Becoming a growing concern, hate crimes are spreading across the world like a virus that is slowly killing humanity. The United States witnessed a similar horrifying act on Saturday, where a gunman entered a synagogue in California and tainted the solace of worshippers.
A 19-year-old suspect, John T Earnest was arrested by the police, as he opened fire with an “AR-15 type” assault rifle at the Chabad of Poway, north of the city of San Diego. The attack reportedly killed a woman and wounded three others, who came to attend the Passover celebration.
“During the shooting, four individuals were wounded and transported to Palomar hospital,” San Diego County Sheriff Gore stated. “One succumbed to their wounds. The other three are in stable condition.”
The woman killed in the shooting, Lori Gilbert-Kaye was 60 years old when she took the bullets on her to save Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was evacuating children after the gunfire broke out. The funeral service for the lady will be held on Monday, while the people continue to mourn after the attack.
Sheriff Bill Gore informed that the social media activities of the suspect are being reviewed by the investigators. Besides, an anti-Semitic open letter that was left on a far-right message board under his name is also being examined.
As per the “manifesto” published hours before the attack, the suspect was inspired by two of the major hate crimes that took place recently, including the Pittsburgh shooting and the attack on two Christchurch mosques. He criticized Jews and celebrated the slayings of Muslims at mosques in New Zealand.
Authorities later informed that the suspect is also under investigations in connection with a fire at a mosque last month.
While the police didn’t suggest a motive, President Donald Trump said it appeared to be “a hate crime” and that “America’s heart” was with the victims. He also wrote a tweet to offer “thoughts and prayers”. The President also condemned the evil of hate, stating that it “must be defeated”.
The attack came just six months after the Pittsburgh shooting that killed 11 people, and marked the worst anti-Semitic attack in history of the US. The continuing attacks have forced the US Jewish community to question their safety in the country. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) that monitors extremism in the US stated that anti-Semitism is on the rise.
However, is it really just the US where hate crimes are on the rise? The New Zealand shooting in mosques, the Sri Lanka blasts in a church and the Burkina Faso shooting in a church again, narrate a different story. Is it just the boundaries of a particular country, or the ideology that the world is slowly nurturing?