Meanwhile, Holocaust trivialization in mainstream political discourse was again in the spotlight, with hurtful statements being made by an Ohio Congressman, a New York City Council member, and an Indiana lawmaker.
The rise in Holocaust trivialization has led to more extreme forms of antisemitism. At a public health meeting in Northampton, Massachusetts attendees made Holocaust comparisons, accused the health board of being “unelected rich Jewish doctors,” with another saying “Jews will not replace us,” – prompting condemnation by the mayor.
A UK Labour party councilor was suspended for saying that party leader Keir Starmer follows “commands from Israel,” and a U.S. marketing firm nixed a potential Jewish non-profit client over its Israel ties and anti-BDS stance. A Jewish student at Temple University in Philadelphia has left the school after her roommate and rowing teammate shared a snapchat message with her picture and the caption, “I hate Jews.”
France’s Interior Minister ordered the closure of another mosque for antisemitic incitement, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations released a report accusing the largest Jewish federations in America of being top funders of Islamophobia.
Following the vandalism of a Jewish senior home, Munich’s Jewish community is on edge after a Neo-Nazi terrorist was arrested on his way to the city’s Jewish community center from a protest against government health measures. Holocaust memorial stumbling blocks were also vandalized in Cologne by the National Socialist Underground.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 39 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 22 (56.4%) from the far-right, 7 (17.9%) from the far-left, 5 (12.8%) with Islamist motivations, and 5 (12.8%) unidentifiable in nature.