The current unpleasantries in the Middle East have spilled over to affect Americans right here at home. Jews have become targets of pro-Palestinian mobs in a number of cities. There have been fist fights in Times Square and fireworks attacks in New York’s diamond district.
Diners in New York and Los Angles have been assaulted and spat upon.
Tonight in my city, NYC. Eating while Jewi*h. pic.twitter.com/rPUQn0mqnt
— Mendy Pellin (@MendyTV) May 21, 2021
— Michal Divon מיכל דיבון ميخال ديفون (@michaldivon) May 19, 2021
I’m outraged by attacks against Jews in LA in recent days. As future CD5 Councilmember, rest assured I’ll come down hard on these perpetrators. During this conflict in Mideast, we need to keep cool heads here. & we need to ensure all residents feel safe. https://t.co/1CJqquXSpe
— Jeff Ebenstein (@jeffebenstein) May 19, 2021
Yesterday a family in Miami was threatened as they left a synagogue. They were defended by a Good Samaritan with a gun.
From Yahoo News . . .
Eric Orgen said he, his wife, and his daughter, 16, had just left a synagogue in Bal Harbour and were walking on the sidewalk when a group of men driving by started shouting and throwing garbage at them.
“They just started screaming some derogatory things towards Jewish people out the window,” Orgen told WPEC-TV of West Palm Beach. “My first thought was just making sure my wife and daughter were behind me so I could take the brunt of anything that was going to happen.”
Orgen told the station the men said things like, “Free Palestine!,” “Die Jew!” “F– you Jew,” and “I’m gonna rape your wife.”
The family was helped by a driver who witnessed the attack and decided to intervene, Orgen said. Armed with a gun, the stranger defended the family and chased the group away.
“The guy in the car behind them saw everything go on,” Orgen told WPEC-TV. “I saw him pull a gun and get in between – I mean he was almost there as our guardian angel, just protecting us. I think once they saw him they just took off.”
That’s not surprising. Law-abiding gun owners carry firearms in order to defend themselves and others. It’s fortunate for the Orgen family that someone who was armed happened to be nearby and willing to step in when the family was threatened.
The question then becomes, why wasn’t Eric Orgen or his wife armed? These attacks are becoming more frequent and more violent. In an age of defunded police departments, dialing 911 and waiting for help simply isn’t an effective option. Far too much damage can be inflicted before police arrive, even in the best of times.
Messages like these from politicians and law enforcement are becoming necessary . . .
WATCH: A public safety message from Beverly Hills Police Chief Dominick Rivetti pic.twitter.com/D9PtQtWF5B
— CityofBeverlyHills (@CityofBevHills) May 20, 2021
And not every locality still has the resources of Beverly Hills.
With depleted resources, response times across the country have increased. Responsible individuals need to have the ability to defend themselves and their families. And if you’re a member of an increasingly targeted group, such as America’s Jews, it’s critical that you don’t rely solely on local police for help should you be harassed or assaulted.
We’ve seen attacks on synagogues in the past, both in Pittsburgh and San Diego. The San Diego shooting was likely prevented from being much worse than it was because of an armed man in the congregation. All synagogues would be well-advised to learn the lessons these two incidents made clear and have armed individuals on hand during services to protect worshippers.
Millions of Americans have purchased guns in the last 15 months, Jews and gentiles alike. Given the current environment, it’s time for more Jews join their fellow Americans who have decided to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. They need to have the means to mount an effective armed defense as anti-semitic attacks such as those above spread. The lives they save may be their own.