By Yael Halon
From New York and California to Illinois and Utah, the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza has generated a disturbing backlash against American Jews – who have found themselves the targets of death threats, hate speech and violent physical attacks.
“Stop telling me this is about Israel and Gaza,” said a New Yorker who was confronted by a pro-Palestinian mob on his way to synagogue this week. “My people are being targeted across the United States in broad daylight. This is textbook anti-Semitism, and we will continue to live in danger until the public starts to recognize it for what it is.”
His remarks were a common refrain rippling across U.S. Jewish communities in recent days. Here’s a look at some recent incidents throughout the country.
Troubling footage emerged late Thursday showing pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters clashing on a midtown Manhattan sidewalk, despite Israel and Gaza having reached a ceasefire agreement earlier in the day. Police confirmed that two commercial fireworks were thrown from a car and one person suffered minor burns.
New York Jews were already on edge from a disturbing video that showed an older man being viciously beaten by a gang of pro-Palestinians for wearing a Yarmulke as he attempted to cross a street in Times Square earlier in the day. Police said their Hate Crime Task Force was investigating the gang assault and urged the public to come forward with information.
“Wearing a Kippah in NYC always felt safer than anywhere else in the world,” a prominent New York attorney told Fox News. “I’ll never take mine off, but I will for the first time have to teach my children to be careful if they choose to wear theirs publicly,” he said.
Thursday’s escalation came as little surprise to Israeli-Americans Amit Skornik and Snir Dayan, who were personally attacked by a pro-Palestinian mob on their way to grab lunch at a well-known New York City bagel shop earlier in the week.
“Someone with their back to us heard us speak Hebrew. … He immediately looked at us and then went into the crowd. I didn’t put too much thought into it but around 10 seconds later, he and another 10 people were charging towards us. I got the first punch then we realized that we’re being attacked,” they told Fox News.
The attack occurred less than 10 days after a Jewish man was left bloodied and forced to seek refuge in a nearby store during clashes between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel supporters outside the Israeli consulate in New York. Close to 150 demonstrators returned to the consulate on Thursday, wreaking havoc and reportedly shutting down traffic in the area before police made more than a dozen arrests, the New York Post reported.
“My eyes are swollen from crying. This is not the New York City I recognize,” a longtime Big Apple resident told Fox News.
These incidents are not isolated to the Empire State. The Anti-Defamation League, a non-profit that tracks anti-Semitism across the globe, recorded a troubling uptick of both verbal and physical attacks against Jews in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, North Africa and North America since tensions between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas militants escalated earlier this month. Synagogues in various states have reported vandalism, swastikas and pro-Palestinian propaganda found inside their places of prayer.
Within the U.S., the ADL said it has received nearly 200 reports of possible anti-Semitic incidents, up from 131 the week before the conflict began.
“Part of me wants to wear a larger Star of David necklace than I do now so people know how proud I am of my faith,” Jewish model and advocate Elizabeth Pipko told Fox News.” At the same time, a little part of me wants to tuck my necklace into my shirt in case the wrong person sees it. It’s a very hard time to be a Jew in the United States right now and to see so many ignore the hatred we are seeing is incredibly painful – though nothing we’re not accustomed to,” she said.
An Englewood family was confronted by a pro-Palestinian demonstrator on their way home from synagogue on Sunday as their children – ages 9, 8 and 7 – were left “shaking and terrified for their life.”
“A black BMW sedan pulled next to them and shouted, “FREE PALESTINE, F— THE JEWS YOU MOTHER F—ERS. GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM, GET OUT OF HERE,” the mother told Fox News. “They tried to pull over to another family who started running away. My children were shaking and terrified. My children who play outside my backyard all the time now refuse to be outside alone. They are shaken up and worried.”
In Los Angeles, pro-Palestinian demonstrators hopped out of their vehicles passing a Beverly Grove restaurant on Tuesday and began singling out and attacking Jewish diners in a violent brawl that was caught on a bystander’s camera. Video shows members of a car caravan flying Palestinian flags while driving by the sushi restaurant’s outdoor dining section while reportedly chanting “Death to Jews!”
Just a few blocks over, a Jewish man was chased by two cars bearing Palestinian flags near his home as they chanted “Allahu akbar” in an apparent attempt to run him over.
“I’ve taken this route a million times and I’ve never been afraid,” he told Fox News. “I was waiting by the light for it to change and suddenly I saw a bunch of cars coming and I see out of the corner of my eye they were waving the Palestinian flag. They started speeding up and I heard them chanting ‘Allahu akbar.’ That’s when I started running for my life.”
“I was petrified. I just kept thinking, ‘I’m a father of six and I want to come home to them tonight.’ I thought they were going to kill me. My mind was racing.”
“Anti-Semitism is not a new problem for the Jewish community, unfortunately,” Yossi Elifort, founder of Magen Am, a private community watch group in the L.A. area, told Fox News. “No community should have to live in fear because of a religion that they practice and the fact that people are willing to be violent because of it needs to be condemned by everyone. The Jewish community will not tolerate this. Jews around the world must know that they have the right and responsibility to protect their community in collaboration with law enforcement.”
The same happened all over Western Europe back in 2015.
It wasn’t safe for Jews to even wear any identifying clothing when they went outside.
Now, it is happening here.
And, it is the same group of people doing it who were doing it there: pro-palestinians.
When we see what we call, “Balkanization” in America, what we really mean is racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry and all the other bad things that didn’t often happen here when we, the majority of all voters, put Obama in office, twice.
Vast importation of people who have no intention of assimilating is a big part to blame.
Sorry, Jews, but you don’t happen to be one of the interest groups the Democrats currently pander to and exploit. There’s more money in pandering to Islamic terrorists so, sit down, shit up and be harrassed, terrorized and killed.
You won’t see any phony Democrats pretending to care on the House or Senate floor. You won’t see the idiot Biden faux-impassioned denunciation of the anti-semitism or call for unity, laboriously parroting the giant words (from someone else) off his teleprompter. You won’t see flags at half-staff on moments of silence. No Democrats care.
You think the regime that FUNDS the terrorists and has avowed anti-semites in positions of influence will lift a finger for you? Expect reports of violence against you to get as much coverage and attention as ANTIFA terrorism.
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recall the Final Solution in 1942, probably not. agents of the terrorist religions group islam help hitler to fashion the almost complete extermination of Jews in Poland and 70% in europe. Israel was formed in 1948, england, and france opposed the formation of this state and provided financial and weapons to palestinian terrorist as one knows today. were any of you aware that kerry, the drunk and cuckhold, daughter is married to a palestinain??