Five Positive Stories From the Global Fight Against Antisemitism in July 2022

A rally against hatred, in Kittery, Maine, July 23, 2022. Photo: Deb Cram / Seacoastonline and Fosters.com.

August 2, 2022

The Combat Antisemitism Movement publishes a regular feature highlighting “good news” in the fight against the world’s oldest hatred.

Here are five such stories from July 2022:

Moroccan King Mohammed VI Creates New Agencies for Jewish Community

Morocco’s government announced that “acting under royal instruction,” it will create several new initiatives aimed at strengthening the Jewish community there, preserving the Jewish cultural and historical connection, and improving ties with Jews of Moroccan descent.

King Mohammed VI and Crown Prince Moulay Hassan were presented with the plan during a July 13 council of ministers meeting at the Royal Palace in Rabat.

Moroccan King Mohammed VI. Photo: AFP/ HO / Moroccan Royal Palace.



Kittery Rally Stands Against Spread of Hate on Seacoast: ‘We Need More People to Speak Up’

Every person who lined Route 1 in Kittery, Maine, on July 23 holding signs and flags stood in protest of recent actions by a neo-Nazi group. For Newmarket, New Hampshire, resident John Beyer, who attended with his wife, Donna, the demonstration against hate was personal.

“People don’t pay attention to history and what can happen when it repeats itself,” Beyer said with a frown. “Nazis today, it’s unthinkable.”

The rally against hatred in Kittery, Maine, July 23, 2022. Photo: Deb Cram / Seacoastonline and Fosters.com.


Local Catholic Bishop Calls for Interfaith Solidarity After Spate of Antisemitic Incidents in Southwest Florida

Following a recent spate of antisemitic incidents across Southwest Florida, Catholic Bishop Frank J. Dewane of the Diocese of Venice issued a powerful call for interfaith solidarity and harmony, condemning Jew-hatred as “simply unacceptable.”

Bishop Frank J. Dewane (R) shakes hands with Pope Francis. Photo: Facebook.


US Black Jewish Leader Works to Boost Community, Inclusiveness

Nate Looney is a Black man who grew up in Los Angeles, a descendant of enslaved people from generations ago. He’s also an observant, kippah-wearing Jew.

Nate Looney. Photo: AP / Mark J. Terrill.


Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Adopts IHRA Antisemitism Definition

The Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism, in a move announced on July 22, joining more than three dozen other countries that had already done so.

The Presidency Building in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.