This past week in Ohio, defeated congressional candidate Nina Turner lashed out with antisemitic overtones after her electoral loss, blaming “evil money,” and voter turnout in heavily Jewish neighborhoods.
Iran’s new president appointed as interior minister a suspect in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in the Buenos Aires, that claimed more than 85 Jewish lives. In Norway, an imam who had led interfaith dialogue projects was suspended by his organization for having said “Jews should be killed” on social media.
In New York City, anti-vaccine flyers featured the yellow Stars of David the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust. In France, a former far-right parliamentary candidate was arrested for brandishing a virulently antisemitic sign at a “Mais Qui?” (“But Who?”) protest. Elsewhere in France, a memorial to late Auschwitz survivor and human rights icon Simone Veil was vandalized with swastikas, along with several other incidents stemming from the growing “Mais Qui?” movement.
Poland’s parliament passed a bill preventing Holocaust restitution to heirs of property stolen by the Nazis, and in Moscow, an elderly scientist was physically attacked on a bus by an assailant shouting, “Hitler should have finished the job.” Jewish cemeteries and Holocaust memorials were also targeted in Greece, Moldova, and Ukraine, and antisemitic anti-vaccine demonstrations were seen in the Baltic states.
Across the world, Holocaust distortion and Jew-blaming related to Covid-19 vaccines, are emerging as a dangerous trend that fits the pattern of scapegoating Jewish people for social tensions throughout history. Meanwhile, South Korea became the first Asian country to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, joining thirty-two other countries that have already done so to combat Jew-hatred.