Rockland County Republicans Post Anti-Semitic Ad
The Republican Party chapter in a New York county with a growing Jewish population posted a campaign video on Wednesday that was widely condemned as anti-Semitic.
Rockland County, about an hour north of New York City, has been the site of tensions for years between longtime locals and the quickly-growing Orthodox Jewish population, which are now estimated to comprise more than one-third of the population.
A campaign video posted by the Rockland County Republican Party warned that local county legislator Aron Wieder, who is Orthodox, was plotting a “takeover” of the area.
The video spliced shadowy footage of Wieder with headlines of news stories covering Jewish-Christian tensions. “What’s at stake: Our homes, our families, our schools, our communities, our water, our way of life,” graphics claimed.
Here is the video:
Anti-Semitism isn’t just Jews getting punched in the face.
It’s videos like this, that paint religious Jews as the “other”. I am shocked that the Rockland County GOP approved this ad.
This video says a lot more about the people who made it than the people it seeks to condemn. pic.twitter.com/43LNeh1ygu