ANTI-MANDATE RALLY PROTESTERS DISPLAYED “UN-VACCINATED” STAR OF DAVID PINS DURING CONTROVERSIAL PROTEST ON SUNDAY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

ANTI-MANDATE RALLY PROTESTERS DISPLAYED “UN-VACCINATED” STAR OF DAVID PINS DURING CONTROVERSIAL PROTEST ON SUNDAY

The divide between pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine community members in Humboldt County rose to a new level this last Sunday, when people opposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates converged under the banner of “Medical Freedom” outside St. Joseph Hospital claiming to support caregivers who also oppose vaccinate mandates. This protest came as the hospital’s ICU was full and struggling to accept a wave of unvaccinated COVID-19 positive community members over the weekend. While voicing concerns about bodily autonomy and freedom of personal choice, a controversial, yellow Star of David button with the word “Unvaccinated” written on it was distributed to many of those in attendance.

Distributed by one attendee, many rally-goers chose to wear the controversial pin as a “marker” of their “freedom to be unvaccianted”.
Distributed by one attendee, many rally-goers chose to wear the controversial pin.

This provocative addition to the rally was offset by attendees who espoused principles of holistic health and natural immunity in favor of vaccination against the virus. The use of the Star of David for protests against COVID-19 policies has become an issue, according to the Anti-Deffamation League, which stated that “[T]he utilization of this type of Holocaust imagery… is not only an act of moral outrage, but also represents an attempt to downplay the enormity of the Holocaust.”

The Jewish Star of David, with its bright gold six five-pointed silhouette was a symbol used in Germany by Nazis to physically mark and identify people of Jewish heritage, eventually leading to the genocide of 6 million people. The symbol is widely seen as a reminder of the racism, suffering, death and sacrifice endured in the Holocaust by Jewish families. Now, the symbol has surfaced in the anti-mandate movement as a “marker” of self-identified “undesirables” at the rally on Sunday, August 22 in Eureka.

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