Here’s how Florida law enforcement is preparing for anti-Semitic ‘day of hate’

Reporter: Jolena Esperto Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Saturday is the Sabbath for the Jewish community, and as they celebrate their holy day, neo-Nazi groups across the country are planning a national day of hate.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says hate has no place in our state, and violence, threats, or intimidation will not be tolerated.

Jewish communities are preparing to celebrate their holy day of the Sabbath. Unfortunately, anti-Semitic and white supremacist groups plan a national day of hate. For local rabbis, this is incredibly frustrating.

“We are going to be very cautious this weekend and just be very mindful of what’s going on around us,” said Rabbi Adam Miller, the senior rabbi at Temple Shalom of Naples.

“It is extremely disturbing and sad that we have to deal with this again and again,” said Rabbi Nicole Luna, of Temple Beth El.

After recent cases of anti-Semitic flyers showing up across the state, Governor Ron DeSantis has called on local law enforcement agencies to support Jewish communities and ensure they are safe.

“We do have a great partnership with law enforcement. They are very much on top of this. They will be taking some extra precautions this weekend,” said Miller.

The president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples, Jeffrey Feld, says these groups want to draw attention to their hate. “They’re going to do things that are challenging.”

Rabbis say this should not deter the Jewish community from celebrating their faith.

Rabbi Miller says the community has always come together to stand up against hate in the past. Rabbi Luna says you can show your support by reaching out to your Jewish neighbors and friends as they celebrate their holy day.

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