Security camera video clearly shows a man attempting to tear down the “Stand With Israel” banner outside the Bagel Time Cafe in Miami Beach.
The owner of the cafe says the intention is also clear, namely to make a pro-Hamas statement.
“Miami is not as safe as we thought,” said Josh Nodel, the cafe’s owner. “I mean, we have some Hamas supporters here. To us, Hamas is ISIS, it’s not a group you can negotiate with, it’s a terrorist organization, and having this here is terror in Miami.”
The Anti-Defamation League tracks hate crimes and hate incidents and says anti-Semitic incidents have increased nearly 400% compared to the same period last year.
“When the horrific massacre took place on October 7th and since then, we have seen an explosion of anti-Semitic incidents across the country and here in the state of Florida,” said Sarah Emmons, regional director of the ADL.
At George Washington University, someone projected “Glory to our martyrs” on a wall, referring to the terrorists who slaughtered hundreds of unarmed Israeli civilians. At Cornell University, a series of death threats to Jewish students were posted online, including one that read: “If you see a Jewish ‘person’ on campus follow you home and cut their throats, the rats need to go.” Cornell will be eliminated.”
“And this anti-Semitism coming from the left actually corresponds to some of the messaging from extremist groups that we see here in Florida and nationally, and that is incredibly concerning for the Jewish community,” Emmons said, pointing to the convergence in views from the far left right-wing extremist neo-Nazi groups.
“We must be able to live publicly as Jews and not live in fear. Our children need to be able to go to college and not hide in their dorms,” said U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, (D) Weston.
Wasserman Schultz said she was heartbroken because groups that had always been supported by the Jewish community now did not reciprocate that support.
“It is one thing to have public disagreements about the decision-making of Israel or another country, it is another not to oppose the slaughter,” Wasserman Schultz said.
The rise in anti-Semitism is worldwide. In Russia, a flight landed from Tel Aviv and a mob was waiting at the airport to harm Jews. In Vancouver, Canada, a speaker at a rally praised Hamas’s barbaric attack as an “amazing, brilliant offensive.”
Meanwhile, Islamophobic incidents have also increased in the United States since October 7th.
“To see in this moment that hate is exploding not only against the Jewish community, but also against the Muslim community and other marginalized groups, is incredibly disturbing,” Emmons said.
Emmons says hate is spread through misinformation, particularly about the war between Israel and Hamas. Wasserman Schultz said the hate is fueled by social media algorithms. She sits on a global task force trying to pressure social media companies to change this situation.