As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned of the enduring threat violent extremists pose to faith communities, a suspect was arrested in Connecticut for setting fire to a synagogue and church.
A British Jewish man was assaulted by a Syrian refugee while on vacation in Berlin. The assailant tore a kippah from the victim’s head, stamped on it, demanded that his victim say the words “Free Palestine” before punching him repeatedly in the face.
Tbilisi-based Tolerance and Diversity Institute (TDI), a CAM coalition partner, issued a report on rising antisemitism in the Republic of Georgia emanating from pro-Russian violent extremist groups. Recently, a Jewish cemetery was vandalized with a swastika, and several Georgian Orthodox clergymen have made hateful antisemitic statements that echo messaging from the Russian Patriarchate.
Tufts University condemned a campaign by Students for Justice in Palestine that urges students to sign a pledge to not only boycott Israeli products, but also Jewish-led student groups on campus. The Sierra Club meanwhile canceled trips to Israel after coming under pressure from BDS groups, before reversing that decision.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 33 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 16 (48.5%) from the far-right, 5 (15.2%) from the far-left, 6 (18.2%) with Islamist motivations, and 6 (18.2%) unidentifiable in nature.