Right-wing media calls attention to anti-Semitic posts by Jacob Blake’s father

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The Times of Israel:

Jacob Blake Sr. refers to ‘Jewish controlled media’ and expresses support for Louis Farrakhan

As Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden met Thursday with the family of Jacob Blake, the Black man shot by police last week in Kenosha, Wisconsin, right-wing websites were filled with scrutiny of social media posts by Blake’s father.

Jacob Blake Sr. made a slew of anti-Semitic and anti-white posts on Facebook in 2018 and 2019, including comments that refer to “the Jewish controlled media” and insinuate that Jews in Pittsburgh were warned before the shooting at a synagogue there that killed 11 worshipers. He also expressed support for Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader whose rhetoric includes virulent anti-Semitism.

The posts, which are publicly visible, were first reported late Wednesday, hours before Biden left for Kenosha, where he was scheduled to have a private meeting with Jacob Blake’s family, including his father. Reports about the posts emerged across conservative media Thursday morning, including Breitbart and the Washington Times.

“Joe Biden, Do You Really Want To Meet Such A Rabid Antisemite?” asked Vos iz Neias, a haredi Orthodox news site, in its headline about Blake’s posts.

Biden’s visit came amid rising debate, including among Jewish voters, about which presidential candidate will do more to keep Americans safe. Biden’s campaign said his visit to Kenosha was intended “to bring together Americans to heal and address the challenges we face.” President Donald Trump has said his leadership is needed to restore law and order to American cities that have been the site of protests this summer against police brutality. Trump met with police officers, but not Blake’s family, during his visit to Kenosha earlier this week.

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