Anti-Semitic graffiti found in Toms River a microcosm for wider anti-Semitism

Arguably the most important contemporary question in respect to the increase in anti-Semitism is what lies behind it? Many theories abound but AntiSemitismWatch is convinced, through its worldwide network and monitoring, that all too often instances of anti-Semitism are derived from the atmosphere created when those with political or social agendas seek to impose their will on others.

This is most powerfully experienced across university campuses when those pushing their Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) viewpoint create a poisonous environment for anyone not persuaded or supportive of their cause.

AntiSemitismWatch has extensively covered the effects felt by Jewish and pro-Israel students and staff, for example, at Oxford University, City University of New York and King’s College London.

This is a point entirely lost by BDS supporters, conveniently or deliberately ignoring the reality. AntiSemitismWatch believes there are distinct parallels between this description and what is currently being experienced in Toms River.

Readers may already be familiar with the news that Toms River has implemented a law aimed at putting an end to what many of its residents and leaders labeled overly aggressive tactics by realtors. Some observers suggest the measure is part of a campaign to block an increasing migration by members of the neighboring Orthodox community of Lakewood. Against this backdrop, tensions have simmered over comments made by Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher.Thomas Kelaher

In an interview with Bloomberg News Service regarding the recent influx and his town’s reaction to it, Kelaher was quoted as saying, “It’s like an invasion. It’s the old throwback to the 1960s, when blockbusting happened in Philadelphia and Chicago with the African-American community — ‘I want to buy your house. You’ll be sorry if you don’t [sell it to me].”

Representatives of the Chabad Jewish Center have also filed a suit in federal court against Toms River and its Zoning Board of Adjustment alleging its refusal to allow small weekly prayer services in Rabbi Moshe Gourarie’s home is a civil rights violation spurred by a “rising tide of anti-Semitism” in the community.

In the latest incident that appears to have resulted from this cancerous environment, “Go back to Lakewood, Jew,” has been found carved into a picnic table in the local Riverwood Park.

The table was removed by the local authorities after they learned of the graffiti, according to Community Affairs Officer Ralph Stocco.

A police detective was assigned and the incident is being treated as a hate crime, according to Stocco. They are working to determine if this is related to an incident at the same park earlier this month where “Burn the Jews” was carved into playground equipment.

A number of social media statements regarding Chabad and ultra-Orthodox Jews have also been noted since the issue originally flared, describing them as “cockroaches,” “trash,” a “cult,” “he-brews and she-brews,” a “Jewish conspiracy,” “disgusting phonies,” a “joo school,” “damn jews,” “dirty,” and a “disease.”

AntiSemitismWatch believes on the basis of this analogy it is essential that individuals, groups, organisations, colleges and universities, governments and agencies begin taking the action necessary to prevent the further spread of anti-Semitism. It is clear one of the most effective tactics is standing against and preventing the poisonous and cancerous environments created by BDS and its associated acolytes like Israeli Apartheid Week.

It is also a powerful argument to be put to those communities and societies who, for whatever reason, like Toms River, seek to maintain an artificial status quo.

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