Extremists Support Protests Against COVID-19 Quarantine; Over Half of US Jews have Experienced or Seen Antisemitism, Survey Shows

  • April 24, 2020
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THE WEEK’S BIG 3

A series of anti-quarantine rallies took place across the country this week, several of which were sponsored in whole or part by identified extremists and featured antisemitic content. A new ADL survey released on Holocaust Remembrance Day found that more than half of America’s Jews have either experienced or witnessed an antisemitic incident over the past five years. And Israel’s year-long political stalemate has come to an end, with the signing of a coalition agreement by the country’s two biggest parties following three inconclusive elections.

Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate and the latest info about ADL from around the country.

  1. Extremists Sponsor, Attend Protests Against COVID-19 Quarantine

“Images of these often heavily armed protesters, screaming at health care workers and blocking ambulances from reaching hospitals, have gone viral, shocking a country where polls show a large majority support measures to slow the spread of COVID-19…” Huffington Post: READ MORE

+ ADL Resource: Extremists Involved in Nationwide Protests Against Coronavirus Restrictions

+ ADL Resource: Extremists and Conspiracy Theorists Urge Resistance to ‘Medical Martial Law’

  1. Over Half of US Jews Have Witnessed Antisemitism During Last Five Years, ADL Says

“The survey was conducted in January, just before the new coronavirus pandemic led to a shutdown of much of American public life, and after a fatal shooting at a Jersey City kosher supermarket and a fatal stabbing at a Hanukkah party, both in December, as well as a spate of attacks in Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn.” JTA: FULL STORY

+ ADL Resource: Survey on Jewish Americans’ Experiences with Antisemitism

+ ADL Resource: Antisemitism Uncovered: A Guide to Old Myths in a New Era

  1. US Jewish Groups Welcome End to Year-Long Israeli Political Impasse

“The deal, reached after weeks of fraught negotiations, was inked by current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — head of right-wing Likud — and ex-IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz — head of centrist Blue and White.” Algemeiner: FULL STORY

+ ADL Tweet: “We wish the leaders well in dealing with this health crisis, ensuring security, maintaining democratic institutions and refraining from unilateral actions that would forestall possibility of mutual peace…”

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