A large group of protesters has gathered in Miami Beach to speak out against antisemitism as crimes against the Jewish community have risen in recent weeks.
The Greater Miami Jewish Federation hosted an interfaith rally at the Holocaust Memorial, Thursday evening.
7News cameras captured a large crowd gathered in front of a stage with the banner “No hate. No Fear” attached on top.
Some participants held up signs. One of the signs read, “Never again.”
Cameras also showed a large law enforcement presence before and during the rally.
The event comes as South Florida has seen an increasing number of antisemitic incidents.
In Hallandale Beach, police arrested a man accused of hurling antisemitic remarks outside of a Jewish school and synagogue. On two occasions, investigators said, he left containers filled with human waste before he sped away on an electric bicycle.
A family visiting from New Jersey said they had a run-in with a group who shouted anti-Semitic remarks to them.
A van spotted at various locations across South Florida has anti-Semitic messages scribbled on it.
Leaders from various public civic organizations and religions condemned the current wave of antisemitism.
If we have any chance to eradicate antisemitism, we need to bring in all segements of society together so that collectively we can take arms against this ancient hatred,” said a speaker at the event.
7News has learned that there has been an increase of nearly 80% in anti-Semitic crimes nationwide.