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FBI Warned of Poway Shooter 5 Minutes Before Attack
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Reuters
The FBI revealed on Monday that it had received a warning about the Poway synagogue
shooter five minutes before he carried out a deadly shooting attack.
On Saturday, during morning services, John T. Earnest opened fire on worshippers at the
Chabad of Poway, killing one and wounding three, including the synagogue's rabbi and an
eight-year-old girl. The FBI had received a warning about Earnest minutes before the
attack but did not have enough time to locate the suspect.
Shortly before the attack was carried out, Earnest posted an anti-Semitic manifesto on the
8-Chan board, an online community notorious for hosting extremists. In his manifesto,
Earnest accused the Jewish people of seeking to destroy the European race, accused
President Trump of being controlled by Jews, and vowed to post a live-stream on Facebook
of an attack on a Jewish target.
The FBI said Monday that it received tips on a threatening social media post about five
minutes before a gunman burst into a Southern California synagogue and opened fire with an
assault-style rifle, killing a woman and wounding a rabbi and two others.
The tips to the FBI's website and phone number included a link to the anonymous post but
did not offer specific information about its author or location of the threat. The FBI
said employees immediately tried to determine who wrote the post, but the shooting
occurred before they could establish his identity. "The FBI thanks the alert citizens who
saw and reported the post," the agency said.
One of the tipsters told The Associated Press that he called the FBI tip line at 11:15
a.m. Saturday because the post linked to a manifesto that said the author was responsible
for a mosque arson in the city of Escondido last month. He says he found online that had
the mosque attack had happened and feared the new threat was real.
The tipster, who refused to provide his name because of security concerns, said the call
with the FBI lasted four or five minutes and the shooting happened soon after. He
described the FBI as quick and professional and said he doesn't know what they could have
The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. Moments afterward, police arrested 19-year-old
Earnest of San Diego. He is being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
The online manifesto written by a person identifying himself as John Earnest was an
anti-Jewish screed posted about an hour before the attack. The poster described himself as
a nursing school student and praised the suspects accused of carrying out attacks on
mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people last month and at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life
synagogue that killed 11 on Oct. 27.
About 100 congregants were worshipping at the Chabad of Poway near San Diego on the last
day of the Jewish holiday of Passover, which celebrates freedom, when the gunman killed
Lori Kaye, 60. He also wounded the synagogue's rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein; Noya Dahan, 8;
and her uncle, Almog Peretz.
Goldstein said he was preparing for a service and heard a loud sound, turned around and a
saw a young man wearing sunglasses standing in front of him with a rifle. "I couldn't see
his eyes. I couldn't see his soul," Goldstein said. He raised his hands and lost one of
his fingers in the shooting. And then, Goldstein said, "miraculously the gun jammed."
In the moments that followed, Goldstein said he wrapped his bloodied hand in a prayer
shawl and addressed congregants gathered outside the building, vowing to stay strong in
the face of the deadly attack targeting his community. "We are the Jewish nation that will
stand tall. We will not let anyone take us down. Terrorism like this will not take us
down," Goldstein recalled telling the community.
Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, attended services at Chabad of Poway in suburban San Diego on
Saturday, the last day of the weeklong Jewish holiday of Passover, to honor her recently
deceased mother. She was one of four people shot, and the only one killed, when a gunman
stormed in with an assault-style rifle, six months to the day after 11 worshippers were
killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest attack on American Jewry. Police are
investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Rabbi Goldstein described seeing Kaye's lifeless body on the floor, as her husband tried
to resuscitate her before fainting. "It's the most heart-wrenching sight I could have
seen," Goldstein told reporters on Sunday. "Lori took the bullet for all of us ... She
died to protect all of us."
When the gunfire began, Oscar Stewart, 51, a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and Army who
served a tour in Iraq, recognized the sound immediately. He said in a Monday interview
that for a moment he began running toward the exit with other congregants before he turned
around and headed toward the gunfire - for reasons he still cannot quite explain.
"I was an instrument of God," he said. "I had no conscious effort in what I was doing." He
charged the gunman, screaming, "I'm going to kill you!" The shooter, who had stopped
firing, looked frightened and fled the synagogue, with Stewart in close pursuit, he said.
Another worshipper, an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent named Jonathan
Morales, also ran outside after the gunman. Morales, who was armed, fired several shots at
the gunman's car as he drove away.
Almog Peretz, an Israeli citizen visiting his family, was hit by shrapnel but still
managed to help shepherd children to safety, witnesses said. His 9-year-old niece, Noya
Dahan, also was wounded by shrapnel. Her family moved to the United States from Israel in
search of a safer life after their home was repeatedly shelled by Palestinian rockets. At
a vigil on Sunday, Dahan rode on her father's shoulders, wrapped in an Israeli flag, as
Earnest is scheduled to appear in a San Diego court on Wednesday. Authorities believe he
acted alone. Earnest was charged on Sunday afternoon with one count of murder in the first
degree, and three counts of attempted murder in the first degree, according to jail
records posted on the website of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Earnest is not
eligible for bail, according to the sheriff's department. He is scheduled to be arraigned
on Wednesday afternoon.
Local officials have accused Earnest of a hate crime. Authorities are working to determine
whether it can apply state hate crimes laws to the attack and if he violated federal civil
rights laws, the Daily Beast reported.
In a manifesto he is believed to have posted on 8Chan, a conspiracy theory message board,
the writer says that he was inspired by the Tree of Life synagogue gunman in Pittsburgh
along with the New Zealand mosque shooter. He also calls President Donald Trump "Zionist,
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said on Sunday that preparations made in the aftermath of the
massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh "contributed to saving lives" in his
hometown, JTA reports.
Following the October attack at the Tree of Life synagogue complex in Pittsburgh, Vaus and
the San Diego County Sheriff's Department met with Jewish leaders at Chabad of Poway to
discuss best practices for an active shooter situation, the mayor said.
"We memorialized the victims of the Tree of Life massacre, and then we gave them tips
about what to do if hate comes knocking at the door," Vaus told JTA. "Tips like if you can
run away, run away; if you can hide, hide; if you can't hide, challenge the shooter.'"
Does Jewish Anti-Semitism Exist?
By Ben-Dror Yemini (Commentary-YnetNews)
One of the most influential newspapers in the world, the Jewish-owned New York Times
decided to present the Jews with a gift in honor of the last day of Passover - a major
Jewish holiday - an anti-Semitic caricature. The controversial cartoon shows US President
Donald Trump as a blind man with a skullcap on his head, being led by a dog that looks
like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And to make sure the reader knows it is indeed the
Israeli premier, the dog has a Star of David dangling from its collar.
That caricature is worth a thousand words. The rhetoric of the likes of Ku Klux Klan and
far-right anti-Semites is beautifully conveyed by the caricature published in one of the
world's most liberal newspapers. That caricature erased the differences not only between
anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism but between the philosophies of the extreme right-wing and
extreme left-wing as well.
Over the past year, the paper has consistently supported the Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions movement that denies Israel's right to exist and has members who openly express
their anti-Semitic views. Although the paper's content usually has human rights discourse
peppered in, it can't hide the ugliness of racism.
Australian-Iranian Imam Mohamad Tawhidi on Saturday wrote that Islamist ideology considers
Jews as offsprings of monkeys, pigs and dogs. Now, claims Tawhidi, the New York Times
serves to advance the global jihad agenda. The paper seems to have gotten the message,
seeing as it removed the cartoon from its digital edition shortly after, admitting the
caricature had anti-Semitic undertones and its publication was "an error of judgment."
The newspaper could have been forgiven if the cartoon was their only "error of judgment."
Given the paper's continued support for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar - who on multiple
occasions made anti-Israel and anti-Semitic remarks - it's hard to take the apology of the
New York Times seriously. Every newspaper makes mistakes; the problem here is that it all
seems to be part of an anti-Israel agenda.
Also, on the eve of the Passover Seder, the paper's Jewish readers had been treated to an
article which speculated that Jesus Christ was a Palestinian. I don't believe that the
newspaper's editors are so ignorant that they don't know Jesus's origins, they are
probably just trying to prove Trump's notion that media does indeed publish "fake news."
Omar, for her part, was enthusiastic about the article describing Jesus as a Palestinian
and didn't hesitate to tweet her support for this theory. The New York Times for their
part once again issued an apology in this instance as well, once again citing an error of
judgment. Well, at least Omar and this newspaper - which is owned by Jews but insists on
being anti-Jewish - have fallen deeply in love with each other.
The New York Times has excellent writers who don't hesitate to criticize the paper's
anti-Israeli obsession. There is, however, something incredibly sad about the fact that a
world-famous newspaper, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Days, publishes a caricature
that reminds us of something that could have been seen in Der Stürmer (German tabloid
during the Nazi regime).
This whole situation provides us with an answer to the question of whether Jews can be
anti-Semitic? That caricature proves that yes! There is indeed such thing as Jewish
Diary of a Holocaust-era Teenager Brought to Life on Social Media
By the Jerusalem Post
Wehrmacht soldiers marching through a city center, swastika banners festooning central
boulevards, and locals flying the Nazi flag are just some of the images from a documentary
about the short life of Eva Heyman, who was murdered in the Holocaust, which will be
posted on Instagram and Facebook on Holocaust Memorial Day this Thursday.
The central feature of the initiative, called the Eva Project, is a 50-minute movie based
on the life and experiences of Heyman, a 13-year-old Hungarian Jewish girl who kept a rich
and poignant diary of the terrifying times in which she lived and died.
Throughout May 1 and 2, vignettes of the movie depicting crucial incidents in Heyman's
account will be posted on the Internet to bring her story to a 21st-century audience in a
format that forcefully and jarringly brings to life the reality of Jews in Nazi-occupied
Conceived and funded by businessman Mati Kochavi and his daughter Maya, the film depicts
dozens of incidents from Heyman's diary, including her dream to become a photojournalist,
and her romantic hopes and relationships.
The film progresses to relate the progressing nightmare of Jews in Hungary during the war,
and how Heyman's world was shattered by the Nazi occupation of Hungary in March 1944. By
May, the 21,333 Jews of her Transylvanian city, then known as Nagyvárad in
Hungarian and Groysvardeyn in Yiddish but today called Oradea in Romanian, were forced
into a cramped and unsanitary ghetto. Deportations began on May 24.
"Dear diary, you are the luckiest one in the world, because you cannot feel, you cannot
know what a terrible thing has happened to us. The Germans have come!" wrote Heyman in her
entry for March 19, 1944, as the Nazis occupied Nagyvárad.
Two months later Eva was deported to Auschwitz where she was murdered in October 1944,
according to Yad Vashem. Her diary ends shortly before she was deported. Her mother, who
survived the Holocaust, discovered the document in Nagyvárad in 1945 after
The movie depicts many of the events recorded in Heyman's diary, documenting the
progressively direr situation she found herself in, and finally portrays her on the cattle
car in which she was deported to Auschwitz.
"Dear diary, I don't want to die; I want to live even if it means that I'll be the only
person here allowed to stay." she wrote on May 30, just before she was deported. "I can't
write anymore, dear diary. The tears run from my eyes," were the last words she penned.
Some 400 people, including a Ukrainian production team and British cast, were involved in
the making the film, which was shot in Lviv, Ukraine over nine days. Tanks, armored
personnel carriers, command cars and train carriages were employed as props to make the
The film cost several million dollars although the Kochavis are not revealing the exact
cost of the production. According to Maya Kochavi, one of the principal goals of the
project is to increase consciousness and knowledge of the Holocaust amongst the younger
generation, Jews and non-Jews alike, and social media felt like the best way to achieve
this, she said.
Kochavi said that both Jews and non-Jews are "disconnected" from the events of the
Holocaust, a situation exacerbated by the fact that the last generation of survivors will
soon no longer be around to tell their story. This, she said, is a problem for both the
Jewish community and non-Jews as well. Many of those disconnected from what transpired
during the Holocaust believe the genocide to be "fake news" or greatly exaggerated, she
"As the survivors are dwindling in numbers, it is very hard to convey the magnitude of the
Holocaust to the new generation. The strongest way is to sit with someone who went through
it, and to not have the advantage of witnesses who survived is very troubling to the
Jewish community," she said. "We thought about how we can get our audience to listen to
and understand the Holocaust, to make it personal and tangible, and that's when the idea
of social media came in.
"The concept is to try and make the new generation feel like it is in the Holocaust, that
they are experiencing it, that it is happening through their point of view, and Instagram
is like a magical tool for us to do this."
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