Far‐Left Jewish Group IfNotNow Walks Back Condemnation of ‘Free Palestine’ Graffiti at Wisconsin Synagogue
August 28, 2020
A far‐left Jewish group has walked back its labeling of the vandalization of a synagogue during racial unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as “antisemitic.” The words “Free Palestine” were spray‐painted on the driveway of the Beth Hillel Temple during this week’s angry protests following last Sunday’s shooting by a white police officer of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man. Mainstream Jewish organizations denounced the vandalism, with the American Jewish Committee tweeting, “This is antisemitism. Full stop…The far‐left group IfNotNow initially added its voice to the denunciations, with a Twitter post calling the act “antisemitic.”…But within 24 hours, IfNotNow reversed itself following a flurry of criticism from left-wing activists on Twitter. READ MORE
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