Three Positive Stories From the Global Fight Against Antisemitism in May

Leaders of Tomorrow participants from Morocco visit the Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem, Israel. Photo: Eli Yosefi.

June 22, 2022

Antisemitism-related news stories are generally depressing, focused on hatred, bigotry, and prejudice, often making it hard to remember there are also positive developments occurring in the same realm.

This is why the Combat Antisemitism Movement is starting to publish a new regular feature highlighting “good news” in the fight against the world’s oldest hatred.

Here are three such stories from May 2022:

Returning From Israel, Young Moroccans Hope to ‘Change Minds’ Back Home

“Thirty-year-old Oumaima Mhijir from Morocco took her 6-month-old daughter Amber with her to visit Israel for the first time this month, despite the objections of her family back home. Mhijir is part of a group of 40 young people — 20 Israelis and 20 Moroccans — who took part in the Leaders of Tomorrow program, which seeks to build on the long-standing historical and cultural roots between the two countries.”

A Holocaust Remembrance Day Event Was Canceled Due to Low Registration. So Hundreds Showed Up on Zoom to Hear Survivor’s Story

“On one of the most solemn days on the Jewish calendar, Holocaust survivor Arnold Fridland would not be silenced. Sydney Goldstein, 28, with a little help from others, saw to it.”

Gal Weinstock, Arnold Fridland, Maya Weinstock, and Sydney Goldstein at Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Boulder, Colorado.


Indiana University Hillel Opens New Jewish Culture Center After Academic Year Marred by Campus Antisemitism Spike

The Hillel at Indiana University has opened a new Jewish Culture Center as part of its response to a spate of antisemitic incidents on the Bloomington campus this academic year. The establishment of the center was a request of a student task force set up to address rising Jew-hatred.

The Indiana University Hillel in Bloomington.