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This Week’s Content
1. Can Ilhan Omar Overcome Her Prejudice?
By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
“…It is difficult, perhaps impossible, to unlearn hate without coming to terms with how you learned to hate…little attention has been paid to the case of Muslim anti-Semitism. That is a pity because today it is anti-Semitism’s most zealous, most potent and most underestimated form. Read Here.
2. Wiesenthal Center Calls on AOC’s Chief of Staff to Apologize for Wearing Nazi Collaborator Shirt
By Aaron Bandler
The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff to apologize for wearing a t-shirt of a Nazi collaborator. Read Here.
3. Federal Magistrate says Jewish Woman should get $14 Million from Neo-Nazi Who Organized Troll-Storm
By Mallory Simon & Sara Sidner
A federal magistrate in Montana has recommended that neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin pay $14 million in damages to Tanya Gersh, a Jewish woman who was subjected to a troll storm and years of harrashment and intimidation that he organized on his website, the Daily Stormer. Read Here.
4. Ex-CNN commentator at progressive summit: Major news outlets are ‘Zionist orgs’
By Ben Jacobs
Former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill claimed that news outlets like NBC and ABC were “Zionist organizations” that produced “Zionist content.” Read Here.
5. Bipartisan Group in Congress Organizing Private Tour of the Holocaust Museum
By Jewish Insider Staff
A bipartisan slate of members of Congress is organizing a private tour for other members of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Read Here.
6. Jewish camps boost security after Tree of Life, Poway
By TOBY TABACHNICK and ERIC SCHUCHT
While many camps have had longstanding security protocol in place, the recent synagogue attacks moved them to consult security experts anew, and to implement suggested upgrades where needed. Read Here.
7. D.C. Neo-Nazi Nears Plea Deal On Federal Gun Charge
By Travis Waldron and Ryan J. Reilly
Jeffrey Clark, a D.C.-based neo-Nazi is facing federal gun and drug charges and is likely to accept a plea deal with prosecutors later this month. “He has discussed openly killing Jews and blacks.” Read Here.
8. Tlaib condemns bipartisan anti-BDS resolution, claiming it is ‘unconstitutional’
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib condemned the House Foreign Affairs Committee for considering a resolution condemning the anti-Semitic BDS movement. Read Here.
9. Neo-Nazi stickers cause stir in Leominster, MA
By Monica Busch
Mayor Dean Mazzarella said residents should be on the watch for stickers promoting white supremacy, after a fresh crop of decals advertising a national neo-Nazi group appeared around the Massachussets city. Read Here.
10. DC suburb will screen anti-Israel film narrated by Roger Waters
By RON KAMPEAS
After canceling an earlier screening of an anti-Israel film, “narrated by a notorious anti-Semite that peddles anti-Semitic canards,” following complaints by Washington-area Jewish officials, a Maryland suburb will now screen the movie narrated by Roger Waters. Read Here.
11. Fresh from row with Trump, Ilhan Omar pushes pro-BDS resolution in House
By Zoe Daniel & Emily Olsen
Ilhan Omar introduced a resolution in support of the BDS movement, aimed at pushing back against anti-BDS laws being considered in Congress and state legislators. Read Here.
12. Anti-Semitic fliers in Massachusetts declare Holocaust ‘fake news’
By PENNY SCHWARTZ
Two anti-Semitic fliers that deny the Holocaust were posted at Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, MA, a town with a sizable Jewish population. Read Here.
13. USA EXTENDS THE SANCTIONS AGAINST HEZBOLLAH
By Avraham Levine
Coinsiding with the the 25th anniversary of Hezbollah’s anti-Semitic terrorist attack on a Jewish community center, The U.S. Treasury announced that three key figures in Hezbollah were designated as terrorists and added to the list of individuals prohibited from operating in the US. Read Here.
14. The Holocaust: States require education about it as anti-Semitism, hate crimes surge
By ELAINE S. POVICH
Last month, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed into law legislation requiring Holocaust education in Oregon schools. Oregon is the 12th state to enact such a law and bills are pending in another dozen states. Read Here.
Israel and the Rest of the World
1. IN-DEPTH: LABOUR IN CRISIS– THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE UK
BBC exposé accuses Jeremy Corbyn’s team of shielding anti-Semites
By Cnaan Liphshiz
Leaders of Britain’s Labour’s party shielded members from accusations of anti-Semitism, the BBC reported. Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly interfered in disciplinary cases, several Labour whistleblowers told the makers of the BBC program titled “Is Labour anti-Semitic?” Thousands of hate speech complaints led to only 15 expulsions, the flagship investigative television program “Panorama” reported. Read Here.
Watch the abridged BBC Panorama “Is Labour anti-Semitic?” below:
Over 30 Labour whistleblowers to give evidence to watchdog
By MATHILDE FROT
Over 30 Labour whistleblowers are set to give evidence to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission on antisemitism claims, the Jewish Labour Movement has revealed. Read Here.
Labour’s anti-Semitism row at ‘tipping point’ as party warned not to sue whistleblowers
By Aubrey Allegretti
Labour has been warned its anti-Semitism row is at a “tipping point” and “many people” could quit unless it takes the issue more seriously. Top officials were urged by shadow foreign secretary Thornberry not to pursue legal action against whistleblowing former Labour staffers. Read Here.
Labour whistleblower: Corbyn ally ‘took control’ of anti-Semitism complaints
By TOI Staff
Another former Labour staffer, Tim Dexter, has come forward to allege systemic interference in anti-Semitism complaints by senior members of the Britain’s main opposition party. Read Here.
Watch Tim Dexter’s tell his story below:
🚨EXCLUSIVE: A new whistleblower, Tim Dexter, who left Labour complaints unit 3 months ago, tells me— Gabriel Pogrund (@Gabriel_Pogrund) July 13, 2019
– Corbyn aides seized control of antisemitism cases in March
– Karie Murphy’s HR team “spied” on staff with internal software
– Staff routinely “disappeared” due to breakdowns pic.twitter.com/dBzLKVYUsX
Corbyn allies lash Labour deputy chief for criticizing response to anti-Semitism
By TOI Staff
After General Secretary Jennie Formby was accused of interfering in internal party investigations, Deputy Leader Tom Watson asked Formby to make available to him materials the party shared with the Equality and Human Rights Commission and said the party “smeared” the former officials who appeared in the BBC program. Formby hit back, saying she was “very disappointed” by his response and accusing him of abusing his “considerable platform.” Read Here.
Panorama whistleblower: Labour ‘spitting’ on Jewish community with its response
By JACK MENDEL
Ben Westerman, the only Jewish whistleblower in the BBC Panorama expose has accused the party of “spitting” on the community with its derisory response to the documentary and said he was routinely branded a Nazi. Read Here.
Panorama whistleblowers take legal action against party”
By JENNI FRAZER
Former Labour employees who appeared on BBC had suffered mental health issues as a result of their experience inside Labour and are to take legal action as a result of the leadership’s dismissive response to their claims. Read Here.
‘Jeremy Corbyn has done more to inflame anti-Semitism than any political figure since Second World War’
By Lee Harpin
Labour’s former head of disputes has accused Jeremy Corbyn of having done more than “any modern day political figure since the Second World War to bring about the rise of anti-Semitism.” Read Here.
Labour staffers tell Corbyn to take a hike if unwilling to tackle anti-Semitism
By TOI Staff
200 staffers in the UK’s Labour Party sent its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, a letter on Monday demanding he address head-on the party’s ongoing problem with anti-Semitism or step aside. Read Here.
UK Labour lords condemn Corbyn for ‘toxic’ anti-Semitism in party
60 Labour members of Britain’s House of Lords have taken out a full-page newspaper ad accusing Corbyn of “allowing anti-Semitism to grow in our party and presiding over the most shaming period in Labour’s history,” saying he has “failed the test of leadership.” Read Here.
2. IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN GERMANY
GERMAN MAGAZINE UNDER FIRE FOR PROMOTING ANTI-JEWISH CONSPIRACY
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
Magazine Der Spiegel has been plunged into crisis after a backlash over a publication alleging – with echoes of a classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theory – that two small pro-Israel organizations are directing German Middle East policy. Read Here.
Germany’s Jewish Council says Amazon must pull anti-Semitic merchandise
By Jill Petzinger
The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany has demanded that Amazon take responsibility to remove anti-Semitic products and merchandise from its e-commerce website. Read Here.
3. MACHINE GUNS, ASSAULT RIFLES AND AIR-TO-AIR MISSILE SEIZED FROM NEO-NAZI GROUP IN ITALY
By DAVID BRENNAN
Police in Italy have uncovered an arsenal of weapons amassed by neo-Nazis in several cities. Officers seized automatic rifles, submachine guns and an air-to-air missile belonging to the Qatari armed forces. Read Here.
4. Attacker of French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut convicted for shouting anti-Semitic epithets
By MARCY OSTER
A Yellow Vest protester was sentenced to two-months’ probation for shouting anti-Semitic epithets at renowned French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut. “Dirty Jew…you’re going to die, you’re going to hell…Dirty Zionist…France is ours…return to Tel Aviv.” Read Here.
5. Jewish woman’s killer not criminally liable because he was high on marijuana, French judge rules
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
After months of following this story, a French judge has ultimately ruled that a Muslim man who killed his Jewish neighbor in Paris while shouting about Allah is probably not criminally responsible for his actions because he had smoked marijuana beforehand. Read Here.
6. Masked assailants waterboard, rob Netherlands Jewish leader
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
A Netherlands Jewish leader was assaulted, tortured and robbed in his home by four masked men in an apparent planned operation. Read Here.
7. Amsterdam celebrity tour guide advises left-wing parties to kick out some Jews
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
Jan Tervoor, a celebrated tour guide and columnist advised left-wing parties to kick out Jews, “as a precaution,” lest they weaponize anti-Semitism. Read Here.
8. Neo-Nazi from near Malmö charged for praising Hitler
By The Local
A 44-year-old neo-Nazi from near Malmö, Sweden has been charged with hate crimes after praising Adolf Hitler: “One day the world will understand that Adolf Hitler was right.” Read Here.
9. Why Was an American Scientist Murdered in a Nazi Bunker?
By Barbie Latza Nadeau
Suzanne Eaton’, an accomplished molecular biologist, was found dead in a World War II-era Nazi bunker in Greece. Her body was wrapped in burlap, showed signs of torture, stab wounds, and asphyxiation. The coroner said she likely suffered a “slow and painful death.” Read Here.
10. Latin American Jews still don’t have justice 25 years after the AMIA massacre
By SHARON NAZARIAN
Despite years of activity and rhetoric, justice has not been achieved for the victims, their families and Latin American Jewry — 85 people were killed and 300 injured. Read Here.
11. Argentina takes step closer to naming Hezbollah a terrorist group
By JTA STAFF
The Argentine government announced that it was creating “a public registry of persons and entities connected to acts of terrorism and its financing and indicated that Hezbollah will be added. The announcement comes two days before the 25th anniversary of the deadly Hezbollah bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center. Read Here.
12. IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST
Senior Hamas official calls on members of Palestinian diaspora to kill Jews
By ADAM RASGON
Fathi Hammad has urged members of the Palestinian diaspora to kill Jews around the world. “All of you 7 million Palestinians abroad…You have Jews everywhere and we must attack every Jew on the globe by way of slaughter and killing, if God permits.” Read Here.
Egyptian academic: ‘Jews eat matzah made with donated human blood’
Dr. Fouad Abdel Wahed, an Egyptian professor of Hebrew at King Saud University, said in an episode of the anti-Semitic Egyptian TV show “Blue Line” that Jews eat matzah on Passover that contain human blood. Watch Below: Read Here.
Kabul, with Jewish population of 1, still suffers from widespread anti-Semitism
By EZZATULLAH MEHRDAD
Adolf Hitler enjoys widespread popularity in Afghanistan and his image is used in advertisements. A common Afghan expression says that Hitler left some Jews alive to remind the world just how noxious they are. Read Here.
Article In Syrian Establishment Daily: Jared Kushner Operates Like Shylock In ‘The Merchant Of Venice’
Syrian journalist Fuad Al-Sharabji compared Jared Kushner to Shylock, the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, in his column in a Syrian daily. Read Here.
Iranian National Security Official Mojtaba Zonnour: If America Attacks, We Will Destroy Israel Within 30 Minutes
In a genocidal tirade, Iranian National Security Official Zonnour said that Israel will survive for less than 30 minutes if the U.S. attacks Iran. Read Here.
1. Williams College reaches resolution with Department of Ed after nixing pro-Israel group
By JACKSON RICHMAN
In the WIFI case of “anti-Semitic discrimination against a Jewish-led student group disguised as anti-Zionism,” Williams College has reached a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Education in lieu of an investigation. Read Here.
2. Eighty groups urge Cal State to reprimand anti-Israel professor for ‘hateful’ Facebook posts
Organized by our partner, AMCHA Initiative, the groups urged the California State University chancellor to take action to address professor Rabab Abdulhadi’s “unlawful” conduct. Abdulhadi called the presence of pro-Israel students on campus a “declaration of war” against Arabs and Muslims. Read Here.
3. University of Essex response to anti-Semitism ‘should serve as guide’
By MATHILDE FROT
The Union of Jewish Students has praised a report by the University of Essex setting out ways to stamp out Jew-hate on campus. The report comes after hundreds of students opposed the creation of a Jewish society and the discovery of anti-Semitic posts by a staff-member. Read Here.
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New York University senior, Adela Cojab, discusses the “extreme anti-Semitism” that has been allowed to fester on NYU’s campus, ultimately leading her to file a complaint with the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. In her complaint, Cojab details how NYU’s chapter of Students for Justice In Palestine “has caused Jewish and pro-Israel students to feel unwelcome and unsafe,” citing SJP’s violent protest at a pro-Israel gathering in Washington Square Park last spring. Watch Adela’s story below:
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. The New Anti-Semitism
By Yaroslav Trofimov
When France’s Yellow Vests began to protest, it was about President Macron’s decision to raise fuel taxes. Within a few months, it also started to be about Jews. “Latent anti-Semitism is being activated…” This change comes after an unusual, postwar golden age that Jewish communities enjoyed across Western Europe and the U.S… After the horrors of the Holocaust, a commitment to minority rights, religious freedom, an inclusive vision of nationhood and a human-rights-based liberalism seemed to be the bedrock of political life in Western democracies. Read Here.
2. Anti-Semitism in Britain’s Labour Party Made Me Feel Jewish Again
By Miranda Levy
I went to my local synagogue for the first time in 33 years. This is because gradually, over the past few months, both my political sensibilities and my sense of cultural identity have radically changed. Read Here.
3. Podcast: Argentina, Iran, and the Enduring Mystery Surrounding the Death of a Special Prosecutor
By Foreign Policy’s First Person
Twenty-five years ago, a car bomb blew up the Jewish Community Center of Buenos Aires, killing 85 people. Iran and its surrogate Hezbollah emerged as prime suspects, but no one was ever convicted. In 2015, Argentina’s special prosecutor, Alberto Nisman accused Argentina’s president of covering up Iran’s role in the bombing. Then he was shot in the head. Listen Here.
4. AJC Warns of Three Sources of Jew-Hatred at Justice Department Summit
By American Jewish Committee
AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer Jason Isaacson joined the Department of Justice to sound the alarm about the rise of anti-Jewish hatred. Amplified by social media and couched as criticism of Israel, the global rise in anti-Semitism comes from three sources – the far right, the hard left, and extremist ideologies propagated in the name of Islam…”No, it is not 1939, but it’s 2019, and that is cause enough for concern. Read Here.
Watch Isaacson’s full remarks below:
5. How anti-Zionists legitimize anti-Semitism
By Jonathan S. Tobin
Jews were attacked for many reasons over the centuries. But today, Israel, its people and supporters are the stand-in for hateful Jewish stereotypes of the past. The arguments against Israel are straight out of the traditional anti-Semitic playbook, including themes about Jews buying power, congressional support, false accusations of dual loyalty etc. They are rooted in a kind of demonization of Jews that is all too familiar. Read Here.
Watch Tobin’s Full Remark’s Below:
6. Jewish people are being shut out of the debate on their own suffering – it can’t continue
By Benjamin Kentish
In the debate about anti-Semitism, Jewish voices are marginalized, their views ignored, their pleas dismissed. Instead, they must watch as the usual faces – professional commentators, columnists, politicians, none of them Jewish – take to the airwaves to talk about the suffering of Jews. Read Here.
7. Podcast: Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism
By Intelligence Squared
Is there a country in the world that attracts as much criticism as Israel? How much of this is a cover for the age-old hatred of the Jews? Those opposed to the idea, defined Zionism as a 19th century “political ideology,” when in fact Zionism has been a key component of Jewish identity dating back to the beginning of Judaism. This podcast demonstrates why it is necessary to distinguish between those who genuinely seek co-existence and those whose main goal is to destroy the Jewish state by having a single state from the “river to the sea,” where the “right of return” will erase the Jewish character of the state. This would deny the right of Jews to self-determination, a key component of Jewish identity, and thus a form of anti-Semitism. Listen Here.
Studies and Statistics
1. BERLIN PROFESSOR: CONTEMPORARY ANTI-SEMITISM IS NOT RACISM OR XENOPHOBIA
By MARC NEUGROSCHEL
According to Prof. Monika Schwarz-Friesel of the Technical University of Berlin, anti-Semitism was never really gone – it mutated into new forms, among which Israel-related anti-Semitism became the most pervasive and influential.
- The BDS movement has made Jew-hatred respectable again by whitewashing it as criticism of Israel. Israel-related anti-Semitism and its massive popular impact have been ignored.
- Anti-Semitism on the internet has grown significantly (as high as 22%). We encounter Jew-hatred everywhere on the web, not only in spaces specifically dedicated to radical ideas.
- We must dismiss the wrong but popular idea that contemporary anti-Semitism equals racism or xenophobia. Anti-Semitism is rooted in Christianity’s attempt to dismiss the Jewish basis it evolved from. As such, it has been an integral part of Western civilization for 2,000 years, deeply shaping the ways in which people think and feel.
- Comprehending this unique character of Jew-hatred as a cultural category sui generis rather than as one form of prejudice among others is a precondition to challenging it successfully.
To learn more about Professor Schwarz-Friesel’s research and new book, click here
1. CAMERA OP-ED: THE BAHRAIN CONFERENCE AND THE BIG OMISSION
By SEAN DURNS
Curiously, the press and pundits pontificating about the Bahrain Conference have largely omitted the history of earlier failed proposals. Perhaps this is because those failures raise uncomfortable truths. The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy Magazine, and others reported on the PA’s refusal to participate, but failed to note that it was in keeping with a long history of Palestinians rejecting opportunities for peace.
The PA has refused US and Israeli offers for a Palestinian state in 2000 at Camp David, 2001 at Taba, and 2008 after the Annapolis Conference. This trend is not recent. Palestinian leaders have refused opportunities for statehood going back to the 1930s: rejecting the recommendations of the 1937 Peel Commission Report, the 1947 Partition Plan, and efforts following the 1967 Six-Day War and the Camp David Agreement with Egypt. Read here.
2. Is anti-Semitism becoming mainstream? Experts see alarming trend in media, campus and public life
By Josh Hasten
When CAMERA tried to set the record straight after several articles implied that Israel was targeting civilians at the Gaza border—articles that referred to violent rioters as “peaceful protesters”—the corrections’ editor defended their choice of terms and said a correction was not warranted, saying they were demonstrators across the board, even if some were violent. “When a newspaper standards editor twists herself into a pretzel to defend their biased reporting, we see how deeply entrenched is this anti-Semitism that masquerades as criticism of Israel.”
CAMERA also detailed growing anti-Semitism on college campuses, saying that Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapters across the United States have shared anti-Semitic literature, trying to hide it under the guise of anti-Zionism. “Their mistakes have ‘revealed their true colors,’ showing examples of SJP using actual Nazi imagery. Read here.
The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America is a media-monitoring, research and membership organization devoted to promoting accurate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East. CAMERA fosters rigorous reporting, while educating news consumers about Middle East issues and the role of the media. Because public opinion ultimately shapes public policy, distorted news coverage that misleads the public can be detrimental to sound policymaking. A non-partisan organization, CAMERA takes no position with regard to American or Israeli political issues or with regard to ultimate solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Learn more about CAMERA 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. Pompeo Heads to Latin America
By AUDREY WILSON
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo begins a four-day trip to Latin America in Argentina, where he will attend a counterterrorism conference and mark the anniversary of the country’s worst terrorist attack on a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994. Ahead of his visit, Argentina designated Hezbollah, the perpetrators of the attack, a terrorist organization. Read Here.
2. Historic Second Annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom
By State Department
The second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom was the largest religious freedom event of its kind in the world. More than 1,000 civil society and religious leader and more than 100 foreign delegations were invited. Read Here.
Watch Secretary Pompeo’s remarks on religious freedom below:
Also speaking at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom was Special Envoy Elan Carr. Watch as Special Envoy Carr talks about anti-Semitism in the context of religious freedom below:
3. IN DEPTH: JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUMMIT ON COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM
US Justice Department Summit seeks response to ‘cancer’ of Jew-hatred, anti-Semitism
By Jackson Richman
The U.S. Department of Justice hosted its first “Summit on Combating Anti-Semitism.” The event, attended by about 150 people, featured panels and speakers, including Attorney General Barr, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, FBI director Christopher Wray and Elan Carr, U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Carr said “we are living in a time of striking growth in anti-Semitism around the globe….” Read Here.
At Antisemitism Summit, US Attorney General Says He Is ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Rise in Hate Crimes Targeting Jews
By Barney Breen-Portnoy
Attorney General William Barr said he was “deeply concerned” by an increase in recent years of the number of reported hate crimes targeting Jews in the US. “We must have zero tolerance for violence that is motivated by hatred for our fellow citizens whether based on race, sex, or creed,” Barr said. “Antisemitic violence is especially pernicious because it targets both Jewish ethnic identity and religious practice.” Read Here.
DeVos: Efforts to boycott Israel are a ‘pernicious threat’
By COLLIN BINKLEY
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said that the BDS movement has become a “pernicious threat” on college campuses and is fueled by bias against Jews. Speaking at the Justice Department summit on anti-Semitism, DeVos said “These bullies claim they stand for human rights, but we all know that BDS stands for anti-Semitism.” Read Here.
Watch Devos’ full remarks below:
4. Special Envoy for Combating & Monitoring Anti-Semitism Elan Carr traveled to the United Kingdom to meet with Jewish Community, Government officials.
Special Envoy Carr held meetings in the United Kingdom last week to meet with Jewish community leaders and government officials about the rise in anti-Semitism taking place in the United Kingdom as well as ways to tackle it. Special Envoy Carr hosted a roundtable for community leaders with the Board of Deputies of British Jews at the US Embassy in London. The Special Envoy also met with the Community Security Trust to discuss their work protecting the Jewish community.
5. Podcast: US Special Envoy Elan Carr: The White House fight against antisemitism
By Jonny Gould’s Jewish State
While on his recent trip to the UK, Elan Carr sat down with British journalist Jonny Gould to discuss issues of free speech, protected and unprotected speech plus where he sees the role of the IHRA definition of antisemitism in the future protections of Jewish people. Listen Here.
6. Special Envoy for Combating & Monitoring Anti-Semitism Elan Carr meets with Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism
This week Special Envoy Carr sat down for a discussion with the Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism at the State Department. The Special Envoy briefed members of Congress from both sides of the aisle about the Special Envoy’s critically important mandate to fight anti-Semitism across the globe.
7. Anti-Semitism is a stain on the French Republic
By Meyer Habib, French Member of Parliament
I feel eternal gratitude towards the republic, the first in the world to grant Jews emancipation. Unfortunately, it is to my regret that France sometimes finds it difficult to realize its beautiful values. France finds it hard to wage an effective battle against rising anti-Semitism, in its new embodiment in the hatred of Israel, which has resulted in the murder of 12 French Jews. My concern is no longer just for the Jews, but for France in its entirety. Read Here.
8. Top US official marks AMIA anniversary with pledge to intensify pressure on Hezbollah and Iran
By RON KAMPEAS
Top U.S. counterterrorism official Nathan Sales pledged to intensify pressure on Hezbollah and Iran to give up the perpetrators of the bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center, ahead of the 25th anniversary. Read Here.
This section highlights the good deeds of Jews and others working to combat anti-Semitism in their communities.
1. Upcoming panel to discuss ‘millennials fighting back against anti-Semitism’
Jewish groups will host a millennial panel next month in New York about combating anti-Semitism. The Aug. 7 event “The Time Is Now: Millennials Fighting Back Against Anti-Semitism,” will be led by Jewish National Fund CEO Russell Robinson. Anti-Semitism has become a problem for millennials from Europe to the US, from college campuses to the U.S. Congress. Read Here.
2. The Denver Hair Stylist who Fought Against Anti-Semitism
By Dr. Michael Milobsky
Samuel, a member of the Denver Jewish community, arrived early for a scheduled appointment with Ron, an African-American stylist. Ron’s client, noticing Samuel’s yarmulke, became instantly aggravated and embarked on a hateful tirade against Judaism and Jewish people, questioning whether Jewish people should be allowed to live in America. Without a hesitation, Ron resolutely expressed his revulsion for this man’s hatred and ordered his client to leave the salon and never return. Read Here.
3. Rabbi of targeted Pittsburgh synagogue says racists must be ostracized
By SHAUN TANDON
Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life synagogue said that the wave of hate will only end when racists feel ostracized, as he opened a ministerial-level meeting at the State Department on religious freedom. Read Here.
4. Argentina’s national library opens first-ever section on Holocaust and anti-Semitism
The Argentina National Library inaugurated its first-ever section dedicated to the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, featuring 1,000 books, essays, biographies, testimonies on anti-Semitism and novels. 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. 246 – Combating BDS Act of 2019
This week we ask you to take action by educating yourself about the Combating BDS Act, which expresses opposition to “efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel.” Led by Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY), H.R. 246 has over 300 co-sponsors and was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on July 18th. With the mainstreaming of anti-Semitism cloaked in the language of the BDS movement, it has never been more important to take legislative action against the BDS movement, as the German Bundestag did earlier this year. Help raise awareness about the issue by sharing the bill and the resources below within your community.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Unanimously Passes Anti-BDS Resolution
By AARON BANDLER
The resolution, H.R. 246, condemns the BDS movement for engaging in “efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel” and undermining prospects of peace with its opposition to a two-state solution. Resolution Co-sponsor, Rep. Lee Zeldin praised the committee’s passing of the resolution to opposing BDS “which is a blatantly anti-Israel & anti-Semitic effort that targets Israel & the Jewish people.” Read here.
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