CAM Weekly Partner Roundup: Activism in Action
This week was a tough one for Jewish communities across the globe. From anti-Semitic rhetoric from a congresswoman in Illinois to a Rabbi harassed on the streets of Germany, not a day went by without a reminder that Jews still need to look over their shoulders. Here is our review of this week’s partner activities:
1.The Simon Wiesenthal Center called out a violent extremist at the US Capitol building wearing “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt.
Our Nation’s Capitol was attacked and our democracy desecrated yesterday by violent extremists. Among those gathered by the Capitol was this Nazi. pic.twitter.com/DXHa7jjdWb
— SimonWiesenthalCntr (@simonwiesenthal) January 7, 2021
2. B’nai B’rith International reaffirmed that “Hitler was right about nothing” and denounced Illinois Rep. Mary Miller’s praise of the Nazi leader.
Freshman Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) recently told a crowd outside the Capitol that "Hitler was right on one thing."
Hitler was right about nothing.
Praising such evil in any way is obscene and despicable, and diminishes the atrocities of the Holocaust.https://t.co/02LeD8olik
— B'nai B'rith Intl. (@BnaiBrith) January 6, 2021
3. Arolsen Archives announced they will kick off their #everynamecounts initiative which allows everyone to remember the names and identities of those persecuted by the Nazis.
In the new year #everynamecounts is kicking off again: our director Floriane Azoulay is excited about the start of #everynamecounts on January 21 and the creation of our digital memorial to the victims of National Socialism pic.twitter.com/n7t8Ud6wCR
— Arolsen Archives (@ArolsenArchives) January 7, 2021
4. JewBelong sardonically addressed the classic anti-Semitic trope of a Jewish world conspiracy by quoting Tel Aviv Institute’s Hen Mazzig.
— JewBelong, for when you feel you don't (@JewBelong) January 5, 2021
5. CAMERA gave a striking account of anti-Semitism coming from both students and faculty at Cornell University.
"The common thread that comes out of [these] incidents is sobering. In both cases, professors attempted to impress their own opinions on students. Even more disturbing…is the apparent resistance to entertaining another point of view."https://t.co/3zcTOrEom7
— CAMERA on Campus (@CAMERAonCampus) January 7, 2021
6. CIJA released four key points dispelling the myth that Israel is excluding Palestinians from COVID-19 vaccinations.
— CIJA (@CIJAinfo) January 6, 2021
7. J’Accuse published an important op-ed in Newsweek calling on the mainstream media to stop elevating the opinions of fringe groups in the discussion about Israel.
Our media must stop fetishizing fringe, ostensibly virtuous opinions, and passing them off as mainstream — especially when the positions they elevate actually harm minority communities.
— J'accuse (@Jaccuse_org) January 6, 2021
8. AJC’s Holly Huffnagle described how anti-Semitism is not just a Jewish problem but an issue plaguing all of society.
Antisemitism is not a Jewish problem. It's a problem plaguing all of society.
— Holly Huffnagle (@HHuffnagleAJC) January 4, 2021
9. Moment Magazine exposed how QAnon is seizing classic anti-Semitic stereotypes and reworking them for the 21st century.
— Moment Magazine (@MomentMagazine) January 6, 2021
10. In positive news, aish.com highlighted how an Orthodox Jewish poker champion is donating his winnings to 8 different charitable organizations.
For Gershon Distenfeld, an Orthodox Jewish poker champion from NJ, giving to charity is a way of life.
Therefore, he decided to donate all of his winnings from the 2020 @WSOP's Main Event to 8 charitable organizations- https://t.co/1YPqMvMfcS@YourJudaism pic.twitter.com/ywpnsQVchh
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) January 4, 2021