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FBI Report: Jews were the targets of over 60% of religious-based hate crimes in 2019

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The FBI released a report on 2019’s hate crime statistics Monday and one of the biggest targets of those crimes was Jews. In fact, hate crimes accounted for 60.2% of all religious-based hate crimes that year. In 2018, anti-Jewish attacks accounted for 56.9% of those anti-religious hate crimes.

Overall, there were 1,715 anti-religious hate crimes in 2019 and of the victims, 1,032 were Jews, according to the report.  

The stunning FBI numbers are consistent with a year that’s seen some of the most violent and deadly attacks against Jews across the country. The report also noted that there were approximately 7,314 hate crimes in total, which was up from 7,120 the year before. 

The year was marked by three deadly antisemitic attacks that rocked the nation. 

It began in April 2019, when a shooter opened fire on worshippers praying at a synagogue in Poway, California shocking the nation. One of the congregants, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, was killed in the attack and Jewish synagogues across the country began enhancing security but still, more and more people and communities were attacked. 

In another incident in early December 2019, two shooters opened fire on a Kosher supermarket. Police Detective Joseph Seals, the store’s cashier Douglas Rodriguez, and two customers of the store, Moshe Deutsch, and Leah Mindel Ferencz were all killed in the attack that targeted the Jewish community. The two attackers were also shot and killed.

In late December 2019, an attacker macheted Jewish men celebrating Hannukah at a Rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York. Ultimately, one of the victims, Joseph Neumann, died of his wounds after a months-long battle for his life.

The Poway and Monsey attackers in these hate crimes have not yet been brought to justice, as their cases have either been delayed due to COVID-19 or other reasons, including mental illness pleas. 

Although it’s unclear if the FBI accounts for these hate crimes in its 2019 hate crime statistics, the attacks serve as a reminder and a resounding alarm that Jewish communities across the country are under attack.

In 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic, antisemites have sought virtual mediums to spread their hateful messages with more and more people spending time on screens.

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Daily Wire investigation: Italian company may have illegally sold rights to the Vatican’s priceless art

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The Daily Wire has been conducting a fascinating investigation into the Vatican Museum’s priceless artwork. “Rights to the Vatican Museums’ priceless trove of art treasures may have been illegally sold without the Holy See’s approval in what one attorney described as a “high-tech heist,” the investigation finds.

An Italian company is allegedly selling the rights to reproduce the Vatican artwork in six-figure deals, while claiming to be working in “collaboration with” the Vatican Museums.

“This scheme is nothing less than a pre-meditated, high-tech heist of world-class treasured art from the Vatican Museums under the disguise of bogus licenses, as if sanctioned by the Vatican,” Sarah Rose Speno, a New York attorney, told The Daily Wire.

The Daily Wire’s report notes that Speno said she stumbled upon the alleged scheme in March when she sought permission to use images of Vatican art for an exhibition by a client.

“We discovered that a large table book had been published with high-resolution images of the interiors of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel,” Speno said. “We very much wanted to pursue an opportunity to license these images, as soon as possible.”

Speno contacted Scripta Maneant — the Italian publisher that licensed the photos in the book. Scripta Maneant claimed authority to broker the publishing rights via its “collaboration” with Vatican Museums vice director, Monsignore Paolo Nicolini. Scripta Maneant wanted $550,000 for the rights — with a portion being paid to the Vatican through Nicolini, according to Speno. Although Scripta Maneant claimed the fee would be shared with the Vatican, Speno said she later became suspicious.

“The Scripta Maneant scheme became obvious when the Scripta principals demanded a cash wire in the amount of $82,500 no later than their return from summer holiday in late August,” Speno said. “They said that they would produce Vatican approval for our Italian Renaissance Immersive project ‘if and only if’ the fee were wired to the Scripta bank account they provided. It was at this point that grave suspicion entered my mind.”

Ultimately, Speno said, “we terminated the deal when Scripta could not provide us with documented consent by the Vatican.”

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