JCC bomb hoaxer charged with vast list of offenses, including threats to execute children, blow up planes

Israel on Monday filed a massive laundry list of criminal charges against an Israeli-American teenager accused of making thousands of bomb threat calls and other violent threats to Jewish institutions, schools, hospitals and airlines all over the world. His alleged threats caused fighter jets to scramble, planes to dump fuel and make emergency landings, large numbers of schools to evacuate, and numerous other chaotic consequences. In some cases, he allegedly threatened to execute children he claimed to be holding hostage.

The Justice Ministry said the 18-year-old hacker from Ashkelon was charged at the Tel Aviv District Court with thousands of counts of extortion, publishing false information that caused panic, computer offenses and money laundering, among other charges.

The indictment says that in addition to the previously reported threats to Jewish community centers, the unnamed teen also targeted hundreds of non-Jewish schools, airlines and airports, malls, and police stations, in the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Britain, and tried to extort Republican State Senator Ernesto Lopez from Delaware. He also offered extortion services over the internet in return for compensation in the cryptocurrency bitcoin.

The Israeli indictment reveals a pattern of threats far more numerous, more vicious, and against a far wider range of targets, than previously reported.

The court said the motive for the violent threats was to cause public alarm.

Israel has not publicly identified the suspect because he was a minor when he allegedly committed some of the offenses. A court gag order prevents Israeli media from publishing his name.

In the first of eight separate charges in the Israeli indictment, prosecutors allege 142 counts of making threatening calls and conveying false information to police.

According to the court, he called American Airlines, Virgin Australia and El Al and warned of imminent bomb attacks. The July 2016 threat against the Israeli airline prompted French and Swiss fighter jets to scramble and escort the airliner due to fears of a potential hijacking.

A bomb threat the teen called in to a Canadian airport led to the emergency evacuation of passengers who had already boarded a plane. Six people were injured exiting the plane on inflatable slides.

The indictment said the threat against the Virgin Australia flight resulted in the passenger plane dumping eight tons of fuel over the ocean as a precaution before landing.

He also threatened a plane being used by the NBA’s Boston Celtics basketball team.

The suspect allegedly posted a price list, advertising that potential customers could commission a threat of a “massacre at a private home” for $40, a call threatening a “school massacre” for $80, and a bomb threat against a plane for $500. “The accused even asked customers to contact him if they had special requests for threats against other targets and to receive a customized quote,” the indictment charged. He had some $240,000-worth of Bitcoin currency in an internet account — payments for his threatening services, Israeli prosecutors allege.

The second charge includes some 2,000 counts of making threatening calls to Jewish and Israeli institutions across the US in recent months.

Police said he used sophisticated “camouflage technologies” to disguise his voice and mask his location. They said a search of his home uncovered advanced antennas and satellite equipment.

The third charge in the lengthy indictment alleges that he made at least 48 separate threatening calls to US law enforcement agencies and officials. In some, he falsely claimed to be holding children hostage, and threatened to execute them.

The lawyer of the young Israeli hacker, suspected of sending bomb threats to Jewish facilities across the world, shows the court an image of a tumor in her client's brain, at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court, on March 30, 2017. (Flash90)

The fourth charge alleges that he threatened State Senator Lopez, as well as harassing a former Pentagon official, then-assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs George Little, including threatening to kidnap and kill his children.

He was also charged with using the dark web to deal drugs, run an online hacking and document forging service, and buy and sell weapons online, and possession of child pornography.

He is also charged with assaulting the police officers who came to arrest him on March 23, 2017, when he attempted to grab the firearm of one of the officers.

On Friday, the Ashkelon native was charged in US federal court in Orlando, Florida, with 28 counts of making threatening calls and conveying false information to police. Separately, he was charged with three more counts of cyberstalking in an indictment filed in a federal court in Athens, Georgia.

Over the weekend, Israel’s Channel 2 reported that Israel had refused a US request to extradite the suspect in favor of him being tried in Israel.

The wave of bomb threats to American Jewish institutions in recent months helped spread fear amid an apparent increase in hate crimes and anti-Semitic acts in the United States. Some said that the rise of Donald Trump as US president encouraged the extreme right and emboldened hate groups.

But the arrest of the Jewish teenager, a dual American-Israeli citizen, has complicated the anti-Semitism debate.

In previous court hearings, his lawyer claimed the defendant had a brain tumor and is on the autistic spectrum, which might have affected his behavior. She said his condition had prevented her client from attending elementary school, high school or enlisting in the army, which is compulsory for most Jewish men.

His parents have also argued that he is unfit to stand trial, though they have apologized for his alleged crimes.

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Two Teens Charged with Hate Crime for Vandalizing Trump Sign, Letter and Spirit of the Law Be Damned

Would you consider Trump supporters a protected class who should be covered under hate crime laws? Police in Princess Anne, Maryland, apparently do.

Law enforcement officials in the town have charged two teen girls—D’Asia R. Perry and Joy M. Shuford, both 19—with a hate crime for setting fire to a Trump “Make America Great Again” sign. According to the Baltimore Sun, an officer wrote in the arrest report that “intentional burning of these political signs, along with the beliefs, religious views and race of this political affiliation, directly coincides with the victim.” The paperwork states the pair burned the sign, which was posted in the parking lot of a sporting goods store, “because of said victim’s race and religious beliefs based on the victim’s political values.”

As the Sun notes, “The only way to make any sense of this charge is to assume that anyone who is a minority (as both Ms. Shuford and Ms. Perry are) who dislikes President Trump must then automatically hate white people and Christians. Put another way, the Princess Anne police evidently think that to be a Trump supporter is synonymous with being white and Christian.”

The charges suggest the police in this case are going out of their way to punish the two girls for making a nonviolent gesture of disrespect toward those who are “white and Christian.” That tells you precisely how the police view these two groups and whose stature they think needs protecting.

Caryn L. McMahon, the deputy chief fire marshal, defended the hate crime charge by describing the sign burning as an act of “discrimination or malice toward a particular group, or someone’s belief.”

In other words, the police are equating vandalism of a pro-Trump sign with acts of harassment, aggression or violence that specifically target African Americans, LGBT, Muslims or disabled people. It’s not enough to charge these girls with arson, destruction of property and trespassing, among other things, which already seems far too punitive for such a minor act, but at least makes legal sense. These officials have decided that the “political values” of Trump supporters require unique protections and that mucking with one of their political signs should be seen as a particularly vile and dangerous crime.

The Sun points out how that position is not only nonsensical, but doesn’t jibe with the letter or spirit of the law.

“What Maryland’s hate crime statute prohibits is violence, harassment or destruction of property ‘because of another’s race, color, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin, or because another is homeless.’ Political beliefs don’t make the list.”

There’s a reason for that. The citation of “political values” and “belief” as areas covered under hate laws would vastly expand the grounds for arrestable hate crime offenses. As Elizabeth Nolan Brown writes at Reason:

[A]ny political disagreement that turned nasty could be classified as a hate crime, leaving the offender(s) open to much more severe penalties than they would face for a solo charge of something like assault or harassment…And of course the possibilities for authoritarian abuse are tremendous. Political protesters arrested for minor offenses could have hate-crime enhancements thrown at them. Any act of civil disobedience would immediately become a hate crime…Are there people out there who really think this is desirable, making crimes of political passion especially heinous?”

As the Sun observes, destruction of political signs during elections is fairly common. To classify every act in which a sign is damaged as a hate crime, with increased penalties, is absurd on its face. And that doesn’t address the irony of police unilaterally declaring supporters of Donald Trump, a man who ran the most overtly racist campaign since George Wallace, a vulnerable group.

“Expressing support for Donald Trump does not make you a member of a protected class, nor does opposing him make you an anti-white, anti-Christian bigot,” the Sun notes. “There have been plenty of real hate crimes committed since the election that have given people reason to fear for their safety based on their race, ethnicity or religion. This wasn’t one of them.”

The Hill reports that both girls have been released on a $20,000 bond. The fire is estimated to have caused $800 in damage. The Trump sign, which was barely burned, remains posted.

Chicago men charged with trying to join Islamic State after FBI sting

CHICAGO — Two suburban Chicago men who posed for photos holding a black Islamic State group flag at a Lake Michigan beach park were arrested Wednesday on federal terrorist charges, and an undercover operative said one of the men suggested homosexuals should be thrown off the city’s tallest building.

An FBI sting begun in 2015 compiled evidence that Joseph D. Jones and Edward Schimenti sought to provide material support to Islamic State, including by provided cellphones to one person working for the FBI and posing as an IS supporter believing the phones would be used to detonate car bombs in Syria, the 65-page complaint says.

Jones, a part-time chef who also has been attending college, and Schimenti, who worked at a cancer treatment center, drove the FBI operative to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last week on what they thought would be the first leg of a journey to Syria. The complaint says Schimenti told him to “drench that land … with blood.”

The 35-year-old men looked tired standing in street clothes with their hands folded behind their backs during a brief initial hearing Wednesday in federal court in Chicago. When Magistrate Judge David Weisman asked if they understood the charges, both answered calmly that they did.

Schimenti’s mother, Joni Schimenti, attended the hearing and told reporters outside court: “Eddie is no terrorist.”

In this undated photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Joseph D. Jones poses with an Islamic State group flag at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, Ill. (FBI via AP)

If convicted, the two men would face a maximum prison term of 20 years. A detention hearing was set for Monday, after which they would enter pleas.

The complaint includes photos of them holding the IS flag at the Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, where they live. It also has postings on their social media accounts.

While he helped the man he believed would go to Syria get into condition at a local gym, Schimenti conceded he wasn’t close to fighting shape, the complaint says. “I’m all big, fat,” he is quoted as saying. “But (God willing), the brothers will just have me be the one to cut the neck.”

Schimenti, who also went by “Abdul Wali,” allegedly told one person in on the sting in February that he was angry about a co-worker because the person was gay. Under Islamic Law, Schimenti was quoted as saying, “We are putting you (homosexuals) on top of Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) and we drop you.”

A photo posted on Schimenti’s Google Plus profile shows a masked man holding a knife, and caption written in capital letters says that if you can’t travel abroad to fight, “then slaughter the pagans next to you.” After watching an IS video of captured soldiers being burned alive as they spoke a language he didn’t understand, Schimenti says, “I don’t know what they’re saying but I love it,” the complaint says.

A video was posted on Jones’ Google Plus profile entitled, “Some of the Deadly Stabbing Ways: Do not Forget to Poison the Knife,” the complaint says. Another time, a person in on the FBI sting asked Jones if he ever thought about traveling to Syria to live in Islamic State territory. Jones, who was also known as “Yusuf Abdulhaqq,” allegedly answered: “Every night and day.”

This is the latest of several area cases related to Islamic State. A Chicago federal judge last year sentenced former Illinois National Guard Hasan Edmonds to 30 years in prison and his cousin, Jonas Edmonds, to 21 years for plotting to join Islamic State fighters and to attack a National Guard armory just outside Chicago.

The complaint makes a brief reference to Schimenti allegedly suggesting in March that the Naval Station Great Lakes, a training ground for US sailors just south of Zion, could be a terrorist target.

The sting started in September 2015 when an undercover agent approached Jones at the Zion Police Department — where Jones was being questioned about the killing of one of his friends — and the two began talking about Islam. The complaint didn’t offer details about the killing.

Schimenti grew increasingly suspicious about the undercover agents, suggesting that at least some weren’t actually Islamic State sympathizers. He once suggested something was “fishy” about them, adding that he had a good sense of such things because of his own criminal history. Jones also spoke about past convictions.

Two Jews charged with hate crime for attack on Arab teacher outside AIPAC conference

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WASHINGTON — Two men have been charged with a hate crime for an assault on an Arab teacher allegedly carried out by members of the Jewish Defense League outside this week’s AIPAC conference in Washington, DC.

The report released Thursday by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia listed Kamal Nayfeh as the victim.

972 Magazine, which reported Thursday on the attack, said that Nayfeh, 55, is an instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. According to the North Carolina school’s website, Nayfeh has taught networking technology there for 16 years.

Nayfeh, a Palestinian-American father of four, was visiting his daughter Danya, a student at Georgetown University in Washington at the time, 972 reported.

“They beat him after they heard he was Palestinian. He was not threatening at all. It’s perfectly clear that my father was brutalized simply because of who he is,” Dayna Nayfeh said.

The alleged assailants are not named in the police report, but a police spokeswoman identified them as Yosef Steynovitz, 32, of Canada, who was charged with assault with significant bodily injury, and Rami Lubranicki, 59, of Howell, New Jersey, who was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

In both instances, “suspected hate crime” based on “anti-Arab” bias was added as a charge. Hate crimes, if added to a conviction, automatically increase penalties.

According to the police report, Nayfeh said he got into a “verbal altercation” with Steynovitz, who then punched Nayfeh “about the face area.” Nayfeh fell to the ground, according to the report, and Lubranicki kicked him in his side and hit him in the right eye with a wooden pole.

Ben White, a freelance journalist, posted a photo of Nayfeh’s injuries.

55-year-old Palestinian-American professor Kamal Nayfeh was brutally beaten outside AIPAC conference https://twitter.com/theIMEU/status/847145808051032064 

The JTA reached out through LinkedIn to Steynovitz and Lubranicki for comment on the charges; they did not reply.

In 2015, Lubranicki appeared on The Glazov Group, a conservative news channel on YouTube, as the founder of American Bikers United Against Jihad. He identified himself as an Israeli-born Jewish American.

Some 500 to 600 activists heeded a call by IfNotNow, the Jewish anti-establishment group, to protest this week’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, which drew 18,000 attendees. Several dozen counterprotesters bearing T-shirts and flags identified with the Jewish Defense League also appeared, and there were several clashes between the two groups.

Meir Weinstein, who reportedly is the national director of the Canadian JDL, in a video released on Facebook said that individuals affiliated with the group acted only in self-defense. Weinstein alleged that videos of the incident were “selectively spliced.”


“We’re going to be releasing a lot more information to put everything into context,” he said.

The Jewish Defense League was founded in New York by the ultranationalist Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1968. In 2001 the FBI labeled it a violent “right-wing terrorist group.”

Black Man Charged for Menorah Art


The budding Negro Dadaist who converted a Menorah into a Swastika in Arizona is no longer anonymous. Last December, the piece outraged the Anti-Defamation League and naturally made global headlines. World Jewry tried to use this act as an opportunity to further its war against white people practicing their First Amendment rights. The Trump anti-Semitism moral panic has suffered yet another narrative disruption.

Interesting that arrests in what was originally competing with a black man making bomb threats and Jews kicking over their own gravestones for story of the century is now only being talked about on the local news.

ABC 15:

Police have made several arrests in connection with a menorah that was vandalized and turned into a swastika late last year.

The menorah, which was made out of PVC pipes, was a Hanukkah decoration put up by a family near Chandler Boulevard and McClintock Drive.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation later joined the investigation as law enforcement looked into whether the vandalism constituted a hate crime.

Friday, police said four people, 19-year-old Clive Jamar Wilson and three juveniles, were arrested for the crime. A Chandler Police Department spokesperson said all four will be charged with one count of first-degree criminal trespass and one count of aggravated criminal damage, both Class 6 felonies.

Here we go again. The FBI wasting federal resources and felony charges being leveraged against what amounts to a practical joke.

The blacks behind this act would’ve gotten fewer penalties for stabbing an old white person. But when it comes to some cheap Jews homemade PVC pipe Menorah, Talmudic law applies, and suddenly the justice system isn’t institutionally racist against blacks anymore.

But what the ADL needs is whites doing this. They’re desperately trying to bait copy-cats by blowing these non-stories up and so far have failed. Jews need someone to give even remote legitimacy to their ridiculous narratives because they need something in their hand when they litigate and lobby for an end to free speech for white people.

So far, they haven’t gotten what they want. For any young practical jokers out there, you don’t get under Jews’ skin by committing petty acts of vandalism, you get a much bigger reaction by telling the truth about what they’re doing to our country.

As for young Mr. Clive Jamar Wilson and his trope, hopefully they can get an NEA grant before Congressional cuts take effect. They yoofs are pretty talented. Art is not a crime!

Polish official charged for allowing former Jewish school building to be demolished

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A Polish conservator is facing a prison term for allowing the demolition of a former Jewish school building in central Poland.

The Prosecutor’s Office in Konin this week charged the conservator, identified as Janusz T. in Polish news reports, for abuse of power by a public official. Janusz headed up a delegation from a Regional Office for the Protection of Monuments.

He reportedly could face up to three years in prison for permitting the razing of the former Talmudic school in Konin in July 2016. The building had been owned by the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, which in 2010 sold it to a private investor.

Konin residents protested the proposed demolition and asked the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage to intervene.

“The building was a special witness to the presence of Konin Jews, Polish citizens murdered by the German occupiers during the Second World War,” said then-Deputy Minister of Culture Magdalena Gawin. “The consequences will be taken against those whose actions consciously led to the demolition of the building.”

In August, Janusz T. lost his job as conservator in Konin, after which the Prosecutor’s Office  conducted an investigation into the case. Janusz maintains he is not guilty.

Ku Klux Klan leader shot in Missouri; wife and stepson charged with murder

Leadwood, Mo. — The wife and stepson of a Ku Klux Klan leader found dead over the weekend have been charged with his murder, according to USA Today.

The man, Frank Ancona, was shot in the head between 2 and 3 a.m. on Thursday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His wife, Malissa Ancona, and her son, Edward Jinkerson, were later charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, tampering with evidence and abandonment of a corpse.

Jinkerson shot his sleeping stepfather in the bedroom of the man’s home in Leadwood, Missouri, about an hour south of St. Louis. The body was then dumped near a river.

This undated family photo provided by Carolyn Ancona shows Frank Ancona.
This undated family photo provided by Carolyn Ancona shows Frank Ancona.  (Carolyn Ancona via AP)

Ancona referred to himself as an imperial wizard of a KKK group near St. Louis, according to ABC News.

Police began looking for Ancona on Friday after his employer reported him missing, according to the Daily Journal in Park Hills, Missouri. His body was later found by a family out fishing.

An autopsy confirmed that Ancona died of gunshot to the head.

When investigators searched Ancona’s home on Saturday, they found “extensive blood evidence,” the Post-Dispatch said. Malissa Ancona told police Jinkerson shot her husband.

She said she helped clean up the blood and tried to cover up the crime, according to the Post-Dispatch.

It’s possible Ancona was shot because he had told his wife he wanted a divorce, the Post-Dispatch said.

“It may have been marital issue,” Prosecutor Jarrod Mahurin said, according to the paper.

Malissa Ancona and Jinkerson are being held without bail.

A neighbor described Ancona as a good man who was working to change attitudes about the Klan, the Post-Dispatch said.

Jerry Sandusky’s son Jeffrey charged with child sexual abuse

One of Jerry Sandusky’s sons was charged Monday with sex crimes involving two girls, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant coach was himself first arrested on child molestation charges.

Jeffrey S. Sandusky, 41, was charged by state police and arraigned by a district judge in Bellefonte on 14 counts. He was jailed on $200,000 bail.

Sandusky was a stalwart supporter of his father and accompanied his mother, Dottie, to many of his court proceedings. On Monday, Dottie accompanied Jeffrey Sandusky to his.

Police accused him of soliciting nude photos from a then-16-year-old girl last year and seeking oral sex in 2013 from her then-15-year-old sister.

His defense lawyer, Lance Marshall, declined to comment on the allegations.

“All children have a right to be safe,” said Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller. “We will prosecute this case as aggressively as we do all child abuse cases.”

Miller said Sandusky talked to investigators. “He made statements,” Miller said. “I wouldn’t classify them necessarily as directly inculpatory, but I don’t think they helped him much.”

Sandusky was charged with solicitation of statutory sexual assault, solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, six counts of unlawful contact with a minor and two counts each of solicitation to photograph or depict sexual acts, sexual abuse of children and corruption of minors.

A state trooper said in the arrest affidavit that on Nov. 21, the alleged victims’ father turned over to investigators text messages from Sandusky in which he asked one of the girls for nude photographs.

The affidavit said Sandusky told the alleged victim in texts in March that “it’s not weird because he studied medicine” and instructed her “to not show these texts to anyone.”

The girl’s mother told investigators that when she confronted Sandusky, he told her “he knows it was wrong and inappropriate,” police said.

“The victims’ mother advised that Jeffrey Sandusky had advised her that he was trying to help her daughter by getting naked pictures of her off the internet and needed naked pictures of her to do it and to ‘role play,” the affidavit said.

The girl, called “Victim 1” in the affidavit, told police the texts made her uncomfortable and that “he kept pressuring me and asked me multiple times not to show the texts to anyone,” police said.

Prosecutors allege Jeffrey Sandusky sought oral sex from a second girl, “Victim 2,” in 2013. She was 15 years old at the time.

“Victim 2” told investigators that Jeffrey Sandusky told her in March: “I can’t even say anything except I’m sorry.”

Jerry Sandusky, who adopted Jeffrey Sandusky and five other children, is serving a lengthy prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Jeffrey Sandusky has not made any public allegations of abuse by Jerry Sandusky, but one of his siblings, Matt Sandusky, alleged during their father’s 2012 criminal trial that he had been abused by him. Matt Sandusky was not called as a witness, and Jerry Sandusky has never been charged with those allegations.

The state Corrections Department said that because of the charges, Jeffrey Sandusky was suspended without pay Monday from employment as a corrections officer at Rockview State Prison, near State College. He had been hired in August 2015.

Jean-Marie Le Pen charged with inciting hatred for anti-Semitic statements

French far-right party Front National founder and honorary president Jean-Marie Le Pen looking on at the foot of a statue of Joan of Arc during the party’s annual rally in honor of Joan of Arc in Paris, May 1, 2015. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France’s far-right National Front party, has been charged with inciting hatred for anti-Semitic statements he made in 2014.

His lawyer announced the charges on Saturday, the French news agency AFP reported. Attorney Frederic Joachim said Le Pen’s comments had been cut during editing and misinterpreted.

Le Pen, 88, said in a video posted on the party website in June 2014 that “next time we will put him in an oven” when asked about French singer Patrick Bruel’s criticisms of the party. Bruel is Jewish. In the video, Le Pen attacked a number of critics of the party.

Le Pen reportedly had used similar wordplay in the past,” using the word “fournee” for “batch,” evoking the word “four,” which means “oven.”

He has a history of convictions for “inciting racial hatred” and Holocaust denial. He once described the gas chambers in Nazi death camps as a historical “detail.”

Le Pen’s daughter, Marine, currently heads the party and is running for French president. Marine Le Pen has sought to gain mainstream acceptance for the National Front by distancing herself and the anti-immigrant party from her father’s anti-Semitic rhetoric. In May 2015 Jean-Marie Le Pen was suspended from the party, and later expelled for his Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic speech. A court in November said the party must allow him to retain the title of honorary president, however. Jean-Marie Le Pen has since disowned his daughter.

Quebec ‘Terrorist Attack’: College Student Alexandre Bissonnette Charged

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A 27-year-old college student was charged Monday with the shooting at a Canadian mosque that the prime minister declared “a despicable act of terrorism.”

Alexandre Bissonnette, described as a loner with anti-immigrant views, was expected to appear in court to face six counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder.

A second man who was detained after the attack on the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center, where six people were killed and 17 others were injured, is considered a witness and not a suspect. Police said they are confident there was only one shooter.

Image: Alexandre Bissonette
Alexandre Bissonette poses in a photo posted on his Facebook page. via Facebook

Police have said one of the two men was arrested after he called 911 to say he was in his car on a bridge near Île d’Orléans, an island in the Saint Lawrence River, and was armed and ready to surrender, officials said.

More than 50 people were in the mosque at the time of the attack. Laval University, where Bissonnette was a student, identified one of the victims as an agriculture professor, Khaled Belkacemi, 60. The others were Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42; Abdelkrim Hassane, 41; Aboubaker Thabti, 44; Azzeddine Soufiane, 57; and Ibrahima Barry, 39.

“This was a group of innocents targeted for practicing their faith,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons on Monday afternoon.

“Make no mistake: This was a terrorist attack.”

Image: Khaled Belkacemi
Professor Khaled Belkacemi was killed in the mosque shooting. via INAF

No more information has been released about the motive. In June, a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center, but it was not known whether the incident was related in any way.

A former classmate of Bissonnette’s told NBC News that he was shocked by the arrest but said that the suspect was known to troll Facebook pages dealing with immigration issues and that he had seen him comment on pages linked to a far-right, nationalist, anti-immigration movement. A local refugee group said in a Facebook post that Bissonnette was known to it for anti-immigrant and anti-feminist stances.

“His online life was full of hate, but in real life he was calm and his chess game was on point,” said Antoine Cabanac, a former classmate.

Bissonnette’s Facebook page said he had studied political science and anthropology at Laval University. There were photos of him at a party, with family, in a Halloween costume and posing in front of a chessboard. He had liked pages for heavy metal bands, video games and public figures ranging from far-right French politician Marine Le Pen and U.S. President Donald Trump to chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov and Pope John Paul II.

Among the posts he had liked in recent months: a June posting on another person’s page that read: “We live in a world where Christianity is demonized over cake and Islam is defended despite 50 dead at a gay club. Amazing.”

A neighbor, Regern Bessière, told NBC News that Bissonnette liked to play with guns in the woods behind his house and talked about violent videos he watched.

“He wasn’t sociable,” he said. “He kept to himself.”

Image: Fatal shooting at Quebec Islamic Cultural Center
Police patrol the scene of a fatal shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec City. Mathieu Belanger / Reuters

Trudeau, who received a condolence call from Trump, issued a call for unity.

“Such senseless violence has no place in Canadian society,” he said. “Canada has long been a diverse and accepting nation. We are kind. We are generous. We embrace one another not in spite of our differences but because of them.

“Canadians will not be broken by this violence,” he said.

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