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Hamas Supporters Target Jewish Event at New Jersey Synagogue

A large group of pro-Hamas activists protested outside a New Jersey shul Monday, outside an event promoting Israeli rescue and burial organization ZAKA.

The protesters targeted Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, and falsely accused ZAKA, a truly wonderful and peace-loving organization, of spreading lies about Hamas atrocities.

The Within Our Lifetime (WOL) and American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) organizations posted flyers that said, “Join us in Teaneck, NJ, on Monday, April 1st, as we stand in solidarity to demand accountability from ZAKA. While they’re being hailed as heroes, ZAKA’s false claims and fabricated evidence have fueled the genocide in Gaza. Let’s ensure truth prevails and justice is served.”

ZAKA volunteers were scheduled to discuss the processes of search and rescue and identifying and burying the bodies of the victims of the Hamas massacre of October 7. ZAKA volunteers, at great personal risk, sprung into action immediately after the attacks and worked extensively to recover the victims of the massacre, which left 1,200 Israeli men, women and children dead, hundreds captured by Hamas terrorists, and sparked the current war against the terror group in Gaza.

Representatives of the organization were scheduled to speak, and the shul planned to honor Simcha Greiniman, veteran ZAKA volunteer and commander in Modiin.

In a statement, the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County (RCBC) and the Bergen County Jewish Action Committee (BCJAC) condemned the planned demonstration.

“It has come to our attention that an antisemitic protest has been called for tomorrow night outside of Bnai Yeshurun in response to a shul-sponsored event involving ZAKA,” the statement reads. “As many of you are aware, ZAKA (a Hebrew acronym for Identification of the Victims of Disasters) is an internationally recognized humanitarian organization which was central in providing final dignity, kavod acharon, to those of our brothers and sisters brutally slaughtered on the 7th of October.”

Pro-Hamas protesters have plagued and harassed the quiet, suburban Teaneck community frequently since the Hamas massacre.