News Roundup

Muslim attacker shoots six Jewish women in Seattle, killing one. Via Pajamas Media, the Seattle Times: 'All around Seattle on Saturday, people were grieving for Pamela Waechter, a woman they said was a mediator, a major contributor to the Jewish community, a force for bringing so many cultures together. ... Ms. Waechter was working at the Jewish Federation downtown Friday afternoon when a man walked into the building with a gun, announced that he was Muslim, said he was angry at Israel and shot six women, one after another. Ms. Waechter, annual-campaign director for the federation, died there. She was 58.' Gay Patriot weighs in on hate crimes and terrorism. Some details on that shooting:
SEATTLE — The man suspected in a fatal shooting rampage hid behind a potted plant in a Jewish charity's foyer and forced his way through a security door by holding a gun to a 13-year-old girl's head, the police chief said Saturday.

Once inside, police say, Naveed Afzal Haq opened fire with two semiautomatic pistols. One woman, Pam Waechter, 58, of Seattle was killed at the scene. Five more women were wounded.

Haq, 30, was ordered held on $50 million bail Saturday pending formal charges of murder and attempted murder.

Haq, a Muslim, told authorities he was angered by the war in Iraq and U.S. military cooperation with Israel.

Qana: Civilian deaths follow IDF attack, but connection unclear. Arlene Kushner, thru Israpundit: 'It appears that in the course of Israeli bombing in the Lebanese village of Qana, a building collapsed and some 60 civilians, including women and children, were killed. (See below as to why I say “it appears.”) It is exceedingly likely that you will have heard about this from various media sources and, at the same time, heard about what heartless and vicious people we Israelis are. ... Then there is this significant information: There was a roughly eight hour time lapse from when Israel targeted the building (about midnight) and when it collapsed (8 am). The IDF is now saying they cannot account for this. It is conceivable that the building was weakened and took time to buckle. But there is another possibility: That it was an explosion of Hezbollah stored weaponry that brought the building down and not the Israeli bombing.' And speaking of timing, Power Line showcases some mighty fast work by Arab graphics people.

LGF takes a look at Hezbollah weapons. Little Green Footballs posts photos - a veritable international arms bazaar - of weapons seized from Hezbollah. The little item pictured in the third, fourth, and fifth photos looks mighty familiar to this blogger.

Sydney synagogue vandalized. LGF: 'The Mufti of Australia, Sheikh Taj el-Din al Hilaly, last seen at LGF marching in a demonstration with thousands of Hizballah supporters, now acts surprised that a synagogue was attacked in Sydney.'

Mel Gibson's epiphany: Alcoholism, not Jews, the cause of his troubles. Mel Gibson has apologized for a string of anti-Semitic statements uttered after his arrest for drunk driving Friday night: "I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse."