During the violent protests in Washington, D.C., on January 6, a participant harassed an Israeli reporter with anti-Semitic on video footage.
The Jerusalem Post reported that the protester asked the Channel 13 reporter why Israel keeps accepting aid from the United States. The reporter replied that he didn’t represent the Israeli government. The protester then calls him a “yid” and asks him what a “goy” is; the reporter said he didn’t know.
“Yes you do, you lying Israeli,” the rioter responded. “They play the pilpul game. You are all goy. Goy are cattle.” According to the Post, “pilpul” is a reference “to analytical or hairsplitting discussion, usually in the context of Talmudic study.”
The footage ends with the reporter proceeding to ignore the harasser and starts talking in Hebrew to the camera. The harasser then starts trying talk to the camera as well, but it’s unclear what he’s saying. He then leaves.
Trump supporters attacking Israeli journalists with anti-Semitic bile in front of Congress pic.twitter.com/DCxlMwWyb4
— ELINT News (@ELINTNews) January 6, 2021
The Anti-Defamation League condemned the incident as “absolutely despicable” in a tweet. “A rioter was harassing an Israeli reporter with vicious, grotesque #antisemitism,” they wrote. “This is sadly not shocking considering the violence we saw from extremists at the Capitol.”
Absolutely despicable. A rioter was harassing an Israeli reporter with vicious, grotesque #antisemitism. This is sadly not shocking considering the violence we saw from extremists at the Capitol. https://t.co/Mzz4zUntiD
— ADL (@ADL) January 7, 2021
Jerusalem Post columnist Emily Schrader similarly tweeted that the incident was “horrifying antisemitic harassment.”
Horrifying antisemitic harassment on the streets of Washington DC.
WTF AMERICA?! pic.twitter.com/M9bMSAfFaX
— Emily Schrader – אמילי שריידר (@emilykschrader) January 6, 2021
During the riot, several people stormed the Capitol Building. Four participants died, including one who was shot by Capitol Police. Later in the evening, Congress reconvened and certified Biden’s Electoral College victory.