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This Week’s Content
1. The FBI Somehow Lost Its Files About White Supremacist Forum Stormfront
By Ben Makuch
With a spate of violent white nationalist terrorism over the last year, the FBI has come under fire for not taking the threat of domestic terror seriously after having lost records on one of the key radicalization grounds on the internet for white nationalism. Read Here.
2. Nazis, Ku Klux Klan fliers and a dog named Adolf: Is this small US town a hotbed for white nationalism?
By Zoe Daniel & Emily Olsen
Their presence had never raised alarm among residents but when a recent propaganda drop went viral online, the once-underground groups started meeting more openly, billing themselves as “a Terror Machine coming to a town near you.” Read Here.
3. Christian Zionists push bill to bolster US action against campus anti-Semitism
By Ron Kampeas
Christians United for Israel ended a three-day summit in Washington with its 5,000 activists lobbying for a bipartisan bill that would facilitate US government action against anti-Semitism on campus. Read Here.
4. White supremacists in Klan robes hold surprise rally outside Hanover courthouse
By C. SUAREZ ROJAS
A dozen people wearing white robes and waving Confederate flags gathered near the Hanover County Courthouse and encouraged people to call a Ku Klux Klan hotline. Read Here.
5. AOC chief of staff criticized for wearing shirt touting Nazi collaborator
By John Gage
Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, came under scrutiny for having worn a T-shirt that featured Nazi collaborator Subhas Chandra Bose. Ocasio-Cortez also positively quoted Nazi sympathizer Eva Perón, the former Argentine first lady. Read Here.
6. Israeli chef gets anti-Semitic threat after critic pans his NY restaurant prices
By TOI Staff
Eyal Shani, Israeli celebrity chef and NYC restaurateur, became the target of a threatening anti-Semitic letter which read: “Majority of Americans despise Israel. We did not want your Soda Stream. Only stupid kikes would eat at your overpriced pit…Measles outbreak was spread by your Orthodox cult freaks… as they rape children…Jews are not wanted here!” Read Here.
7. Florida principal reassigned after saying Holocaust was not ‘factual’
By Ben Kesslen
A Florida principal has been reassigned after he told a parent that the Holocaust was not a “factual, historical event.” Read Here.
8. California assemblyman apologizes for depicting his Jewish opponent clutching dollar bills
By Ben Sales
California State Assemblyman Tyler Diep is sorry for a campaign ad depicting his Jewish opponent holding a wad of money. Read Here.
9. Neo-Nazi sentenced in 2016 state Capitol altercation
By Dan Pine
A neo-Nazi who once called for dropping a nuclear bomb on Israel has been sentenced in California to four years in prison for his role in a violent melee between fellow white supremacists and counter-demonstrators at the state Capitol. Read Here.
Israel and the Rest of the World
1. IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE UK
At massive UK PalExpo, they’ll play BDS bowling, learn to ‘decolonize Palestine’
By Robert Philpot
A two-day pro-Palestinian event billed by organizers as the biggest in Europe – has come under attack from UK Jewish and Israel advocacy groups. UK Lawyers for Israel argues that the Friends of Al Aqsa, the organizers of Palestine Expo, are “major promoters” of the BDS movement and “closely linked to Hamas.” Read Here.
Anti-Semite hospitalized indefinitely for arson attack at English synagogue
By TOI Staff
A London court ordered a man to be hospitalized indefinitely after he attempted to burn down the 18th-century Exeter Synagogue on the Jewish mourning day of Tisha B’Av. Read Here.
Rift opens in UK Labour over whistle-blowers ahead of anti-Semitism exposé
By Michael Bachner
The British Labour Party came under fresh attack after it was revealed that it had cracked down on whistle-blowers by threatening to sue ex-staffers who spoke to the BBC for an exposé on anti-Semitism within its ranks. Read Here.
THREE UK LABOUR MEMBERS QUIT PARTY DUE TO ANTI-SEMITISM CONTROVERSY
By Tzvi Joffre
MP and former general secretary of the Labour party Lord David Triesman resigned from the party due to “institutional anti-Semitism.” Soon after, former Labour Health Minister Lord Darzi and Former President of the Royal College of Physicians and Labour Peer Lord Leslie Arnold Turnberg confirmed that they too were resigning from the party. Read Here.
Gordon Brown says Labour must automatically expel anti-Semites
By Jenni Frazer
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown wants Labour to automatically expel anti-Semites and says that the next Labour government needs to create the role of a newly-designated minister and global ambassador to fight anti-Semitism. Read Here.
Board of Deputies complains to Guardian about letter from ‘prominent’ Jews supporting Chris Williamson
By Daniel Sugarman
The Board of Deputies has complained to the Guardian, saying the paper mishandled a letter it published and claimed was from “prominent members of the Jewish community” declaring their support for suspended Labour MP Chris Williamson. But the Board said the paper had been “misleading and inaccurate in its description of the signatories, some have been suspended or expelled from the Labour Party and one of whom has called for Zionists to be exterminated.” Read Here.
2. IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN GERMANY
Germany Has a Neo-Nazi Terrorism Epidemic
By Peter Kuras
It’s hard to escape the conclusion that the German state has long had difficulties preventing right-wing violence and apprehending its perpetrators because there’s substantial sympathy for neofascistic causes within the German government. Read Here.
Revealed: the former Waffen-SS members instructing the next generation of Germany’s far right
By Liam Hoare
Former members of the Waffen-SS are attending meetings of far-right extremists to hold talks about their wartime experiences. The German domestic security agency found that 60 such meetings were held in Germany in 2018 alone. Read Here.
Police stop far-right band performances in eastern Germany
By Shamil Shams
Far-right groups regularly hold rock concerts in eastern Germany, where their support is higher than other parts of the country. Read Here.
Combat 18: The neo-Nazi network facing a ban in Germany
By Ben Knight
Germany may soon ban the neo-Nazi group Combat 18 as a terrorist organization. Given Germany’s history, and a recent killing allegedly tied to neo-Nazi circles, the main mystery may be why it hasn’t been banned yet. Read Here.
3. Iraqi man gets life in jail for rape, murder of Jewish teen in Germany
An Iraqi man was sentenced to life in jail by a German court for the rape and murder of a Jewish teenage girl that fueled far-right protests. Read Here.
4. Rise of anti-Semitism elevates fears in France
By Christopher Livesay
An “increasing sense of emergency.” That’s how the president of the European Jewish congress recently described the concern over growing anti-Semitism in Europe. That includes France, where an increase in anti-Semitic attacks has raised the alarm. Read Here.
5. Anti-Semitism and Neglect Have Destroyed a Historical Jewish School in Isfahan
By Iran Wire
After the Islamic Revolution, anti-Israeli policies and propaganda placed pressure on Iranian Jews forcing many to leave Iran and their many important historical sites behind, including a Jewish school in the city of Isfahan. The school in Isfahan’s old Jewish neighborhood was shut down by authorities for repairs that were never carried out. It has turned into a place for buying and selling drugs and for the homeless to sleep. Authorities are allegedly planning to replace it with a commercial complex. Read Here.
6. Anti-Semitic vandals target Jewish-owned café
By EVAN ZLATKIS
A Jewish cafe owner in Melbourne has warned, “We won’t let history come back” after her business was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti that read “The Holocaust is a lie” along with a swastika. Read Here.
7. Sixth suspect arrested in violent February assault on Argentina’s chief rabbi
By TOI Staff
A sixth suspect was arrested for the February assault on the chief rabbi of Argentina, Gabriel Davidovich, in Buenos Aires. Read Here.
8. Swedish Neo-Nazis Disrupt Exhibition Of Holocaust Survivors’ Portraits
By Cnaan Liphshiz
Neo-Nazis in Sweden blocked the entrance to an exhibition of portraits of Holocaust survivors and intimidated visitors viewing the display. Read Here.
9. Dutch member of mainstream party says Jews came to Israel ‘to be Nazis’
By Cnaan Liphshiz
Alireza Taimurizadeh, a member of the Dutch Green Left party, which has publicly endorsed attempts to boycott Israel, said Holocaust-traumatized Jews came to Israel “to be Nazis” and that Israel is “a country which makes a Jew feel shame. Israel, the bribe for 6 million lives, far away, where they can live out their trauma, react to it WHERE THEY CAN BE THE SS.” Read Here.
10. ISRAEL WILL SHUN NEW GREEK MINISTER WITH ANTI-SEMITIC PAST
BY HERB KEINON
Israel will not work with Greece’s new Agricultural Development and Food Minister Makis Voridis because of his anti-Semitic past. Read Here.
1. Why London BDS should be falling down
By TAMARA BERENS
While we can’t always change the minds of anti-Zionists, we can stand up for our rights as Jews to host speakers and celebrate our Zionist beliefs. The atmosphere across campuses in the UK remains troubling for Jewish and pro-Israel students. Yet if we give up, we risk teaching a whole generation of British Jewish students that it’s better to stay quiet than to stand up for our right to self-determination. Read Here.
Anti-Semitism has been perpetrated over the centuries. Today, we are seeing age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes being recycled as well as new forms of anti-Semitism. In order to effectively combat anti-Semitism, it is important to understand, define and highlight all its manifestations and ideologies.
1. White Supremacist Neo-Nazi Group Works To Recruit New Members On Gab, Twitter, Instagram, And BitChute – With Intent To Take Violent Action
By Middle East Media Research Institute
The following report presents information about a neo-Nazi group, Iron Youth. Its online content, which stresses the need to take violent action, is aimed at both incitement and at recruiting new members, in order to move from online to “in real life activism.” The group says, it is “preparing, educating, and training for the collapse and what we must do when it comes.” Read the full report here.
2. What’s your anti-Semitic poison? Conference tackles Jew-hatred at home and abroad
By Orit Arfa
Scholars on anti-Semitism from Europe and the US gathered at the Berlin campus of Indiana University to discuss “A Transatlantic Wave of Anti-Semitism? Jew-Hatred in Europe and the US.” “There is a rise in anti-Semitism in the US coming from the right, from the left…It’s really hard to say what the biggest threat is in the US; we see it here in Europe longer. The immediate threat depends on the country. The more east you get, it’s from the right, and the more west, it’s from young Muslims.” Read Here.
3. ‘PEACE TO PROSPERITY’ STARTS IN PALESTINIAN SCHOOLS
By Marcus Sheff
The American “Peace to Prosperity” plan for the Palestinian people focuses on enhancing Palestinian education and the creation of a new Palestinian university. By the time Palestinian students reach higher education however, they have already been thoroughly radicalized by their current textbooks. Anti-Semitism is now more prevalent than in previous curricula. Read Here.
4. NEWT GINGRICH: ANTI-SEMITISM THREATENS ISRAEL LIKE MILITARIES USED TO
By JPost Staff
Anti-Semitism is today as great a threat to Israel’s survival as the classic military threats that once confronted the Jewish state, according to Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the US House of Representatives. Read Here.
4. Anti-Semitism is strengthening the Jewish identity of young people. Why haven’t our organizations embraced them?
By Howard Lovy
I never wanted anti-Semitism to define the way I write about Judaism. But the rise in anti-Semitism can perhaps help us see clearer than we did 20 years ago. We can see who is with us and who is not. Jews are standing up to be counted. I would be more optimistic for the future if we found a way to embrace them. Read Here.
Studies and Statistics
1. Young Jewish Europeans: perceptions and experiences of anti-Semitism
By EU Agency for Fundamental Rights
“Anti-Semitism in Europe remains a stubborn stain that refuses to go away,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “We owe it to all Jews, and particularly future generations, to erase this blot once and for all through coordinated action at the EU and national level working hand-in-hand with Jewish communities.”
Based on FRA’s survey data, key takeaways show that:
- 81% of the young Jewish Europeans declared the strength of their Jewish identity to be high;
- Four in five of young Jewish Europeans say that anti-Semitism is a problem in their countries and believe it has increased;
- Remembering the Holocaust remains the most important factor to determine the Jewish identity of young Jewish Europeans (95%);
- While the importance of ‘supporting Israel’ in the identities of young Jewish Europeans is less significant than their elders, 85% of young Jewish Europeans report that people in their countries accuse or blame them for anything done by the Israeli government;
- 44% of young Jewish Europeans experienced anti-Semitic harassment, which is 12% higher than their elders. 80% of young victims do not report harassment to the police or any other authority;
- 45% of young Jewish Europeans choose not to wear, carry or display distinguishable Jewish items in public because they are concerned about their safety.
- 41% have considered emigrating because they did not feel safe living there as a Jewish person;
2. ANTI-SEMITISM SPIKES IN CZECH REPUBLIC: NEAR 200% INCREASE SINCE 2015
By Ilanit Cherncik
Anti-Semitism spiked by 189% in the Czech Republic between 2015 and 2018 according to a report by the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic which also explained that victims do not often report such incidents. Read Here.
1. French Immigrant Becomes First Tel Aviv Woman To Ride An Ambucycle
By Raphael Poch
“I fell in love with the ideals on which United Hatzalah was founded, providing fast and free medical care to anyone who needs it regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender or socio-economic standing. I’ve always loved helping others and there is no better way to do that than by saving a life.” Read here.
Meeting United Hatzalah’s Sanaa Mahameed:
Sanaa Mahameed is an EMT and one of 330 Muslim United Hatzalah volunteers who respond to medical emergencies all over Israel. Each of them has a unique story and puts their lives on hold to save the lives of others. Her family and community embraces her decision. “They look at me and say, ‘kol hakavod,’” she said, referencing the Hebrew phrase for respect. Watch Sanaa’s inspiring story below.
People of different backgrounds have volunteered to join United Hatzalah’s team of medics: the Jews, the Muslims, the Christians. All of them have dedicated their time to save others regardless of religion or race, bringing together Jews, Muslims and Christians for peaceful co-existence and tolerance across the State of Israel. United Hatzalah rises above politics, above money, above religion, just to save lives. Watch Israeli-Arab celebrity Nas tell United Hatzalah’s story below:
United Hatzalah of Israel is the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer Emergency Medical Service organization that provides the fastest and free emergency medical first response throughout Israel. United Hatzalah’s service is available to all people regardless of race, religion, or national origin. United Hatzalah has more than 5,000 volunteers around the country, available around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With the help of our unique GPS technology and our iconic ambucycles, our average response time is less than 3 minutes across the country and 90 seconds in metropolitan areas. Our mission is to arrive at the scene of medical emergencies as soon as possible and provide the patient with professional and appropriate medical aid until an ambulance arrives, resulting in many more lives saved.
Learn more about United Hatzalah here.
SPECIAL ENVOY TO MONITOR & COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM UPDATE
This section also highlights the work of government officials around the world that are combating anti-Semitism in their official capacities.
1. The U.S. and Israel: A Friendship for Freedom
By Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Christian support in America for Zion –a Jewish homeland, runs back to the early Puritans and has endured for centuries. Indeed, our second president said “I really wish the Jews again in Judea an independent nation…We’ve elevated the fight against anti-Semitism…I was able last March to declare a simple truth, that anti-Zionism is indeed anti-Semitism. Period. Full stop…” Read Here.
2. Department of Justice to convene summit on fighting anti-Semitism
By RON KAMPEAS
U.S. Department of Justice is convening a “Summit on Combating Anti-Semitism” with sessions on “combating anti-Semitism while respecting the First Amendment;” “anti-Semitism on campus;” “prosecuting hate crimes” and a “fireside chat” with administration leadership including Elan Carr, the State Department envoy combating anti-Semitism, and Kenneth Marcus, the top civil rights official at the Education Department. Read Here.
3. Top German Protestant Leader Urges Creation of Church Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism
By Ben Cohen
The head of one of Germany’s leading Evangelical churches has called on his fellow Protestant clerics to appoint a special representative to challenge rising anti-Semitism. Read Here.
4. How could a Palm Beach high school principal question historical facts about the Holocaust? Denial feeds anti-Semitism.
By Rep. Ted Deutch
My Task Force, together with U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nevada, and her colleagues in the Senate, and Elan Carr, the Administration’s Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism, will make Holocaust education a national priority. Holocaust denial feeds anti-Semitism, which leads too often to violence and death, here in America and around the world. Read Here.
5. German State of Hesse Pledges to Confront BDS Campaign Against Israel
By Algemeiner Staff
The German state of Hesse launched a new initiative urging leaders of cities worldwide to stand up to the anti-Zionist boycott of the State of Israel. Among those appearing at the launch of the anti-BDS campaign was Uwe Becker, the mayor of Frankfurt who also serves as the state’s commissioner for combating anti-Semitism. Read Here.
This section highlights the good deeds of Jews and others working to combat anti-Semitism in their communities.
1. MISS IRAQ STANDS WITH ISRAEL AT THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
By JPost Staff
Former Miss Iraq Sarah Idan passionately defended Israel at the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. “The issue between Arabs and Israelis goes beyond policy disagreements. It’s deeply rooted in the belief systems taught in Muslim countries, which are anti-Semitic.” Read Here.
2. The Rebbe fought anti-Semitism by spreading pro-Semitism
By David Suissa
On the 25th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, it’s worth reflecting on his approach to fighting darkness. He never urged his followers to hit the streets to confront evil. Instead, he urged them to hit the streets to spread goodness and kindness. By spreading the goodness of Judaism in such a visible, loving and global way, he showed the world a Judaism that is hard to hate. His approach responded to the virus of anti-Semitism with the gentle but potent force of pro-Semitism. Read Here.
3. Dutch Christians rebuff officials seeking labeling of Israeli settlement goods
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
The van Oordt Family, Christian Zionist importers of Israeli goods declined to comply with a government directive to apply special labeling for settlement products. The van Oordt’s run the Israel Products Center and our partner organization, Christians for Israel. Labeling was created to ensure food safety but has become a political tool to pressure the Jewish state,” said van Oordt, whose annually brings in 120,000 bottles of Israeli wine and tons of Dead Sea cosmetics. “These are anti-Jewish regulations to me.” Read Here.
4. From Rabid Anti-Semite to Proud Jew
By Moira Schneider
Csanád Szegedi, co-founder of Hungary’s far-right, anti-Semitic party, discovers he’s Jewish, forcing him to rethink his life and connect to his roots. Read Here.
This section highlights opportunities for you to get involved in combating anti-Semitism. Read the content below to learn more.
1. Learn More About H.R. 943 – Never Again Education Act
This week we ask you to take action by educating yourself on the Never Again Education Act, which would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to eligible entities to carry out educational programs about the Holocaust. With rising anti-Semitism across the world, educating students about the Holocaust has never been more important. Help us raise awareness about the issue by sharing the bill and the resources below within your community.
‘Never Again Education Act’ to be introduced in US Senate
By Jackson Richman
A bipartisan group of Senators plan to introduce this week the “Never Again Education Act” that, if enacted, would create a grant program at the U.S. Department of Education to enable teachers across the United States the resources and training necessary to teach students about the Holocaust and its lessons.
Our partner, the World Jewish Congress has created a change.org petition: Make Holocaust Education Mandatory in Every School in the United States! Click here to see the WJC petition and view their video message below.
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