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1. Jewish man injured outside Miami synagogue in drive-by shooting
By TOI Staff
A Jewish man was shot in the leg by four bullets as he waited outside a Florida synagogue for prayer services to start. Six shots were fired from a vehicle that drove past the Young Israel of Greater Miami. Read Here
2. GILROY GUNMAN CITED WHITE SUPREMACIST MANIFESTO ON INSTAGRAM JUST BEFORE SHOOTING
By Jessica Kwong
Santino William Legan, a gunman who killed three people at the Gilroy Garlic Festival posted about a white supremacist book on Instagram before firing into the crowd. Read Here
3. Florida Synagogue Receives Anti-Semitic and Threatening Package
By Marcy Oster
Young Israel Synagogue of Bal Harbour received a package containing anti-Semitic and threatening objects. Read Here
4. LOUIS FARRAKHAN: PEDOPHILIA, HOMOSEXUALITY, SEX TRAFFICKING IS TALMUDIC
BY Jerusalem Post Staff
Louis Farrakhan recently gave a sermon in which he said “Weinstein and Epstein and all of those top Jewish Talmudists who are in media, television that abuse women…because Talmudic, Satanic Jews feel nobody has a right to punish them for what the Talmud made lawful to them.” Read Here
Watch Louis Farrakhan’s horrific anti-Semitic tirade below:
5. Machussetts marijuana company CEO ‘speechless’ after storefront vandalized with anti-Semitic, racist symbolism
By Felicia Gans
Jordan Avery found his storefront vandalized with anti-Semitic language and racist symbolism. The floor was littered with a white powder and empty bottles of alcohol, a rope with a long knife hung from the ceiling, and “[Expletive] the Jews” and “Jesus Failed” was written on the walls. Read Here
6.Egyptian photo editor quits CNN after anti-Semitic tweets surface
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
Mohammed Elshamy, a photo editor at CNN, has resigned after anti-Semitic tweets he made in 2011 were discovered. One tweet read “More than 4 jewish pigs killed in #Jerusalem today by the Palestinian bomb explode. #Israel #Gaza.” Read Here
7.Dearborn burger franchise founded in Israel delays opening after backlash, threats
By Anna Bauman
Sam Zahr, a Lebanese-American who lives in Dearborn, MI, delayed the opening of his Burgerim restaurant amid backlash from the Arab-American community over the popular burger company’s Israeli roots. Zahr said he was too worried to open the restaurant after his kids were bullied and he received threatening messages. Read Here
8.White supremacist flier found in downtown Murfreesboro, TN
By Michelle Willard
A flier for the Patriot Front was found in downtown Murfreesboro. According to its “manifesto,” Patriot Front embraces white supremacy, anti-Semitism, fascism, and a racist version of American nationalism. Groups like Patriot Front target college campuses in an attempt to lure in students. Read Here
9. State Rep. Innamorato Says Stickers From White Supremacist Group Left Outside Office
By Kym Gable
Pittsburgh area State Rep. Sara Innamorato says white supremacist group, Patriot Front, left behind stickers outside her office building. Read Here
10. Spate Of Anti-Semitic Incidents Across U.S. Causes Concern
By Ilanit Chernick
Anti-Semitic posters, flyers and graffiti have littered different parts of the United States over the past week, with most stating Holocaust denial and preaching neo-Nazi sentiments. Read Here
11.Charlottesville Lawyers Dump Nazi Clients
By Kelly Weill
Chris “The Crying Nazi” Cantwell and Robert “Azzmador” Ray, two prominent marchers during the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, are so awful their own layers are dumping them. The lawyers represent a host of Klansmen and neo-Nazis but quit on Cantwell and Ray, claiming the two were impossible to work with. Lawyers Elmer Woodard and James Kolenich are themselves white supremacists and anti-Semites. Read Here
Learn more about the Neo-Nazi lawyers Woodard and Kolenich here
12.Court overturns white supremacist’s death sentence over prosecution focus on racist, anti-Semitic views
By Jessica Campisi
The California Supreme Court last week overturned a white supremacist’s death sentence, citing the prosecution’s heavy emphasis on the defendant’s racist and Nazi tattoos. Read Here
Israel and the Rest of the World
IN-DEPTH: LABOUR IN CRISIS – THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE UK
Boris Johnson becomes UK prime minister amid Brexit, tensions with Iran and anti-Semitism in Labour
Boris Johnson was elected by his Conservative Party to become the next party leader and prime minister of the UK. In his victory speech, Johnson promised that he would “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn.” Read Here
Senior UK Labour MP apologizes for posting ‘anti-Semitic conspiracy’ video
By TOI Staff & JTA
Shadow Immigration Minister Afzal Khan apologized for spreading anti-Semitism online, four years after posting a video that decried an “Israel-British-Swiss-Rothschilds crime syndicate” featuring American Jewish comedian Jon Stewart and had been captioned with text referring to “mass murdering Rothschilds Israeli mafia criminal liars.” Read Here
British Labour member suspended amid anti-Semitism investigation
Manchester council member Majid Dar has been suspended from his local Labour party chapter amid an anti-Semitism investigation after now-deleted anti-Semitic Facebook posts of his were exposed on Twitter. Read Here
Labour submits complaint to BBC over Panorama expose
By Jewish News Reporter
The Labour Party submitted a formal complaint to the BBC over its documentary on anti-Semitism in the party. The BBC responded by saying: “We stand by our journalism and completely reject any accusations of bias or dishonesty. The investigation was driven by evidence. The outcome shows the serious questions facing the Labour Party and its leadership. The programme adhered to the BBC’s editorial guidelines, including contacting the Labour Party in advance of the broadcast for a full right of reply.” Read Here.
Opinion: Labour’s new ‘No Place For Anti-Semitism’ guide validates Israel hatred
By Andrew Apostolou
According to the Labour Party, it is legitimate to reject the Jewish right of self-determination as “Labour is a political home for Zionists and anti-Zionists. Labour anti-Semites will keep using anti-Zionism to target Jews who they believe are not loyal to Jeremy Corbyn. Read Here
Councillor who labelled Luciana Berger a ‘traitor’ is cleared by Labour
By JC Reporter
Labour councillor Sam Gorst, who branded Jewish MP Luciana Berger a “hideous traitor” and “backstabber”, has responded to the party’s decision to clear him of anti-Semitism charges by saying he was the victim of a “smear” and that he had been expressing his “ongoing concern of the heinous crimes of the Israeli government”. Read Here
Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog’s Letter to Jeremy Corbyn Demanding Investigation
By Isaac Herzog
“The revelations made by the BBC documentary on the expansion of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party under your leadership have caused much distress and dismay. The treatment by Labour’s leadership of anti-Semitic incidents is properly outrageous, and the leniency and laxness displayed by the party’s institutions towards members who spread anti-Semitic tropes and cast anti-Semitic aspersions is mind-boggling. What needs to be done is to determinedly prevent all anti-Semitic, anti-Semitic-compatible and anti-Semitic-enabling expressions within the party lines. Whether their background is malevolence or ignorance, no tolerance must be shown to any display, nuanced as it may be, of xenophobia, racism and anti-Semitism. Read the Full Letter Here.
IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN GERMANY
Jewish man wearing kippa assaulted in Germany
By TOI Staff
Two Syrian nationals assaulted a Jewish man outside of a rail station in Potsdam. The Jewish man was wearing a kippa with a Star of David and the attackers spat on him and screamed anti-Semitic threats and insults. Read Here.
‘My Experience Hardly an Isolated Case,’ Victim of Anti-Semitic Attack in German City of Potsdam Says
By Ben Cohen
The Jewish man verbally assaulted and spat on by two Syrian refugees in Potsdam has since remarked that his experience was “hardly an isolated case,” saying that he and other active members of the Jewish community experienced anti-Semitic harassment “on a weekly basis.” Read Here.
VICIOUS ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACK IN GERMANY: ‘NOT SURPRISED HITLER GASSED YOU!’
By Jerusalem Post Staff
Outside a synagogue in Freiburg, Germany a man viciously cursed and threatened the synagogue’s community leader. The man approached 62-year old Irina Katz, who was welcoming congregants, and shouted “Away with you! Otherwise I’ll beat you dead, you whore! Away! Away! Are we in Germany or in Jew-land? I’m not surprised Hitler gassed you!” Katz said that attacks on the synagogue had increased, including attempts at arson, vandalism and throwing of beer cans. “Jews in the city live in fear and ‘Jew’ has become a curse word on school yards.” Read Here.
Anti-Semitism at German Editors’ Desks
By Remko Leemhuis
An erosion of the post-war consensus on anti-Semitism in Germany is well underway, and Der Spiegel, the leading weekly German news magazine, is not helping. Der Spiegel published an article with the headline “Lobbying in the Bundestag: How two organizations control Germany’s Middle East policy,” asserting that two small NGOs that combat anti-Semitism control German Middle East policy. Read Here.
Teens send pictures of swastikas, Hitler and anti-Semitic incitement
By The Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism
While evaluating mobile phones of four 15-year-olds, investigators found Hitler images, swastikas and anti-Semitic incitement in Dornbirn, Germany. Read Here.
German authorities raid suspected members of far-right group
German authorities carried out raids on suspected members of a violent far-right group across four German states. The suspects founded a group called “Storm Brigade” with the stated aim of the “re-invigoration of a free fatherland.” Read Here.
Wächtersbach: German town lives in fear after racist shooting
By Miodrag Soric
A right-wing extremist shot and gravely wounded a 26-year-old Eritrean man. The perpetrator had sought out a random, dark-skinned victim. Read Here.
IN DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S ANTI-SEMITISM ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST
Jibril Rajoub: ‘Auschwitz is here in Palestine’
By Samuel Thrope
“Auschwitz is here in every city in Palestine,” Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub told Kuwaiti TV. Comparing the actions of the Jewish State of Israel to that of Nazi Germany’s against the Jewish people during the Holocaust is anti-Semitic according to the IHRA’s definition of anti-Semitism. Read Here.
Expedia Assisting Kuwait Airways’ Discrimination of Israelis
Kuwait Airways’ restriction on Israelis, already discriminatory, is enabled by Expedia’s acquiescence to the airline’s demand to cancel the tickets of passengers found to hold Israeli citizenship, perhaps violating Expedia’s own code of conduct, according to the Lawfare Project. Read Here.
‘El-Sisi destroying Egypt in accordance with Jewish Bible’
Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party, the political branch of the Muslim Brotherhood posted an anti-Semitic article titled “Whoever Thinks El-Sisi Is Failing Should Peruse the Bible of the Jews,” accusing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of destroying Egypt in accordance with a plan “that has been set out in the Jewish Bible for over 3,000 years.” Read Here.
Jordanian TV host: Zionists killed the prophets, Jews are our enemies
By TOI Staff
Dr. Ahmad Shahrouri, a Jordanian sharia professor said that the conflict with “the Jews” was existential and that “Palestine is not big enough for two peoples.” He dismissed the historic Jewish connection to Israel and said “Jews were predisposed to hostility…Zionists killed the prophets…anyone who believes in the Quran and is a proper Muslim must believe that the Jews are his enemies.” He further said he wanted “to smash the head” of any Jew who lays claim to Jerusalem and the Western Wall.” Read Here.
OTHER WORLD NEWS
French city official celebrates his birthday with a swastika cake
By Eliana Rudee
“Djamel Boumaaz, an official in the French town of Montpelier, celebrated his birthday with a cake decorated with a swastika, which he described as “a gift from my SS friend.” Read Here.
Lithuanian capital to rename street honoring anti-Semitic Nazi collaborator
Following protests, the city council of Vilnius voted to rename a street that honored a Nazi collaborator accused of inspiring Holocaust-era murders. Read Here.
Israeli embassy in Finland attacked for 15th time in 18 months
By MARCY OSTER
The Israeli embassy in Finland has been vandalized by neo-Nazi and far-right extremists for at least the 15th time in the last year and a half. The glass front door of the embassy in Helsinki was shattered over the weekend, and images of swastikas and Adolf Hitler were hung in the entrance to the building. Read Here.
French authorities rescind ban on Israeli flag during Strasbourg soccer game
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
Following protests, authorities in France rescinded a ban forbidding Israeli soccer fans flying their country’s flag. The prohibition came prior to a match in Strasbourg between Maccabi Haifa and the Strasbourg Racing Club. The decree cited the risk of anti-Semitic incidents. Read Here.
Vancouver COUNCIL PUSHES BRAKES ON ANTI-SEMITISM MOTION
By Alex Rose
Vancouver’s city council has postponed voting on a motion designed to fight anti-Semitism in favour of a broader approach to combating hate. Read Here.
Man threatens to massacre Canadian Jews, encourages suicide attacks
By WIN Staff
Marty Mullen, a British Columbia man with self-proclaimed military experience, has repeatedly threatened online to kill Jews. He has said that he is “learning to kill Jewish Zionazis the Kosher Way; I am not going to be satisfied until I kill an entire Zionazi Jewish family; and encouraged Gen Z and Millennials to commit suicide by “attacking large groups of Wealthy Zionazis wherever they gather.” Read Here.