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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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The Tate Brothers and Associates Face Human Trafficking Charges in Romania



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In a recent development, the Tate brothers, Andrew and Tristan, along with two associates, find themselves at the center of a high-profile case involving human trafficking allegations.

The charges leveled against them indicate the formation of an organized criminal group in 2021 with the intent to carry out human trafficking operations not only in Romania but also in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to the BBC.

The investigation, which led to their arrest in December last year, has culminated in an indictment filed with the Bucharest court. According to the indictment, the Tate brothers are accused of luring their victims with false promises of love and marriage. Seven individuals have been identified as alleged victims, who were later coerced and subjected to a harrowing ordeal.

Prosecutors contend that the victims were taken to locations in Ilfov county, Romania, where they faced constant surveillance, intimidation, and control. The defendants allegedly forced the victims into debt and coerced them into participating in pornographic activities, with the explicit material subsequently shared on social media platforms. Shockingly, one of the defendants is accused of raping a woman on two occasions in March 2022, further amplifying the gravity of the charges.

While the trial is not expected to commence immediately, as a Romanian judge is granted 60 days to inspect the case files, it is anticipated to be a protracted legal battle. The complexity of the case and the severity of the charges will undoubtedly result in a lengthy trial process, with several years potentially passing before a verdict is reached.

Representatives for the Tate brothers released a statement acknowledging the unsurprising nature of the news but maintaining their belief in their innocence.

As reported by the BBC, the Tate brothers media team stared, “While this news is undoubtedly predictable, we embrace the opportunity it presents to demonstrate their innocence and vindicate their reputation.”

They expressed their eagerness to present a comprehensive body of evidence meticulously collected over time, which they believe will substantiate their claims of innocence and restore their tarnished reputation.

However, it should be noted that additional charges, such as money laundering and trafficking of minors, are still under investigation. If evidence is uncovered to support these allegations, a separate indictment could be filed, further complicating the legal proceedings for the defendants.

Andrew Tate, who gained notoriety through his participation in the reality television show Big Brother, has a controversial past, having been removed from the show in 2016 following a video that appeared to depict him assaulting a woman.

Despite subsequent bans on social media platforms due to his contentious statements, he has managed to amass a following, particularly among young men, by promoting an ostentatious and hyper-masculine lifestyle.

As the case unfolds, public attention will undoubtedly be drawn to the trial, with many eagerly awaiting the outcome and hoping for justice to be served for the alleged victims. The complex web of charges and the high-profile nature of the defendants ensure that this trial will be closely monitored and scrutinized by the media and the public alike.

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