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The Kristallnacht You Didn’t Hear About

Op-Ed by Rabbi Yakov Saacks: 3 Jewish organizations signed on an allegiance to a "new covenant" endorsing the Black Lives Matter movement. Did you hear them condemn the 2020 Los Angeles Kristallnacht? Full Story

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Well said
July 18, 2020 10:28 pm

You are so right

Reply to  Well said
July 24, 2020 2:16 pm

Yes,we just have to STOP saying “Peaceful protests were HIJACKED”.These are intentional riots!

Please read
Reply to  Well said
July 24, 2020 9:19 pm

Thank you Diane I didn’t know anything about this of course they didn’t put it in the press we certainly know that Black Lives Matter and the people behind it or anti-Semites but the Jews who get on their knees are suckers, Make me sick this Jewish guilt with communist roots goes way back to the turn of the century in New York City and it’s spread like a disease throughout the country and Jewish communities. Do your research find out about the The settlement houses , ladies garment workers and the unionist movement. And many of the people came… Read more »

Openly against Israel
July 18, 2020 10:49 pm

BLM is openly against Israel!
How can Jewish orgaizations sign up to it?!
We must differentiate between opposing racism and the organization “Black Lives Matter”!
Wake up, before it’s too late!!

those organizations dont have our values
Reply to  Openly against Israel
July 19, 2020 11:33 am

Hillel and JFS are not aligned with Jewish values and have lost touch with Judaism years ago. I have a very good friend who is a director at Hillel, she is is Anti-Israel, actively pro BDS and is anti religion, however she runs the entire chapter. She was specifically recruited for her anti Israel views and the fact that she grew up frum so she could steer students towards this type of social activism. There is a big difference between a chabad on campus and a hillel. Those who are part of Hillel and are truly their for the Judaism… Read more »

so sad
Reply to  those organizations dont have our values
July 19, 2020 11:35 pm

your comment is heartbreaking 🙁

July 18, 2020 10:50 pm

So true!!
We can be our own worst enemy.
BLM,…….??….. very few people realize their insidious agenda.

BH just me.
July 18, 2020 10:52 pm

Thank you for speaking out.

Politicali incorrect
July 18, 2020 10:53 pm

Where are those crown heights do Gooders that we’re so proud to walk on eastern parkway with BLM and we’re bragging about it all over social media

Reply to  Politicali incorrect
July 25, 2020 9:14 am

The biggest antisemites are jews unfortunately BLM is not peaceful it’s actually racist

July 18, 2020 11:13 pm

I don’t mean this in a good way. This is insanely reductionist, harmful and silences the existence of black Jews. It’s erasure. And do not EVER compare this to kristallnacht. What a privileged person you must be to even jump to that comparison.

Reply to  WOW
July 21, 2020 1:57 pm

You have got to be kidding. There are few black Jews in the U.S. other than the lunatics who call themselves “Black Hebrews” (a racist cult). Do you really think that actual black Jewish businesses or synagogues would be exempt from the anti-Semitism seen in L.A.? And is it really necessary, when the focus of the article is on a specific place and specific people with specific characteristics, to mention others who were not involved? As for Kristallnacht, Rabbi Saacks made it clear that he wasn’t comparing this to the events of November 9, 1938, he was using the term… Read more »

July 18, 2020 11:26 pm

its been exposed as a terrorists group. anything to do with them is pathetic.

Not True
July 19, 2020 12:03 am

I live in LA. This was not a deliberate attack against the Jewish community. Stores were looted all over town including Melrose Ave. The vast majority were stores that are not Jewish. The mob destroyed indiscriminately. I am not pro BLM and am not defending any rioters, but comparing this to kristelnacht is absurd. The reason you didn’t hear much about it is because we all understood this was not anti semitic specifically, it was rampant destruction of everything.

Reply to  Not True
July 19, 2020 12:32 am

Where I come from, if you write a curse followed by the word Jew, it is anti Semitic.

Not True
Reply to  Author
July 19, 2020 1:04 am

Where I come from (LA) hundreds of stores and businesses were vandalized. A handful were Jewish. But I guess the facts don’t really matter. Let’s not cry anti semitism when it’s not; so that when it really is, our cries will have some legitimacy.

Self hating jew
Reply to  Not True
July 19, 2020 1:29 am

Enough of your liberalism

Reply to  Not True
July 19, 2020 1:48 am

That’s facts

I also live in La Brea / Fairfax
Reply to  Not True
July 19, 2020 2:17 am

What about the mobs, including black and leftists, driving by and screaming “f—Jews.”

What about the shuls that were graffitied with antisemitic graffiti…

Let’s not downplay it…

If it wasn't antisemtisim why the swastikas?
Reply to  Not True
July 19, 2020 8:55 am

To “Not True”: If it wasn’t antisemitism, why the swastikas and the anti-Israel graffiti?

I, too live in LA
Reply to  Not True
July 19, 2020 5:42 pm

I, too, live in LA. And let me assure you, this WAS a deliberate attack against the Jewish community. Have you seen the “Free Palestine” graffiti on shuls on Beverly Blvd? Have you heard the BLM rioters chanting about Palestine? Also, you know which stores were vandalized on Melrose? The fancy ones. I live less than a mile from Ariel Glatt. Ariel Glatt is a small grocery store. There is no fancy furniture, no Gucci shoes, and maybe a couple hundred dollars of cash there. They were attacked because of the “Kosher” sign. Anti-Semitism, pure and simple. Liebers, a caterer… Read more »

Reply to  Not True
July 20, 2020 1:23 am

Did I not read there were swastikas painted on synagogues if so they were targeting Jewish establishments.

Mark Levin covered this when it happened and...
July 19, 2020 12:19 am

Constitutional Conservative radio and TV host Mark Levin covered this story with Rabbi Berg shortly after it happened and has reminded his audience of millions about it periodically since. These Marxist Seperatists are antisemitic, anti Israel, anti God, Anti America and need to be dealt with in the most efficient of manners.

Reply to  Mark Levin covered this when it happened and...
July 19, 2020 4:14 pm

why are you listening to Mark Levin? you want to be brainwashed by non Torah rhetoric?

July 19, 2020 1:15 am

Couldn’t agree more especially around the antisemitic graffiti. Though, the damage and ransacking of stores didn’t seem very targeted to be honest,

BLM? Ppppplease. An excuse for unchecked behavior.

Thanks for the article.

Trained Marxists
Reply to  RCDBH
July 19, 2020 8:58 am

Patrisse Cullors is one of the Black Lives Matter movement’s co-founders, a queer activist, and has promoted far-left policies including the abolition of prisons. In A 2015 clip taken from an interview for The Real News Network, Cullors says, “I think of a lot of things: The first thing I think of is that we actually do have an ideology frame.” She continues, “Myself and Alicia, in particular, are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories, and I think what we really try to do is build a movement that can be utilized by… Read more »

Store Gates
July 19, 2020 1:24 am

All Jewish stores & businesses in Crown Heights, NY, LA & everywhere should, Check & make sure their Mezuzas are Good & Kosher, Put & Install Immediately Full Store Gates on All Glass Windows/Doors, The Mobs & Riots unfortunately are just starting & it only looks like it will be getting worse, Full Gates on all stores, If all the fancy Stores in Manhattan would of had store gates instead of their thick fancy shmancy glass that after enough hitting on it all broke then the Pogrom in Manhattan on June 1st 2020 would of been much much less destructive,… Read more »

If Joe Biden wins, God forbid
Reply to  Store Gates
July 19, 2020 8:59 am

If Joe Biden wins, God forbid, this will get a lot worse.

Riots in New York
Reply to  Store Gates
July 19, 2020 2:30 pm

Macy’s boarded their windows with plywood, and topped this with barbed wire coils. In addition they hired about 20 security men to stand guard. Their store in Manhattan was not touched. Not every store can be Macy’s unfortunately. Mob rule cannot be tolerated any place in America. Antifa is such a group !!!

This is shameful and untrue
July 19, 2020 1:34 am

The authors (who is not from LA) assumptions and misrepresentation of facts can only be taken as a poor attempt to cry wolf. Walking the streets of LA the morning after the riots, i witnessed first-hand the carnage and graffiti on nearly every single building along the route of the riots from West Hollywood to Rodeo Drive and yes the Jewish businesses and institutions on that route that were also hit. Your incendiary suggestion that the riots were a targeted attack against the Jewish community is based on zero fact and grossly untrue. The damage caused over those 3 days… Read more »

July 19, 2020 1:47 am

Besides for the point that Jews shouldn’t support BLM which is true you are wrong for calling it a kristallnacht you are obviously not from la cuz if you were u would know that fairfax isn’t a big Jewish community anymore and they looted about 10 Jewish establishments in all compared to hundreds of non Jewish ones in the area you are absolutely not factual

One of the LA BLM organizers
Reply to  Untrue
July 19, 2020 9:02 am

One of the LA BLM organizers specifically stated that they wanted to spread an anti Israel message when going through the Jewish community. Seems pretty targeted to me.

July 19, 2020 1:59 am

Mezuzahs: It is important for everyone to have their Mezuzahs and Tefillin regularly checked, Especially now as we are approaching the month of Elul shortly, As well to make sure that all Door posts in your home have Mezuzahs. Store Gates: We saw what just one night of looting in Manhattan looks like, as well Manhattan “supposedly” is the place with the most Police stationed, Every high end store with their luxury high end strong glass windows had their windows broken at best & fully looted & ransacked at worst. Store Owners in Crown Heights that do not have gates… Read more »

July 19, 2020 2:13 am

To “Comment Not True” You have a point BUT, Instead of focusing on how some “random people”, attacked, looted & destroyed a bunch of “random” stores and the Yiddishe area “happened” to be one of the places that they passed thru to destroy, It would be wise to focus more on how to prevent this from happening again by better protecting all the Shuls, Yeshivas, Businesses & Stores in the La Brea area by installing Gates/Bars on Shuls, Yeshivas, Stores & Businesses so the next time (hopefully not and IYH everyone will be safe but unfortunately with the current violence… Read more »

July 19, 2020 2:21 am

Let us not forget that the ADL continues to pander to Sharpton on an ongoing basis.

This is a major part of the problem.

Talk & Action
July 19, 2020 3:01 am

There is Talk & There is Action, I am not from LA, But i have seen 2 months ago the Horrifying videos of the Damage to the Frum Community in Fairfax LA, As well the videos of the brave Yidden on Motzei Shavous fighting back against some rioters to protect their families & community, But talking about how these rioters, which are thugs at best, did not really mean to target the Frum area, it was just that Fairfax community was “in their way between Downtown LA & Beverly Hills” (which btw beverly hills has BH a very large frum… Read more »

shocking to keep reading
July 19, 2020 6:53 am

So many keep suggesting gates. Why would you remain living there if you feel it is so dangerous that you have to lock yourself (home/shul/store) in behind gates? Read between the lines – look at the writing on the wall. Make Aliyah – move to Eretz Yisrael. Moshiach Now!

Who says israel is better
Reply to  shocking to keep reading
July 19, 2020 7:29 pm

Did you see what is going on in israel these days. It seems that the government is singling out the chareidim. The fact that goyim hate jew is one thing, but for jews to hate jews is another.

Mrs Pamela Hackner
July 19, 2020 10:15 am

What these ignorant people do not seem to know, is history, it was the Arabs in North Africa who were running the Slave trade ( they even sold them to their own people ( the Arabs) they sold them to the Americans and the British. These demonstrations are just an excuse for anti semitism, and their hatred of Israel. Another point they do not seem to know ( or ignor) is it is Israel who has given the most help over the tears to the Black African people, they have helped them with Agriculture, making water safe to drink ,… Read more »

July 19, 2020 2:11 pm

The article definitely has good points, while the general protests didn’t seem targeted directly at Jews-especially in LA, we definitely got hit hard, and it gave excuses for anti semitism to be be expressed, but it kinda felt like all evil unraveled from the protests turning into dangerous rioting and looting, it was a time for thugs and mobs to come out and act freely, as well as strong anti semitism.

But one thing is clear (not from the riots) we definitely see that the BLM movement is in fact anti semitic.

Both sides are unreasonable.
July 19, 2020 5:45 pm

We need police accountability, and we need to acknowledge that racism still exists. We also cannot tolerate anti-Semitism.

You've bought into the #fakenews
Reply to  Both sides are unreasonable.
July 19, 2020 10:29 pm

When 9 unarmed blacks are killed by police in a year, most of them in a struggle with police, when there are around 800,000 police in the country with millions of interactions with black people, it is a statistical anomoly that blacks are killed. Our thin blue line does an amazing job, especially when allowed to by mayors. If you don’t like the rioting going on in NY, next time vote Republican/Conservative.

Magen Am
July 19, 2020 5:46 pm

Something that was not mentioned in this article, is that Magen Am, a private security company, has been protecting the Jewish neighborhoods in LA 24/7 since the riots. They are really doing great work.

Pan Pacific Park LA start point
August 17, 2020 1:53 pm

I live in LA, they chose Pan Pacific Park to host the protests. That park is probably the best public venue in the city to hold masses of people and a rally. There are rallies there for all kinds of events throughout the year. (The Museum of the Holocaust is also in that park. And it wasn’t attacked) It happens to be right in the middle of the Jewish community.