(JNS) — Neo-Nazis protested outside two Georgia synagogues over Shabbat.
On Friday night, some 15 protesters yelled antisemitic things outside Temple Beth Israel, a Reform congregation in Macon, Ga. The following day, about a dozen bore Nazi symbols outside a Jewish place of worship in East Cobb, Ga.
Worshippers were reportedly in synagogue while neo-Nazis gathered outside.
“This was the most frightening thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” Stewart Levy, who is part of the Cobb County Jewish community, told WSB-TV.
“There is absolutely no place for this hate and antisemitism in our state. I share in the outrage over this shameful act and stand with Georgians everywhere in condemning it,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) posted online. “We remain vigilant in the face of these disgusting acts of bigotry.”
Per reports, the neo-Nazis were associated with the so-called Goyim Defense League, which is said to be behind the dissemination of many antisemitic flyers. The founder of the group was arrested at the Friday night protest after continuing to use a bullhorn after officers asked him to stop. He was released and was part of the Saturday protest too.
Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), who is Jewish, stated, “Georgia’s Jewish community will never be intimidated by antisemitism. Today, as symbols of genocide were paraded in front of synagogues, we continue to stand strong, proud and unbowed.”