Anti-Israeli Protesters Storm Russian Airport
Hundreds of anti-Israeli protesters stormed an airport in Russia’s predominately Muslim Dagestan region on October 29 to protest the arrival of a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel. The aircraft carrying Israeli passengers had to be rerouted after Palestinian supporters jumped fences, broke through terminal doors, and rushed onto the tarmac, shouting anti-Semitic threats.
The protesters, mostly young men, overran the Makhachkala Uytash Airport, yelling, “Allahu Akbar” and threatening to harm the arriving Jewish passengers. One rioter said, “We came for the Jews—to kill them with a knife and shoot them.”
When the plane was redirected to a nearby airport, rioters overran that airfield as well. The flight crew ordered for all the exits on the aircraft to be locked. Passengers remained inside the plane as officials closed the airport.
Calling for backup: The Russian National Guard and Security Forces were then sent in to control the situation. Over 60 people were arrested and 20 were injured, two of which are in critical condition.
The protesters did not stop, however. They continued to overwhelm the airports, attacking police cars, throwing stones at officials, and setting up checkpoints to question anyone attempting to leave if they were Jewish or Israeli.
Hotel search: When news spread that the Israelis would be staying at a hotel in a nearby city, the protesters invaded the hotel, searched every room, and questioned each guest on whether they were Muslim or Jewish.
None of the Israelis were at the hotel. According to security officials, all the Israeli passengers on the flight from Tel Aviv were protected and will be evacuated to Moscow “at the earliest convenience.”
Incited by media: On Monday, October 30, Russia tried to blame Ukraine and the West for the protest. The Russian Foreign Ministry accused exiled anti-Putin Russian politician Ilya Ponomarev, who is reportedly working for Western intelligence and lives in Kyiv, for inciting the crowd.
The mob was organized after the Telegram account Morning_Dagestan informed its subscribers that “undesirables” would be arriving on the flight from Tel Aviv. The account is owned by Ponomarev.
Learn more: The global surge of anti-Semitism is a symptom of a sickness that will affect the whole world. To learn more about it, read our article “The One Minority Society Loves to Hate.”