An Indiana woman, Ruba Almaghtheh, has been arrested after she allegedly intentionally drove her car into a building associated with the Black Hebrew Israelites in Indianapolis late Friday. The incident, which police have described as an act of domestic terrorism, occurred when several adults and children were inside the building.
According to a police report, Almaghtheh admitted to purposely targeting the building because she was offended by a Hebrew Israelite symbol displayed outside. The driver, who has been identified as Palestinian, also made comments about her people in Palestine. However, the building in question is not a Jewish school, as Almaghtheh believed, but rather a sect of the Black Hebrew Israelites.
In the aftermath of the incident, the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis released a statement expressing their concern for the safety and security of the community. They also reassured the public that they are working closely with Safe Indiana, a Jewish community security program, and law enforcement to investigate the incident. The federation emphasized the importance of remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Black Hebrew Israelites are a sect that has been categorized as a hate group due to their extremist and anti-Semitic beliefs. They are not affiliated with Judaism, despite their name including the word “Israel.” The Israelite School of Universal and Practical Knowledge, where the incident took place, is a part of this sect.
The police report also stated that Almaghtheh repeatedly referred to the building as the “Israel school” and acknowledged that she targeted it intentionally. She has been arrested on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness and will appear in court on Wednesday.
This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining security protocols and being aware of potential threats. It also highlights the need for education and understanding about different religious and cultural groups to prevent incidents of discrimination and violence.
The Indiana police department has labeled this incident as an act of domestic terrorism due to the alleged intentional targeting of a specific community. The motive behind Almaghtheh’s actions is still under investigation.
The Jewish Federation and other organizations have expressed their concern and condemnation of the incident, emphasizing the importance of standing together in times of crisis. Many have also offered support and resources to the targeted community.
As the investigation continues, law enforcement and community leaders are urging people to remain calm and to avoid spreading misinformation. Any updates on the incident will be provided by authorities, and the community is encouraged to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.
In a time where hate crimes and acts of violence against religious and cultural groups have become all too common, it is crucial that communities come together to stand against discrimination and promote understanding and acceptance. This incident is a reminder of the ongoing need for united efforts in combating hate and promoting unity.