Protests against the exoneration of Kyle Rittenhouse were led by displays of “Palestinian” flags and proclamations claiming the court case was a victory for “White supremacy and Zionism.” One rabbi explained that this bizarre confluence is certainly a part of the Final Redemption, but perhaps not the type of redemption people would want.
Rittenhouse exoneration leads to protests and riots
Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges on Friday (See section below for an explanation of the case and events leading up to it). Protests were held around the country, turning violent in several locations. Shopes were vandalized and looted in Portlan, Oregon and Chicago. In Queens, New York at least five people were arrested for property damage. Six suspects were arrested in San Francisco on Friday night after allegedly looting a Louis Vuitton store. Other luxury stores were also looted in the bay area in conjunction with the protests.
More protests are scheduled between Saturday and Monday in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New Orleans, San Jose, Honolulu, and other cities, as well as various Wisconsin towns including Oshkosh and Traverse City, according to Facebook events.
The Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel tweeted a video showing the protesters in Brooklyn marching with “Palestinian” flags.
Palestinian flags 🇵🇸 leads at New York City protests against the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin. These demonstrations were promoted by Equality for Flatbush, which features “Black Lives for Palestine” on its website (https://t.co/fSiJv7Wnmu). pic.twitter.com/zMwCsL2I06
— IBSI (@IbsiNow) November 20, 2021
The protestors in the video chanted, “If Palestine doesn’t (get “justice”) shut (the system) down!” and “Free, free, Palestine!”
— ABC News (@ABC) November 20, 2021
According to IBSI, this demonstration was promoted by the group Equality for Flatbush. IBSI commented: “The Rittenhouse trial had nothing to do with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but Israel-haters take every opportunity to exploit any cause for their purposes—whether in city streets, in the halls of national governments, or at the United Nations,” adding, “This systematic anti-Zionist exploitation began in the late 1960s with PLO leader (and KGB-trained), Yasser Arafat.
This evening’s protest against Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal and for Black liberation, organized by For Our Liberation pic.twitter.com/VgfjsqGwvg
— Dashiell Allen (@dashiell_allen) November 20, 2021
The connection between the Rittenhouse ruling and the Palestinians was perplexing to many, Hassan Sajwani, an Emirati, tweeted simply, “What does the Palestinian flag have to do with #KyleRittenhouse !!”
Rabbi Winston: Anti-Justice protests will usher in a painful end-of-days
Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific end-of-days author, noted that the protests, coming under the guise of social justice, were clearly not a call for justice.
“In fact, the protests were anti-justice, an attempt by the mob to preclude and overrule the legal system,” Rabbi Winston said. “The mob was saying, ‘We don’t want justice or facts or logic. We want what we want.’ There were even threats against the judge and the jurors which is explicitly the methods of evil people. In that respect, the link to the Palestinians is clear. They say they want justice but they don’t. They want what they want regardless, or even in contradiction to what justice, history, and logic demand. In fact, they define justice as getting what they want no matter what they want.”
“Anti-semitism explicitly never makes sense,” Rabbi WInston said. “Anti-Semites claimed that Jews baked matzah with blood even though we are forbidden to eat blood. Anti-Semites claim Jews run the world even though we have always been oppressed. The anti-God, anti-Torah, anti-Jewish crowd has never made sense and always claimed they were coming for the good of humanity.”
“This is actually easier to achieve now. A certain narrative is sent out on internet, beamed directly to the masses, and they accept it.
“The Torah is a handbook of how to come close to God and it commands us to do justice. We are quickly approaching the final redemption and we have a choice about how it appears. If we do God’s will, which includes doing justice, then it will be a pleasant process. Everyone wakes up to ‘God is one and His name is one.’”
“If we don’t, well, there are prophecies about that as well,” Rabbi Wonston said.”Unfortunately, that is precisely what these people are calling for when they demand injustice in the US and in Israel.”
President and VP dissatisfied with Justice
Several politicians weighed in. On Friday, President Biden accepted the verdict with equanimity, telling reporters, “I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works and we have to abide by it.”
The president seemed to have a change of heart. Later on Friday, Biden issued a written statement saying he was ‘angry’ and ‘concerned’ over the verdict.
During the campaign against President Trump last year, Biden challenged Trump to condemn white supremacists, which he did several times. It was therefore doubly perplexing when Biden tweeted out the next day, “There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night.” The tweet featured an image of Kyle Rittenhouse.
Rittenhouse, who is believed to be of mixed race, shot three white men so it is unclear how the incident was connected to racism or white supremacy.
Vice President Kamala Harris disagreed, expressing discontent with the verdict.”
Today’s verdict speaks for itself,” she said to reporters while boarding a plane in Ohio. “‘I’ve spent a majority of my career working to make our criminal justice system more equitable. It’s clear, there’s still a lot more work to do.”
Her statement is confusing as an ‘equitable justice system would be one that produces an identical verdict for every case, regardless of the facts.
“Kyle Rittenhouse is living proof that white tears can still forestall justice,” the congressman wrote on Twitter minutes after the verdict was announced. “A murderer is once again walking free today — our system is terribly broken.”
Background of Rittenhouse story
On August 23, 2020, a 911 call reporting a “domestic incident” brought police to a home in Kenosha Wisconsin. The female caller told police that Jacob. Blake had a history of violence and had a warrant for his arrest based on charges of third-degree sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse. Blake was not permitted on the premises and the woman claimed Blake had sexually assaulted her. He had taken her car keys. Blake fought with the police who shot and killed him as he entered the vehicle. He had a knife in his hand when he was shot. He was seriously wounded in the incident.
Massive riots broke out in response to the shooting. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17 years old at the time, went to Kenosha on August 25 on the second day of rioting to help his friend protect his business from the violence. Rittenhouse, a volunteer medic and fireman, also brought a first aid kit and rendered assistance to people injured at the scene. He was armed with an AR-15 style rifle that he was legally permitted to carry. He was attacked by a man who lunged at him and tried to take his rifle. Rittenhouse shot and killed him. He was then chased by a crowd or rioters, one of who kicked Rittenhouse, driving him to the ground. Another man attacked Rittenhouse, hitting him several times on the head and shoulders with a skateboard. Rittenhouse shot and killed him. Yet another man, armed with an illegal handgun, fired in the air and pointed his gun at Rittenhouse, shouting that he would kill him. Rittenhouse shot him, wounding him in the arm. After the shooting, Rittenhouse surrendered to the police who were at the scene.
Rittenhouse was tried from November 1-19 for two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide, two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm, and one count of curfew violation. Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed the unlawful possession charge and the curfew violation charge during the trial. The jury acquitted Rittenhouse, unanimously, of the remaining charges.