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White supremacists are targeting Jewish groups on Zoom

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acastro_200414_3972_zoomBombing_0001.0.j Illustration by Alex Castro

Mindy* listened to the rabbi preside over her uncle’s funeral on Zoom. The virtual event has become commonplace during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it still felt surreal to her. Her father and uncle Ralph had been unusually close — their dad died when they were young, and Ralph helped raise his little brother. The rabbi was talking about the siblings’ relationship when the screen went white, and black letters started to appear. The scribbles looked like the handwriting of a child. “That’s weird,” Mindy thought. “Someone’s kid must have taken over the screen.” The letters began forming words: “Die Jew.”

Mindy was stunned. She realized she and her family were being Zoombombed — something she’d only read about in the news. A white...

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