An Atlanta-area woman who sent a threatening package with an anti-Semitic note to a U.S. congressman was killed after attacking a police officer.
A bloody pig's foot and an anti-Semitic note were sent to U.S. Rep. Peter King, the chairman of the House of Representatives' Homeland Security Committee. Capitol Hill police have opened an investigation into the package to King (R-N.Y.), Politico reported.
For more than four hours at a much-anticipated hearing about radical Muslims in America on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning, Democrats accused Rep. Peter King, (R-N.Y.) chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, of engaging in political theater, while Republicans spoke of the need to directly address the threat of radical Islam. Republican committee members prefaced their questions to the panel with thanks to the chairman for convening an “important” conversation; California Democrat Rep. Laura Richardson called the hearing “discriminatory” and “an abuse of power.”
A number of Jewish groups have expressed concern at congressional hearings on terrorism that focus on Islam. "Homegrown Muslim extremists pose a real threat to the United States, but the issue is one that may be difficult to explore seriously in a hearing that has engendered an unfortunate atmosphere of blame and suspicion of the broader American Muslim community," the Anti-Defamation League said in its statement on the hearings opening Thursday under the auspices of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.). "We need to be careful not to single out an entire community for special scrutiny or suspicion."
We are, respectively, an imam and an Orthodox rabbi. Last month, our two congregations initiated a series of joint gatherings to enable our people to get to know one another, and study our respective sacred texts together. We were motivated simply by the recognition that the histories and the destinies of our peoples are inextricably intertwined, and that in a vacuum of genuine personal knowledge and understanding of one another, terrible, regrettable things can occur. Ignorance is the oxygen that feeds suspicion, mistrust, and enmity, and relationship is the antidote.
As Representative Peter King (R-NY) launches congressional hearings on Muslims and radicalization this week, we wonder at the expenditure of time to examine an issue whose conclusion has long been self-evident: that American Muslims have worked tirelessly alongside fellow Americans to uphold and strengthen the time-honored values of religious freedom and equality and to protect our nation against all threats.