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 listed above.

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.


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