A swastika spray-painted on the facade of Temple Jacob in Hancock, Mich. (Courtesy photo)

South Jersey Man Accused in Synagogue Vandalisms, Revealing Dark Network of Neo-Nazi Organizing Online

Federal authorities have accused a Camden County man of ordering the vandalism of two Midwestern synagogues earlier this year, making him the latest target of a law enforcement crackdown against alleged white nationalists in South Jersey.

Investigators say Richard Tobin, 18, of Brooklawn, used the neo-Nazi social network The Base to recruit the perpetrators who carried out the September attacks on synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Though FBI agents have linked Tobin to only those two incidents, he allegedly said he envisioned them as part of a nationwide campaign he had dubbed “Operation Kristallnacht” — a reference to the organized ransacking of Jewish homes, schools, and hospitals by Nazi paramilitaries and civilians in Germany in 1938.

Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer

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