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A pogrom (pronounced pah-GRUM) is an organized campaign of violence against Jews, particularly referring to the series of anti-Jewish violence by the Czarist regime in Russia during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The most murderous pogrom in history was the Holocaust, which killed over six million Jews.

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:[1]

  • Etymology: Yiddish, from Russian, literally, devastation
  • (noun) an organized massacre of helpless people; specifically: such a massacre of Jews

Contemporary anti-Jewish violence

See also: Left-wing antisemitism and Nazism at Arab Palestinians

Antisemitic BLM riot

For a more detailed treatment, see Los Angeles Pogrom.

During the 2020 left-wing insurrection, anarchist rioters among the Black Lives Matter organization in Los Angeles looted local Jewish businesses and synagogues, along with painting antisemitic, anti-Israel graffiti on the buildings.[2] One synagogue in particular was defaced with graffiti reading "Free Palestine" and "F*** Israel."[3] Daniel Greenfield, writing in an op-ed on The Jewish Press, branded the rally an anti-Jewish pogrom.[4]


  1. Pogrom Definition & Meaning. Merriam-Webster. Retrieved January 18, 2023.
  2. Tugend, Tom (June 2, 2020). Los Angeles Jews take stock after George Floyd protests batter local institutions. Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved January 18, 2023.
  3. City News Service (May 30, 2020). Synagogue Vandalized in Fairfax District Amid Protests. NBC Los Angeles. Retrieved January 18, 2023.
  4. Greenfield, Daniel (June 22, 2020). The LA Black Lives Matter Rally That Became a Pogrom. The Jewish Press. Retrieved January 18, 2023.