The Jews in the Basement


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The coming week marks five years since the murder of Pamela Waechter.  Who?  If the name doesn’t ring a bell, here’s a brief reminder: She was shot in the head by Naveed Afzal Haq, as she tried to crawl down a flight of stairs and escape, after Haq shot her in the chest.

Still not jogging your memory?   How about this: Waechter was the 58-year-old director of the annual campaign of the Jewish Federation of Seattle.  Sometime around 4 PM, on July 28, 2006, Naveed Afzal Haq grabbed a 14-year-old girl and thrust a gun in her back.  He used her to gain entry to the Federation, and then rampaged through the building, shooting six women — Layla Bush, Christina Rexroad, Cheryl Stumbo, Dayna Klein (who was five months pregnant), Carol Goldman, and, fatally, Pamela Waechter.  Tammy Kaiser jumped from a second-story window to escape, and was hospitalized with injuries.

What was Haq’s motive?  Well, here’s an interesting clue: As he stormed through the halls, shooting and killing, he shouted, “I’m a Muslim-American!  I’m angry at Israel!”

Quite a dramatic story, no?  And yet it’s not a story anybody wants to tell.  Grab the average leftist on the street — or, certainly, on campus — and ask him about Rachel Corrie, the anti-Israel activist accidentally run over by an Israeli bulldozer.  I bet he knows Corrie’s story by heart; after all, our cultural grandees never stop pushing it as a “teaching moment” about Israeli brutality.

Likewise, gay activists turned the murder of Matthew Shepard into a universal “teaching moment” about America’s homophobia and crimes against gays, and the urgent need for sensitivity training in schools.

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  • Chezwick_mac

    Stella Paul, you're powerful woman. You'll inevitably strike either inspiration or fear in your reader, depending on his world view.

  • tanstaafl

    "We must all stand together, or fall separately."

  • PhillipGaley

    Okay, but as timely as this article is, and skilfully done, can we tie it to a larger picture: Moslem women are kept secluded, uneducated, fed a diet of fatalism, to be the handmaidens and chattels of bad men. The peoples of the Moslem nations are so deeply inbred from frozen centuries of 1st cousin marriage, producing triple the rate of b. defects and low IQ with emotional instability, like a cult, and necessarily parasitic to the larger society—just when will there have been sufficient record of anti-social and criminal activity—the world round—to have the G0D d_ed thing recognized in law as criminal / terrorist—assets seized, WIRETAPS, etc., the damnable thing stamped out, with every mosque an ash pit no less than five feet deep, and this to include that big one in Spain, . . . you know, do our part to make the world safe for women and children, . . . but when?
    And not one to merely sit back and shout, instead of selling munitions to Mexican drug lords, why not at least subsidize munitions to the qualifying low-income, here? And, not because I'm against other religions, but, because I see Islam as rather, a criminal ideology and thus far, able to operate under mere ostensible appearances simply because every nation of the world is religious, . . .

  • Jim

    I have never heard of this incident. Was it in the papers,television or radio. Maybe the editors thought it wasn't important.

    If they thought it wasn't important enough to publicize then that alone makes it very important.

    Guess they did not want to create a flair up of prejudice.

    Of course maybe the editors did not think it was news as it was a little to common place now.

    With holding news on the basis that such news might get people to think non liberal thoughts induces me to read "1984" again.

  • kblink45

    I propose a new charity: buy a Jewish woman a gun.

    • kafir4life

      Funny! I just came across the certificate I received as a child for buying a tree in Israel (almost 50 years ago……my goodness! Has it been that long?). I'm hopeful that it's good and grown up now, and has an Israeli soldier behind it.

  • LindaRivera

    This is extremely heartbreaking. But it is not just Jews. It is also Christians who also stand back:

    British Schoolgirl's Testimony – Muslims Threaten Children With Violence & Rape Outside School Daily http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24cg_pnpZJE

    Massive crowds of angry parents should be demonstrating outside the school. Muslim immigrant gangs abduct British school children and FORCE the terrified young girls into prostitution in Britain. The whole nation should be out in the streets protesting. Why aren't they? They are subdued and intimidated by the authorities.

    It is considered unacceptable to not LIE and NOT to declare that Islam is a peaceful religion. Europe, the UK and Australia persecute and prosecute the brave citizens who publicly warn of the dangers of Islam.

    Highly favored hostile Muslims are allowed to get away with hate speech and violent acts for the sole reason they are Muslims. Muslim immigrants are not treated like immigrants, they are treated as conquerors. To be awarded the special rights and privileges only conquerors would receive.

    Polygamy is against the law in Britain, but Muslim males are given welfare benefits, free housing, etc. for their multiple wives and large numbers of children.

    In Israel, Jews won the war and handed over the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, to Islam. Israeli leaders behaved as if Islam had won and Israel had been conquered.

    Israeli leaders have ALLOWED Muslims to vandalize and massively destroy precious Temple remains and build mosques on the Temple Mount. From the holiest place on earth, Muslims regularly throw rocks at Jews. Anti G-D Israeli police arrest Jews if they are even suspected of praying to the Holy One – the One Glorious and Awesome G-D of the Universe. The Guardian of Israel who won every one of Israel's wars.

  • Moshe Pupick

    M., 07/25/11 common era

    American Jews should at last support the 2nd Amendment. Dialing 911 and holding interfaith candlelight vigils don't save Jewish lives.

  • Lady_Dr

    With leaders like Abe Foxman – who needs enemies! Thanks for the excellent article.

  • Fred

    We should go after the New World Order people who are pushing the Muslim down our throats and into our countries. We know who some of them are (George Soros) but we need to know everyone.

  • digression

    "Likewise, gay activists turned the murder of Matthew Shepard into a universal “teaching moment” about America’s homophobia and crimes against gays, and the urgent need for sensitivity training in schools."

    Unfortunately, because of the "opportunity" Mathew Sheppard gave to "gay" opportunists, America missed the drug connection with meth and violence. Sheppard died in part because of a drug fuel paranoia. He and the other had been binging. Meth is a large part of the "gay" populace, but we don't talk about it because that's not gay it's dispicable instead. But I digress.

  • Old-timer

    I wrote to a rabbi in Seattle at the time and respectfully suggested that his lenient take on the matter was the height of denial, a habit of mind proven to be a danger to Jewish life. He replied politely that he would have regarded the killer differently if Haq had had a movement behind him or belonged to a political group, but since Haq had been on psychiatric drugs, and then off of them, he as a rabbi — and the Jewish community in general — came to the conclusion they did about him. He added that he knew how the event seemed from afar, and that normally he would see it more or less as I did, but, being close to it in this particular case, he did know better. I replied in kind that sometimes a clear way to take in such a ghastly incident is to see it from afar. The dreadful shock of it at close hand can prove befuddling. Haq did have a movement behind him, a religious and a political group all in one. His may have seemed like the act of a deranged loner up close, but if one looks around far and wide, it turns out to be anything but an isolated incident. I suggested the rabbi google "sudden jihad syndrome" to see for himself, page after page of similar incidents, and similar reactions, and its high toll of victims.

  • stonefellow

    Sad. Where is truth? The so called news media fails the people again. This includes yahoo.