Letter: Stand up to antisemitic violence

Graphic by Lori Deaton

When I went to Asheville High in the late ’60s, we always had our high school dances at the Jewish Community Center, and Asheville never seemed to have problems with violence against Jewish people. In fact, some of the members of my Asheville High football team were Jewish, but back then, we never had a problem based on religion.

Now, that has changed in North Carolina and all over the rest of the country, which has had a large increase in violence against Jewish people. I hope Asheville will not be dragged into the same trouble, as many places in North Carolina have been now, but people should be aware of this and stand up against antisemitic violence all over the state and the whole country.

A civil war has been raging in the heartland and South in America, especially in North Carolina, where the far right is suspected of taking out power stations, and it is getting worse by the month, but New Yorkers have no clue. How about this? A gang of serious Nazis showed up on Broadway in February, made national and international news, left and continued recruiting and prepping for the ongoing civil war. Many high-profile Republicans have just called for a Christian nationalist state to be established in Idaho, and Marjorie Taylor Greene is calling for civil war.

— John Penley
Las Vegas


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6 thoughts on “Letter: Stand up to antisemitic violence

  1. gapple

    I don’t believe it is the Christian Republicans you have to worry about because we stand by our Jewish brethren and this nations Judeo/Christian values. Rather, I feel that the woke progressive leftist democrat associated groups, including politicians and media are the ones you need to fear.

    • John Penley

      Since the letter is pretty old by now how about adding this to update it . Recently in Asheville an employee of the Asheville Public Library was fired when his far right anti-semitic social media activity was exposed. Also this…All of this public Neo Nazi and far right activity has caused the Jewish Anti Defamation League [which used some of my photos from Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville] to make and pay for national anti-HATE television ads which can be seen on a number of national tv channels. JP

    • John Penley

      My reply to Gapple…Put your name on this comment or I say you are a coward.

    • Godslayer

      I don’t hear any “woke progressive leftist democrat associated groups” accusing anyone of association with George Soros. Perhaps you should list some examples so you won’t sound like a “Christian Republican” gaslighting liar.

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