The conflict between Israel & Hamas has now lasted six days. Many Jews face an old threat, a rise of anti-Semitism.
Jewish communities from New York, London, St. Louis, and Sydney are dealing with hatred, intolerance, and violence that is often displayed whenever there’s a Middle East crisis.
Heidi Beirich is the co-founder and director of Global Project Against Hate and Extremism. She said: “It’s a sad truth that Jews in every country will experience some form of hatred violence whenever there is a conflict between Israel and Palestinians.”
Israel plunged into bloody horror on Saturday after Hamas militants launched a surprise assault, inflicting more than 2, 000 injuries and taking 150 Israelis hostage.
Brian Levin, an extremism researcher at California State University in San Bernardino and professor emeritus, called it “the worst massacre of Jews on a single day since the Holocaust.”
US Vice President Joe Biden called the terrorist attack “an act pure evil”.
Gaza’s Health Ministry reports that Israel’s airstrikes in retaliation against Gaza targets have also been deadly. At least 1,100 Palestinians are dead, and over 5,000 others injured.
Hamas’ brutal attack on Israel has not only sparked support for Israel but also online threats, intimidation against Jewish institutions, and displays of antisemitic symbols.
According to the Anti-Defamation League (the oldest Jewish civil right group in America), anti-Jewish messages on Telegram have increased alarmingly by 488% over the past 18 hours. .
There have been isolated reports of antisemitic acts outside of the Internet. A synagogue in Salt Lake City was evacuated after receiving bomb threats. The police are looking into threats made against synagogues across the state.
A swastika has been spray painted on the side of an automobile in St. Louis. The police said that they are investigating the incident as anti-Semitic graffiti.
In London’s Golders Green area, an orthodox kosher-style restaurant was also vandalized. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London said that “hatred will not be tolerated.”
According to Community Security Trust, anti-Semitic attacks in Britain increased by more than 300% in the first four days.
Experts in extremism say that pro-Palestinian demonstrations have taken on anti-Jewish tones around the globe.
A protester in New York City was seen on Sunday brandishing the swastika at a pro Hamas rally. Mayor Eric Adams condemned this protest.
Unverified video distributed in Sydney by the Australian Jewish Association appears to show protestors outside of the Opera House yelling: “Gas Jews.” The incident is being investigated by the police.
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