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August 10, 2014 - 9:51 am
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There was a horrific murder on Saturday in North Miami. An orthodox rabbi visiting family in Miami was gunned down in broad daylight in a heavily Jewish section of the city. Joseph Raksin was approached by two young males and shot. He was airlifted to a hospital but died a few hours later.

Both the Miami-Dade police and the local Anti-Defamation League say that the murder was more likely a robbery gone bad than a hate crime. But police are still investigating. And a recent spate of vandalism directed against the Orthodox community has many residents questioning whether the rabbi’s murder was an act of anti-Semitism.

The Miami Herald reports:

The shooting took place in an area of unincorporated Northeast Miami-Dade near North Miami Beach, where swastikas found painted on a local synagogue last month have worried local Jewish leaders.

“At this time there is no indication of this being a hate crime,” said Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez in a statement.

She said police are searching for two young male suspects, one of whom may have fled on a bicycle. The other may have run from the area.

Late Saturday, Hava Holzhauer, the Anti-Defamation League Florida Regional Director, whose organization has been in close contact with Miami-Dade homicide investigators, said the crime “appears to be a robbery that went badly.”

“Currently no evidence has been brought to light that it was motivated by anti-Semitism,” Holzhauer said.

Said Holzhauer: “This is a terrible tragedy. While the motivation for this crime is still being investigated, nothing can justify the killing of an innocent man walking to his place of worship to pray on his holy day.”

Miami-Dade police have not commented on whether the shooting was connected to a robbery attempt on Raksin.

Yona Lunger, a local Jewish community activist and member of the Shmira Patrol — a neighborhood watch group — confirmed to the Miami Herald late Saturday that Raksin was an Orthodox rabbi from Brooklyn who was in South Florida to visit his granddaughter and other relatives.

Efforts to reach the relatives were unsuccessful.

Raksin was on his way to Bais Menachem, 1005 NE 172nd Ter., when he was shot, said Lunger, who spoke to one witness who told him that — contrary to what Miami-Dade police reported — Raksin had no altercation with the two young men. He said the witness, whom he did not identify, told him that Raksin was shot immediately after the two approached him on Northeast 175th Street.

Another local Jewish community leader, Brian Siegal, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Miami and Broward Regional Office, said he believes Raksin’s shooting may be connected to the recent act of vandalism at the nearby Torah V’Emunah, an Orthodox synagogue, 1000 NE 174th St.

On July 28, police reported that swastikas were spray-painted on the front pillars of a Northeast Miami-Dade synagogue, which has left the local Jewish community on edge, especially amid the heightened tension between Israel and Palestinians over the conflict in Gaza.

There may be “no evidence” that this was a hate crime, but how the shooting went down is certainly suspicious:

Raksin was on his way to Bais Menachem, 1005 NE 172nd Ter., when he was shot, said Lunger, who spoke to one witness who told him that — contrary to what Miami-Dade police reported — Raksin had no altercation with the two young men. He said the witness, whom he did not identify, told him that Raksin was shot immediately after the two approached him on Northeast 175th Street.

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Raskin was walking ahead of his grandsons and son-in-law when he was shot, said Rabbi Moshe Druin.

“We are in utter shock,” Druin said.

Druin said community members ruled out a possibility of robbery because Orthodox Jewish do not carry any money or possession on Saturdays, the community’s Sabbath day.

“There hasn’t been a robbery on Sabbath for the past 35 years,” Druin said.

If the murder was an anti-Semitic act — and judging by these eyewitness reports, it certainly can’t be ruled out — you have to wonder if the coverage of the anti-Semitic rallies here and in Europe might have had something to do with it.

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Strange if it was an attempt to rob an Orthodox Rabbi, considering the Orthodox dont carry anything with them especially money on the Sabbath.

10 weeks ago
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I doubt that any would be robbers would know that. I know I didn't.
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Why are the perpetrators NOT described?

Why are the accounts of the son in law and grandchildren (if old enough) not included?

Clearly the ones with intimate knowledge of the event are but a mere steps away.

Yet, their version of events is not mentioned and their description of the murderers is completely absent.

Why?
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Nobody ever describes the "two male usuals" (police parlance) who commit this crime, or that one. It would be "racist" to do so. Just ask Eric Holder.
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Even if the names are known and appear to be Middle Eastern, some call you racist if you ask "what kind of name is that?"
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Except for the "white Hispanic" exception, of course
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Yes, absolutely...the liberal media, particularly the Euro-leftist media
Are irresponsibly stoking the fires of Jew Hatred in a part of the world that
Has a long dark history of just that. Hatred of Israel is
More often than not just a false facade, an excuse for antiSemitic hatred,
Especially when 10% of the European population are Muslims
With a 1400 year history of Jew demonization. If the fires the media
Has stoked precipitate ( G-d forbid ) into the deaths of more Jews, like
The Rabbi in Miami, the media will have the blood of
Innocents on their hands, by choosing to use journalism to demonize and unfairly
And dishonestly slant Their news reporting to fit a political agenda.
And that goes double for the NYTimes!
10 weeks ago
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I am not directing this at Rick: So a killing by males [????] during a robbery is not as serious as a 'hate crime.' A hate crime is serious business, but heck any of us could commit armed robbery on any given day. A 'hate crime' is a result of, well...hatred. Armed robbery including murder is more like a misdemeanor based on mere covetousness. So no need to get all excited over nothing.

Incidentally, the hate crime concept was invented by the Left.
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"Hate crime," like "hate speech," creates a Special Class of crime which is somehow more worthy---which is to say, more heinous---than regular crime. It is a disgusting perversion of the concept of justice to create separate tiers of justice.
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You've got a point about "hate crimes" but one of the issues here is grossly disparate coverage by the MFM. Anti-Semitic acts barely get reported even though around 2/3 of religiously motivated crimes in the US are against Jews despite all the hand-wringing about "Islamophobia". In fact there are nearly as many hate crimes against *Christians* as against Muslims.

Case in point: a local suburb has a large population of Afghani expatriates and a few years ago a young mother was murdered there. The local press spent a couple of weeks moaning about a "Islamophobia" until the police arrested the perps - two Hispanic males, may or may not have been, uh, "documented", no religious motive. Then they dropped the story like dirty underwear, didn't even bother to say what the motive really was.
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Above hate crime statistics are from the FBI.
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The more accurate word than "hate crime" is "terrorism," as in "an attack intending not only to harm the direct victim but to threaten and intimidate others sharing characteristics with the direct victim." Which is absolutely more serious than murder by a robbery gone wrong, as it harms more people.
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Ooops. lest we misunderstand: Add '/s' after the word nothing.
10 weeks ago
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...nothing can justify the killing of an innocent...

Leave it at that and you've covered all bases.
10 weeks ago
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How close is the muslim section to the Jewish community?
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You are aware that Islam is growing in the Caribbean, and among the black community, correct. So even if the perps were black, it may not be only a black/white hate crime, but also an Islamic/Jewish hate crime.
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