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Through August, CAM Tracks Daily Average of 5.6 Antisemitic Incidents in 2022

September 21, 2022

The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) Information Hub tracked a total of 185 antisemitic incidents reported in the media worldwide in August 2022, marking a daily average of 6.0 incidents.

CAM’s Monthly Antisemitism Report classifies incidents of Jew-hatred (including physical assault, verbal harassment, vandalism, and hate speech) by the ideologies of the perpetrators.

Overall, CAM has tracked 1,371 antisemitic incidents in the media in the first eight months of 2022, an average of 5.6 incidents per day, compared to 1,398 incidents during the same period in 2021 — a 1.9 % decrease. In all of 2021, CAM tracked an average of 6.1 antisemitic incidents reported in the media daily.

Of August 2022’s incidents, 47.7% (88) had far-right motives (compared to 44.2% of 2021’s total), while 20.5% (38) had Islamist motives (compared to 19.1% of 2021’s total), and 10.8% (20) had far-left motives (compared to 19.1% of 2021’s total). The remainder — 21.1% (39) — had unidentifiable motives (compared to 17.7 % of 2021’s total).

Also in August, CAM monitored 16 physical threats against Jews, as well as 76 incidents of antisemitic vandalism.

 

In mid-August, leaders in Germany, the United States, and Israel issued strong condemnations after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused the Jewish state of perpetrating “50 Holocausts” against the Palestinians since 1947.

The remarks — in which Abbas also refused to denounce the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre, in which 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered — came at a joint press conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

In France, a 34-year-old Jewish man, Eyal Hadad, was murdered in Longperrier, northeast of Paris, and the suspected perpetrator, Hadad’s Muslim roommate, confessed to an antisemitic motive, according to media reports.

The National Bureau of Vigilance Against Antisemitism (BNVCA) stated that the alleged assailant, Mohamed Dridi, killed Hadad with an ax blow to the head. Dridi was also said to have burned Hadad’s face in an attempt to prevent him from being identified.

Meanwhile, a new report released by CAM detailed a total of 214 public manifestations of trivialization and appropriation of the Holocaust over the last year.

These incidents relate to statements made between July 2021 and July 2022 by political or other public officials, and Holocaust trivialization manifestations made or displayed at public events around the world.

The incidents spanned 29 countries, over six ideological motivations (COVID-19 Restrictions, Israel-Palestinian conflict, General Political Opposition and Rhetoric, Russia-Ukraine Conflict, Sports, and Climate Change).

There was one new adoption of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism in August — by the U.S. state of New Mexico.

The full monthly report can be viewed here.

For more information on CAM’s antisemitism incidents data, which is collected on a weekly basis, visit: combatantisemitism.org/newsletters