Jew-Hatred Strikes In Boca Raton
Police are investigating antisemitic flyers left in driveways at homes in Jewish-friendly Boca Raton on Saturday night.
Residents in the Villa Rica/Chatham Hills neighborhood of Boca Raton posted messages and photos of the flyers on the community site Nextdoor.com. The flyers said,
“Every aspect of the Jewish Talmud is satanic.”
The flyers were dumped in driveways in plastic bags with what appeared to be wood pellets. People didn’t want to touch them for fear of being poisoned. Police say the pellets aren’t poisonous but cautioned against opening the packets anyway.
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Florida has seen a dramatic rise in anti-Semitic incidents, according to the Anti-Defamation League—a 50 percent increase from 2020 to 2021.
South Florida has a large Jewish population, but that hasn’t stopped antisemitic incidents in places such as Boca Raton. In 2019, there was an incident with a Boca school principal stating that he couldn’t say with certainty whether or not the holocaust was a factual event. He paid for that mistake, but that incidents like this are happening at all is alarming.
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Antisemitic incidents have increased so dramatically that it would be challenging to write about all but the most recent. It is widely known that the “artist” Kanye West, now known as Ye, has spewed antisemitic hate. In October of 2022, “Kanye was right about the Jews” was displayed on a video message board in a sports stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.
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In December of 2022, three teenagers were arrested on felony charges in Weston, in Broward county, for spraying-painting racist and antisemitic messages multiple times over several weeks in South Florida. (Associated Press December 1, 2022)
If anyone made a New Year’s resolution to stop antisemitic acts in 2023, they broke that resolution pretty quickly. An antisemitic message was projected onto a downtown building in Orlando, Florida, during a New Year’s Eve celebration (Associated Press, January 4, 2023).
Governor DeSantis has passed laws in Florida to address antisemitism. State Representative Mike Caruso has sponsored legislation that codified the federal definition of antisemitism into the Florida statutes, and he has also sponsored Holocaust education legislation. State Rep Caruso had this to say about the latest incident in Boca;
“Hate should have no place in our society. This antisemitic act should not and will not be tolerated. I have put into drafting legislation that toughens the laws on acts of antisemitic hate crimes. If passed, perpetrators of these antisemitic acts will not get away with a slap on the wrist. Instead, they will be charged with felonies. We will not tolerate this hate any longer. ~Rep. Mike Caruso
2023 is the year this must stop. If you witness an antisemitic incident, call the police, and inform your elected officials.
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