August 1, 2020 — Dallas, Texas
The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Muslim Jewish Advisory Council condemns Thursday’s intrusion into a Zoom observance of Tisha B’av by a lone interloper spewing antisemitic remarks as well as bigoted comments against Hindus and African Americans.
The service, which combined participation from several local orthodox congregations, was just underway when messages of hate appeared including “Kill all Jews,” and “Hail Hitler.” In addition, the Zoom bomber displayed the Nazi salute as well as a Nazi swastika. Remarks disparaging Hindus and African Americans were also reported to have been made during the incursion.
Tisha B’av is a solemn occasion which commemorates many of the great tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people. While it is somber in tone, the underlying theme of persistence in the face of adversity and hate is particularly resonant in this situation. It should be laudably noted, that when the service re-convened shortly after the interruption, the attendance was even higher than the approximately 100 who were tuned in the first time.
The DFW Muslim Jewish Advisory Council was convened in 2017 to deepen the relationships between our communities. The council operates based on our shared values to partner together on issues of common concern, including fighting Islamophobia and antisemitism; advocating for stronger hate crimes legislation like the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act; and promoting the free and safe practice of religion.