A strange story turns out not to be so strange after all.
A woman accused of spray-painting antisemitic graffiti at the Woodward Avenue Shul Jewish Center in Royal Oak last week has been charged, police said.
Randi Lucille Nord was arraigned Wednesday through 44th District Court in Royal Oak, records show. She was charged with ethnic intimidation, a felony carrying a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine, and malicious destruction of a building, a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail and a fine three times the amount of the destruction, police said.
A swastika symbol and the letters AZOV were spray-painted on the side of the building April 27. The word “azov” means “leave” in Hebrew but the letters also are linked to a pro-Nazi Ukrainian militia.
A Twitter account with that name has the banner, “Visit the USSR” over it. And a woman by the name of “Randi Nord” was described as a “MintPress News staff writer”.
Her articles have also appeared in the Tehran Times and Iran’s Press TV.
Randi Nord’s articles fall into that category of deranged antisemitism that leftists defend as antizionist.
In the opening of an article on the border crisis,” Randi Nord wrote that, “Mimicking Israel’s tools of repression, United States troops deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border used aggressive force against thousands of unarmed migrants seeking asylum from U.S.-stoked violence in their home countries.”
Headlines include rants like, “Eight Celebs that Helped Raise $60M for the IDF Right Before It Launched an Attack on Gaza”, “Texas Educator Files Lawsuit after She was Fired for Refusing to Sign an Oath to Israel”, “Airbnb Set to Remove Listings from Occupied West Bank that Serve Jewish Settlers” and “Secret Document Reveals Plans for Civil War in Lebanon, Israeli False Flags”.
MintPress News is a far-left site notorious for its antisemitism.
The site was created by Mnar Muhawesh, a “Palestinian” Muslim activist and the daughter of Odeh Muhawesh, a college professor and Islamic sheikh, who has accused America of “Islamophobia”.
Much of MintPress News’ content consists of deranged rants against Israel and the site features the worst of the worst, like Max Blumenthal and Miki Peled, and its support for Hamas is not exactly subtle.
As seen in pieces like “Engaging the World” The Fascinating Story of Hamas’s Political Evolution”.
Since MintPress News is leftist, the media is refusing to connect the dots between leftist antisemitism and vandalizing a synagogue, just as when an Intercept writer was caught phoning bomb threats to Jewish groups.
But I’m sure the Left will explain how vandalizing synagogues and calling in bomb threats is “anti-Zionism” and not “anti-Semitism”.