Charlottesville Police Refuse to Protect Synagogue from Nazis, Jewish Community Forced to Hire Guards
The Jewish community in Charlottesville, Virginia hired armed security guards to protect its synagogue for the first time after local police declined to provide a guard for the site, despite hundreds of white supremacists who congregated in the town over the weekend for a rally that resulted in the murder of counter-protester,Heather Heyer.
Alan Zimmerman, president of the Congregation Beth Israel in the Virginia town, wrote a blog post published on Monday evening following the violent scenes on Saturday that resulted in a car-ramming attack that took place just 200 feet from the place of worship.
He described the fear he felt in the presence of white supremacists, who rallied around anti-Semitic slogans, as 40 members of the community prayed in the synagogue, without support from the local authorities.
‘Jews will not replace us’
When white nationalists descended upon the historic Virginia city to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, their “Unite the Right” rally gathered top neo-Nazis in the United States, including Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, David Duke and alt-right leader, Richard Spencer, among others, wo immediately lambasted Jews. At the Friday night rally at the University of Virginia, white nationalists brandished torches and chanted anti-Semitic and Nazi slogans, including “blood and soil” (an English rendering of the Nazi “blut und boden”) and “Jews will not replace us” — all crafted to cast Jews as foreign interlopers who need to be annihilated. The attendees proudly displayed giant swastikas and wore shirts emblazoned with quotes from Adolf Hitler. One banner read, “Jews are Satan’s children.” Take a look at the World Jewish Congress’ response.
Charlottesville: Alex Jones Claims White Supremacist Protesters were ‘Just Jewish Actors’
Alex Jones, a broadcaster known for giving a voice to wild conspiracy theories without providing any evidence, has claimed the KKK protesters in Charlottesville were in truth left-wing Jewish actors looking to cause trouble. Mr. Jones, previously claimed that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which 26 people were killed, was a hoax. In his latest comments, delivered after a 32-year-old anti-fascist activist was killed and up to 20 people were hurt during a white supremacist protest in Virginia, Mr. Jones claimed the people wearing KKK robes looked like the “cast of Seinfeld”.
By: Michael Schwartz