Saturday, April 01, 2023

(JNS) Fans of college football who were hoping to enjoy a great rivalry when the University of Florida Gators took on the University of Georgia Bulldogs last weekend were subjected to antisemitic sentiments when the words “Kayne is right about the Jews” were digitally displayed on a side of TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida after the game.

The statement refers to antisemitic remarks made earlier this month by the rapper Kayne West, who now goes by Ye.

Condemnations came from many persons, including from the Florida city’s Mayor Lenny Curry, who said, “Jacksonville is a city made better because of its diversity. Those who spread messages of hate, racism and antisemitism will not be able to change the heart of this city or her people. I condemn these cowards and their cowardly messages.”

Also weighing in were the administrations of both universities, which issued a joint statement saying that they “denounce these and all acts of antisemitism and other forms of hatred and intolerance. We are proud to be home to strong and thriving Jewish communities at UGA and UF, and we stand together against hate.”

The hate incident at the college football game is just one of several recent antisemitic incidents in Jacksonville, including the appearance of several people who stood on a highway overpass with banners that read “End Jewish Supremacy in America” and “Honk if you know it’s the Jews.”

To address security needs, the Jacksonville-based Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida has signed an agreement with the Secure Community Network (SCN) to create a Community Security Initiative for the Jewish community as part of the LiveSecure program.

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