From North Florida to South Florida, anti-Semitic messages are suddenly appearing.
Sunday Dawn revealed that a homeowners association property had been defaced in Weston, after further anti-Jewish sentiments surfaced around Jacksonville on Friday and Saturday, including at a football game at full capacity between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia at the TIAA. Bank Field in Jacksonville.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultzwho lives in Weston, issued a statement decrying all of this – and called on more politicians to do the same.
“The recent spike in public and highly publicized anti-Semitism, both in northeast Florida and now with repeat cases in my own hometown of Weston, is a deeply alarming and heartbreaking trend,” the statement said. by Wasserman Schultz, published by his office on Sunday afternoon. “This hatred must be strongly denounced. It is incumbent on all Florida leaders to unequivocally condemn this dangerous rhetoric.
republican governor Ron DeSantis tweeted about the Seminoles winning their football game on Saturday, but there was nothing about the anti-Semitic incident in the UF-UGA match, although he would have attended on Saturday evening.
Democratic candidate for governor charlie christ released a statement on Sunday calling attention to DeSantis’ silence on the football game incident, in addition to an anti-Semitic posting Friday on an Interstate 10 overpass. Still, a slew of politicians on both sides of the alley took to Twitter on Sunday to express their disgust at the hate displayed in Jacksonville. US Republican Senator. Rick Scott did, as did the Miami State senator. Annette Taddeo running to overthrow Rep. Mary Salazar of Congress.
“…Hate will not win,” Taddeo tweeted. “I want all of my Jewish brothers and sisters to know this – when I am elected the first Jewish Latina in Congress, I will not stop fighting until we root out hate.”
“There is no place for hateful anti-Semitic messages in Jacksonville this weekend or anywhere in America – ever,” Renner tweeted Sunday afternoon. : We must remain vigilant against this ugly rhetoric and we will always remain united to our Jewish community.
The HOA downgrade hits close to home for many — South Florida is a stronghold for the Jewish community. State Representative Robin Bartleman posted the photos of the Hunters Pointe community graffiti on their Facebook page.
“I am appalled to see these acts of hatred, prejudice and anti-Semitism in my hometown,” she wrote. “We need to come together and all stand against this – ENOUGH!! This is unconscionable.”
Earlier this month, during the celebration of Yom Kippur, one of the great holy holidays of the Jewish faith, racist and anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted on a sidewalk in Weston in the same neighborhood.
Leader of the Democratic Senate Laurent Book tweeted photos of the graffiti, writing that it was time for the community to speak up and take action.
“I am disgusted and appalled by the hateful posts tagged in Weston,” Book tweeted. “There is an increase in anti-Semitism and racism not only in our state, but across the country. We as a community must collectively condemn these acts and the cowards who did this.