Religious strife

Community members, including Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg, left, celebrate the arrival of a new Torah near the rabbi's residence in Monsey, N.Y. A day earlier, a knife-wielding man stormed into the home and stabbed multiple people as they celebrated Hanukkah in the Orthodox Jewish community. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
December 29, 2019 - 5:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — When a suspect walked into the home of a rabbi celebrating Hanukkah and stabbed five celebrants it was the latest in a week of anti-Semitic attacks in the nation’s most demographically diverse area — and an incident that reverberated across the country. “Again, here we are: mourning...
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FILE - This undated Pennsylvania Department of Transportation photo shows Robert Bowers. Federal prosecutors announced in August they would seek the death penalty for Bowers who is charged with killing 11 people inside the tree of Life synagogue. Bowers had offered to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence. (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation via AP, File)
December 28, 2019 - 6:21 am
Lawyers for the suspect in the synagogue shooting that killed 11 people in Pittsburgh have challenged his potential death sentence as unconstitutional. Lawyers for Robert Bowers argued in court papers filed this week that capital punishment violates the Fifth Amendment’s due process clause and the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, Orthodox Jewish men pass New York City police guarding a Brooklyn synagogue prior to a funeral for Mosche Deutsch in New York. Deutsch, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn, was killed in the shooting inside a Jersey City, N.J. market. New York City is increasing its police presence in some Brooklyn neighborhoods with large Jewish populations after a number of possibly anti-Semitic attacks during the Hanukkah holiday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 27, 2019 - 4:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is increasing its police presence in some Brooklyn neighborhoods with large Jewish populations after a string of possibly anti-Semitic attacks during the Hanukkah holiday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said after the latest episode happened Friday. Besides making officers more...
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Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Steven Fulop speaks during a press conference at the scene of a shooting, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
December 17, 2019 - 3:27 pm
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey mayor on Tuesday said a school board member should quit over comments she made about the shooting at a kosher market referring to Jews as “brutes” and questioning whether the attackers had a point to make in attacking Jews. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2019, file photo, bloodstains a Jesus Christ statue at the St. Sebastian's Church after a blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. On Easter Sunday, April 21, bombs shattered the celebratory services at two Catholic churches and a Protestant church in Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/File)
December 14, 2019 - 1:22 pm
On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities...
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Orthodox Jewish women mourn during the funeral service of Mindel Ferencz who was killed in a kosher market that was the site of a gun battle in Jersey City, N.J., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Ferencz, 31, and her husband owned the grocery store. The Ferencz family had moved to Jersey City from Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
December 13, 2019 - 11:44 am
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The couple who burst into a kosher market in Jersey City with assault weapons appear to have acted alone even though they had expressed interest in a fringe religious group that often disparages whites and Jews, New Jersey officials said. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said...
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Workmen replace a window that was broken by gunfire at the Sacred Heart school in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Investigators are looking to pinpoint what prompted a deadly attack on a Jewish market in Jersey City amid fears that it was motivated by anti-Semitism, as the nearby school reopened Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
December 12, 2019 - 3:39 pm
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The two killers who stormed a kosher market in Jersey City were driven by hatred of Jews and law enforcement, New Jersey's attorney general said Thursday, adding that the case is being investigated as domestic terrorism. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal also disclosed that...
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Orthodox Jewish men carry the casket with Mindel Ferencz outside a Brooklyn synagogue, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in New York. Her funeral will be in Jersey City. Ferencz was killed Tuesday in the shooting inside a Jersey City, N.J., food market. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Associated Press
December 11, 2019 - 8:52 pm
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City was an anti-Semitic attack mounted on Wednesday as authorities recounted how a man and woman deliberately pulled up to the place in a stolen rental van with at least one rifle and got out firing. A day after the...
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Security personnel patrol outside a polling station during the country's presidential election in Weerawila, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Nov. 16 , 2019. A convoy of buses carrying Muslim voters traveling in northern Sri Lanka was attacked by gunfire and stones, and blocked by burning tires, around midnight on Saturday hours before polls opened in Sri Lanka’s presidential election, according to Colombo-based Centre for Monitoring Election Violence. (AP Photo/Chamila Karunarathne )
November 16, 2019 - 7:38 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Polls closed Saturday evening after a day of voting for Sri Lanka’s next president, an election marred by shots fired at a convoy of Muslims heading to cast their ballots in what some called a coordinated effort to disenfranchise the minority group. There were no reported...
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Crewmen enter Bradley fighting vehicles at a US military base at an undisclosed location in Northeastern Syria, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The deployment of the mechanized force comes after US troops withdrew from northeastern Syria, making way for a Turkish offensive that began last month. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
November 12, 2019 - 5:26 am
A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants...
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