Ten Most Shocking Antisemitism Incidents of February 2023
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 February 2023 are as follows:
U.S. federal prosecutors said suspect Jamie Tran targeted his victims — both of whom survived their wounds after receiving medical treatment in hospitals — “because they were Jewish or he believed them to be Jewish” and was “motivated by hate.”
The shootings took place in Los Angeles’ Pico-Robertson neighborhood, which is home to a large Orthodox Jewish population.
Iran has been “mapping” the Jewish Diaspora for an assassination campaign that will be triggered if Israel attacks its nuclear facilities, a Jewish woman who met Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has told The Jewish Chronicle.
The chilling plan, disclosed at a high-level meeting in Tehran, involved identifying key Jewish figures and determining “how to strike and where.”
The hit squads would be deployed if Israel ever attacked Iran, she was told, so “the diaspora would have a very nasty surprise.”
A 32-year-old man was arrested by police in connection with a series of Feb. 7 attacks targeting Jewish women near the Seven Sisters Underground station in north London.
Seven Sisters Road #N16 @Shomrim responded to #Racist male targeted #Jewish females, multiple assaults & attempted strangulation of a lady with a baby@Shomrim & @MPSHackney are appealing for further witnesses/victims to come forward
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— Shomrim (Stamford Hill) (@Shomrim) February 7, 2023
Police in Istanbul arrested 15 suspects connected to the Islamic State terror group who were allegedly plotting to target synagogues and churches in the city, Turkish media reported.
Turkish police arrested 15 suspects connected to ISIS who were allegedly plotting to target synagogues and churches in Istanbul. https://t.co/Q3L0FnsElm
— JTA | Jewish news (@JTAnews) February 6, 2023
51-year-old Dmitri Mishin is suspected of entering the Schneerson Synagogue in San Francisco’s Richmond District neighborhood on Feb. 1 and shooting several blank rounds from a pistol as stunned congregants looked on.
He reportedly said, “Hello my Jewish friends. I want to show you something,” and claimed he worked for the Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, before opening fire.
A soccer game between two South Florida private high schools — one Jewish and one Roman Catholic — ended in an on-field melee that witnesses said was instigated by antisemitic slurs, WPLG Local 10 reported.
After visiting Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School defeated Scheck Hillel Community School 2-1 in a state regional final match, a violent fight broke between players on the competing teams, as well as fans who jumped down from the stands.
Protestors outside the first preview performance of “Parade” greeted audience members with chants such as “[Leo Frank is] a Jewish Pedophile.”
The National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi hate group, is protesting outside of the Broadway revival of “Parade,” stating that Leo Frank, the subject of the musical, was a pedophile. pic.twitter.com/wbGMjRubZL
— Jake Wasserman (@jacobhwasserman) February 22, 2023
A man out for a bicycle ride in Dania Beach, Florida, was the victim of antisemitic attack that sent him to the hospital with serious injuries.
Cellphone video captured workers trying to subdue a man who, authorities said, had just committed a hate crime.
“The victim told detectives that he was riding his bicycle while he was on the phone speaking in Hebrew when an unknown individual hurled an antisemitic slur at him and punched him in the face,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Gerdy St. Louis.
Police were investigating the distribution of antisemitic flyers in two suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, as state and local leaders voiced their condemnation of the act of hate.
The flyers — contained in plastic bags weighed down by rocks — were thrown in the yards and driveways of homes in predominantly Jewish areas of the Sandy Springs and Dunwoody municipalities, just north of Atlanta.
Police in Boone, North Carolina, have released images of a man they allege waved a flag with a swastika on it outside of the Temple of the High Country on Feb. 15.
According to a statement on the synagogue’s home page, several people reported the incident and the man to authorities. A short time later, two members of Appalachian State University’s AEPi chapter saw the hateful flag draped over the synagogue’s sign and removed it.
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