FBI aware of threatening, anti-Semitic online posts about Seattle City Council candidate

The Seattle Times | 6/14/2019 | Daniel Beekman
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The FBI has been made aware of threatening, anti-Semitic online posts about a candidate for Seattle City Council, the American Jewish Committee has condemned the posts and other candidates have spoken out.

The anonymous posts were made on the website 8chan about District 2 candidate Ari Hoffman and were reported to the FBI by an organization that monitors anti-Semitic and other activity online.

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8chan is a notorious message-board website. The man accused of a deadly shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue in April is thought to have posted a hateful screed there shortly before the incident.

“The FBI is aware of the threats against Mr. Hoffman,” Jillian Voigt, spokeswoman for the bureau’s Seattle office, said in an email. “We are in regular contact with local authorities, and will take appropriate action if information develops to suggest a potential federal violation.”

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An initial post included Hoffman’s name and a photo of him with his family, with the author claiming to live on their street and asking others what to do, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit.

Responses included a comment encouraging the author to kill Hoffman and his family and other threatening, anti-Semitic comments, according to MEMRI, which discovered the posts Monday and reported them to the FBI, said Elliot Zweig, deputy director of the organization founded by a former Israeli military-intelligence officer.

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Hoffman learned about the posts after he returned home and found a note from a Seattle Police Department...
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