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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers Condemns Neo-Nazis as They Surround Capitol

Gov. Tony Evers (R-WI) assured neo-Nazi protesters they “have no home in Wisconsin” as they marched to the state’s capitol Saturday.

Protesters donning red shirts marched to the statehouse, the former synagogue Gates of Heaven, the fourth-oldest surviving synagogue building in the United States, and near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Some carried flags with swastikas, and others were wearing ski masks. As they paraded the city, they chanted, “Israel is not our friend,” and “there will be blood.”

“To see neo-Nazis marching in our streets and neighborhoods and in the shadow of our State Capitol building spreading their disturbing, hateful messages is truly revolting,” Evers said in a statement. “Let us be clear: neo-Nazis, antisemitism, and white supremacy have no home in Wisconsin. We will not accept or normalize this rhetoric and hate. It’s repulsive and disgusting, and I join Wisconsinites in condemning and denouncing their presence in our state in the strongest terms possible.”

University of Wisconsin Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin similarly referred to the protests as “utterly repugnant.”

“I am horrified to see these symbols here in Madison. Hatred and antisemitism are completely counter to the university’s values, and the safety and well-being of our community must be our highest priorities,” Mnookin said in a statement.

This comes as Israel is over a month into its war against Hamas. The resulting conflict has sprouted many protests, some of which have veered into antisemitism.

Anti-Jewish hate crimes were already on the rise nationally, increasing by 36% in 2022 compared to the previous year, according to FBI crime data. Meanwhile, the same dataset saw a 3% increase in anti-Islamic hate crimes.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, these 3,697 antisemitic incidents in 2022 were the highest number since the ADL began keeping data in 1979.