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Jewish Texans see surge in antisemitism as a precursor to fascism

Extremism experts and historians sound alarms as politicians, media personalities and celebrities amplify antisemitic conspiracies that have historically led to the killing of Jews.

Outside of the sanctuary at Congregation Beth Israel in Austin on Nov. 1, 2021. Late the night before, an unknown individual set a fire at the front doors of the synagogue. Franklin Barrett Sechriest, then a student at Texas State University in San Marcos, was charged with the crime.

Centuries-old origins

A man carries a flag with the letter 'Q' signifying the QAnon conspiracy at a "Trump Train" event in San Antonio on Nov. 1, 2020.
A police unit at the back entrance to a Walmart where a gunman opened fire on back-to-school shoppers on Aug. 3, 2019, in El Paso.

Fluid boundaries

In this file photo, then-President Donald Trump met with Kanye West (now known as Ye) in the White House on Oct. 11, 2018. Trump met again with Ye and avowed fascist Nick Fuentes.

“Genocides start with words”

Members of ATXKind chat with one another at Austin City Hall on Nov. 17.

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