Thursday, December 12, 2019

Thousands Pack the Streets for Funeral Jersey City Victims

Thousands flooded the streets Wednesday night to mourn two of the victims killed after two assailants opened fire at a kosher market in Jersey City.

In Jersey City, crowds of men in black hats surrounded the casket of Mindy Ferencz in the Jersey City neighborhood of Greenville at the site of a synagogue under construction. Hundreds of women, separated from the men as per Orthodox Jewish tradition, were standing in the bitter cold sobbing.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered outside the Satmar Shul orthodox synagogue in Brooklyn to mourn 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch.

As the funeral for Ferencz and Deutsch took place, investigators were still trying to determine what motivated the pair of shooters, who were also killed, to carry out Tuesday's attack.

One of the assailants of the deadly attack in Jersey City market has been linked to the Black Hebrew Israelites movement, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The shooter, David N. Anderson, appears to have a connection to the movement but the extent of his involvement in that group is unclear,

The Black Hebrew Israelite movement is best known for its confrontational brand of street preaching in urban areas but it has a complex history in the United States, with sects and branches splintering over theological and leadership disputes. Scholars say what unites most Black Israelites is the belief that African Americans are the true descendants of biblical Jews.

Some members have expressed anti-Semitic sentiments in the past.

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