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Kristallnacht In America


Anti-Israel Protest Chicago
It seems hard to believe that racist demonstrations, verging on riots in some places, could take place today in America with no intervention from the authorities, but that is exactly what happened in cities across country in the wake of Israel’s defensive actions against Islamist rocket attacks from Gaza.
 
In Boston anti-Semitic chants such as "Jews back to Birkenau" and "Drop dead, you Zionazi whores" were followed by assaults on Jews and pro-Israel demonstrators.
 
One of the assaulted students, Chloe Valdary, a University of New Orleans senior, pressed charges with the Boston Police Department against a woman for actions related to the incident.
 
“There were several cops who literally did nothing,” wrote Valdary on her Facebook page after the protest. She also posted videos and photos of the “disturbing” incident.
 
Brett Loewenstern and other witnesses said that protesters yelled slogans that included the Holocaust references cited above.
 
According to The Times of Israel, fifty anti-Israel demonstrations have taken place in the US alone since the start a week ago of Operation Protective Edge. A number of the protests have seen incidents of violence, including in Los Angeles and Boston.
 
In Los Angeles a pro-Israel rally was nearing its conclusion when “a verbal and physical altercation ensued between the occupants of two vehicles leaving the area,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
 
Jessica Ravitz and Catherine E. Shoichet of CNN reported that four people were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, accused of driving up to the protest in a truck and hitting pro-Israel demonstrators with handheld flagpoles,
 
One witness told The Los Angeles Times the clashes were deliberately provoked by the men in the truck with Palestinian flags.
 
"They were looking for a fight," Judy Friedman told the newspaper. They were "taunting and threatening" people, thrusting their sticks toward demonstrators on the sidewalk.
 
An officer with the Federal Protective Service was forced to intervene and fired his weapon at the truck driven by pro-Palestinian agitators.  The Federal Protective Service called for an ambulance to treat a woman allegedly hurt by the men, who were later picked up and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon CNN affiliate KTLA reported, citing police..
 
The anti-Semitic tenor of the demonstrations has gotten so intense that the Anti-Defamation League warned Jewish institutions to step up security in light of violence and anti-Semitic expressions at what it described as anti-Israel rallies across the United States. An ADL website tracking recent protests listed events in New York; Washington; Dallas; Portland; and Tempe, Arizona.
 
"The tenor at some of the anti-Israel rallies has been extreme," the ADL said, "with protesters chanting 'Death to Israel' and other hateful messages and slogans."
 
The group said Wednesday that a surge in Hitler-related hashtags might be fueling hatred at rallies as well. Over the weekend, #HitlerWasRight trended on Twitter, part of what the ADL described as an "online outpouring of anti-Semitism."
 
Yet, in the face of this violent anti-Semitism you can’t find a statement from a major national figure in America condemning the violence toward Jews expressed in these near riots.
 
After the violent anti-Semitic protests in Paris which resulted in a synagogue being attacked and Jewish shops being raided Meyer Habib, a MP representing French citizens living in Israel, said that "an atmosphere of Kristallnacht" spreads over the country. We are afraid that, absent a strong expression from American leaders in all walks of life that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated here, the same atmosphere will grow in America.

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