‘Jews are dead? That’s great’: Bystanders spew antisemitic hate after NJ attack

Jersey City, NJ - Less than 24 hours after assailants killed multiple victims in a kosher grocery in Jersey City, New Jersey, former New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind, founder of Americans Against Antisemitism, posted online chilling footage captured in the hours after the attack.

In one of the clips, a young man asks a Jewish first responder, “Four [Jews] are dead, right? If they’re dead and they got shot, that’s great.”

Another bystander comments, “I blame the Jews! We never had a shooting like this until they came here.”
“We can’t do it to them?” she added, referring to the attack as “Jew shenanigans.”

Another person can be heard yelling, “Get the damn Jews the f**k out of here! Get the Jews out of Jersey City.”

Hikind commented on the footage, “As Jewish bodies were still laying in cold blood after being murdered by terrorists in Jersey City, a representative of Americans Against Antisemitism captured spontaneous anti-Semitic tirades blaming Jews for their own murder and people cheering it on.”

During the attack on Tuesday, six people were killed, including two members of the local Hasidic community, Mindel Ferencz, 33, and Moshe Deutch, 24, in addition to Jersey City police officer Detective Joe Seals, a law enforcement veteran and father of five.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop on Wednesday announced that the kosher grocery had been specifically targeted.

In the aftermath of the shooting, the New York Times reported that one of the perpetrators, who was identified as David Anderson, posted anti-Semitic and anti-police content online and was affiliated with the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, a hate group that, despite its name, promotes virulently antisemitic conspiracies and advocates violence.

The Black Hebrew Israelites are in no way affiliated with any stream of Judaism or the mainstream Jewish community.

For decades, adherents of the sect have stood in New York’s Times Square accosting Jews and other passersby. The group made the news in January when a video surfaced of members in Washington, D.C. calling high school students “crackers” and “faggots.” Hate group watchdogs have warned about the dangers of the Black Hebrew Israelites since at least 2008.