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November 8, 2023

Friendly Fire? Terrorist Crashes Car Into School

A woman attacked a school when she misidentified it as Jewish.

This story would almost be funny if it wasn’t true. A woman apparently holding anti-Semitic views used her car to attack a building of a religious sect that expressly espouses … anti-Semitic beliefs.

The incident took place in Indianapolis, and when police arrived at the scene and had taken the woman into custody, she explained to them that she had deliberately driven her car into the building because it was an “Israel school.” The woman said she was motivated by images of Israel’s war against Hamas, and she referenced her “people back in Palestine.”

The building she had attacked did indeed bear the name “Israel,” but the full name was the “Israelite School of Universal and Practical Knowledge.” It is a group connected with the racist religious sect known as the Black Hebrew Israelites, which has been recognized by the Anti-Defamation League as an anti-Semitic group.

This group last made national news back in 2019, when members were present at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, and had been taunting a group of students from Covington Catholic High School prior to the infamous incident in which a Native American activist got in the face of student Nick Sandmann while banging on a drum. The Leftmedia smeared the Covington students as racist when in fact the real individuals expressing racist sentiments that day were the Black Hebrew Israelites.

Back to the Indianapolis incident. Law enforcement officers called it a “hate crime” and referred to the woman of apparent Arab decent as a “terrorist.” This could be categorized as a case of mistaken identity, but it clearly demonstrates the insidious and absolutely ridiculous nature of racism and identity politics.

The woman admitted that she was moved to want to hurt others whom she did not know, all because she had erroneously connected them with Jews and Israel. There were several young children in the building at the time of the attack, though fortunately no one was injured. However, this woman’s hatred of Jews clouded any concern for innocent people and our shared common humanity.

She told law enforcement, “Yes, I did it on purpose,” and she acknowledged that she was motivated by hate. She had even driven past the building several times before she finally decided to ram it with her car.

This is what happens when disturbed people are motivated by racial identity politics. (See the racist Nashville manifesto for another, far worse example.) This is exactly why we have repeatedly condemned critical race theory — because it breeds racism rather than opposes it. CRT teaches people to judge others based upon their immutable characteristics rather than as unique individuals as expressed by their behavior.

Blaming the innocent for the actions of others simply because they share some genetic and cultural history is not justice. But it’s even worse to side with the perpetrators of crimes against the innocent and then turn and blame the innocent for the actions of the perpetrators.

The Christian ethic is founded on love, which breaks down hostility between people. All hatred does is break things and people. Hate brings no health, no justice, and no trust. And all racism is hatred.

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