This week, vile antisemitic hatred was again seen on the streets of the U.S., with anti-Israel demonstrators in New York City chanting “Globalize the intifada” and “Zionism is terrorism.”
U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib was accused of antisemitic dogwhistling for comments in which she referred to people “behind the curtain” profiting from racism against Palestinians and Americans, and footage emerged of a CUNY adjunct professor, Imam Mohammad Abbasi, saying Muslims would “erase this filth called Israel,” while speaking of the “corruption” of Jews.
In the German capital of Berlin, a bottle was thrown at a synagogue, and Jewish doctors in France reported being harassed by anti-vaccine activists. In Italy, anti-vaccine protesters have disturbingly appropriated yellow Stars of David, like those the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust. Elements within the growing anti-vaccine movement in Europe are showing alarming signs of moving beyond Holocaust distortion, to wholesale blaming Jews for the pandemic, and the vaccine.
Turning to the Middle East, an investigative report exposed the dissemination of antisemitic conspiracy theories and celebrations of violence against Jews by dozens of UNRWA teachers who work in Palestinian schools. In the online realm, a new study revealed that 84% of reported antisemitic posts are not removed by the largest social media companies.
Meanwhile, top diplomats, human rights, and international legal voices came together to speak out against the upcoming celebration at the UN of the 20th anniversary of the Durban World Conference Against Racism, which infamously turned into an antisemitic hatefest with long-lasting harmful consequences for Israel and the Jewish people.