Jackson Strong, the group of residents who have made it their business to stifle Orthodox Jewish growth as much as they can in Jackson Township, took a crushing hit last night when the town’s Council unanimously approved a resolution to settle a seven-year lawsuit from Agudath Israel alleging discrimination.
Now, Jackson Strong is weighing in on the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, which began on October 7th after Hamas terrorists invaded southern Israel and slaughtered some 1,400 people, most of them civilians.
On its website, Jackson Strong made their hatred for Jews rather obvious. They spliced together photos of an Israeli flag and a Palestinian flag, writing above it, “Praying for all the Innocent.” But curiously, the Israeli flag is almost fully obscured by a message spewing hatred against their Jewish neighbors.
“Shomrim fake police have no business in Jackson,” it says, followed by “Synagogues do not belong in residential neighborhoods,” and “They will have POP UP parades that shut down your streets making you prisoners in your own homes.”
So, in a post ostensibly about solidarity with the innocent victims of the ongoing war in the Middle East, Jackson Strong felt it was appropriate to openly bash Jews – covering over the Israeli flag in the process and leaving the Palestinian one the most prominent?
For a group that insists it’s not antisemitic, it is one heck of an antisemitic post.
Perhaps even more troubling, Jackson Strong’s leader is one Elenor Hannum. She teaches at a public school in East Brunswick, where many students are Jewish. It is disturbing that a woman who sanctions such openly hostility on her own group’s website sits in a position of authority over Jewish students.