Ten Most Shocking Antisemitic Incidents of July 2022

Neo-Nazis demonstrate outside the Tampa Convention Center, in Tampa, Florida, Saturday, July 23, 2022. Photo: Twitter.

August 1, 2022

The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) Information Hub collects comprehensive antisemitism data from around the world on a constant basis, and publishes a regular feature on the top ten antisemitic incidents that shook Jewish communities globally during the preceding month. 

The ten most shocking antisemitic incidents of July 2022 are as follows:

1. UN Official: Social Media Largely Controlled by Jewish Lobby, NGOs

In an interview with the Mondoweiss website, Indian human rights expert Miloon Kothari — one of three members of the “UN Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel” — also questioned why the Jewish state was “even a member of the UN.”

Miloon Kothari. Photo: Jean Marc Ferré / UN.


2. Neo-Nazis Rally With Swastikas Outside Tampa Convention Center

A group of neo-Nazi demonstrators rallied on July 23 outside a conservative conference in Florida, where they displayed swastikas and handed out antisemitic material.

3. Rhode Island Restaurant Issues Apology After Posting Antisemitic Anne Frank Meme

“The post was poorly thought out and we realize that it was incredibly inappropriate and does not reflect our values as members of our community,” the Atlantic Sports Bar and Restaurant in Tiverton, Rhode Island, said.


4. On Holiday in Croatia, French Jewish Schoolchildren Wake Up to Find Giant Swastika Daubed Outside Their Hotel

“This will be an unforgettable holiday and experience for these children, for all the wrong reasons…a reminder that we can never become complacent or let our guard down when it comes to antisemitism,” European Jewish Association (EJA) Chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin says.

The swastika drawn outside a hotel near Split, Croatia. Photo: Facebook.


5. Anti-Israel Demonstrators Harass Jewish Shoppers Outside Kosher Stores in Thornhill, Ontario

Anti-Israel protesters reportedly screamed “Free Palestine” and yelled antisemitic slurs at Jewish shoppers in an area of the Toronto suburb of Thornhill where there are many kosher establishments.

Anti-Israel demonstrators harass Jewish shoppers in Thornhill, Ontario, July 1, 2022. Photo: Twitter screenshot.


6. Vandals Desecrate 600-Year-Old Jewish Cemetery in Istanbul, Turkey

Thirty-six gravestones were damaged in the incident at the Hasköy Cemetery in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district.

7. Neo-Nazi Former U.S. Marine Plotted to Attack Jews and Others in ‘Rapekrieg,’ Federal Prosecutors Say

Ex-Marine Matthew Belanger, who belonged to a neo-Nazi group that counts willingness to murder Jewish children as a membership requirement, has been arrested on charges stemming from a federal investigation into his plot to commit mass murder, including against Jews.

Matthew Belanger.


8. French Left-Wing MPs Call on Government to Condemn ‘Institutionalization by Israel of a Regime of Apartheid Against the Palestinian People’

The text, signed by 38 French lawmakers, was introduced by Communist MP Jean-Paul Lecoq, who is vice president of the French National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

French MP Jean-Paul Lecoq.


9. Trees Dedicated to Memory of Buchenwald Concentration Camp Victims Chopped Down

The Buchenwald concentration camp memorial says seven trees dedicated to the memory of victims of the Nazi camp in eastern Germany have been chopped down.

10. San Antonio Jewish Institutions Briefly Suspend Activities Amid Unspecified Safety Threat

An unspecified security threat disrupted Shabbat services and other Jewish activities in San Antonio, Texas, for several hours on July 9 before local Jewish leaders gave an all-clear.

For more information on CAM’s antisemitism incidents data, please visit: combatantisemitism.org/newsletters