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Some Anti-Semitism In U.S. In Reaction To Israeli Operations In Gaza

As Israel’s response to the lat­est round of rocket fire from Hamas in Gaza con­tin­ues, some Jew­ish indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions in the U.S. have been tar­gets of anti-Semitism related to the cur­rent conflict.anti-semitic-graffiti-synagogue

In Florida this week, two sep­a­rate anti-Semitic hate crimes des­e­crated a syn­a­gogue and a Jew­ish family’s prop­erty. Con­gre­ga­tion Torah V’Emunah, an Ortho­dox syn­a­gogue within close prox­im­ity to other syn­a­gogues, was spray-painted with the word “Hamas” and swastikas on its front entrance. Addi­tion­ally a Jew­ish fam­ily dis­cov­ered that one of their cars was cov­ered from top to bot­tom with eggs while the other had the words “Jew” and “Hamas” smeared in cream cheese on the windows.

In Mal­ibu, Cal­i­for­nia over the week­end, phrases such as “Jews=Killers” and “Jews are Killing Inno­cent Chil­dren” were found near the entrance to a Jew­ish sum­mer camp.

Last week, anti-Semitic leaflets, which threat­ened vio­lence if Israel does not pull out of Gaza, were left on cars in Peter­son Park, a pre­dom­i­nantly Ortho­dox Jew­ish neigh­bor­hood of Chicago.

On July 17, about two dozen anti-Israel pro­test­ers tar­geted the Florida Holo­caust Museum with graphic images of dead Pales­tini­ans and slo­gans charg­ing Israel with genocide.

Ear­lier this month, the Chabad of South­ern Nevada in Las Vegas was spray-painted with graf­fiti that read “Fre Pales­tine” [sic] and “Free Gaza.”

Sim­i­larly, in Mass­a­chu­setts, the Mon­te­fiore Ortho­dox Syn­a­gogue in Low­ell was van­dal­ized with the words “Free Pales­tine” and “God Bless Gaza” spray painted in red on its white mar­ble walls.

Amer­i­can Jew­ish insti­tu­tions have also been tar­geted online. The Moroc­can Islamic Union-mail hacker group van­dal­ized the web­site of Con­gre­ga­tion Beth Am Israel in Penn Val­ley, Penn­syl­va­nia ear­lier this month with the phrase “end Israeli vio­lence in #Gaza” and an image of Moham­mad Abu Khdeir, a Pales­tin­ian who was killed in Jerusalem by what appears to be a group of Jew­ish extremists.

Addi­tion­ally, the pop­u­lar­ity of some dis­turb­ing Hitler-related hash­tags on Twit­ter has grown in reac­tion to Israel’s “Oper­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge,” such as #Hitler­Was­Right and #HitlerDidNothingWrong.

Such anti-Semitism is also evi­dent at many of the anti-Israel demon­stra­tions held in cities through­out the U.S., as well as in Europe, where the State of Israel is often demo­nized with Holo­caust imagery or other anti-Semitic expressions.

  • Let’s Imag­ine

    In a sim­plis­tic attempt to jus­tify Israel’s Old Tes­ta­ment style slaugh­ter of the Pales­tini­ans in Gaza, Israeli apol­o­gists always seem to ask the ques­tion ” how would the United States respond if a mil­i­tant group fired thou­sands of mis­siles at its pop­u­la­tion cen­ters from Canada or Mex­ico ? ” These yam­mer­ing Zion­ists seemed to think they score heav­ily in the arena of pub­lic opin­ion with this child­ish argument.

    So let me try my own hypo­thet­i­cal ques­tion. How would Amer­i­cans react if, with the bless­ings of the great pow­ers, a huge num­ber of heav­ily armed aliens from East­ern Europe arrived on our shores and claimed our coun­try as their own by insist­ing that their god had it bequeathed it to them via their myth­i­cal patri­arch some­where back in the Bronze Age? And after defeat­ing an inept Amer­i­can mil­i­tary, they suc­ceeded in dri­ving most of the Amer­i­can peo­ple into either Canada or Mex­ico or west of the Mis­sis­sippi. And then not being sat­is­fied with the lands east of the Mis­sis­sippi, two decades later, they ini­ti­ate another war that results in their suc­cess­ful con­quest of all the ter­ri­tory west of the Mis­sis­sippi to the Pacific. And while promis­ing the Amer­i­cans west of the Mis­sis­sippi an even­tual state of their own, they nev­er­the­less begin a pro­gram of mas­sive col­o­niza­tion of these ter­ri­to­ries and also erect an apartheid bar­rier around all of their set­tle­ments. Fur­ther­more, imag­ine a small enclave in the south­west near the Mex­i­can bor­der where mil­lions of Amer­i­cans took refuge on some worth­less land. Orig­i­nally the aliens hoped to col­o­nize it, but reluc­tantly they turn it over to the Amer­i­cans to run for them­selves as a sort of city state/refugee camp/ open air prison with no pow­ers gen­er­ally asso­ci­ated with a sov­er­eign state and also reserv­ing the right to move in at any time to pro­tect their inter­ests. Fur­ther imag­ine that after the elec­tion of an Amer­ica gov­ern­ment deemed hos­tile to alien inter­ests they pro­claim a crip­pling block­ade which reduces the pop­u­la­tion to abject poverty and near star­va­tion. Not sat­is­fied with the block­ade, the aliens then unleash the full force of their mod­ern mil­i­tary on the help­less inhab­i­tants whose only way of strik­ing back is with crude rock­ets made from sewer pipe that carry a low yield explo­sive made from sugar and fer­til­izer. And finally imag­ine an alien dom­i­nated media that con­tin­ues to label the Amer­i­cans as terrorists.

    • jkantor267

      We don’t need hypo­thet­i­cals. If we want to save Pales­tini­ans we just need to exter­mi­nate Ter­ror­ists and the scum who sup­port and apol­o­gize for them — like you.

  • Bart

    Michael — Do you con­sider your­self a hyp­ocrite for liv­ing in the Amer­ica you describe below? Or, did you depart from Amer­ica to live in another coun­try where your fore­fa­thers stemmed from?

  • jkantor267

    Haven’t you heard? Anti-Semitism is ok now. Repub­li­cans have made Big­otry, Hate, and Greed their entire polit­i­cal agenda. You are now free to vic­tim­ize whomever you want.

  • Aharon­HaLevi

    Amazing…and yet with over 60 years of a bru­tal Chi­nese occu­pa­tion of Tibet, not one Chi­nese restau­rant, laun­dry or insti­ti­tu­tion has been bombed, des­e­crated or van­dal­ized and Chi­nese peo­ple, visu­ally easy to iden­tify, has been attacked because of that bru­tal­ity? So what is it REALLY about Jews? Say­ing “some” anti-semitism is caused by per­ceived Israeli gov­ern­ment behav­ior is a dou­ble stan­dard either used or accepted. Using the words “in reac­tion to” implies cau­sa­tion. It should not be even con­sid­ered. The Hamas-Israel war merely reveals, not causes, pre-existing anti-Jewish hatred.