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EDITORIAL: Israel And Jews Targeted As U.S. Protests Turn To Riots

Unprecedented public protests swept numerous American cities following the death of George Floyd

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George Floyd died after his neck was pressed to the pavement for over 9 minutes by the knee of arresting officer Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis Police Department officer since fired and charged with 3rd degree murder. While 3 other cops watched and onlookers pleaded for the distressed, prone and handcuffed suspect in the moments before he died, the brutal detention of Floyd for the petty crime of passing a counterfeit $20 bill became the flashpoint.

Minneapolis/St. Paul does not have historic incidents of race riots like Chicago, Detroit, or New York. But their riots are not truly race riots, but riots based on various ideologies that find a home in the layered aspects of the Floyd case that dovetails with other, repeated cases of (mostly) white-on-black police misconduct and in some cases brutality, in the deaths of people of colour.

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As such, looting, torching police cars, and destruction of public institutions and infrastructure – including collections of historic artifacts and documents of American Indian Tribes – were the part of the price the “white privileged society” had to pay, for groups like Antifa to achieve their goal of lawless mobs controlling Minneapolis and other cities. On Sunday the President announced on Twitter “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”. That could lead to terror charges laid against organizers, leaders, members, and participants in what appears to be an attempted rebellion using Floyd’s death as the catalyst.  

Protests first emerged on May 26 in the Twin Cities but the peaceful elements were rapidly overtaken by the presence of organized black bloc anarchists who fueled the violence with terror tactics and intimidation. Two nights later the mob torched the abandoned 3rd District Police Station and another 170 businesses without regard to who owned them or what vital service, like a drug store, the community would be deprived of. Jewish-owned buildings and businesses were counted among the losses, as occurred in Brooklyn and L.A.

Unconnected to a protest march, but connected to the unrest over Floyd, a synagogue in Los Angeles was defaced with anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian slogans. Other businesses like a pharmacy and Kosher market were in the path of a less restrained mob and were destroyed. Another Synagogue in Richmond, Va., was on the path of a protest march, but when a brick was tossed through the glass door, the pitcher was scolded by the protesters.

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The Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, is a 48 year old Jewish Democrat who was seemingly befuddled by the inability of his Virginia-bred progressive left credibility and acknowledgement of legitimate grievances in black and minority communities to persuade protesters to maintain order and let the legal system deal with the Floyd case.

BDS and BLM use Floyd death to fuel antisemitism

And now Frey finds his city is the springboard for renewed anti-Israel and antisemitic attacks by elements who have spend years linking the plight of blacks in America dealing with police, with that of Palestinians dealing with the IDF.

Their rhetorical shorthand is Blame Israel For George Floyd’s Murder In Minneapolis, and it is being fanned by noted high-profile anti-Israel agitators in the US, Canada and worldwide. At the forefront is the Black Lives Matter movement, which endorses the BDS movement which endorses the destruction of Israel for the creation of a Palestinian State “From the river to the sea”. In return, BDS Canada, for instance, claimed to stand in solidarity with BLM using much of the same rhetoric to add fuel to the anarchist’s flames.

Co-manager of CD4HR calls for government overthrow

The party of New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has promoted the blood libel as the latest step of their ongoing campaign “Deadly Exchange,” which links allegedly racist police-state tactics in the US to training supplied by Israel and modeled on Israeli Defence Force practice in the West Bank. (In 2012 about100 law enforcement officers from Minnesota attended a counter-terrorism training conference sponsored by the Israeli consulate of Chicago and the FBI, held in Minneapolis.)

The narrative of the Democratic Socialists of America:

  • “US cops train in Israel.”
  •  “The police violence happening tonight in Minneapolis is straight out of the IDF playbook,”
  • “So-called ‘less lethal’ weapons like tear gas are manufactured in the US and sold to Israel where they are tested and used on Palestinians,”
  • “Surveillance tech is made in Israel & brought to the US to invade the privacy of Black, brown, Muslim, poor, and otherwise marginalized people.”

The theme was then picked up by Canadian-based Islamist radicals who see an opportunity to leverage anger about complex and longstanding US social and criminal system injustices with Blacks to advance their own agenda.

Islamist promotes that "Supremacy" is oppressing Palestinians, Africans, and Indigenous

Aliya Hasan is Co-Manager of the Canadian Defenders For Human Rights (CD4HR), whose counterpart, Firas (Hussaini) Al Najim, was at the centre of a Hate Crime Unit investigation in Ottawa and a firestorm in Toronto earlier this month.Her narratives included promoting an overthrow of the US government with posts that blamed Israel for the riot control practices of Minneapolis police.

“It’s time the rest of the free world starts demanding regime change in America! Something like a CIA-assisted type coup to start a proxy war & overthrow the government.” She wrote in one tweet. Another displayed an image of the knee of “supremacy” across the necks of prone black, Palestinian and native adults with the description “Distinct movements. One struggle.”

To Hasan, ‘white society’ discriminates against everyone else, and ‘white’ Israel is the puppetmaster. This tragedy in Minneapolis, under a Jewish mayor, is the perfect cropped snapshot for their distorted world view.

The increasing violence of anti-cop mobs has resulted in curfews in more cities including Atlanta, Phoenix, Denver, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Miami, Cleveland, Columbus, Portland, Milwaukee and Salt Lake City.

In Canada so far, only Toronto has seen protest marches, as BLM canceled a planned Vancouver protest over fears of Coronoavirus spreading. (“We do not feel that we can ensure the safety of our community in public protest at this time.”). Jewish Federations across Canada must take action now to protect our communities and not wait until the ire of the mobs gets turned by BDS promoters towards pro-Israel institutions and Jewish neighborhoods and target them for destruction.

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca.  Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragon’s Den.

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