A man from Nevada was taken into custody and accused of leaving threatening and anti-Semitic voicemails on a U.S. senator’s office phone, as well as traveling to a federal courthouse in Las Vegas where the senator’s office is located. This information was revealed in court records that were unsealed on Monday.
Charging documents alleged that John Anthony Miller, a 43-year-old Las Vegas resident, left numerous menacing voicemails for an unnamed senator between Oct. 17 and Oct. 19, in which he is accused of calling the senator “vermin” and threatening to “finish what Hitler started.”
The sender of the messages, which were received by the office of Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen, who is of Jewish descent, was not identified in court documents. However, a spokesperson for Senator Rosen confirmed that her office was the intended recipient.
According to a recent study from the Anti-Defamation League, a non-profit group that monitors these types of dangers, there has been a significant rise in occurrences of intimidation, destruction, and/or violence, with a 388% surge in incidents compared to the same period in 2022.
Attorney General Merrick Garland addressed a gathering of law enforcement officials in Florida to discuss the rise in reported threats against various faith communities, including Jewish, Muslim, and Arab communities and institutions. He emphasized the importance of the entire Justice Department staying alert in their efforts to detect and address hate crimes, violent threats, and related incidents, with a specific focus on protecting faith communities.
There have been recent incidents where students have been threatened.
The Jewish community at Cornell University has a long and significant presence in the United States, originating in the 1800s.
According to investigators, there was a post on an independent message board containing explicit threats of murder, sexual violence, and likening individuals to animals. The president of Cornell University denounced these posts as “appalling.”
The FBI has released a statement acknowledging the threats and is collaborating with Cornell and various law enforcement agencies to assess their validity, exchange information, and conduct necessary investigations.
obtained evidence that the company’s top executives were aware of the illegal activity and actively participated in it.
The government’s lawyers have also gathered proof that the company’s highest ranking officials were knowledgeable about the unlawful actions and actively engaged in them.
initiated an inquiry into potential violations of civil rights26-year-old man
An investigation into the death of a 26-year-old man.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office reported that Wadea Al Fayoume and his mother were both stabbed by their landlord, with Wadea being stabbed 26 times and his mother recovering from her injuries. The attack was believed to be motivated by their Muslim identity.
A representative from the White House stated that they have been taking action to combat the increase of antisemitic attacks in schools and colleges following the attacks in Israel. This includes collaborating with the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security to provide safety information to campus police departments. Additionally, the Justice Department is working with Jewish, Muslim, and Arab communities on college campuses.
In an address from the Oval Office on October 19th, President Biden emphasized the need to unequivocally condemn both antisemitism and Islamophobia.
Reporting for this event was provided by Andres Triay and Michael Kaplan.