Leaders from around the world spoke out against the use of the term “apartheid” to isolate Israel. “Categorizing Israel as an ‘apartheid’ state is just plain antisemitic…“such characterization counters progress made in the region, instead it deepens the rifts and fuels antisemitism around the world,” said Vice President of the European Parliament Nicola Beer.
Following a visit to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism Deborah Lipstadt noted this week, “there is a change afoot in this region. For too many decades, Saudi Arabia was a great exporter of Jew-hatred, but what I found is something quite different, something that has changed there dramatically in the last few years.”
In Canada, seventy gravestones were knocked over in a Jewish cemetery, and pro-Palestinian protesters chanted slurs such as “Shabbat Shalom b****es,” and “from the river to the sea” outside of kosher stores.
In a high-profile case of Holocaust trivialization, Mexico’s president doubled down on comparing a Jewish critic to Adolf Hitler, and the Jewish deputy director of a French hospital had a fake bomb with a swastika left outside his home.
A teenager in Ohio was jailed after police discovered a video in which he threatened to kill black people and carry out a mass shooting at a synagogue. A Florida home was vandalized with swastikas and slurs spray-painted on the garage and a Ukrainian flag hanging outside. A swastika was also drawn on an Israeli restaurant in Los Angeles, as California reported the highest levels of antisemitic hate crimes in a decade.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 28 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 17 (60.7%) from the far-right, 2 (7.1%) from the far-left, 4 (14.3%) with Islamist motivations, and 5 (17.9%) unidentifiable in nature.