December 14, 2009, - 1:16 pm

Growing Anti-Semitism in US: Masked Nazis Shout Obscenities @ Chanukah Ceremony

By Debbie Schlussel

As much as we hear the undue whining about alleged “Islamophobia,” Jews never flew planes into buildings to murder 3,000 Americans.  And yet the protests and religious hatred is, yet again, aimed at them.



Take this latest instance of masked Nazis shouting obscenities at a Chanukah menorah-lighting ceremony. I am heartened by the reports that passersby yelled at the Nazis and waved in support of the menorah-lighters. (But I’m also disappointed because I see this every day, when I get e-mails from conservatives who are supposed to be on my side spewing anti-Semitism and blaming Obama and the economy on the Jews; and when Michelle Malkin links to and promotes openly anti-Semitic articles on the racist and bigoted VDare site (a site which hilariously attacks Chanukah as a “multi-cultural” fake holiday) and helps promote and raise money for those who praise and condone Holocaust-denying Muslim death, rape and torture threats on Jews, both of which she proudly did recently. Jew-hatred is no longer the property of the left.)

Pouring rain failed to dampen the spirits of a small group of families huddled on the Sherman Green gazebo to light a menorah on the third night of Hanukkah Sunday.

Neither did three masked men, who carrying Nazi flags and shouting obscenities, tried to disrupt the ceremony until they fled when police arrived.

“I’m glad I was there,” said Fairfield First Selectman Kenneth Flatto.

So was Rabbi Shlame Landa who staged the ceremony for Chabad of Fairfield.

“It’s important to see we don’t back down from spreading goodness and light,” said Landa.

The men, dressed in black, showed up just as the ceremony was beginning, stayed on the sidewalk about 20 yards from the gazebo. Each carried a flag held in outstretched arms. One flag bore a swastika, another an iron cross.

From his vantage point, Flatto said he could hear obscenities . . . . In the interim, a number of passers-by not involved in the ceremony started yelling at the masked men. Some waved at the menorah lighters. A few joined in the ceremony. When police showed up, the men left in a car headed west on the Post Road with police trailing behind them. It is unclear if the men were stopped by police. . . .

“These people came to try and mar a ceremony,” he said of the masked men. “They did not succeed. Everyone there pretty much ignored that and focused on what is good about the holiday … a celebration of the festival of lights.”

Landa said it wasn’t a stretch to feel a little by like the Maccabees — on whom the story of Hanukkah is based. After battling religious persecution in 60 B.C.E., a small band of Jews lit a nine branched candelabra called a menorah to help resanctify their temple. The menorah is lit each night during the eight-day festival.

“We continue that battle,” said Landa. “The way we chose to battle darkness is to add a little bit more light. By doing a little bit more goodness is how we fight people who hate. That is what we tried to do tonight.”

Landa has been planning the menorah lighting for weeks and secured a permit from the town Park and Recreation Department. He had hoped to have many more than the 20 or so who braved a freezing rain. He said he wasn’t really focused on what was occurring on the sidewalk, but did notice the numbers in the gazebo seemed to swell a bit toward the end of the short ceremony, which included the lighting of a 9-foot portable menorah, followed by songs and refreshments.

“I told my wife, Miriam, on the way home, if (the masked men) came out in the rain, how much more does it say that we have to be there,” he added. “We really had to be there tonight. If not, they would have won half the battle.”

Kudos to Rabbi Landa and the gentile Selectman, Mr. Flatto. Sadly, anti-Semitism is growing and not just outside the U.S. And places where it was recently mostly frowned upon–such as the conservative right– are now rife with anti-Semitism, too. It’s not just Muslims and a fringe of neo-Nazis that embrace this Jew-hatred, today. While most Americans still frown on it, it’s growing all over the place. And while Jewish Americans celebrate this festival of light–of the few Maccabees beating the many forces of Antiochus Epiphanes and other miracles–all Americans must recognize the growing darkness that visits the Jewish people in every generation, and in every tough economic time.

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27 Responses

Hatred of Jews is bad. Fat people? Yeah, that’s okay.

Kirk on December 14, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Note these anti-Semitic activities in Florida, and the counter-demonstrations planned:,0,7213654,full.story

Jewish Marksman on December 14, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Cowards kept the masks on. Reminds me of Hamas stooges in photos.

David on December 14, 2009 at 2:48 pm

“…helps promote and raise money for those who praise and condone Holocaust-denying Muslim death, rape and torture threats on Jews, both of which [Malkin] proudly did recently.”

I wasn’t aware of this. I thought she was on our side. When did this happen and what event was it?

Surprised on December 14, 2009 at 3:17 pm

I worry less about a handful of fringe neo-Nazis than I worry about Islam. Debbie, one of our lovely Muslim “friends” in Vienna chewed off the finger of a Chabad Rabbi. That’s the real Nazism Jews face in the future. It should be a wake-up call but sadly enough – it won’t be.

NormanF on December 14, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Now I’m hoping Inglorious Basterds will win Best Picture.

What idiots, I didn’t know any of those guys were still out there.

Jersey Dave on December 14, 2009 at 3:55 pm

It doesn’t feel good when your religion is insulted, does it? Maybe you should consider that the next time you decide to insult Muslims by mocking their religion.

Babu on December 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    There he goes again… equivacating the evil mess called “islam” with religion….

    Once again I’ll ask you to explain lovely words of islamic love like “the day [of judgement] will not come until you [oh muslim] fight the Jews and KILL THEM”.

    Maybe muslims should consider this whenever they feel insulted by Jews.


    Doda McCheesle on December 15, 2009 at 9:31 am

Debbie, I saw this article in the CT Post and was cheesed off no end.

Ken Flatto is a good man being the first selectman of Fairfield.

A side note, a First Selectman is like being a Mayor of a town. In Greenwich, where I live, we have a 3-member Board of Selectmen. The top 3 finishers get seats on the board with the person having the most votes named First Selectman. In this case Peter Tesei (GOP) joined by Tod Theis (GOP) and Drew Marzullo (DEM), who also happens to be gay. There is a by-law in Greenwich where at least one member of the opposite party must serve on the board. Checks and balances you know.

But also I am EXTREMELY ANGERED there are people in CT-Stan who still think the way of these bastards, WHO WORE MASKS BECAUSE THEY ARE COWARDS! And yes in CT, there are factions of skinheads, neo-nazis and fascists.

For that I am ASHAMED this day I call myself a nutmegger.

Bob Porrazzo on December 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm


Bob Porrazzo on December 14, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Booboo, there is a huge difference between mockery and violent attack. Besides that, Islam isn’t mocked here, it’s taken to task using facts to expose it for the vile ideology it is. Islam is a virus and humanity is its host. Humanity is absent where Islam dominates.

Richard on December 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm

The growing anti-Semitism in the right is disgusting, and I agree with all your comments; it is a growing threat. At the same time, I still think it is more of a problem on the left. The visceral hatred of Israel on the left does not have very many counterparts on the right, although of course there is Buchanan and a few others. On a mass basis, I think the average conservative person in America is more pro-Israel and has less anti-Semitism than the average liberal, although this is not to excuse in the slightest those like Malkin or Hannity et al.

Little Al on December 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Are we sure these aren’t Obama supporters trying to stir things up? It turned out the violence at Tea Party events was all the work of Democrats and Lyndon LaRouche aupporters. Perhaps we should look under the masks.

Greg on December 14, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Lame fools. As for Michelle Malkin I hope she would address this issue. Oh well she is in the politburo of conservative pundits.

CaliforniaScreaming on December 14, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Greg, the violence was only by the liberal fascist Democrats. I went to a town hall meetings and the Larouche people were circulating the epic Obama as Hitler image and was later blamed on Republicans, Beck and Rush. In fact Larouche was upset he wasn’t getting credit for it. LOL!!

CaliforniaScreaming on December 14, 2009 at 9:30 pm

SICKOS! TRUELY disgusting that this is happening in America (these devil worshipers’ will someday see themselves face-to-face with God).

I would be proud to see your menorah lighting ceremony.

God Bless you, Debbie, on your lighting of the “Festival of Lights” on this anniversary of my Messiah’s birth, from a Christian who truely does believe in “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men”!


Jeremy S on December 15, 2009 at 12:25 am

Michelle Malkin is married to a Jew. So, why in her right mind would she ever promote anti-semitism?

Martin on December 15, 2009 at 12:33 am

The incident is concerning because even though they ran away when the cops came – they had no respect to come in the first place.

Just remember anti-semitism is not just a White neo-nazi thing – it’s also a Black thing.

sandy on December 15, 2009 at 10:47 am

I am a Fairfield resident and I am glad the jews got a little taste of what it is to be annoyed. I am tired of all the pushy jews here. Sorry it rained on your Hanukkah.

Fairfield Resident on December 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I respectfully disagree about your opinion on
Sure,there are some articles there (especially from Paul Craig Robert) that are anti-semitic. However, there are many commentaries there on illigal emigration that are right on the point. Just like with everything else, you need to sift through a lot of dirt in order to find some golden nuggets. There is no need to call them anti-semites. If you go through the comments section on the site, you’ll notice that many people disagree with Robert’s opinions and some have even asked the editors to stop posting his articles.

Orville Brown on December 16, 2009 at 9:18 am

The Jews deserve everything they have get and get.
Sieg heil 1488

Hess on December 22, 2009 at 2:01 am

There are tons of nazi skinheads in the usa and europe and trust me they are not obama supporters they would start a genocide of all non whites if they could

SS on December 30, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Michelle Malkin is a professional soul-seller and political equivalent of a prostitute. An Asian-American staunchly defending Japanese-American internment is like someone of Jewish extraction arguing that the Holocaust was justified. I am very happy that she disappointed or shocked you.

Vivek Golikeri on June 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Debbie, if someone personally harasses Jews going about their business, they need to be arrested. However, like many others I am sick and tired of the political correctness used. not just by Jews, but by others interests as well to intimidate free expression of opinion.

Support controlling the Mexican border? You’re an anti-Hispanic racist. Oppose affirmative action? You’re racist against blacks. Dare point out wrongdoing by Jewish persons or groups? Bingo! You’re an anti-semite.

It’s this “Jews can do no wrong” attitude that turns decent people into haters.

Vivek Golikeri on June 10, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Hail Hitler! Down with the Judeo-God. Hail Odin the Wise! Thor may your hammer smite these people of the snake, let them fall like the dogs they are. Hail Germania! Victory or Valhalla!

Odinic Warrior on November 21, 2010 at 4:08 am

This is not a fringe thing, and the majority of people are not in favour of israel, many people would show their support but at the moment they don;t. As to the police they are secretive but they are leaning more towards the nazi than the jew.

paul kulkin on December 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm

these are americans who are sick of fighting israels wars for it and are tired of israeli interference. most americans know what jews are doing and are tired of them, as aremany other people across the world.

david cannes on April 19, 2015 at 10:20 am

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