- Amid a wave of rising anti-Semitism, an Arizona man sent a threatening letter to a local rabbi
- The man, who authorities say has a history of threatening behavior, said he would execute the local faith leader and any other Jews he could find.
- The middle-aged man was assigned a public defender on Monday – he has not yet reached a plea deal
An Arizona man was arrested and hit with federal charges after he allegedly threatened to execute a Scottsdale rabbi along with “every other Jew” he could find.
The Justice Department on Monday announced charges against 50-year-old Jeffrey Mindock, a Tempe resident who allegedly sent an email to the rabbi last Friday morning asking him to convince a Utah judge to dismiss charges against him. Pull.
“If you do not use your influence to right this injustice, I will execute you and every other Jew (sic) I can find tonight at midnight of your Sabbath,” he allegedly wrote.
“If you wish to communicate with me further, I will only meet you in person.”
Jeffrey Mindock, 50, was arrested this weekend for sending threatening messages to a local rabbi, saying he would kill him and any other Jews he could find.
The subject line of the email read: “HITLER WAS LIKE RABBI,” according to the indictment. The sender also referred to the ongoing bloody conflict in the Middle East.
“As I have watched the atrocities in Palestine, I have come to realize that YOU people are to blame for all the evil in this world,” the man wrote.
“Zionist Jews control everything from the courts to the banks and the media. We both know you’re in control.”
Mindock has a history of threatening behavior, according to prosecutors. They say he previously sent an email to the judge threatening to hang him.
During a 2021 trial, he said he would “execute” people, adding that he knew “how to make bombs.”
Moreover, he called Ted Kaczynski, the unabomber, “his hero.”
Mindock was appointed public defender during his first court appearance on Monday.
He has yet to enter a plea and is being held ahead of a detention hearing, for which no date has yet been set.
The Arizona Department of Justice, which is handling the prosecution of Jeffrey Mindock, who has a history of threatening behavior
United States Attorney Gary Restaino condemned those who stopped threatening messages to Jewish faith leaders
United States Attorney Gary Restaino – whose office is prosecuting Mindock – said that “civic engagement and civil dialogue help bind us together as a nation.”
“We have no tolerance for those who send threatening messages to Jewish faith leaders or to any other people in America. We will continue to exercise our discretion and deploy our resources to prosecute menacing cases here in Arizona.”
The FBI investigated the hate with the assistance of the Tempe Police Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.