At a public antisemitic demonstration in Austin, Texas on October 23, 2021, a group of neo-Nazis associating themselves with GoyimTV, and who apparently believe the Covid vaccine is harmful, displayed a banner over a bridge on MoPac reading “Vax the Jews.” It is time we recognize incidents like this, that call for physical attacks against Jews or any other group, as a wake up call to all people of conscience to (1) be aware of what other groups are facing and (2) stand together against such virulent expressions of outright hatred. We thank the Austin police for their statements condemning the bigoted message of these individuals. We understand their obligation to protect the constitutional right to freedom of speech, even speech that is hateful and offensive; at the same time we recognize this as an opportunity for others to use their voices to speak an even stronger message of unity by expressing their support for their Jewish neighbors.
StandWithUs (SWU) is an international, non-profit and non-partisan Israel education organization that works to inspire and educate people of all ages about Israel, as well as challenge misinformation and fight against antisemitism. Through university fellowships, high school internships, middle school curricula, conferences, materials, social media, educational films and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their schools and communities about Israel. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization has programs on five continents with chapters and offices throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK, Canada and Brazil. For the last nine years, SWU has consistently received the highest possible ratings from Charity Navigator (4 stars) and Guidestar (Platinum).