Federation & ADL Condemn Seattle Anti-Semitic Rallies
MIKE REPORT SPURS CONDEMNATION
Responding to a series of exclusive Mike Report exposé’s, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and the Anti-Defamation League issued a condemnation today of a rash of anti-Semitic tinged rallies held recently in the Seattle area.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and Anti-Defamation League are disturbed by the increase in anti-Semitic slogans and imagery at recent pro-Palestinian rallies in Seattle’s Westlake Park and Seattle Center.
“We are deeply troubled by the need to put out a second statement denouncing anti-Semitism here in Washington State. Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all bias-motivated speech have no place in our political discourse,” Keith Dvorchik, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation, said.
The Mike Report was the first media outlet to publish disturbing photos of local anti-Israel extremists carrying Nazi themed posters featuring swastikas and comparisons of the Jewish State to Nazi Germany. Some of the more disturbing signs included a depiction of a Jew eating a gentile baby while drinking a cup of blood and Jewish politicians dressed in Nazi garb, including a swastika on the arm.
Hilary Bernstein, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League in the Pacific Northwest, echoed the call for civility. “ADL believes strongly in the importance of free speech, even speech that is deeply offensive. We also believe that the best antidote to bad speech is good speech, and we call upon our local elected, religious and civil rights leaders to use their voices to condemn this type of hateful and anti-Semitic rhetoric.”
Below are some of the photos previously shared on The Mike Report that spurred the Federation/ADL to issues today’s condemnation.