Police protection of Jews increasingly unreliable and bizarre
Around the world as Jews are under increasing assault, police protection cannot be counted on. Across Europe there is not only increasing violence against Jews, but the police are often unable or unwilling to protect them. Here in America, one can see the same pattern beginning to emerge.
As rallies for or against Israel are cropping up across the country, the scenario goes something like this: A small group of pro-Israel supporters show up holding Israeli flags. They wind up outnumbered 10 to 1, if not more, by Jew-haters who scream, shout, rant, rave, curse, threaten, and in some cases become violent. And police protection is unreliable.
Last month in San Francisco a scene such as this unfolded. There was some police presence at the rally, but they were curiously passive in the face of highly agitated Jew-haters threatening violence. At one point in this short video from the rally you can hear one of the pro-Israel supporters ask the police (who were nonchalantly standing with their backs to the haters) to please pay attention to the people who were being threatening.
Also last month in Miami there was a rally where a mass of terrorist sympathizers shouted: “We are Hamas!” “We are Jihad!”
And they didn’t stop there.
In addition to declaring their allegiance to terror on the streets of an American city with no consequence, they made threats to kill the cameraman, as in “I’m going to kill you mother fucker. You and all Israelis.”
Where were the police? Since when, in America, can a person announce their allegiance to a terror organization bent on destroying this country while threatening to kill another person and get away with it?
Most recently at a rally in front of the White House, the police response to approximately 10,000 highly agitated hate-mongers was truly bizarre and deeply disturbing. The Gateway Pundit reports:
Dan Merica, associate producer for CNN Politics has sent out a series of photos and reports on social media about Israel supporters being evacuated in police vans from in front of the White House after being surrounded by menacing Hamas supporters.
Merica was there covering a pro-Hamas rally by the communist terrorist support group ANSWER being held at Lafayette Park.
The police set up a barrier around the pro-Israel protesters in front of the White House. But that was not enough.
Merica then posted a photo with a caption saying the pro-Israel group was being put in police vans and were being escorted away for their safety.
Instead of controlling the mob. Instead of arresting threatening people. The police rounded up those in support of Israel, put them in police vans, and evacuated them from the scene. While the mob of Hamas supporters were allowed to remain on site and spew their hate, those in support of Israel were gone, their message rendered silent and invisible.
Save one lone Marine. Breitbart reports:
A group of pro-Israel protestors showed up -- and were encircled by police with barricades. The crowd shouted at the group and blew blowhorns in their direction. The pro-Israeli group had to be escorted out of the crowd in police vans.
One pro-Israel protestor showed up on the other side of the crowd, alone, with an Israel flag in one hand and an an (sic) American flag in the other.
The pro-Palestine protestors grew belligerent -- shouting slogans at him, giving him the middle finger. One tried to light his Israeli flag on fire.
But Manny Vega, an undeterred retired U.S. Marine and Iraq War veteran, spoke to Breitbart News about the incident.
“What brought me out here is this sort of anti-Israel atmosphere that this administration is holding over the United States," Vega told Breitbart News. "I want to show the Israeli people there are American people in our nation that support the state of Israel... And that is why am standing here with an American flag on my right hand, and Israeli flag on my left hand, in a show of solidarity with the Israeli people.”
Vega argued with one pro-Palestine protestor, who said that the State of Israel had no right to exist and would not shake Vega’s hand.
“Israelis love life; they can coexist with other nations and they have since 1948. Israel has extended a hand to shake, but they shake it and go back to fight,” Vega reportedly told the protestor.
When asked if he was concerned about the protestors turning violent, Vega said:
"Hey, I’m not going to be pushed out of here… If I was in Palestine, my throat my throat would be slit, but I’m in front of the White House. This is America, and I have every right to be here with the American flag, and the Israeli flag as a counter protest to the 'Free Gaza, Anti-Occupation' protest here. And pro-Hamas."
Breitbart News asked Vega if he had any concerns about immersing himself into a hostile crowd.
“I have no fear, Vega said. "I’m not going to get stabbed, or lit on fire, but they tried to light my flag on fire.”
God bless Manny Vega. I hope and pray his stalwart belief in America holds steady. The attempt to ignite his flag is a foreboding sign. Such actions need to be snuffed out. Immediately. Each and every time. Increasing violence against Jews and those who support Israel is bad enough. Lack of reliable police protection makes the situation that much more dangerous.