By Pesach Benson, United With Israel
Payton Gendron, who is charged with murdering 10 people in a mass shooting in Buffalo, left behind a 180-page antisemitic and white supremacist manifesto.
Wearing body armor and combat gear, the 18-year-old entered the Tops Friendly Market on Saturday night armed with an assault rifle. A video camera affixed to his helmet livestreamed the attack on Twitch as Gendron opened fire, killing 10 and injuring three.
A spokesman for the video-streaming service said Twitch was able to remove the video within two minutes.
Gendron was subdued by officers and faces murder charges. Federal authorities are investigating the attack as a hate crime.
Although he targeted the market because it was in a predominately black neighborhood, Gendron left behind a 180-page manifesto describing his hatred for Jews, blacks and immigrants.
“I wish all Jews to Hell,” the 18-year-old wrote.
Gendron went on to write that he believed Jews were the primary issue facing the United States. Although he expressed a wish to attack Jews and other groups he regarded as “subhuman,” he could only choose one.
The Jews, he concluded, “can be dealt with in time.”
The White Replacement Theory
Gendron also accused Jews of what white supremacists call “White Replacement.”
According to the White Replacement theory, Jews seek to undermine Western “white” nations by systematically working to dilute white demographic numbers. This is done by encouraging the immigration of non-whites, intermarriage between blacks and whites and supporting gender inclusivity and critical race theory.
Gendron’s manifesto described this all as “white genocide.” He then wrote 29 pages explaining why he thought blacks weren’t intelligent enough to carry out white replacement as compared to the Jews.
The manifesto was rife with phony quotes from the Talmud in support of white supremacy theories that Jews hate Christians and “documented” his belief that Jews control the media, industry and academia.
The White Replacement theory has been cited by other white supremacists who carried out massacres at a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018, a Charleston church in 2015, and an El Paso Walmart in 2019. In 2021, Jewish groups denounced Fox News personality Tucker Carlson for using the rhetoric of white replacement.
American Jewish organizations denounced the shooting, labeled it as terror, and expressed solidarity with the victims.
“The shooter, a self-proclaimed white supremacist and antisemite, killed 10 and injured three more – almost all of whom were black – in a deadly massacre,” Agudath Israel of North America said in a statement. “In a 180-page hate-filled racist and antisemitic manifesto, the shooter labeled his forthcoming attack as ‘terrorism.’”
“We agree, and we call upon the full force of the judicial system to punish the shooter to the extent the law allows,” the statement added. “We stand in solidarity with the black community which suffered the deeply painful blow of yesterday’s shooting. In our grief for their loss, we must all renew our efforts to combat racism and hate.”
The Anti-Defamation League stressed that Gendron’s manifesto “closely echoes the themes of previous rants posted by white supremacist shooters.”
“[It] refers repeatedly to the virulently racist and antisemitic Great Replacement conspiracy theory, which argues that Jews are responsible for non-white immigration into the United States, and that non-white immigrants will eventually replace (and lead to the extinction of) the white race,” the ADL said in a statement.