It has been reported that Carl James Dial, 23, of Palm Desert in California, has been charged with a hate crime offence, arson, maliciously setting a fire and second-degree burglary, after the Islamic Society of Coachella Valley was fire-bombed with a Molotov-cocktail earlier this month.
Dial’s Facebook account is reported to show him making an antisemitic remark about a kosher market and suggests he has a fascination with Norwegian, far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. Behring Breivik killed eight people by setting off a van bomb in Oslo’s government quarter and then murdered 69 participants of a Workers’ Youth League (AUF) summer camp on the island of Utøya in 2011.
In an interview with NBC, Dial’s father, John Dial, appears to blame social media for his son, remarking, “Social media has produced people like my son, without person-to-person contact. I believe he was lacking in social skills.”
Coachella Mayor, Steven Hernandez, describes the fire-bombing as a “cowardly act of vandalism that we [will] not tolerate in our community.”