Bosnia and Herzegovina became the 39th country to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism. The Muslim-majority nation joins six other Balkans nations, in doing so.
“Bosnia and Herzegovina is now in a position to lead the Balkan states in interfaith relations,” CAM Senior Advisor Robert Singer said and called for more countries to adopt the definition “as but an initial step in combatting antisemitism.”
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI created new agencies to strengthen Jewish life in the country, and a new Latin-Jewish Media and Entertainment Alliance will engage journalists and influencers in Spanish-speaking audiences to portray Israel and the Jewish world accurately.
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating the University of Southern California for not addressing antisemitism directed at a Jewish student leader, following an effort by CAM partner the Brandeis Center. “This is not about one individual but a trend targeting Jews and keeping them away from student office… The reign of impunity for antisemites on campuses must end,” CAM CEO Sacha Roytman Dratwa said.
Alarmingly public neo-Nazi activity took place in the U.S. as dozens of neo-Nazis with swastika flags demonstrated outside a conference in Tampa, Florida, following a violent Neo-Nazi demonstration in Boston.
A former U.S. marine was arrested on federal charges following an investigation into his plot to commit mass murder against Jews, as part of neo-Nazi group “Rapekrieg.” Matthew Belanger had “procured weapons, uniforms, and tactical gear, and discussed committing attacks on a synagogue, Jewish persons, women, and minorities,” in Long Island, New York.
Miloon Kothari, one of three members of the “UN Commission of Inquiry” that is investigating Israel, claimed in an interview that social media is “controlled largely by [the] Jewish lobby…,” recycling a dangerous antisemitic trope about Jewish power and control of media.
The UN official’s comments were condemned as antisemitic by Israel’s Prime Minister, U.S. Antisemitism Envoy Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, and the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Human Rights Council.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 43 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 29 (67.4%) from the far-right, 2 (4.7%) from the far-left, 6 (14.0%) with Islamist motivations, and 6 (14.0%) unidentifiable in nature.