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US sees an uptick of anti-semitic crimes after Israel-Gaza conflict comes to an end

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Jews in many states across the US are reporting anti-semitic crimes following the cease-fire in Gaza and Israel. From states with small Jewish communities, to states that were previously thought to be Jewish sanctuaries, activists are vandalizing synagogues and attacking individuals all under the guise of pro-Palestine activism.

The Diamond District in New York saw violence in its streets Thursday. Groups of pro-Palestine protestors shouted at Jewish people while waving Palestinian flags was captured on video. An explosion was also captured by someone with a cell phone. Police confirmed later that an individual had shot a firework out of a car.

In California, a truck with Palestinian flags was captured on security footage chasing a Jewish man who was on foot Monday. He was likely targeted because this happened near a Los Angeles synagogue on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Rep. Mike Loychik (R-CA) brought attention to the issue of anti-semitic crime in LA on Twitter.

Synagogues in Illinois and Arizona were vandalized Thursday. In Skokie, Illinois, a pro-Palestine activists attached a “free Palestine” sign to the door. They also smashed several windows before they left. The attack was captured on security footage.

Tuscon, Arizona also saw its synagogue vandalized, but weren’t able to capture the culprits. Someone threw a rock through the glass door. State Rep. Alma Hernandez (R-03) brought attention to the attack by tweeting photos. Since, the synagogue has started a Go Fund Me to raise money to further secure the building.

It just so happened to be the synagogue of ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (R-AZ). She called the attack “disgusting,” but also wrote in a tweet “despite these actions, we will not be shaken. Hate has no place in Arizona.”

Rabbi Avremi Zippel discovered a swastika etched into the glass of his synagogue in Salt Lake City, Utah Monday. Zippel vowed, “We will not cower in fear.” He saw this as a direct result of the conflict in Jerusalem. “But tell me more how this is about a land dispute….” he tweeted.

Still, even as these attacks become several days old, there has been no comment from President Biden, who recently signed an anti-Asian and Pacific Islander hate crime law. Even some major news organizations have left it out.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism

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Letter reveals that Brian Laundrie’s mother vowed to help “dispose of body”

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A letter from Brian Laundrie’s mother revealed her willingness to aid her son in hiding his crime. Roberta, Laundries mother, wrote “burn after reading” on the front and was allegedly committed to helping her son dispose of a body.

The letter has now become the epicenter of a civil suit the Petito family has brought against the Laundrie family. The Petitos are suing the Laundries for emotional distress due to the lack of communication with the Petito family when their daughter had gone missing.

The Laundrie family has claimed that the letter is irrelevant to the case because it was given to their son before the tragically fatal disappearance of Petito. On Tuesday during the hearing, Defense Attorney P. Matthew Luka said, “This document pre-dates Brian and Gabby’s trip so its creation really doesn’t have any relation necessarily to the unfortunate events that unfolded thereafter.” He added, “I know that some of the wording that was used in the letter is unfortunate and might suggest that it has some connection but it doesn’t.”

So what does the letter say?

“If you’re in jail I will bake a cake with a file in it. If you need to dispose of a body. I will show up with a shovel and garbage bags,” Roberta wrote to her son in the letter.

According to reports, Roberta said the verbiage she used in the letter, specifically about the disposal of a body, “were common enough in our circle of friends and family to describe who you could turn to in the most troubling times of your life.”

Moreover, one user on Twitter responded to the tweet of the letter, speculating that Roberta’s letter “sounds like a Jocasta complex,” specifically in response to a section of the letter where she wrote, “not even the unthinkable can get between us.”

The Laundrie family continues to claim that they believe they have done everything the correct way and that Gabby Petito’s disappearance was just as much a mystery to them as to the rest of the world. They claim that they had no knowledge of her disappearance and that the letter is purely a coincidence, with no connection to the fatal loss of Gabby Petito. According to reports, the trial will be held in August of this year.

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