This week, Jewish communities around the world remained on high alert following the global surge of antisemitism that accompanied last month’s Israel-Gaza violence.
While the overall number of antisemitic incidents dropped from the previous week, there were still many disturbing acts of hatred targeting Jews.
In Tucson, Arizona, a Chabad center was vandalized with graffiti, including a swastika and the words, “Dirty k–e.” In Brooklyn, New York, an enraged assailant stormed into a Jewish-owned pizzeria, flipping over tables and throwing items at diners. In London, England, a Jewish children’s school bus had its tires slashed. In Ulm, Germany, a man tried to set a synagogue on fire. And in France, a prominent politician espoused a repugnant conspiracy theory about the 2012 shooting attack at a Toulouse Jewish school.
Recent days saw two significant International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism adoptions — first by Switzerland, which became the 36th country to take this important step, and Canada’s Quebec Province.
In the United States, the Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism was relaunched with 56 members.