Ten Most Shocking Antisemitism Incidents of December 2022
The CAM Antisemitism Research Center collects comprehensive antisemitism data from around the world on a constant basis, and publishes a regular feature on the top ten antisemitic incidents that shook Jewish communities globally during the preceding month.
The ten most shocking antisemitic incidents of December 2022 are as follows:
U.S. actress and TV personality Whoopi Goldberg has once again apologized for her false claims about the Holocaust after The Sunday Times of London published an interview with “The View” co-host in which she repeated a statement made at the beginning of the year that the massacre of more than six million Jews by the Nazis during World War II “wasn’t originally” about race.
Over the weekend, US actress and producer #WhoopiGoldberg doubled down on her controversial claim that the Nazi genocide of six million Jews during WWII wasn’t about race. “You could not tell a Jew on a street,” said Goldberg. “You could find me. You couldn’t find them.” pic.twitter.com/MPbGYv40Ms
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) December 26, 2022
A 63-year-old man was attacked in Manhattan’s Central Park by an assailant making antisemitic remarks, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) said.
The victim was hit in the back of the head and suffered a chipped tooth and a broken hand after he fell to the ground, according to media reports.
A 63-year-old victim suffered lacerations and a chipped tooth after being assaulted by this perpetrator inside Central Park.
Numerous anti-Jewish statements were made prior to the assault.
The perpetrator has been tracked as far south as Washington Square Park, post incident pic.twitter.com/2CSbzibm4A
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) December 15, 2022
A Texas man was arrested on Dec. 18 on suspicion of defacing a large menorah in Beverly Hills, California, on the first night of Hanukkah.
“Hate will not be tolerated and light will always shine brighter than darkness!” Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse tweeted following the incident.
Thank you BHPD for immediately arresting and charging this despicable act of antisemitism, Jew hatred with a Hate Crime! Hate will not be tolerated and light will always shine brighter than darkness! #Antisemitism #nohate #light pic.twitter.com/KUabgOonrh
— Lili Bosse (@LiliBosse1) December 19, 2022
A man verbally abused a 13-year-old Jewish girl on a Transport for London (TFL) bus, Shomrim Stamford Hill, a local Jewish community watch group, reported.
“I’m Adolf Hitler and I will kill the Jews,” the man, who has not yet been identified, said while using an umbrella, pointed in the girl’s direction, to pantomime shooting a gun.
— Shomrim (Stamford Hill) (@Shomrim) December 20, 2022
The words “Jews Not Welcome” were spray-painted on an entrance sign outside Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., and local police have launched an investigation to identify the vandal.
“This behavior is abhorrent, extremely hurtful, and will not be tolerated at Walt Whitman High School,” Principal Robert Dodd wrote in a letter to parents.
Conservative Party MP Johnny Mercer, representing Plymouth Moor View, posted screenshots to his Twitter account which appeared to show death threats directed toward him.
In one screenshot, an online user seemingly wrote of Mr. Mercer, who is not Jewish: “Little Jew needs skinning alive and rolled in salt (non kosher).”
Happy Mondays. People should know the price of being an MP before criticising those colleagues who choose to step down.
This all from one guy, in Plymouth. Threatens to kill me, skin me in salt (bit specific), has done recce’s of my home and encourages others to ‘lynch’ me. pic.twitter.com/9VHBJ3WzBN
— Rt Hon Johnny Mercer (@JohnnyMercerUK) December 12, 2022
Hassan Chokr was arrested on charges of “ethnic intimidation” for allegedly shouting antisemitic and racist threats outside of Temple Beth El, a Reform synagogue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
A man who allegedly beat a Jewish man with a skateboard on San Francisco’s Haight Street faces charges of a hate crime and assault with a deadly weapon, prosecutors announced.
Eduardo Navarro Perez asked the victim if he was Jewish or Black before the attack and then made repeated disparaging antisemitic comments as the assault continued, according to San Francisco Disrict Attorney Brooke Jenkins.
The suspect was identified as 31 yo Eduardo Navarro Perez of Oakland. Navarro Perez was later booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, resisting arrest, and a hate crime enhancement. ➡️ https://t.co/naEmmZEELZ pic.twitter.com/KUcjtX6D6B
— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) December 27, 2022
A lawyer heading the UN Human Rights Council’s open-ended investigation into Israel’s treatment of Palestinians said during a 2014 conflict between Israel and Gaza terror groups that the “Jewish lobby” was in control of the United States.
Francesca Albanese, an Italian lawyer, was appointed earlier this year as the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories.
A New York man was arrested and charged on Dec. 6 with firing a BB gun at a Jewish man and his son who were out grocery shopping, police said.
Jason Kish, 25, of Staten Island, was charged with assault as a hate crime, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and assault in connection with the incident.
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