ADL says Jewish man’s death threats against Muslim agency should be prosecuted as a hate crime.
The San Diego branch of the Anti-Defamation League condemned death threats made by John David Weissinger, 53, a Jewish Californian, against CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations.
Weissinger was arraigned in a San Diego County Superior Court, according to San Diego Jewish world. He was freed on $50, 000 bond, and was told to stay away from alcohol and not go within 100 yards of a Muslim facility. Lawyer Thomas Matthews said Weissinger had been drunk when he called up CAIR and made death threats and was in distress over the massacres by Muslim terrorists at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris. Meanwhile a rifle and racist pamphlets were removed from Weissinger’s home. Hanif Mohebi said Weissinger should have been released on bail, as many in the Muslim community feel threatened with Weissinger out on the street after the threats he made.
According to the San Diego Jewish World, the ADL released a statement saying, “Threats against individuals or organizations as a result of the hatred and bigotry are un-American, undemocratic and ultimately are an attack against American society as a whole. Such cowardly acts have no place in society. We are pleased that the District Attorney’s office is prosecuting this as a hate crime.”