Jewish men who said they were trying to show “solidarity” with Black Lives Matter protesters were violently chased away by the mob and ridiculed as being part of the “synagogue of Satan,” according to disturbing video posted online.
The minute-long clip circulating on social media shows three men standing in the street during the protests sparked by the deadly police shooting of troubled local black man Walter Wallace.
“Amalek, what y’all doing down here? You don’t live here,” someone asks the men, referencing the Amalek tribe, which the Jewish Virtual Library says was the first enemy of the ancient Israelites.
“Y’all know we the real Jews, right?” continues the raspy-voiced man, who appears to be the one filming the clip.
“This ain’t your fight. Y’all gotta go,” another man tells them, as others start ganging up on them, shouting for them to leave.
“We’re just showing solidarity,” one of the Jewish men politely tells them, agreeing to leave but being surrounded and repeatedly told, “Get the f–k out!”
One of the protest group, hiding behind a full-face mask, violently pushes one of the Jewish men, and several appear to follow them as the abuse continues as they leave.
“Philly waking up. Revelation 2:09, the synagogue of Satan,” the man who confronted them says as they leave.
The term is commonly used by extremists in the Black Hebrew Israelite Movement, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Yaacov Behrman, the founder of the Jewish Future Alliance, said he spoke to one of the victims who told him he “feared for his life.”
“This needs to be condemned by all!” wrote Behrman, who is also a spokesman for Lubavitch Chabad.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center said it showed that “40 years of Louis Farrakhan’s themes of poisonous Jew-hatred” was “now embedded among young protesters.”
Liora Rez, director of the Stop Antisemitism watchdog group, told the Jewish Journal that throughout recent protests “Jews have been right by the side of the African American community.”
“This physical and verbal assault is a spit in our faces,” Rez said. “We have enough division in this country, the African American leaders need to step up and denounce this immediately!”
The group also shared a tweet saying, “Fighting racism with antisemitism is not fighting racism. it’s just spreading more hatred.”
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