The Equality and Non-discrimination Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has called on member states to adopt national strategies to combat antisemitism. The UK government suspended all contact with the National Union of Students over antisemitism concerns, and the southern Italian region of Campania adopted the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution in a 420-1 vote that condemns all forms of rising antisemitism and celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month. U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism Dr. Deborah Lipstadt made her first public appearance during which she described contemporary antisemitism as “ubiquitous,” and coming from across the “political spectrum,” prescient words in light of this week’s antisemitic incidents.
Two Australian Jewish men were violently attacked at a supermarket in Melbourne, and a synagogue and Jewish teenager were shot at with a BB gun in Brooklyn, NY. A Jewish man was choked on a street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Miami, Florida man threatened black and Jewish neighbors with kitchen knives.
A Baltimore, Maryland Jewish Community Center was evacuated after receiving a bomb threat, and an online manifesto written by the suspect in the tragic mass shooting in Buffalo, NY vilified and urged violence against Jews, as part of the racist and antisemitic Great Replacement conspiracy.
In Europe, a man set fire to a Jewish cemetery in Cologne, Germany, and a swastika was scratched onto the Mauthausen concentration camp memorial in Austria. Meanwhile, a Palestinian Authority leader claimed that Israeli prisons were “identical copies of Auschwitz,” and Nazi “death camps.”
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 40 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 16 (40.0%) from the far-right, 8 (20.0%) from the far-left, 8 (20.0%) with Islamist motivations, and 8 (20.0%) unidentifiable in nature.