Friday, July 28, 2006
Targeting Jews in America
I left work at four o'clock today in the middle of a mess of sirens and people that I discovered, once I was in my car, was an attack at the Jewish Federation Building in Seattle. I managed to drive out of the area before the streets were shut down.
The news reports that a suspect of Pakistani descent has been arrested for murdering one person and woulding perhaps five others. The police suggest the gunman was targeting Jewish people.
My colleagues called me after I left to report that they have been asked by police to leave.
Film critic Michael Medved, who hosts a syndicated radio program out of Seattle, reported that many American Jews are having to take precautions against hatred and harm, even here in the United States. He said that some synagogues had been hiring security during their high holy days.
Tonight, as the Jewish Sabbath begins, police are being dispatched to protect worshippers at local synagogues.
My heart and prayers go out to those affected by this terrible event.