Several Jewish community centers across the U.S. have received bomb threats. Two threats in Missouri and Pennsylvania both began, “I’ll be there at 12 to bomb your facility you ukranian jew filth i got bombs there now.” Synagogues in in metro Chicago and metro Detroit also received bomb threats this week.
The city of Boston’s famed St. Patrick’s Day parade was marred the presence of 20 masked members of a Neo-Nazi group, causing concern from local officials and the Jewish community. Four Jewish Israeli civilians were murdered in an attack in Beersheba by an ISIS-affiliated terrorist.
Pro-Kremlin Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad gave a televised speech claiming Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is “a Zionist Jew” who “supports the Nazis that killed the Jews.” A leader of the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen similarly claimed that the Ukraine-Russia war is a result of the “evil-doing” of the Jews and that Ukraine is at war because it has a Jewish president.
In academia, the Middle East Studies Association endorsed the BDS movement against Israel – the only country in the world it has chosen to boycott. Troubling campus antisemitism stories were also reported at Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, Duke University and McGill University.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 36 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 19 (52.8%) from the far-right, 11 (30.6%) from the far-left, 4 (11.1%) with Islamist motivations, and 2 (5.6%) unidentifiable in nature.