When Jews are the victims!
I get that it’s hard for non-Jews to understand the symbolic significance of the Swastika. In 1920 the Nazi Party adopted this Sanskrit figure as its “symbol of National Socialism, and of the Aryan race,” and used it on the party flag. In 1933, Adolph Hitler made it the state flag of Germany, and the rest is history.
This Swastika symbol, along with the Iron Cross, a symbol of the German armed forces during the Third Reich, can elicit such fear and loathing in the heart of a Jew, that the mere sight of either one can literally cause physical, mental and emotional distress. Such a reaction is usually beyond the imagination of many people who have no personal connection to the idea that six million of their own people were systematically wiped out between 1933 and 1945, killing two thirds of the European Jewish population.
That is over 66% of all Jews in Europe in the middle of the last century.
Had Hitler’s “Final Solution” to exterminate all the Jews in Europe come to fruition, I would not be here to remind you that any crime against a specific group of people is considered a Hate Crime.
Right before midnight last night, I received a text that a car was vandalized on the 600 block of NE 179th Terrace, in the “doughnut hole” of North Miami Beach. Both the Swastika and the Iron Cross was etched into the paint of a brand new BMW belonging to a woman who didn’t even want to call the police when she discovered the Hate Crime. She told my source, “What good would it do? The (county) police will only come, write a report, hand me a piece of paper with a case number, and nothing will be done.”
The woman was eventually persuaded to call the police, who did exactly what she predicted. She was not surprised.
Fortunately, when word got out to a few of our North Miami Beach Police Officers, three of them showed up on the scene just to lend support to the victim. They didn’t have to do this, as the crime occurred outside their jurisdiction. But, to their credit, they came anyway. I’m told that the victim was moved by their concern.
On behalf of the victim, whose name I don’t even know and whose only connection to me is that we are both Jewish, I extend my sincere gratitude to the NMBPD!
Like the anti-Semitic defacement of an Orthodox synagogue on July 28, 2014 and the murder of an Orthodox Rabbi on August 9, 2014, neither of which have been classified as an official Hate Crime by the Miami-Dade County Police Department, this new incident will probably also be denied such status.
This is an outrage!
Hitler’s extermination of two thirds of Europe’s Jews during the Holocaust was the mother of all Hate Crimes.
Does it have to get that bad before crimes against Jews are classified as Hate Crimes as well? I hope not.
In any event, even if the Jewish victims of the recent spate of Hate Crimes in our community expect no support or protection from Miami-Dade County, our North Miami Beach Police Department is stepping in to take up the slack. Police Chief J. Scott Dennis issued a statement advising that not only are they are assisting the county PD with the investigation of the recent murder of the Rabbi, but that they will be increasing their presence in the area by way of “additional resource deployments.”
In addition, the Mayor and Council of the City of North Miami Beach will hold a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, August 18, 2014 at the McDonald Center, 17011 NE 19th Avenue, North Miami Beach, Florida. I urge all residents to attend.
Regardless of the official classification, the crimes being perpetrated against the Jews right now are absolutely Hate Crimes. We must come together as a community and voice our refusal to accept the unacceptable.
Today it’s the Jews.
Tomorrow it could be you.
“Spreading the Wealth”