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July 29, 2014

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.

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July 29, 2014

Photos: Al Quds Day 2014 in the United States

On Friday, anti-Israel demonstrations were held in honor of Al Quds Day, an annual day of protest held on the last Friday of Ramadan. Al Quds means Jerusalem in Arabic and is used to protest Jerusalem’s status as the capital of Israel and instead call for Jerusalem to be a Muslim city.

These rallies are often some of the more extreme protests against Israel that take place throughout the year. Here’s a virtual snapshot of this year’s protests in the United States:

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA

Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

You had the Holocaust don't make another one on us

Chicago, IL

stepping on Israeli flag

Houston, TX

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New York, NY

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July 23, 2014

Day 16 Of Anti-Israel Protests In U.S.

On Tuesday, July 22, demonstrations against Israel took place in seven cities in the United States, including Boston, Chicago and Seattle. As in the previous two weeks, these demonstrations featured messages comparing Israel to Nazi Germany and accusations of Israeli genocide against the Palestinian people.

Below are summaries of some of yesterday’s demonstrations:

Boston, MA

A few hundred demonstrators gathered in Copley Square for a rally sponsored by several anti-Israel groups, including the Boston chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and several Boston-area Students for Justice in Palestine chapters. Protesters held signs that read “From Auschwitz to Palestine, My Ancestors are crying… SHAME!,” “Not even the Holocaust gives you the right to do this!,” “The blood is on your hands (written on the image of an Israeli flag with blood-stained handprints), and “Jewish terrorist state” (accompanied by an image of American and Israeli hands being shaken with blood pouring out).

From Auschwitz to Palestine my ancestors are crying

The protesters also conducted a “die-in” outside the Massachusetts State House. A representative from Neturei Karta, a fringe ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionist group, spoke to the crowd and said, “The State of Israel in no way represents world Jewry and all its crimes are not condoned by the Jewish religion…We all, including Jewish people, are suffering from this criminal state of Israel.”

Chicago, IL

A few hundred people attended a counter-protest of a pro-Israel rally outside the Israeli Consulate. The protest, which was organized by the US Palestinian Community Network, featured a die-in. At one point, many of the protesters shouted  – “Racists, go home!,” referring to the crowd of Israel supporters.

Well done Israel - Hitler would be proud

Many of the protesters held signs with slogans such as “If 9/11 deserves a moment of silence then Palestine deserves to never speak again,” “Zionism is Nazism,” “One Holocaust does not justify another! Netanyahu is a war criminal” (written next to a picture of Netanyahu’s face with an equal sign, and a Swastika), “Stop doing what Hitler did to you,” and “Well Done Israel, Hitler Would Be Proud” (written next to the image of an Israeli flag with a Swastika replacing the Star of David).

Seattle, WA

Three anti-Israel demonstrations took place in Seattle, including one scheduled to coincide with the arrival of President Barack Obama who was in town for scheduled fundraisers. Protesters positioned themselves outside one fundraiser held signs that read “A government that backs criminal oppression is oppressive,” “Genocide is not justice,” “Stop Israeli state terrorism,” and “Boycott Israeli apartheid.”  

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