The U.S. State of Nebraska declared May as Jewish American Heritage Month, and adopted the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, becoming the 27th state to do so, in a ceremony hosted by the Combat Antisemitism Movement. The Australian State of Victoria also adopted the definition, becoming the second state to in the country to endorse the definition.
In New York City, three antisemitic attacks on Jewish men took place in the span of five days. During one, the attacker yelled “the Nazis should have killed you Jews.” In another, a group of five attackers shouted “Free Palestine” while assaulting the victim. In Germany, police thankfully foiled a Neo-Nazi terror attack and arrested a teenage suspect.
In Bilboa, Spain, a group of visiting Israeli basketball fans were attacked by pro-Palestinians who threw chairs, glasses and bottles at them. In Montreal, Canada a Jewish man celebrating Israel’s independence day was assaulted by two attackers attempting to steal his flag.
A man was arrested after vandalizing a second Portland, Oregon synagogue and a mosque, while in New York, a swastika was spray-painted on a Holocaust awareness ad from CAM coalition partner JewBelong. In Florida, a Nazi flag was hung outside the entrance to Disney world.
A swastika was also plastered on a Melbourne, Australia Jewish community center, and the JCC in Albany, NY received a bomb threat.
A speaker at a Pro-Palestinian rally in Michigan called for the murder of Jews, and the leader of the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah railed against Jewish-American negotiator Amos Hochstein in maritime demarcation talks, saying, “continue negotiating…but not with Hochstein, Frankenstein, or any other Stein coming to Lebanon.” Meanwhile, three more Israeli civilians were murdered in another Palestinian terrorist attack.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 46 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 19 (41.3%) from the far-right, 7 (15.2%) from the far-left, 9 (19.6%) with Islamist motivations, and 11 (23.9%) unidentifiable in nature.