The Sarasota County Democratic Party Jewish Caucus and the
Sarasota County Democratic Party strongly condemn and denounce all forms of antisemitism. It has no place in our community.
Malignant acts of antisemitism include the recent hostage situation at Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh where 11 Jews were killed, and a mass shooting at Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego. Last year, the Anti-Defamation League recorded more than 2,100 acts of assault, vandalism, and harassment on Jews in the U.S., the highest level of antisemitic incidents since it began tracking them.
In Sarasota, the Jewish community also has been the target of attacks because of its religion. It was not that long ago that Temple Emanu-El and Temple Sinai were vandalized with swastikas and other despicable graffiti.
What is responsible is the culture of hate and prejudice plaguing our country. When lies replace reality and white supremacists and other far-right fringe groups are encouraged by our political leaders to emerge from the shadows, the consequences are predictable, and it is not only the Jews that become the targets of their hatred. Everyone’s safety and rights are being trampled to support falsehoods, with the GOP passing voter suppression laws, making deals with violent extremists like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, and promoting QAnon conspiracy theories. It is time that all Americans loudly reject not just the lies that have infested our discourse, but also the politicians who spread them.
Sarasota County Democratic Party Jewish Caucus
Sarasota County Democratic Party