozer: [Actually, she was run over twice and was in clear sight of the driver. See my Blog Nov. 26]]
From Moore's irrational zealousness for gun control, to his advocacy of Arab terror, one may infer the following: Moore wishes to disposses law abiding Americans of their constitutionally enshrined right to bear arms. At the same time, though, he supports the aim of Arab terrorists to utilize automatic weaponry, bombs and other armaments in their bid to annihalate Israel."
Wow, being anti- gun is anti-Semitic.
The New York connection to these groups is pretty clear. This year the New York Daily News had this report on fund raising by these radical groups:
"Violence-spewing Jewish radicals are raising big bucks in New York even though they're tied to groups identified by the U.S. as terror organizations.
In one money-raising appeal uncovered by The Daily News, a banned group directs donors to a Borough Park, Brooklyn, address and 718 phone number.
In Israel, Kahane Chai and other radical groups on the U.S. list are under increased scrutiny after the Shin Bet spy agency warned that extremists have put Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in their cross hairs and may blow up the Al Aqsa Mosque, holy to Muslims worldwide, on Jerusalem's Temple Mount.
Among the pro-settler Jews raising thousands in New York is David Haivri, who has long ties to the movement founded by Meir Kahane, the radical Brooklyn-born rabbi slain by an Egyptian Islamist in New York in 1990.
But Haivri has long been affiliated with Kahane Chai and the Yeshiva of the Jewish Idea, two banned groups. The two groups, and about 50 others, are aliases for Kahane Chai, the Treasury Department says."
The web site for Kahane Chai complains:
"The recent designation of Kahane.org and other Kahane sites as Foreign Terrorist organizations by the U.S. State Department is another one-sided, anti-Jewish, decree passed by the blatantly anti-Israel State Dept.
This recent designation will definitely go down in history as one of the most irrational and obscene decisions ever carried out by the U.S. government."
I'm so sure.
Terrorism Q&A says groups like Kahane Chai and Kach "grew out of the anti-Arab teachings of Rabbi Meir Kahane, an American-born extremist who founded and led Kach (its name means ¬ìthus¬î in Hebrew) until he was assassinated in New York in 1990. Israel outlawed Kach and its offshoot Kahane Chai (Kahane Lives) in 1994, a month after a Kach supporter shot and killed 29 Muslim worshipers at a West Bank mosque.
The deadliest (attack) came in February 1994, shortly after the signing of the Oslo peace accords between Israel and the PLO, when Baruch Goldstein, a Brooklyn-born doctor and Kach supporter, opened fire with a machine gun inside the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. He killed 29 people and wounded dozens more before he was himself killed.
The Machteret (is) a 1980s Jewish underground terror group with links to Kach...Israeli authorities...foiled the Machteret¬ís plans to blow up Jerusalem¬ís al-Aqsa Mosque, which is built atop the contested holy site known by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount. Destroying the mosque, experts say, could provoke a massive Middle Eastern conflict.
A review of a book on the killing of Yizak Rabin called "Murder in the name of God" by Michael Karpin and Ina Friedman, cites the connection between groups in New York and Israel opposed to the Oslo peace accords by saying:
"For all its crudeness and stridency, the incitement against Yitzhak Rabin in Israel seemed almost subdued compared with the parallel effort in . . . the United States" (p. 131). Karpin and Friedman observe the symbiosis that developed after 1967 between the Orthodox communities of Israel and the United States.
They then describe the campaign of hatred that Orthodox circles and Jewish extremists in New York City launched against Rabin and his government. Masterminding the effort were such figures as New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (Kahane's former right hand in the Jewish Defense League), Rabbis Abraham Hecht and Herbert Bomzer, and businessmen Sam Domb and Jack Avital.
These individuals were themselves connected to mainstream politicians who were indebted to them, including New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Governor George Pataki. Meanwhile, the Orthodox lobby courted powerful members of Congress such as Jesse Helms, Benjamin Gilman, Alfonse D'Amato, and Charles Schumer, harnessing their influence in an effort to discredit the Israeli government and slow down the implementation of the Oslo agreements."
I'm sure all this is just scratching the surface on this issue, but it is important to point out terrorism isn't the sole province of Islamic groups.