Church march in memory of Shoah meets anti-Semitism

California church commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day accosted by man yelling anti-Semitic, anti-Israel insults.

Marcy Oster/JTA ,

Definition of anti-Semitism
Definition of anti-Semitism

A walk held by a church in California to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day was interrupted with hatred against Jews and Israel.

About 100 members of the Church of Jesus Christ Temple Philadelphia in Salinas, California had gathered on Sunday after services in the church parking lot to get ready for an annual walk in memory of the Holocaust and its victims when a man in a black BMW SUV drove by and yelled obscenities and insults against Israel and the Jewish people, local television station KSBW reported.

The driver circled back to yell at the marchers again, according to the report.

The walkers held a sign reading “Never Again. Remembering the Holocaust” and carried Israeli flags. The walkers included children, young parents pushing strollers and seniors.

The church has worked with the Jewish community in Salinas for a number of years, according to the report. Its pastor currently is visiting Israel on a religious pilgrimage.