Group Pulls Hanukkah Event From Williamsburg, VA Festival So As Not to Offend Jew-Haters

Brittany M. Hughes | December 4, 2023
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Leftists seem terribly concerned with making sure they don’t offend Hamas-loving terrorist supporters who’ve spent the last two months cheering on the death of Israelis and calling for the annihilation of their country. On the other hand, few seem worried about openly giving the middle finger to the Jews.

Case in point: Williamsburg, Virgina, where a Menorah lighting ceremony was just canceled for fear of offending people who...well, hate the Jews.

LoveLight Placemaking said they’re nixing their planned Hanukkah event from their Second Sundays Art & Music Festival, scheduled for December 10, over worries that it would be seen by pro-Palestine groups as “siding with” the Jews, as the holiday celebration could be interpreted as "supporting the killing/bombing of thousands of men, women, and children.”

Shirley Vermillion, the festival’s founder, said the event “seemed very inappropriate” as “the concern is of folks feeling like we are siding with a group over the other...not a direction we ever decide to head.”

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Naturally, Jewish groups said they were “shocked and alarmed” that a celebration of a 2,000-year-old cultural holiday would be canceled to appease people who don’t take Israel’s side in a war.

“We should be very clear: it is antisemitic to hold Jews collectively responsible for Israel’s policies and actions, and to require a political litmus test for Jews’ participation in community events that have nothing to do with Israel,” read a statement from the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, who pointed out that a Hanukkah event has nothing to do with the current Israel/Hamas conflict. “Those standards would never be applied to another community.”

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