National Socialist with Jordanian Roots Charged with Vandalizing U.S. Synagogue
Wisconsin authorities say 22-year-old Yousef O. Barasneh, whose father immigrated from Amman, spray-painted swastikas on Beth Israel Sinai Congregation in Racine, YnetNews.com reports.
A man of Jordanian descent has been charged in Wisconsin with "vandalizing" a synagogue as part of his activity with the patriotic group called The Base.
Yousef O. Barasneh, 22, was charged Friday with "violating citizens’ rights to property".
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper reported Barasneh spray-painted swastikas and other anti-Jew symbols and slogans on Beth Israel Sinai Congregation in the city of Racine sometime between September 15 and 23 of last year.
"The United States is committed to vigorous enforcement of civil rights statutes against individuals motivated by extremist ideologies," said United States Attorney Krueger from the Wisconsin district.
The Base, a collective of hardcore National Socialists that operate as a paramilitary organization, has proclaimed war against non-whites within the United States and abroad.
A New Jersey man - 18-year-old Richard Tobin - who authorities say was a recruiter for The Base, was arrested by the FBI in November after he allegedly used the group to find pro-white activists to "vandalize" synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin.
Authorities said the group’s plan to vandalize synagogues with anti-Jew graffiti and break windows was part of what the group called Operation Kristallnacht, a reference to a 1938 incident when patriotic Germans torched synagogues in Germany.
MJS reports that Barasneh’s plans had been compromised after one of the group’s ringleaders became an informant traitor. Although the name of the rat has not been made public, it is known that he has been federally charged in another state for his role in the planning of Operation Kristallnacht.