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Was Confessed Jewish Mosque Arsonist Radicalized by Pro-Israel Groups?

By Eddie Scott TheVillagesSuntimes, For The Village Suntimes, On 29 September 2016, Read Original
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A man said by police to have made anti-Islamic posts on social media was arrested yesterday on suspicion of setting fire to a mosque attended by the Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen. 

Joseph Michael Schreiber, 32, was arrested in connection with the fire at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, which sustained extensive damage in a blaze set late Sunday, on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. The blaze also coincided with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. No one was injured. 

Schreiber showed little emotion at his bond court hearing at the St. Lucie County courthouse during which he was wearing a protective vest as he stood at a podium flanked by a bailiff. 

No one was inside when the fire started, authorities said. 

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office says a search warrant was executed at the home of Mosque fire suspect Joseph Michael Schreiber. 

The judge also cited Schreiber's previous criminal history, which dates back to 2003 and includes petty theft, resisting arrest and trespassing. The arson charge against Schreiber carries a hate-crime enhancement. 

Authorities said Schreiber has made anti-Islamic comments on his Facebook page.

"As a result of the investigation, coupled with information received from Crime Stoppers, Schreiber was developed as a suspect in the investigation", the affidavit said.

The Islamic Center of Fort Pierce has become a frequent target of hate speech and harassment since it emerged that Mateen, who killed 49 people in a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando in June, had occasionally prayed there. 

"We appreciate the high level of communication and collaboration of the St. Lucie Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Department of Justice, specifically the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, with CAIR-Florida and the Muslim community,"spokesman Wilfredo Ruiz says in a statement". 

Scrhreiber was caught based on tips and surveillance video, the Palm Beach Post reports. Police charged Schreiber with arson and he could face a mandatory minimum of 30 years because of his status as a repeat offender. David Thompson said Wednesday night at a press conference.

Federal authorities are also investigating the fire for any potential violations of federal law, USA officials said. Surveillance footage showed a man on a motorcycle arriving at the mosque with a bottle and papers before leaving when there was a flash.

"They were passing by throwing flowers on us", he said. 

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