The Escalation Of Anti-Semitism In South Florida
Anti-Semitism in South Florida has escalated over the last
several years, reaching levels that can no longer be ignored.
On December 30, 2008, approximately 300 pro-Palestinian/Hamas
supporters took to the streets of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and were captured on film
by Tom Trento, Director of The United West.
In the video, Palestinian protestors were shouting, “Nuke Nuke
Israel,” “Go back to the ovens, you need a big oven that’s what you need," “Your
mother's a whore”, “Go to hell, Israel," and other epithets, to name only a few. Next,
in the middle of all this mayhem, an Imam (Islamic religious leader) leads
the protestors in their evening prayer rituals.
After the prayer rituals are over the crowd moves in to physically
attack the pro-Israel supporters across the street. Mr. Trento writes, “If not for the few brave
policemen and former Congressman Allen West, some of these wild Muslims would
have attacked innocent, elderly Jews and Christians and hurt them badly.”
The white supremacists still hate the Jews of South Florida, but
are afraid to come out into the light of day because society has shunned them-- and rightfully so. That doesn’t mean the
anti-Semites have disappeared, however, not by a long shot.
The Sun Sentinel, October 6, 2011 reports, “In the Sunshine
State, the tally (anti semitic incidents) is 116, up from 90 in 2009. That puts
Florida, as in past years, among the top four states for Jew hatred, among
California, New York and New Jersey.”
The New York Times reported on May 16, 2011, that a
Miami Imam (Mosque Leader), Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, and his two sons were
indicted for funneling funds to the Taliban.
As a respected Imam, how many South Florida Muslims did he teach that the
Taliban and Hamas were to be supported?
It is this unquantifiable type of ‘community’ Jihadi political influence
that is an element of the increased aggressive anti-Semitism we are seeing
today in South Florida.
It was no surprise then on June 15, 2013 that commuters traveling on
I-95 in Delray Beach saw the word “JIHAD” spray painted in 15 foot letters on a
concrete wall for all commuters to see.
South Florida Anti Semitism escalated again with death threats,
federal hate crime violations, assault, and battery against a Jewish cameraman
on July 20, 2014 in Miami, FL legally filming a pro-Hamas rally.
I have been closely following Islamist activity in Florida for 13
years and saw at least a dozen faces never seen before. The ‘Uncles,’ or older Islamist activists, are
being replaced with the next generation of south Florida Jihadis who appear
more aggressive and quick to violence.
This new generation of Islamist activists in south Florida appear
to be more vocal with their anti-Semitism and hatred of Jews & Israel.
One week later, on July 28 a Miami Synagogue, Congregation Torah
Ve’emunah, was spray-painted with the words “Hamas” and the Swastika
symbols. Several cars in the immediate
area were vandalized with with the words “Hamas”, “Jew”, covered with eggs and
smeared with cream cheese.
All of these examples of the rising levels of anti semitism in
South Florida have one common denominator that is not in dispute. These acts of anti semitism instill some
level of fear for both Jewish and non-Jewish citizens of South Florida.
Confusing Mixed Messaging
The sponsors on the promotional flyer of the Pro Hamas rally last
week where the Jewish cameraman was assaulted and his life threatened is an
important clue in explaining the increased anti semitism in South Florida.
Sorry to tell you this, but the Hamas rally sponsors-- Council On
American Islamic Relations, Islamic Circle of North America, Syrian American
Council of South Florida, American Muslim Foundation, AMANA, and AMER-- promote
interfaith dialogue in one breath and also promote the anti-Semitism caught on
film at the recent violent Pro Hamas rally in Miami.
How is the average person able to tell the good guy Hamas
supporters from anti-Semite Hamas supporters?
Since it is impossible to know what’s in a persons heart, one need look
no further than if a person supports CAIR, ICNA, or any of the other groups
These Muslim groups support Hamas and Hamas supports the
destruction of Israel. It is a logical
conclusion that if someone supports the destruction of Israel they are most
likely anti Semitic.
These are difficult truths for the proponents of Interfaith
dialogue to accept in their quest for peace in our time. Unfortunately, we must see the world as it is not as we want
it to be.