By Ilana School, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – As a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol last week, to reverse the result of the November presidential election, photographs showed a man in the crowd wearing a shirt with “Camp Auschwitz” Captured in, Nazi concentration camp.
Two white nationalists known for racist and anti-Jewish rhetoric incited their online followers after sabotage in the Capitol during the deadly rebellion. And the video circulated on social media shows a man harassing an Israeli journalist who was trying to make a live report outside the building.
The presence of anti-Semitic symbols and sentiments in the Capital Riot raised alarm among Jewish Americans and experts who track discrimination and see it as part of an ongoing, disturbing trend. Prior to the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden on Washington and the state capitals and as a threat of chaos, he called for more forceful disapproval of the plot and falsely driven world interviews on display among the crowd.
The uprising for anti-Semitism was “not so much important” but rather “the latest clear example of how it outlines the statements of extremists in this country,” said Oren Sehgal, vice president of Anti. -Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.
“People are going to ask themselves, were they clear enough to condemn the hatreds they had on January 6?” she added.
On Tuesday, the Millers Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Network Contagion Research Institute released a report identifying at least half a dozen neo-Nazi or white supremacist groups who were involved in the rebellion.
According to ADL’s internal tracking, anti-Jewish incidents in the US hit a four-decade high in 2019.
However some high-profile recent Semitic attacks were not linked to far-right groups – such as the attack in 2019 New York Rabbi’s Hanukkah Party – Many others were at the most prominently fatal 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Three-quarters of extremist-related killings in the US over the past 10 years were committed by right-wing extremists, Segal said, citing ADL data.
Eric Ward, executive director of the center of the progressive anti-discrimination group Western States, added the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon, followers of which were at the forefront of the rebellion, in the Protocol of the Elders of Zion, a notorious 20th-century claim that Jews Had made false claims to occupy the world.
The warden said that QAnon’s unfounded assertiveness of a shadowy cabal was “anti-mirror tracks, false narratives, false statements of the Elders of Zion protocol”. “There is a real danger of anti-Semitism at this moment.” He said QAnon believers have accused him of a false conspiracy to harm children, inflicting another anti-Semitic trophy.
“There is no stretch to say that anti-Semitism was visible in the makeup of the riot”, Ward said, “but the real power of anti-Semitism in Wednesday’s events is indeed buried within the narrative.”
Despite anti-Semitism elements, at least one Jewish participant was attracted to take part in the attack on the Capitol: federal agents arrested Aaron Mostofsky, the son of a New York judge on Tuesday, who was part of the mob Mostofsky was disbanded. , Who was seen sitting in the building clad in the furs and a police vest, told the New York Post that he believed the election was stolen from Trump.
Ward called Mostofsky’s involvement a sign of the patchwork nature of the far-right coalition, and widely held that “totalitarianism and anti-democratic tendencies are not just the area of whites.”
David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, said not everyone who attended the Trump-promoted rally said that the attack on Congress was “whipped up” by extremist and hate-mongering ideologies.
But he urged those people to ask themselves, “Who am I, but I am involuntarily capable, and how do I resist my opposition without hesitation?”
During the rise of Nazism, Harris stated, “It was the soft-core group, not the hard-core group, that afforded itself.”
Sehgal of the ADL agreed: “One of the dangers of anti-Semitism and extremism is it wraps people up,” he said, “and takes them into situations that now have dire consequences.”
Many Jewish Americans watched the broadcast from the Capitol Hall, as if a rioter was disappointed to carry the Confederate flag while walking through his hall.
Beth El Synagogue’s Rabbi J. Corngold New jersey, Who serves as treasurer for the rabbinical assembly, said his doomsday-living parents taught their children that they should do everything possible to ensure discrimination against Jews.
“When you see it in the nation’s capital, right in front of your face, it pierces the heart,” Cornsgold said.
In the wake of the rebellion, which killed five people, including a Capitol police officer, two online stores that allowed the manufacture and sale of “Camp Auschwitz” shirts removed them from their sites.
Looking ahead, the AJC’s Harris urged Jewish leaders to participate in combating the rise of QAnon.
“It also seems to me as a matter of education, Jewish organizations and Jewish clergy have the responsibility to alert members of the Jewish community of Qiyeon and its ilke,” he said.
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