Palestinian woman aiming for 'Israel school' rams car into Radical Hebrew Israelites building instead

Palestinian woman aiming for ‘Israel school’ rams car into Radical Hebrew Israelites building instead

(As originally published, Wed, November 8th 2023, 11:23 PM EST)

INDIANAPOLIS (TND) — A call to police about “a vehicle striking a building” turned out to be more of a hate crime than an accident.

Indianapolis officers arrived at the scene late Friday, Nov. 3, on the Jewish sabbath, and met with the driver, 34-year-old Ruba Almaghtheh.

Almaghtheh reportedly told an officer she’d been

“watching the news and couldn’t breathe anymore. She referenced her people back in Palestine.

“She said she passed by a couple times and saw the ‘Israel school.’ Almaghtheh further stated, ‘Yes. I did it on purpose.’”

The building was occupied but nobody was injured.

Besides driving into the building, Almaghtheh apparently made an error when she chose it.

Palestinian woman aiming for 'Israel school' rams car into Radical Hebrew Israelites building instead
Ruba Almaghtheh is charged with intimidation with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, and institutional criminal mischief, Nov. 3, 2023. (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept.)

Pictures taken at the scene revealed Almaghtheh hit the Israelite School of Universal and Practical Knowledge, which is not a Jewish institution.

Far from it.

The group is associated with the Radical Hebrew Israelites, which the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center consider a hate group.

Officers arrested Almaghtheh. She’s now charged with intimidation with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, and institutional criminal mischief.

Also, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department notified the FBI so federal agents are aware of the alleged hate crime.

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