Jewish Federations and Community Centers have long been a soft target of anti-Semitic attacks, both abroad and in America
On August 10, 1999, the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills was attacked by a white supremacist Buford O. Furrow, Jr, who walked into the lobby and opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon, firing 70 shots into the complex. The gunfire wounded five people, including 3 children.
On July 28, 2006, Naveed Afzal Haq shot six women, one fatally, at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, in Washington Naveed Haq was convicted in December 2009 and sentenced to life without parole plus 120 years.
On August 8 2014 several members from the extremist group “Jewish Voice for Peace” gained entry into the lobby of the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia by pretending to be volunteers for the Mitzvah Food Project. After the door was opened, a larger group of protesters forced their way into the lobby of the Federation the moment the front door was opened.
While the invasion of the Philadelphia Federation did not end in a violent attack, given the extremist agenda and unscrupulous alliances of JVP, it begs the question- was this a trial run for a more serious attack? Was JVP identifying vulnerabilities in community security procedures for a more nefarious end?
It’s a very scary thought.