Here’s what we know about anti-Semitic messages displayed in Jacksonville

Florida’s college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday was disrupted by an anti-Semitic message on the TIAA Bank Field jumbo board, along with banners bearing the same anti-Semitic message.

The digital sign read “Kanye was right about the Jews,” which linked anti-Semitic remarks by celebrity Kanye West on Twitter this month. Banners hanging over a busy street read, according to ESPN, “End Jewish Supremacy in America” ​​and “Honk if you know it’s the Jews.”

Vic Micolucci, an affiliated CNN reporter, shared this video of the news on the big screen.

Melissa Ross, a local radio host, tweeted a photo of the banners hanging over I-10, calling it “terrible.”

On Sunday morning, the two universities involved released a joint statement condemning the act, ESPN reported.

“The University of Florida and the University of Georgia collectively condemn this and all acts of antisemitism and other forms of hatred and intolerance,” the press release said. “We are proud to be home to strong and prosperous Jewish communities at UGA and UF, and we stand united against hatred.”

TIAA Bank Field is home to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville played a game in London on Sunday.

At the time, local authorities say no crime was committed because there was no threat, but FBI officials continue to search for the person who wrote those messages, per CNN.

The local Jewish community is preparing for possible attacks by increasing security at synagogues, Mariam Feist, CEO of the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida, told News4JAX.

“Begin by educating children of all faiths and walks of life to have respect and tolerance for one another; that makes America a melting pot. We all bring our differences,” Feist told the news channel.

Nicole Fried, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner, released a statement with similar outrage to the universities. Denouncing the behavior, she said, is part of her duty.

“The first step is to make sure we don’t normalize this behavior,” she said. “Don’t normalize threats to the LGBTQ+ community. Do not normalize anti-Semitic messages over a highway or anywhere else.”

She added that social media like Twitter is a “vehicle for the rapid spread of disinformation and maliciousness.”

“Stay outraged, but use this outrage forever. Vote next month and stay involved in the process,” Fried encouraged.


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