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ADL Concerned Over Virulent Anti-Semitism Emerging from Anti-Israel Rallies In New York

  • July 18, 2014

New York, NY, July 18, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed concern over virulent anti-Semitic rhetoric at anti-Israel protest rallies in New York City, as the Jewish state continues to defend its citizens and cities against Hamas rockets from the Gaza Strip.

A demonstration earlier this week outside the United Nations featured signs with language equating Israel with Nazi Germany and other Holocaust references, including, “It Wasn’t OK in Nazi Ger­many, Why is it OK in Pales­tine,” “One Holo­caust Does not Jus­tify Another” and “UN Must Stop Mus­lim Holo­caust in Gaza.” Another sign read, “Spot the Dif­fer­ence” with a photo of Adolf Hitler and Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu.  At another rally, one demonstrator led the crowd in chants of “Death to Israel.”

More examples and photos from New York rallies are available on the League’s web site.

“The presence of virulently anti-Semitic rhetoric is a phenomenon we have seen at many other anti-Israel rallies around the country and overseas,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director. “It is shocking to see that level of vitriol here in New York City as well.”

Mr. Bernstein added, “We call on community leaders to make clear that no matter how passionately protestors feel about what is happening in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, comparisons between Israel’s actions and the Nazi Holocaust, and other expressions of anti-Semitism have no place in our city or state.”

At least four more anti-Israel demonstrations are scheduled to take place in New York City in the coming weeks.

On July 14, anti-Israel pro­test­ers disrupted an Israel solidarity press con­fer­ence car­ry­ing signs that stated “New York­ers Stand With Gaza Against Israeli Geno­cide,” “Israel = Ku Klux Klan,” and “Pales­tini­ans are Free­dom Fight­ers.” Sev­eral hun­dred pro­test­ers attended an anti-Israel rally in Union Square on July 11 holding signs that called for the destruc­tion of Israel with drawings of the Israeli flag next to a swastika. On July 9, more than 1,000 demon­stra­tors gath­ered out­side the Israeli Con­sulate bear­ing similar signs com­par­ing Israel to the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi Ger­many, as well as signs legit­imiz­ing vio­lence against Israel.


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