Charlottesville Police Refused to Protect Synagogue

The Jewish community in Charlottesville hired armed security to protect its synagogue after local police declined to provide a guard for the site, according to its president. In a blog post, Congregation Beth Israel’s President Alan Zimmerman described his fear in the presence of white supremacists. As 40 members of the community prayed in the synagogue, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists paraded outside, shouting “‘There’s the synagogue!’and ‘Sieg Heil’” and other anti-Semitic language. Some carried flags with swastikas and other Nazi symbols,” Zimmerman wrote.’

White nationalists and supremacists carrying torches march in a parade at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. (Evelyn Hockstein forThe Washington Post)


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