Anti-vaxx protests in front of the Jewish legislator’s office show Nazi symbols

Some protesters at an anti-vaccine rally in the Bronx, New York, displayed Nazi symbols in front of the office of Jewish politician Jeffrey Dinowitz on Sunday, multiple sources reported.

A protester in the photo holds up a sign with the swastika symbol in the upper right corner, with the words “Crimes Against Humanity” written next to it. Another wore a yellow Star of David on his jacket to protest the fact that he is not vaccinated.

“The display of yellow swastikas and stars of David outside my office today is disgusting and offensive,” Dinowitz tweeted. “People are perfectly free to express their opinion on vaccines or any subject, but openly displaying Nazi symbols outside the office of a Jewish legislator is despicable.” Dinowitz represents District 81 in the New York State Assembly.

The rally, organized by former state gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, was to protest against a Dinowitz-sponsored state bill that would require students in New York State to be vaccinated to attend classes, according to the New York Post.
In response, Dinowitz pointed out that vaccines to attend school are nothing new, since “the fact that children have to be vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, etc., is a mandate,” he said in News 12.

Anti-vaccine protesters hold signs during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine march on the Sea Point waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa (credit: REUTERS / MIKE HUTCHINGS)

Astorino later said he was unaware of the Nazi symbols in a tweet, stating that “he has always condemned anti-Semitism. If he had seen it, he would have told them to remove the sign.”

Additionally, another recent incident of comparing COVID mandates to the Holocaust occurred last Saturday in Australia, where anti-vaccines demonstrated in Melbourne against the new mandates, with some comparing the state government to the Nazis.

Another anti-Semitic rally took place by anti-vaccines at a government hearing in Topeka, Kansas, multiple media outlets reported this week.

As in the incident in front of Dinowitz’s office, anti-vaccines were seen wearing yellow stars on their sweaters, later being convicted of comparing COVID mandates to the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust.

Republican Kansas state lawmakers had also drawn comparisons between genocide and recent government requirements for vaccinations, according to The independent.

Senate Republican Speaker Ty Masterson and House Republican Speaker Ron Ryckman called the incident “inappropriate” and “disappointing.” Both lawmakers also oppose vaccine mandates.

Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly called the anti-vaccines in the hearing anti-Semitic, stating that “anti-Semitism has no place in Kansas.”

Daran Duffy, who tried to run for mayor of Kansas City last summer, said he did not think wearing a yellow star was offensive to Jews, according to the Kansas City Star.

Duffy declared that the United States was heading towards a disaster like the Holocaust and that the star he wore is destined to remind that “everything that Hitler did, he did according to the laws of his country.”

Democratic state senator Pat Pettey told Duffy in response that he was “desecrating the Jewish people” with this act.

Gun control activist David Hogg, who survived the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, tweeted that “anti-Semitism is growing in this country and more people need to report it.”

Last month, a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in Georgia canceled a fundraiser because the event host’s social media account displayed an anti-vax symbol in the shape of a swastika.

Reuters and Shira Hanau / JTA contributed to this report.

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