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.
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.