Philly-area Black Hebrew Israelites leader responds to reports linking alleged Jersey City killers to his group

“We are totally against that kind of activity,” said Commanding General Yahanna

by Ellie Silverman and William Bender, Updated: December 11, 2019

One of two assailants in the deadly attack on a Jersey City kosher supermarket Tuesday appears to be linked, according to media reports, to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, a labeled hate group with a strong Philadelphia presence.

But in an interview with The Inquirer on Wednesday, the leader of the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge, a sect within the movement, condemned the shooting and said the organization’s chapters in Philadelphia and elsewhere adhere to a doctrine of nonviolence despite fiery street rhetoric.

The two assailants, named as David N. Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50, targeted the kosher supermarket in an attack that escalated to an hours-long shootout with law enforcement and left six people dead, including the two assailants and a police officer.

Anderson, the New York Times reported, seemed to be linked to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, but his involvement and status with the group was unclear. NBC News and the Associated Press also reported the possible connection….

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