White Supremacist groups continued harassing Texas communities with antisemitic messages, including with leaflets that read, “Fight Terror, Nuke Israel.” Prior to the anniversary of Kristallnacht, an Ohio synagogue had rocks thrown through its windows. Jew-hatred at the George Washington University continued, with one student having her mezuzah stolen, and the campus Chabad rabbi received antisemitic messages. After these recent antisemitic incidents, students and community members rallied in solidarity against anti-Jewish prejudice in two Texas communities and in Arizona.
Also on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom was rushed by security out of an event at the London School of Economics, to protect her from Pro-Palestine activists who threatened to harm her and smash her car. An Iranian military leader threatened Israel, saying the country was “doomed for termination.”
In France, a teenager terrorized a Jewish school, waving a 2-foot long machete while shouting “Dirty Jews.” Amid the release of a new European Union report that found antisemitism increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, anti-vaccine protests in Germany have turned crudely antisemitic, including comparing vaccinations with Zyklon B, and statements claiming Judaism is responsible for the pandemic.
Following a flurry of recent antisemitic incidents in European football, the Chelsea FC Foundation is hosting a global conference to discuss football’s role in combating antisemitism. A French court sentenced the antisemitic murderer of Holocaust survivor Mirielle Knoll to life in prison, news that was welcomed by French Jews following a French court’s refusal to prosecute the antisemitic murderer of another Jewish grandmother, Sarah Halimi earlier this year.
Meanwhile, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris spoke out against all forms of antisemitism – including Israel-related antisemitism – saying, “when Jews are targeted because of their beliefs or their identity, when Israel is singled out because of anti-Jewish hatred, that is antisemitism. And that is unacceptable.” In Austria, the nation’s police force will undergo mandatory training against antisemitism.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 44 new media report s of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 21 (47.7%) from the far-right, 4 (9.1%) from the far-left, 7 (15.9%) with Islamist motivations, and 12 (27.3%) unidentifiable in nature.