1. Removal of swastika tiles at Intramural Center draws praise, criticism

By Ellen Hine

For over 100 years, people entering the Indiana University intramural center have been met with swastikas that were part of a display including other icons from across different cultures. For years, they drew controversy but IU has started to remove the tiles containing swastikas from the collection. Read Here.

2. State Lawmakers Hand Texas Public Universities Stricter, More Uniform Free Speech Rules

By GABRIELLE KEENE

In 2016, white nationalist Richard Spencer arrived at Texas A&M University to hold a rally, triggering massive protests and a policy change for free speech on campus. A&M administrators decided only university-sanctioned groups could invite outside speakers. So, when an alumnus tried to invite Spencer back the next year, A&M canceled the event out of safety concerns. A new Texas law passed this session, requires public colleges and universities in Texas to follow stricter, more uniform policies regarding free speech on campus and Texas universities can no longer decide whether or not to schedule a speaker based on “any anticipated controversy related to the event.” Read Here.

My Story

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We highlight here the victims of anti-Semitism to raise awareness and to humanize the issue. Please continue to look for new stories here. If you have a story of your own to share, we want to hear from you! Contact us for more information.

In April 2018, Towson University Chabad Rabbi Mendy Rivkin’s students, were assaulted in an anti-Semitic attack. The students, Jewish fraternity brothers, were walking home – almost directly in front of the Chabad House, when two student assailants began shouting “F**k the Jews,” called them an ethnic slur and physically assaulted them. As a result of the incident, the Towson University community came together at a “Combat Hate Rally” organized by the campus Jewish community. With the unprecedented rise of anti-Semitism on college campuses now is the time to stand up to hate.

Watch Rabbi Rivkin’s story below:

Analysis

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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. Will Mideast Christians share the fate of the Jews of Arab countries?

By Edy Cohen

A look at developments in the Middle East gives the clear impression that the region is becoming “cleansed” of minorities, especially the Christians who have inhabited it for millennia. The process is reminiscent of that which befell the Jews of the region, who had to flee their homes amid pogroms and persecution during the 20th century. Read Here.

2. The Mufti’s War Against the Jews

By Sean Durns

In 1937, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husseini released an “Appeal to All Muslims of the World,” urging them “to cleanse their lands of the Jews” and laid the foundation for the anti-Semitic arguments used by radical Arab nationalists and Islamists to this day. Read this fascinating analysis largely based on recently declassified CIA documents. Read Here.

3. ON MY MIND: EU’S GRIM FOCUS ON YOUNGER EUROPEAN JEWS

By KENNETH BANDLER

The latest EU report on anti-Semitism begins with a stark warning: “These findings make for grim reading,” writes the director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. Focusing on younger Jews, their cumulative, widespread pessimistic views raise anew key questions about the security of Jews in Europe today and the very future of these communities when younger Jews feel more vulnerable than their older brethren. Read Here.

4. Podcast: 25th Anniversary of AMIA

By AJC Passport 

Dina Siegel Vann, Director of AJC’s Institute for Latin American Affairs, discusses her recent trip to Buenos Aires to mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) and to give an update on recent developments in Argentina’s approach to Hezbollah. Listen Here.

5. Belfast’s power vacuum leads to Titanic BDS troubles

By David May 

Some councilors tried to steer Belfast away from BDS and reminded their peers that their role is to improve the lives of their constituents, not to turn the city council of the UK’s 12th largest city into a court of international relations. One Councilor exhorted his colleagues that they should “want Belfast to be open for business.” Read Here.

6. It can’t be anti-Semitism if you’re not an anti-Semite, right? Right?

By Andrew Silow-Carroll 

We have come to a point where anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic tropes have become part of the political discourse and are being adopted by people who may not even understand the vicious precedents for such words and imagery. There is an insidious mainstreaming of toxic ideas that undermines our ability to call out anti-Semitism when we see it. History tells us what kinds of ideas serve as tinder, and what kinds of words act as the match. “Anti-Semitism without anti-Semitic intent” is the oxygen that allows noxious ideas to burn on. Read Here

7. Anti-Zionism Is the ‘New’ Anti-Semitism

By Stephen J. Savitsky 

There’s another form of anti-Semitism that threatens Jews…anti-Zionism. Israel has become the strongest and most visible expression of the Jewish people and Jewish existence. Anti-Zionism would deny our very right to be and in theory and practice, is the demand to erase the Jewish character of Israel. If you deny Israel’s right to sovereignty, you deny all Jews as surely as the most noxious anti-Semite. Read Here

Earlier this summer the Bnai Zion Foundation hosted a panel, “Addressing the Rise of Anti-Semitism” that explores this topic more deeply. Watch the panel discussion with Bnai Zion below:

Studies and Statistics

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1. ADL study: Nine percent of online gamers have been exposed to Holocaust denial

By JNS

65% of gamers have experienced severe harassment while playing games online, with 9% of them being exposed to Holocaust denial. 53% reported being targeted based on their race, religion, ability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or ethnicity. 23% of respondents reported being exposed to discussions about white supremacy. Read Here.

2. Largest study ever on American Jewish teens depicts cohort wrestling with modern challenges

By The Jewish Education Project

The study paints a picture of a cohort that simultaneously embraces family and Jewish culture, while also grappling with anxiety and pressure to succeed-in a world permeated by social media and constant communication. On anti-Semitism and Israel:

  • Many of the teens report anti-Semitic experiences, but don’t feel personally threatened or see it as a primary lens to understand their life experience.
  • Teens reported being interested in Israel and believe that as Jews they have a special connection it. They want to ask trusted adults questions about Israel, and most teens who have not traveled there yet, hope to do so one day.

Read Here.

3. Reut Report: How Intersectionality Poses A Threat to the Organized American Jewish Community

By The Ryan Torok

The Reut Group report, titled “Navigating Intersectional Landscapes: Rules for Jewish Community Professionals,” argues that the American Jewish community is divided over many viewpoints on Israel and tensions are being exacerbated by those who are using intersectionality to promote anti-Israel agendas. Read Here

Key Findings of the Report Include:

  • Within intersectional circles, seeking to transform traditional power structures, the Jewish community is often portrayed as a white and privileged group ‘holding’ onto power.
  • The 2014 Ferguson Uprising marked the mainstreaming of anti-Israel campaigns within intersectional circles.
  • Structurally, anti-Israel activity is predominantly grassroots while the organized Jewish community tends to be more ‘top-down.’ As such, Jewish communal organizations often prioritize formal relationship building with established names and organizations.
  • The ‘Corbynization’ of progressive politics is mainstreaming new-anti-Semitism.
  • The polarization of American Jewry impedes the ability of Jewish communal organizations to take joint action against anti-Israel activity within intersectional circles.
  • Anti-Israel groups use intersectional platforms to polarize the Jewish community by driving a wedge between the establishment and both critics of Israel (i.e. the 2018 Women’s March)
  • Rather than quelling the issue, disengagement from Israel is likely to exacerbate the identity crisis of American Jewry and further erode communal cohesion. Disengagement means the implosion of the ideal of Jewish Peoplehood.

To View the Full Report Read Here.

Featured Partner

Our partner organization, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), recently held its 5,000-person annual summit in Washington, DC. CUFI Founder and Chairman, Pastor John Hagee, gave an impassioned speech about anti-Semitism in America. “Anti-Semitism is a global cancer, anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem, its everyone’s problem. It has no place in the United States of America.” Watch the video below to hear Pastor Hagee’s remarks on anti-Semitism.

1.  CUFI PUSHES BILL MAKING IT EASIER TO ACT AGAINST CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM

By 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 government action against anti-Semitism on campus. Read Here.

As the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States, with over 7 million members, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is also the only Christian organization devoted to transforming millions of pro-Israel Christians into an educated, empowered, and effective force for Israel. The breadth of CUFI’s diversity across generational, ethnic, cultural, and denominational lines gives us a tremendous depth of influence and power in our fight for the truth. CUFI played a leading role in efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, hinder Hezbollah and Hamas’ war of terror against Israel, strengthen the Jewish state’s ability to defend itself, and defend Israel against the anti-Semitic BDS movement. And we’ve only just begun.

Learn more about CUFI 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.

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1. New UK anti-Semitism adviser: Jews are the canary in the coal mine for humanity

By JENNI FRAZER

According to John Mann, the UK’s new adviser on anti-Semitism, “when it comes to fighting anti-Semitism, it’s not enough for us to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Jewish community…we have to stand in front of Jews in this fight. This must not be only the responsibility of the Jewish community…the Jewish community is the canary in the coal mine for humanity. Read Here.

2. Elan Carr: Anti-Semitism on Campus Isn’t Just Wrong – It’s Illegal

By JT Staff

Elan Carr identified college campuses as an “urgent location” for combatting anti-Semitism, noting that many campuses have become hostile learning environments for Jewish students. Carr cited the Department of Education’s formal definition of the Jewish people as an ethnic group as a concrete step by the administration to combat anti-Semitism on campus. Read Here.

3. ELAN CARR: ANTI-SEMITISM DESTROYS EVERY SOCIETY THAT EMBRACES IT

By Jerusalem Post Staff

Anti-Semitism destroys every society that embraces it, according to Elan Carr. Fighting “anti-Semitism isn’t only about protecting the Jewish community, it’s about guaranteeing the health of the society and of the country itself. The history of anti-Semitism is that it destroys every society that embraces it. Read Here.

4. Democratic presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper condemns ‘anti-Jewish’ sentiment in party

By Jackson Richman

Presidential hopreful John Hickenlooper said “I don’t support anti-Jewish language or sentiments from anybody. We don’t have to agree with every action of every Israeli government to recognize that Israeli people deserve real security, and part of that translates into making sure that we speak out at every opportunity against hateful rhetoric and to say that the actions and some of the language that fire up hatred toward the Jewish community in this country is unacceptable.” Read Here.

Humanity

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This section highlights the good deeds of Jews and others working to combat anti-Semitism in their communities.

1. BON JOVI GIVES LOVE FOR ISRAEL A GOOD NAME

By Bradley Levin

The music god performed the closeout concert of his world tour in Tel Aviv, stirring the crowd of 45,000 into a frenzy. Halfway through the concert, Bon Jovi sang “We Don’t Run” which, he reminded the crowd, he had dedicated to Israel when it came out in 2015, alluding to the BDS campaign, which sought to have the Bon Jovi concert cancelled. “This one is for the incredible people of Israel – for their strength, for their love,” he said. Read Here.

2.Barbra Streisand says she will address anti-Semitism in memoir

By GABE FRIEDMAN

Barbra Streisand has been “writing a lot” about modern anti-Semitism in her memoir. It’s undeniable that anti-Semitism is one of the most vexing, terrifying issues of our times but this anger and hatred has actually been here for 3,500 years. It just reveals itself in different ways through the millennia. Jews have always been the scapegoats, blamed for the ills of the world.” Read Here.

3. Polish organization aims to restore country’s Jewish heritage, building both bridges and awareness

By Eliana Rudee

Michał Laszczkowski, CEO of Poland’s Cultural Heritage Foundation, is the visionary behind the $28 million restoration and documenting of Jewish sepulchral heritage in Poland and has raised funds from Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Their biggest project is cleaning up the major Jewish cemetery in Warsaw. Laszczkowski expressed the need for Poles “to have a place to understand Jewish heritage and contributions to Polish society.” Read Here.

4.ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA TO REMOVE PRAYER FOR JEWISH CONVERSION

By Ron Csillag

The Anglican Church of Canada’s governing body approved a measure to delete an invocation calling for the conversion of Jews and replace it with a prayer entitled “For Reconciliation with the Jews.” Rev. Bruce Myers, the Anglican bishop of Quebec, said persecution of Jews “is not a thing of the past, nor is it restricted to other parts of the world. Read Here.

5. Jewish Canadian Art Exhibit Promotes Tolerance Over Hate and Racism

By Paul Socken

A tapestry on display at the Textile Museum of Canada stands as a bulwark against a rising tide of intolerance and nativism across Europe and North America. “The Tapestry of Spirit: The Torah Stitch by Stitch Project,” is and unique work of art composed of the Torah and selections from the scriptures and the Quran woven as tapestry. Read Here.

Take Action

This section highlights opportunities for you to get involved in combating anti-Semitism. Read the content below to learn more.

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1. Learn More About S.852 – Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019

This week we ask you to take action by educating yourself about the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2019 which if enacted, would require the US Department of Education to adopt the US State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism in evaluating incidents on college campuses and at other educational institutions. “Anti-Semitism, and harassment on the basis of actual or perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics with a religious group, remains a persistent, disturbing problem in elementary and secondary schools and on college campuses”, the bill states. The bill goes on to state that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism (used by the State Department) should be used by the Department of Education when reviewing if there is a violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The bill was introduced by Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Bob Casey (D-Penn.). Help raise awareness about the issue by sharing the bill and the resources below within your community.

To learn more about the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act please view the language of the bills below. S. 852

S. 852

Sens. Scott and Casey Propose Anti-Semitism Awareness Act

By Aaron Bandler

Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Bob Casey (D-Penn.) introduced the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act to help combat anti-Semitism taking place on college campuses. The bill uses the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which includes the demonization and delegitimization of Israel, and mentions that subjecting Israel to a double standard is an example of anti-Semitism. Scott said in a statement, “It is crucial to have clear and concise language defining anti-Semitism in the event that violence and hatred occurs. The unfortunate rise in these incidents across the country must be met with swift and unwavering condemnation. We must stand together against racism and bigotry by ensuring that justice is served against those who seek to divide us.” Read Here.

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“Combat anti-Semitism (CAS) is a non-partisan international grassroots movement of individuals and organizations, across all religions and creeds, united to combat anti-Semitism. CAS attempts to expose anti-Semitic activity in the world today from across the ideological spectrum and highlights those working to fight against its resurgence. One of the most pernicious forms of modern anti-Semitism is the effort to deny the Jewish people their right to self-determination in their ancestral homeland, Israel and to delegitimize, if not eliminate the profound historic, religious and cultural connection of the Jewish people to Israel, which is an integral pillar of Jewish identity. Humanity flourishes when religious and cultural diversity is respected and we hope to encourage understanding so tragedies like the Holocaust or any incidents of hate inspired violence never happen again.”

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