The U.S. State Department accused Russia of “resorting to antisemitism” to “vilify Ukraine” in a new dossier. The dossier said Russia is “propagating one of antisemitism’s most insidious forms, Holocaust distortion,” amid its claims of denazification to justify the invasion of Ukraine.
Upon landing in Israel, U.S. President Joe Biden pledged to “fight the poison of antisemitism wherever it rears its ugly head,” while meeting with Holocaust survivors there.
The U.S. President and Israeli Prime Minister signed the Jerusalem Strategic Partnership Joint Declaration, committing both countries “to fight every scourge and source of antisemitism and to respond whenever legitimate criticism crosses over into bigotry and hatred or attempts to undermine Israel’s rightful and legitimate place among the family of nations.” The declaration also pledges a commitment to never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, while firmly rejecting the BDS movement.
The FBI issued a security alert citing a credible threat to Jewish institutions in San Antonio, Texas, resulting in the suspension of shabbat and communal services. A vandal shattered the windows of a Chabad Jewish center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In a contemporary blood libel, Palestinian Prime Minister Shtayyeh claimed Israel used the bodies of deceased Palestinian terrorists in medical laboratories. Chile’s Jewish community denounced an antisemitic ‘happy merchant’ meme in a discount liquor ad featured in a popular daily newspaper.
In the UK, an antisemitic extremist was jailed after being found in possession of bomb-making instructions and an illegal dagger. Anne Frank was trending on Twitter this week as users debated whether the teenager who was murdered in the Holocaust benefited from ‘white privilege.”
In Germany and Austria, memorials to synagogues that were burned during Kristallnacht, were vandalized. An exhibition commemorating German Jewish athletes, and stumbling blocks in memory of a German Jewish family killed in the Holocaust, were also vandalized. Meanwhile, a swastika was painted on a Jewish school in Hungary.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 53 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 32 (60.4%) from the far-right, 5 (9.4%) from the far-left, 5 (9.4%) with Islamist motivations, and 11 (20.8%) unidentifiable in nature.