Saturday, January 22, 2022

Ann Arbor, Michigan City Council Condemns Synagogue Picketers

The Ann Arbor, Michigan City Council on January 18 adopted a Resolution Condemning Antisemitism (full text) which explicitly condemns a group of individuals who have picketed the local Conservative synagogue every Saturday for the last 18 years.  The Resolution reads in part:

Whereas, A small group has picketed the Beth Israel Congregation, an Ann Arbor synagogue, every Saturday for 18 years, erecting antisemitic signs along the Washtenaw Avenue right-of-way including those that allege conspiracy and tarnish the Star of David, creating an atmosphere of hate;

RESOLVED, That the Ann Arbor City Council condemns all forms of antisemitism, and in particular the weekly antisemitic rally on Washtenaw Avenue; calls upon the persons who rally to express antisemitism on Washtenaw Avenue to renounce extremism, disband, and cease their weekly show of aggressive bigotry; and declares its support for the Beth Israel Congregation, their guests, and all members of the Jewish Community in Ann Arbor, each of whom has the right to worship, gather, and celebrate free from intimidation, harassment, and fear of violence.

Last year, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a suit against the picketers finding that their actions are protected by the 1st Amendment. (See prior posting.) MLive has a detailed report on the Council meeting at which the resolution was adopted.