Amidst this period of remembrance, a series of new reports painted a disturbing picture of rising antisemitism worldwide. An annual study released by Tel Aviv University found that in 2021 “the largest Jewish populations outside Israel witnessed sharp increases in the number of recorded antisemitic incidents.”
The report attributed this global surge to “the strengthening in some countries of the radical populist right and the anti-Zionist radical left.” Record-breaking incidents of antisemitism were recorded in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.
This week saw a surge in anti-Zionist antisemitic attacks, which saw a Jewish man violently beaten at a pro-Palestinian protest in New York City. Anti-Israel protesters in three German cities assaulted journalists and police while chanting “sh*tty Jews” and “strike, oh Qassam, don’t let the Zionists sleep.”
Similar protests calling for the destruction of the Jewish state through an intifada, took place in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Toronto. During this period of incitement, an Imam on official Palestinian Authority TV called for the “destruction of the tyrannical Jews.”
On campus, the AEPi Jewish fraternity house at Rutgers University was egged for a second year during its Yom Hashoah ceremony, days after being targeted by Students in Justice for Palestine (SJP) protesters who spat at the Jewish students while yelling antisemitic slurs.
SJP protesters also targeted the Hillel Jewish student center at the University of Illinois, and the Muslim Student Association at American University pulled out of an interfaith iftar and seder with that campus’ Jewish center after holding it accountable to the government of Israel, and accusing it of supporting “apartheid.”
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 38 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 13 (34.2%) from the far-right, 5 (13.2%) from the far-left, 15 (39.5%) with Islamist motivations, and 5 (13.2%) unidentifiable in nature.