On Monday Jewish groups in Florida implored officials to condemn an incident where Nazis protesting outside Disney World flew swastika flags and yelled slogans at people entering the amusement park.
Calling the incident “an abhorrent display of antisemitism”, the Anti-Defamation League said, “At a time when incidents of anti-Jewish hate are at their highest, it is incumbent upon all in positions of power and leadership to condemn this bigotry.”
The Florida Holocaust Museum also slammed the incident and called for action.
“It’s a sad day for humanity when even Disney World – the ‘happiest place on earth’ – is not immune to blatant antisemitism,” the museum said in a statement. “Displays of Nazi imagery are repugnant, and this demonstration was clearly meant to offend and provoke. No family should be confronted with threatening symbols of hate, least of all on vacation,” the statement said. The museum called on Florida officials “to come together and speak with one voice in opposition to those who support Nazis and their poisonous ideology.”
While the reason for the protest is still unknown, some reports said that the protesters also had an American flag and other signs that said “DeSantis Country.”
Disney is currently embroiled in a dispute with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. In April, officials at Disney objected to a Florida law prohibiting instruction in sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, which critics call the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. DeSantis responded by signing a bill revoking Disney’s self-governing status, a unique arrangement in which the company operated as an independent fiefdom within the state.