Never Again? – Polish crowd beat, burn Jewish stereotypical doll on Passover eve
As Christians mark the weekend of Easter and Jews celebrate the Passover holiday, anti-Semitic residents of the town of Pruchnik in southern Poland beat and burned a doll made to represent a Jew with stereotypical features.
A video circulated on social media of the antisemitic activity.
A large crowd amassed in the street with the oversized doll mounted on a fence in between what appeared to be two electric towers in a manner suggestive of a lynching.
The doll is then laid down on the street as mostly children use wooden sticks to beat it collectively and adults huddle around observing before setting it ablaze.
The doll was said to represent the Jewish biblical character of Judas Iscariot, known to betray Jesus by kissing him and referring to him as “Rabbi” in order to reveal his identity before he was taken to be crucified.
The World Jewish Congress has expressed its “disgust and outrage” following the ‘Easter ritual’.
Robert Singer, CEO of the New York-based group, said in a statement that “Jews are deeply disturbed by this ghastly revival of medieval anti-Semitism that led to unimaginable violence and suffering.”