Driver in black SUV spews abuse against Jews and Israel as he passes march hosted by church in town of Salinas

Members of Church of Jesus Christ Temple Philadelphia in Salinas California march on January 27, 2019 to mark International Holocaust Memorial Day (Screencapture/Twitter)

Members of Church of Jesus Christ Temple Philadelphia in Salinas California march on January 27, 2019 to mark International Holocaust Memorial Day (Screencapture/Twitter)

A peaceful walk to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day in central California was interrupted by a motorist shouting insults against Jews.

KSBW-TV reported that about 100 people gathered in Salinas on Sunday for the event following a service at the Church of Jesus Christ Temple Philadelphia.

The man then circled back and harassed the walkers for a second time before driving off.

Temple Philadelphia said  it has been building ties with the Jewish community in Salinas for decades, teaming up with a local synagogue for events and hosting Holocaust survivors for talks.

Nino Macias, who participated in the walk with his son, said days of remembrance are important to teach children about history and the importance of tolerance. “To forget what happened is to allow history to repeat itself,” he said.

ToI Staff contributed to this report