A federal judge released on bond a neo-Nazi accused of coordinating a plan to vandalize synagogues and telling an FBI agent he fantasized about killing black people.
Richard Tobin, 19, from New Jersey, had been held for several months in jail and was released without explanation. Moreover, the judge in the case, U.S. Magistrate Karen Williams, sealed the court records connected to Tobin’s bond request.
Communicating online last year to fellow neo-Nazi members of The Base, Tobin launched a plan called “Operation Kristallnacht,” in which he directed fellow neo-Nazis to vandalize synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin.
The operation was named after the violent pogrom committed against Jews in Nazi Germany on November 9-10, 1938, which saw paramilitary forces and civilians loot, burn and demolish Jewish stores, buildings, homes, hospital and schools.
“Kristallnact” (literally, “night of broken glass”) is viewed historically as the prelude to Hitler’s “Final Solution” and the murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust.
Tobin also told FBI agents he was “triggered by the state of the country” and related to them how he became enraged at seeing large crowds of black people at a mall in Edison, New Jersey.
“That day, he had a machete in his car and he wanted to ‘let loose’ with it,” the complaint says.
“Richard Tobin said that he was triggered by the state of the country, such as when he saw a Pride parade or a large number of African Americans in one location. For example, simply being in Times Square in New York caused Tobin to have these feelings,” wrote FBI special agent Jason Novick.
Upon his release, Tobin was confined to house arrest and prohibited from internet access.
Meanwhile, a recently released study conducted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) showed a startling number of anti-Semitic incidents experienced by American Jews in the last five years.
The study indicated that of Jews in America:
- 54 percent either experienced or witnessed some form of incident that they believed was motivated by anti-Semitism over the past five years
- 49 percent heard anti-Semitic comments, slurs or threats targeted at others
- 22 percent reported vandalism, damage or defacement of a Jewish institution they are associated with due to anti-Semitism
- 21 percent were the target of anti-Semitic comments, slurs or threats
- 14 percent knew someone who was physically attacked because they were Jewish
- 6 percent had their home, car or property deliberately vandalized or defaced because of anti-Semitism
- 5 percent were physically attacked because of anti-Semitism
In Denmark, anti-Semitic as well as anti-Israel sentiments were blamed after a Lutheran group edited out the word “Israel” from a newly released version of the New Testament.
The new translation instituted by the Danish Bible Society substituted the word “Jews” or “land of the Jews” for “Israel.”
Ironically, in the Old Testament, the Danish Bible Society substituted the word “us” for “Israel.”