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

The Yalla food truck at Duke University was envisioned by Rabbi Nossen Fellig of Chabad, left, and Abdullah Antepli, associate professor for the practice of interfaith relations. Photo: Yonat Shimron / RNS.

November 3, 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 October 2022:

A Food Truck at Duke University Offers a Truce to Rising Tensions on Mideast Politics

The menu at Yalla is as Middle Eastern as it gets: hummus, falafel, shawarma — in a pita, a bowl or on a plate.

This food truck on a concrete patch beside a grassy lawn, a close walk from the Duke University dining hall, is the campus’s latest interfaith venture. Earlier this semester, it began serving food that meets the most stringent dietary needs of two constituencies: Jews and Muslims. The food is both certified kosher and halal.

The Yalla food truck is seen at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Photo: Yonat Shimron / RNS.


Jewish Rapper Kosha Dillz Puts Out Song Responding to Kanye West’s Antisemitism

Jewish rapper Rami Even-Esh, who goes by the stage name Kosha Dillz, has put out a song in response to Kanye West’s repeated antisemitic outbursts in recent weeks.

The song released Friday is titled “Death Con 3,” referring to a threat West, who now goes by Ye, made against Jews earlier this month.


This Berkeley Prof Studies How Personal Stories Can Combat Antisemitism

David Broockman, 33, of San Francisco, has been studying stories for almost 10 years. The associate professor of political science at UC Berkeley researches how specific, personal narratives, told face to face, can help sway minds on highly divisive political issues — or, to put it shortly, how human connections may be the key to reducing bias.

Professor David Broockman.


High-Level Mideast Conferences to Connect Israelis, Six Arab Nations to Advance Normalization

More than two years after the signing of the Abraham Accords, collaboration between Israel and its new Arab partners has flourished. A new series of high-level conferences that will convene government officials, NGOs and private sector leaders in the “N7” — Israel and the Arab nations with which it has normalized ties — intends to formalize that cooperation and lay the groundwork for enhanced regional partnerships, Jewish Insider has learned.

The Negev Forum’s first Steering Committee meeting, in the town of in Zallaq, Bahrain, June 27, 2022. Photo: Mazen Mahdi / AFP via Getty Images.


Greece Formulating First Comprehensive National Action Plan Against Antisemitism

Greece will immediately draft the country’s first comprehensive national action plan against antisemitism, announced Deputy Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikramenos in the opening address at an international conference in Ioannina on Oct. 7.

Nazi slogans spray-painted on the walls of a Jewish cemetery in Athens, Greece, Oct. 2020. Photo: Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece.