On the eve of the Jewish Sabbath, a 31-year-old man claiming he was upset about "what was going on in Israel" opened fire at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building, killing one person and wounding five women, one of them pregnant.
The gunman, brandishing a large-caliber semi-automatic pistol, forced his way through the security door at the federation, on Third Avenue downtown, after an employee had punched in her security code.
"He said, 'I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel,' before opening fire on everyone," said Marla Meislin-Dietrich, a database coordinator for the center. "He was randomly shooting at everyone."
The other day I talked about the way opposition to Israeli policies has been twisted to where one can't express any kind of opposition without being labeled as "anti-Israel" and by extention anti-semetic. Lunatics like this guy help to keep that perception strong when they engage in acts of violence against unarmed civilians who have nothing to do with Israeli policy formation. At least they have arrested this nut.