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‘Most frightening thing I’ve ever seen,’ GA synagogue congregant says of neo-Nazi protest

“I share in the outrage over this shameful act and stand with Georgians everywhere in condemning it,” stated George Gov. Brian Kemp.

A neo-Nazi skinhead with a patch in German that reads “Skinheads, White and proud,” Aug. 19, 2006. Photo: Marek Peters via Wikimedia Commons.
A neo-Nazi skinhead with a patch in German that reads “Skinheads, White and proud,” Aug. 19, 2006. Photo: Marek Peters via Wikimedia Commons.

Neo-Nazis protested outside two Georgia synagogues over Shabbat.

On Friday night, some 15 protesters yelled antisemitic things outside Temple Beth Israel, a Reform congregation in Macon, Ga. The following day, about a dozen bore Nazi symbols outside the Chabad of Cobb County in East Cobb, Ga.

Worshippers were reportedly in synagogue while neo-Nazis gathered outside.

“This was the most frightening thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” Stewart Levy, who is part of the Cobb County Chabad community, told WSB-TV.

“There is absolutely no place for this hate and antisemitism in our state. I share in the outrage over this shameful act and stand with Georgians everywhere in condemning it,” George Gov. Brian Kemp (R) tweeted. “We remain vigilant in the face of these disgusting acts of bigotry.”

Per reports, the neo-Nazis were associated with the so-called Goyim Defense League, which is said to be behind the dissemination of many antisemitic flyers. The founder of the group was arrested at the Friday night protest after continuing to use a bullhorn after officers asked him to stop. He was released and was part of the Saturday protest too.

Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), who is Jewish, stated, “Georgia’s Jewish community will never be intimidated by antisemitism. Today, as symbols of genocide were paraded in front of synagogues, we continue to stand strong, proud and unbowed.”

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