Jewish Protesters Make Their Voice Heard at anti-'Unite the Right' Rally

'These people want me dead because I exist, and that's not ok,' a Jewish protester who painted a Star of David on her face at a demonstration says as activists raise objection to the Washington rally

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Jewish counter protester draws star of David on her face
A Jewish counter-protester in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2018Credit: Ben Fractenberg/ The Forward
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Jews, both individually and as part of Jewish groups, have been heavily active in opposing the “Unite the Right 2” rally in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, organized by the coordinator of last year’s deadly white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Knowing that attendees of the march last year chanted “Jews will not replace us,” some counter-protesters on Sunday made explicit their Jewish identity - by drawing it on their faces.

“These people want me dead because I exist, And it’s not ok,” Becki, a D.C. resident who painted a black Star of David on her cheek, told the Forward. “I wanted to show them I’m not going anywhere.”

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Others drew their stars on their arms or other body parts.

“Fascism has not historically been good for Jews,” Jewish socialist Carsie Blanton told the Forward at Lafayette Park in front of the White House, a few hours before the white nationalists were expected there. “I think we need all methods [to fight fascists]. It’s an all hands on deck situation.”

Another counter-protest rally at Freedom Plaza featured speakers representing many different faith groups, including a self-described “black, queer, Jewish, Hebrew priestess.” One speaker there led the crowd in a chant of “From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go” and discussed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.

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