The Dark Wire Investigation Foundation will investigate the roots of the recent spike in anti-Semitism in the United States. Nearly every day Jewish communities across this country are reporting targeted incidents of harassment, vandalism, and assault, many of which are happening in New York and New Jersey, and in other states with relaxed bail laws.

In recent months, there has been a surge in anti-Semitic attacks. In December 2019, two attackers entered a Kosher Deli in Jersey City, New Jersey and killed four people. Law enforcement officials later discovered they had a bomb that could have killed people up to five football fields away, officials said. There is also evidence to suggest the attackers planned to target the Yeshiva (religious school) feet away from the supermarket. Those two attackers were killed by police and later found to have connections with the anti-Semitic hate group, Black Hebrew Israelites, which New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal later confirmed. 

Later that month, a man wielding a machete entered a Rabbi’s home in Rockland County, NY to kill Jews celebrating Hannukah. Dark Wire reporters have spoken to one victim’s family and traveled to the area, also known as Monsey, NY. Five people were injured in the attack and one remains in the hospital fighting for his life. The attacker reportedly attended a BHI church months before the attack and kept journals where he praised Hitler and wrote of his hatred for Jews and Israel.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League classify BHI as a hate group. The group believes the Jewish people are “devilish imposters” and that they, themselves are the true descendents of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Last January, they made national headlines when members of the group harassed a Covington Catholic High School student during the March for Life at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

The group linked to the two attacks in NY and NJ are also openly advertising educational programs to prisoners. DW will investigate how the prisons are allowing them to do so and what that could mean for states with a revolving door bail system.

Groups following the trend that include former law enforcement experts call the Black Hebrew Israelites “a ticking time bomb.” The problem is there isn’t enough information available to the public about the group and its propaganda machine. Moreover,  law enforcement agencies and lawmakers don’t have their eyes on the group, and, many of them don’t even know of the group.

DW will investigate this to promote accountability in the criminal justice system in order to lower the rates of anti-Semitism.

Our Reporting On Antisemitism