Ten Most Shocking Antisemitism Incidents of December 2022

U.S. actress and TV personality Whoopi Goldberg. Photo: Valerie Macon.

January 2, 2023

The CAM Antisemitism Research Center 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 December 2022 are as follows:

1. Whoopi Goldberg Apologizes Again After Reiterating False Claim That Holocaust ‘Wasn’t Originally’ About Race

U.S. actress and TV personality Whoopi Goldberg has once again apologized for her false claims about the Holocaust after The Sunday Times of London published an interview with “The View” co-host in which she repeated a statement made at the beginning of the year that the massacre of more than six million Jews by the Nazis during World War II “wasn’t originally” about race.

2. ‘Kanye 2024’: Man Attacked in New York’s Central Park by Assailant Making Antisemitic Statements

A 63-year-old man was attacked in Manhattan’s Central Park by an assailant making antisemitic remarks, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) said.

The victim was hit in the back of the head and suffered a chipped tooth and a broken hand after he fell to the ground, according to media reports.

3. Nazi Symbols Carved Into Beverly Hills Menorah on First Night of Hanukkah

A Texas man was arrested on Dec. 18 on suspicion of defacing a large menorah in Beverly Hills, California, on the first night of Hanukkah.

“Hate will not be tolerated and light will always shine brighter than darkness!” Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse tweeted following the incident.

4. Jewish Women and Children Targeted in Latest London Antisemitic Hate Crime Spree

A man verbally abused a 13-year-old Jewish girl on a Transport for London (TFL) bus, Shomrim Stamford Hill, a local Jewish community watch group, reported.

“I’m Adolf Hitler and I will kill the Jews,” the man, who has not yet been identified, said while using an umbrella, pointed in the girl’s direction, to pantomime shooting a gun.

5. ‘Jews Not Welcome’: Police Investigating Antisemitic Graffiti at Maryland High School

The words “Jews Not Welcome” were spray-painted on an entrance sign outside Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., and local police have launched an investigation to identify the vandal.

“This behavior is abhorrent, extremely hurtful, and will not be tolerated at Walt Whitman High School,” Principal Robert Dodd wrote in a letter to parents.


6. ‘Little Jew Needs Skinning Alive’: UK Conservative MP Johnny Mercer Reports of Online Death Threats

Conservative Party MP Johnny Mercer, representing Plymouth Moor View, posted screenshots to his Twitter account which appeared to show death threats directed toward him.

In one screenshot, an online user seemingly wrote of Mr. Mercer, who is not Jewish: “Little Jew needs skinning alive and rolled in salt (non kosher).”

7. Michigan Man Indicted After Accosting Synagogue-Goers While Cursing Israel

Hassan Chokr was arrested on charges of “ethnic intimidation” for allegedly shouting antisemitic and racist threats outside of Temple Beth El, a Reform synagogue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Arrested suspect Hassan Chokr.


8. Skateboard Attack on Jewish Man in San Francisco Charged as Hate Crime

A man who allegedly beat a Jewish man with a skateboard on San Francisco’s Haight Street faces charges of a hate crime and assault with a deadly weapon, prosecutors announced.

Eduardo Navarro Perez asked the victim if he was Jewish or Black before the attack and then made repeated disparaging antisemitic comments as the assault continued, according to San Francisco Disrict Attorney Brooke Jenkins.

9. UN Palestinian Rights Official’s Social Media History Reveals Antisemitic Comments

A lawyer heading the UN Human Rights Council’s open-ended investigation into Israel’s treatment of Palestinians said during a 2014 conflict between Israel and Gaza terror groups that the “Jewish lobby” was in control of the United States.

Francesca Albanese, an Italian lawyer, was appointed earlier this year as the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories.

UN Special Rapporteur Francesca Albanese.

10. New York Man Charged With Hate Crime Is Accused of Targeting Jewish Father and Son in BB Gun Attack, Police Say

A New York man was arrested and charged on Dec. 6 with firing a BB gun at a Jewish man and his son who were out grocery shopping, police said.

Jason Kish, 25, of Staten Island, was charged with assault as a hate crime, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and assault in connection with the incident.

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