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The old pro-Nazis have returned in a new form

Today's pro-Hamas "protesters" are a throwback to the German-American Bund of the 1930s.

Members of the German-American Bund in July, 1939. Source: Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons.
Members of the German-American Bund in July, 1939. Source: Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons.
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Joseph Frager
Dr. Joseph Frager is a lifelong activist and physician. He is chairman of Israel advocacy for the Rabbinical Alliance of America, chairman of the executive committee of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim and executive vice president of the Israel Heritage Foundation.

In 1936, pro-Nazi Americans formed an organization called the German-American Bund. They held rallies and demonstrations supporting Hitler and the Nazi Party.

On February 20, 1939, 22,000 members showed up at Madison Square Garden. They were surrounded by Nazi imagery. They listened to speeches filled with Nazi propaganda. It was labeled “the day the Nazis took New York.”

The German-American Bund was one of the main reasons the United States did not enter World War II until the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941. This was more than two years after Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939.

By the time America joined the Allies, more than two million Jews had already been killed. Had it not been for the Bundists, the war would have ended sooner and millions of Jews would have been saved.

Even though a large number of Americans felt that the Bundists were unpatriotic and anti-American, 40,000 people showed up at Camp Siegfried in Long Island in 1938.

The behavior of today’s pro-Hamas “protesters” is not dissimilar to the overtly racist and anti-American behavior of the German Bund.

Masked hoodlums threaten Jews on subways and street corners. Violent keffiyeh-wearing thugs have taken over universities, blocked bridges and recently clashed with New York police at a Wall Street exhibit dedicated to victims of the Nova Music Festival massacre.

The protesters’ depravity and abhorrent antisemitism knows no bounds. Banners saying “ Long Live October 7” at a site dedicated to the memory of those murdered, raped and kidnapped on that day are beyond repulsive. It is not only anti-Israel and antisemitic, it is anti-American.

Just as the German-American Bund essentially disappeared after Pearl Harbor, I expect the same to happen to the pro-Hamas and pro-Hezbollah protesters once the “silent majority” of Americans speak up.

What must be done is clear: Police departments across America have to be allowed to do their job. Government officials must enact laws that make it harder for protesters to block bridges, airports, streets and college campuses. The anti-mask law that was used to fight the hooded Ku Klux Klan should be reenacted immediately. Violent protesters must be jailed.

Hamas is designated a terrorist organization under American law. Thus, support for Hamas by Americans must be prosecuted. A crackdown should be implemented at once. France learned to do this at the outset. America must do the same.

We cannot allow the United States to be hijacked by anarchists, gangsters and hooligans. It is time for everyone to understand that these people are destroying the fabric of American society.

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