Woman allegedly plowed car into what she thought was Jewish school: cops
Category: News & PoliticsVia: vic-eldred • 3 weeks ago • 17 comments
By: Emily Crane (New York Post)
An Indiana woman, whom cops described as a "terrorist," has been arrested after she allegedly plowed her car into what she thought was a Jewish school.
Ruba Almaghtheh, 34, allegedly backed her vehicle into a building associated with Black Hebrew Israelites in Indianapolis late Friday while several adults and children were inside, Fox 59 reported.
The driver copped to targeting the building, which houses the Israelite School of Universal and Practical Knowledge, because she was allegedly offended by a "Hebrew Israelite" symbol out front, according to a police report.
"Yes. I did it on purpose," Almaghtheh allegedly said in the wake of her arrest.
She repeatedly described the building as the "Israel school," cops said, adding that the driver also made a reference to "her people back in Palestine."
The Israelite School of Universal and Practical Knowledge, however, is a sect of the Black Hebrew Israelites, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Several adults and children were reportedly inside the building at the time.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis said Safe Indiana, a Jewish community security program, is working with cops to probe the incident.
"Safety and security for our community is of the utmost importance, and we are more secure and prepared than ever before," the federation said in a statement.
"Although a Jewish facility was not targeted, solely due to ironic misidentification, this is yet another reminder to maintain security protocols, remain vigilant of suspicious activity and to (report promptly) to the appropriate authorities."
Police called Almaghtheh a "terorrist" and said she was arrested on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness. She will make an initial court appearance on Wednesday.