Congresswoman Shot Because She’s Jewish?

There is evidence amounting that the man who is suspected of shooting Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the first Jewish congresswoman ever elected in Arizona, may have been motivated by anti-Semitism.

The frantic search for criminal motives has begun after Arizona Giffords was shot and critically wounded on Saturday, January 8th, outside of La Toscana Village Mall along with several other victims including a federal judge and a nine-year old girl, in a bloody massacre.

The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, was apprehended and Giffords, a centrist democrat, was soon labeled the main target of the attack, but everyone is left asking “why?”

It didn’t take long for an initial investigation to uncover a number of suspicious details on Loughner’s MySpace page and Youtube account, including his listing “Mein Kampf” and the Communist Manifesto as two of his favorite books.

A memo from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security obtained by Fox News has also indicated that officials are investigating the possibility that Jared Lee Loughner may have been motivated to shoot her in the head because she was Jewish.

The memo noted that Loughner had mentioned American Renaissance, an extremist anti-immigrant group, in some of his other internet postings. According to the memo, “The group’s ideology is anti-government, anti-immigration, anti-ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government, anti-Semitic.”

Forty-year-old Giffords was raised by a Jewish father and a Christian Scientist mother, but decided that she felt more tied to Judaism after a visit to Israel in 2001. Since she has been attending services at a local Reform synagogue and has been vocal about her strong ties to the Jewish faith.