political violence

Jewish Leaders Seen Absent On Toxic Political Climate

In wake of Giffords shooting, calls for ‘moral leadership’ as community retreats from gun issue.

01/11/2011
Washington Correspondent

The attempted assassination of a Jewish member of Congress from Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords, and the wanton killing of six others in Tucson on Saturday has revived the debate over whether Jewish communal and religious leaders are doing enough to combat a toxic political climate that many say threatens a new age of political violence.

Members of Congress and their staffs observe a moment of silence Tuesday for the six Arizonans killed in Saturday’s rampage.

Extremist Radical, Or Just A Nut?

Both, says expert Mark Potok, who suspects anti-government rhetoric, not anti-Semitism, affected alleged Arizona shooter.

01/11/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

An internal Department of Homeland Security memo obtained by Fox News says that accused Arizona shooter Jared Loughner is “possibly connected” to American Renaissance, a group that describes itself on its website as committed to “the study of all aspects of race, whether historical, cultural, or biological. This approach is known as race realism.”

Alleged Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner, above in a Jan. 10 mug shot.

Obama Calls Giffords’ Rabbi

01/11/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama spoke with the rabbi of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during a series of calls to friends and families of victims of the weekend shooting in Tucson.

A White House official said Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Tucson's Congregation Chaverim was among the Tucson-area officials, victims and families Obama reached Monday in the wake of the Jan. 8 attack that left Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, critically injured and six dead.

Giffords Staffer Gabe Zimmerman Killed in Arizona Shooting

01/09/2011

(JTA) -- Gabe Zimmerman, director of community outreach for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was killed in the Arizona shooting that killed six and injured 11 others, including Giffords.

Giffords (D-Ariz.) remained in critical condition Sunday morning after being shot in the head.

Giffords was outside one of her signature "Congress at your corner" events outside a Safeway in Tucson, the district she represented, when a gunman approached and shot her in the head on Saturday.

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