JTA – Several NBA teams posted messages over the weekend condemning the spike in anti-Semitic attacks across the United States in the wake of recent Israel-Gaza hostilities.
“We are in the midst of a devastating and appalling rise in anti-Semitic attacks on our country’s Jewish community,” the Milwaukee Bucks wrote on Sunday on their official Facebook account. “These heinous and dangerous acts MUST stop and be condemned.”
The team is partly owned by Moroccan Jewish billionaire Marc Lasry and its COO, Peter Feigin, is also Jewish. Lasry’s 33-year-old son Alex is the team’s senior vice president, but he took time off to run as a Democrat for a Senate seat in Wisconsin.
Saturday, the Miami Heat posted a similar message on their account.
“Enough hate. The hate speech and violence against Jews and cowardly anti-Semitic acts committed against our Jewish friends and neighbors here in South Florida must end, ”the team said.
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An Israeli-American businessman, Micky Arison, owns the Heat. The team recently freed the Meyers Leonard Center, who was caught using an anti-Semitic slur on a live video game platform.
The Dallas Mavericks, owned by Jewish billionaire and TV star Mark Cuban, posted a short message on the subject Saturday on his Twitter feed.
“We are against anti-Semitism, prejudice, discrimination and racism of all kinds,” the team report published.
All three teams are currently in the NBA playoffs.