Third-grade students in Washington, D.C. were traumatized after a school employee instructed the children to reenact scenes from the Holocaust. The staffer told the children that Germans committed the Holocaust because “because the Jews ruined Christmas.” A Jewish student was told to play the role of Adolf Hitler and pretend to commit suicide.
In a heavily-Jewish neighborhood of Brussels, vandals painted “Jews = Nazis” on the sidewalk, and in the latest instance of antisemitism in sport, Algerian soccer players forfeited a match because the opposing coach was of Jewish-Israeli extraction.
Meanwhile, the Organization of American States’ Antisemitism Commissioner Fernando Lottenberg is creating a handbook for Latin American countries to combat antisemitism through application of the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.
Germany’s Antisemitism Commissioner Dr. Felix Klein urged the country’s public broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, to “clarify in detail” allegations of antisemitism among its Arabic service staff, citing “substantial” and violently antisemitic rhetoric. The International Olympic Committee announced that countries banning Israel can not host competitions, following cancellation of the World Squash Championship in Malaysia due the nation’s ban of Israeli athletes.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 42 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 28 (66.7%) from the far-right, 2 (4.7%) from the far-left, 7 (16.7%) with Islamist motivations, and 5 (11.9%) unidentifiable in nature.
Wishing a very Merry Christmas to all of CAM’s Christian partners and members! May you have a safe and joyous holiday.