A total of 1,116 entities worldwide have adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism, according to a new report compiled by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) and the Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University.
This includes 30 U.S states, with 18 adopting the definition in just the past year alone.
Meanwhile, Florida experienced a spate of antisemitic incidents this week, with Nazi symbols projected on prominent buildings in Jacksonville and West Palm Beach, and bigoted flyers were left outside homes in Boca Raton. Also in Boca Raton, students spread antisemitic messages including “Kanye is right” at a Florida Atlantic University activity fair.
In New York City, two Jewish boys were punched in their faces in a random Brooklyn street assault. At the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, student protesters chanted violent antisemitic slogans — including “There is only one solution,” and “Long live the Intifada!” — outside a speaking appearance by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, antisemitic and racist messages were graffitied on the local Republican Party headquarters.
A Jewish comedian in London, England, was verbally accosted and called a “dirty yid” at a bar by a group of soccer fans, and a man entered a synagogue and school in the city’s Stamford Hill neighborhood, screaming, “I am going to blow the place up,” before being arrested.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was widely condemned for comparing Western policies toward Moscow to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution” genocide plan for the Jewish people.
Also this week, members of the U.S. Senate and House Abraham Accords Caucuses signed a bipartisan letter urging the State Department to facilitate initiatives to promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue in the Middle East.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 35 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 24 (68.6%) from the far-right, 2 (5.7%) from the far-left, 2 (5.7%) with Islamist motivations, and 7 (20.0%) unidentifiable in nature.