January 6, 2020
With the White Supremacist march in Charlottesville still very fresh in the minds of Americans, it was shocking to see Jews in New York City organizing a march against black people thinly disguised as a march in defense of Jewish heritage.
Tens of thousands of people, some covered in Israeli flags and others singing Hebrew songs, poured into Lower Manhattan on Sunday in a show of solidarity for New York’s Jewish community in the wake of a spate of anti-Semitic attacks in the region in the last month.
The most recent attack occurred inside a Hasidic rabbi’s home in a New York City suburb, when a man wielding a machete stabbed at least five people who had gathered for Hanukkah celebrations.
The violence has shaken the Jewish community in the New York area and underscored the startling rise of these types of hate crimes across the country: Anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago — the nation’s three largest cities — are poised to hit an 18-year peak, according to an upcoming report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
“We’re not afraid to stand together, to be able to stand against violence and promote nonviolence,” said Leslie Meyers, 44, who attended Sunday’s rally, which was organized by the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, along with dozens of other advocacy and Jewish community groups.
That’s exactly what the marchers at Charlottesville said.
Before they ran a car into a crowd in order to give an obese woman a heart attack.
Speaking to the crowd on Sunday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that New York will increase funding for security at religious institutions and will also increase the presence of the state police force and hate crimes task force in vulnerable communities. Mr. Cuomo said he also plans to propose a new state law labeling hate crimes as domestic terrorism.
“While we’re here today in the spirit of solidarity and love, government must do more than just offer thoughts and prayers. Government must act,” Mr. Cuomo said.
At the rally, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York announced a proposal to increase federal funding to protect houses of worship and increase the capacity for local police groups to fight hate crimes.
Several other noteworthy politicians, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive Democrat from Queens and the Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Corey Johnson, the City Council speaker, and Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, also attended the march. Mark D. Levine, a New York City councilman, called the outpouring of support from the large and diverse crowd “unprecedented” on Twitter.
No black people. Other than Letitia James, who is a self-hating black on par with Aunt Jemima.
This march was the ultimate display of anti-black sentiment by hate-filled Jews, who hate black people for no reason other than the color of their skin.
At 11 a.m., while waiting for the march to begin, Helene Wallenstein was holding an official “No Hate. No Fear.” rally sign along with another reading “We Are All Neighbors,” depicting various religious symbols. Ms. Wallenstein, who came from Oceanside, Long Island, said that while the rally was focused on anti-Semitism, she said people of all faiths should stand together.
“We’re feeling it now but it can turn on anybody,” Ms. Wallenstein said. “It’s not O.K.”
Demonstrators marched from Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, across the Brooklyn Bridge and into Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn, where community leaders spoke of unity in the face of anti-Semitism.
Stephanie Knepper Basman, 37, marched down Lafayette Street while wearing an Israeli flag wrapped around her neck.
Ms. Knepper Basman, who works in affordable housing development, said that she attended the march because the spike in anti-Semitism “is outrageous” and added that “anti-Zionism is masked as anti-Semitism.”
We have to move to shut down this rising hate movement by the Jews by passing laws that classify Judaism as domestic terrorism.