Please read and share this weekly newsletter to help expose those who engage in anti-Semitism, highlight those working to defeat it and to gain important insights. Jews are again under attack around the world and we must each do our part so that together we can defeat anti-Semitism and improve humanity. Read these and other stories below.
THIS WEEK’S CONTENT
A grassroots organization called Combat anti-Semitism is hoping to tap help from new sources, offering cash prizes in different categories. “The resurgence of anti-Semitism poses a challenge to all people of conscience: How can we work together to stop anti-Semitism? This contest is crowd-sourcing new solutions to help end the world’s oldest hatred.” Read Here
Combat Anti-Semtism continues to garner the support of notable leaders across the world in the fight against anti-Semitism.
CAS is pleased to announce that Yael Barlev has signed the Combat Anti-Semitism pledge! Yael serves as Executive Director of the Galila Foundation which supports organizations and initiatives focused on social cohesion, hospitals, education, employment and research in the Galilee region for Jews and Arabs alike.
Hanson Larkin, who threatened to shoot up a local synagogue and has said publicly that he hates Jews, was apprehended by the FBI in Orlando. He was charged with making threats to a Jewish man that included: “If meeting me is not worth the lives of multiple Jews then I have no other option” and “There’s a Chabad near me. Don’t make me make a choice they’ll regret.” Read Here
2. HASIDIC MAN BEATEN AND ROBBED IN BROOKLYN
A Hasidic Jewish man was assaulted and robbed in Brooklyn in an incident captured on video. Four men cornered the man, with long sidelocks and wearing a long black coat, then punched and kicked him. The victim, 24, surrendered his cellphone to his attackers. Read Here
Police have arrested Oniel Gilbourne, who is accused of beating a rabbi with a large rock in Brooklyn last month. He faces charges of assault as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon. Read Here
5. LA SYNAGOGUE VANDALIZED WITH ‘FREE PALESTINE’ GRAFFITI ON 9/11 ANNIVERSARY
A synagogue in Los Angeles was spray-painted with anti-Semitic graffiti on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. “It seems that the perpetrators waited for congregants to enter and then sprayed the graffiti, so that when they came out they should see it.” Read Here
10. PRO-ISRAEL GROUPS SUBMIT AMICUS BRIEFS TO UPHOLD TEXAS ANTI-BDS LAW
17 new board members have been appointed to the Women’s March. One of them, Zahra Billoo, who serves as executive director of the San Francisco office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has said several times that Israel engages in war crimes and terrorism, and is an “apartheid, racist state.”Read Here
A teenager faces criminal charges after he swerved his car near two Jewish residents and hollered insults at them. The two residents were standing near the curb in front of a home when a vehicle swerved at them, forcing them to jump onto the curb to safety. Read Here
Police found anti-Semitic graffiti on a street in a popular downtown area in Portsmouth, NH and are still looking for whoever is responsible. The graffiti was drawn on a sidewalk in yellow chalk with a swastika and two Stars of David. Read Here
US congressional candidate Valerie Plame, who once tweeted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories blaming Jews for causing America’s wars, now claims to be of Ukrainian Jewish descent in a new campaign video. Plame is running for Congress in New Mexico. Read Here
20. RALLY AGAINST HATE, ANTI-SEMITISM HELD AT CITY HALL
By News12 The Bronx
Dozens of people gathered for a rally at NYC City Hall against anti-Semitism. The rally was titled, “Name It to Fight It! It’s Antisemitism!” and Assemblyman Dov Hikind was among those in attendance, along with coalitions like Women Fight Anti-Semitism, Combat Anti-Semitism, Zionist Organization of America and others. Attendees pointed to what they say is a troubling rise in anti-Semitism. Read Here
ISRAEL AND THE REST OF THE WORLD
1. IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE UK
2. IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN GERMANY
4. IN DEPTH: OTHER WORLD NEWS
Swastika of dirt and flowers placed in front of Lithuanian Jewish community headquarters
A swastika made of freshly dug earth and flowers was laid out in front of the headquarters of the Jewish Community of Lithuania. The incident follows debate in Lithuania about honoring Nazi collaborators, whom are seen as anti-Soviet heroes despite their role in the annihilation of Lithuanian Jewry. Read Here
Aalst mayor to defend city carnival against UNESCO’s anti-Semitism accusations
BY Gabriela Galindo
Authorities from Aalst, Belgium will defend the controversial use of stereotyped Jewish figures in its Carnival parade before the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The UN cultural heritage agency condemned the parade’s floats depicting Orthodox Jews with crooked noses atop stacks of gold coins. The visit of city mayor Christoph D’Haese to the agency’s headquarters comes after UNESCO said it would rule on whether to remove Aalst’s parade from its list of intangible world heritage. Read Here
A gesture signaling a hooked nose is how the University of Ghent in Belgium described “Jew” in its online sign-language dictionary. The university compiled the dictionary and features the gesture in videos on the website. Read Here
2. GRAFFITI BLAMING JEWS FOR 9/11 ATTACKS SPRAYED AT TENNESSEE UNIVERSITY
By Marcy Oster
A rock in the center of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville was painted with graffiti that read, “Jews did 9-11. Google: Dancing Israelis.” It’s the third time in the last year the Rock has been painted with anti-Semitic messages or symbols.Read Here
Students Against Israeli Apartheid at University of Toronto hosted a former member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Issam Al-Yamani. Canada and the US consider the PFLP to be a terrorist group. Read Here
When a French-Jewish medical student revealed last year that classmates were harassing her with Holocaust jokes and Nazi salutes, Education Minister Frederique Vidal said the harassment was “profoundly unacceptable.” Authorities at the prestigious Paris 13 University took the complaints seriously. Yet a year later, she has transferred, on faculty’s advice, to a different university and her complaint was closed for “lack of evidence.” Read Here
A Jewish student group at a Lehigh University was the target of an act of vandalism. The University is investigating the theft of their banner reading, “Office of Jewish Student Life,” outside the university’s Jewish Student Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Read Here
An anti-Semitic demonstrator arrived on campus with a sign declaring the Holocaust to be a hoax and said he had scientific proof that it never happened. In a quick response, Hillel organized a booth where students could grab popsicles and discuss their feelings and concerns with representatives. The speaker was eventually lead away by campus authorities, to the raucous cheers of counter-protestors. Read Here
I discovered that anti-Semitism is alive and more insidious than I had expected. After telling a professor I would need to miss class for the Jewish high holidays, I was told I needed to re-evaluate my religious beliefs. That same professor told the class to imagine a world without Jews in it. Read Here
After anti-Semitic graffiti was found at Staples High School, local legislators released a statement condemning the actions. The graffiti was found in several places at Staples and included swastikas and several Stars of David found next to an expletive. Read Here
Police and school officials are investigating after a Providence High School student reported finding an intimidating note in her book bag. Police said the 16-year-old student found an anti-Semitic note in the water bottle holder of her backpack. Read Here
Hamden High School and Police are investigating after a student discovered anti-Semitic comments and swastikas written inside two separate student bathrooms. School leaders say each location contained similar handwritten words and images. The graffiti did not indicate any imminent threats. Read Here
Cherry Creek High School students in suburban Denver participated in a Snapchat post that referred to killing Jews. In the circulated post, three Cherry Creek students are shown wearing hats in a costume store. The text box below reads “Me and the boys bout to exterminate the Jews.” The Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation.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. ANTI-SEMITES WITH PHDS ARE HARDER TO FIGHT
By Bari Weiss
To be welcomed as a Jew in a growing number of progressive groups, you have to disavow a list of things that grows longer every day. Jews are welcome so long as they undertake a kind of secular conversion by disavowing most of the things that make them Jewish. Whereas Jews once had to convert to Christianity, now they have to renounce Jewish power and convert to anti-Zionism. Read Here
Belgium’s regional parliament of Wallonia’s ban on Jewish and Muslim ritual slaughter went into effect this month. I am compelled to speak out against this erosion of freedom of religion for Jews in Belgium. This is an unacceptable infringement of freedom of religion for the Jewish and Muslim communities alike. Read Here
The only effective response to anti-Semitism is Jewish pride. Where the anti-Semite seeks to render synagogues empty, we should pack them full. Where the anti-Semite seeks to spark fear, we should ignite joy. Where Judaism is being lived in private, we should bring it out into the streets. Read Here
South Carolina and Florida recently passed laws that define and regulate anti-Semitic crime and discrimination in public education. These laws are critical in stemming the rising trend of anti-Semitic incidents. State laws defining and combating anti-Semitism close a loophole whereby anti-Israel expressions are used to convey an anti-Jewish message. Read Here
Sanders’ embrace of Sarsour means that the future of the progressive left will be defined through the lens of racist anti-Zionism. The Sarsour-Sanders collaboration typifies a well described Islamo-Left alliance which has infected the British Labor Party, or Corbynism. Less recognized is the role of a rising radical feminism and intersectionality as an effective vector of virulent anti-Semitism. Read Here
Analysts from across the spectrum have been questioning the move, given that Sanders is Jewish and Sarsour is known as an anti-Israel, anti-Semitic activist. A well-known advocate for BDS, she told a large group of Muslims that her movement had no room for Jews who don’t share her anti-Israel views. Read Here
STUDIES AND STATISTICS
This report found that Hamas and PFLP operatives have infiltrated seemingly benign NGOs to advance their goal of eliminating Israel, while concealing their terrorist past. Western authorities view these individuals and NGOs as legitimate civil society actors. Read The Full Report Here
Acts of classical anti-Semitism in the U.S. reached near-historic levels in 2018, the nation’s colleges and universities revealed a different but troubling story. According to AMCHA Initiative’s survey of anti-Semitic activity in 2018 on campuses across the country, harassment motivated by classical anti-Semitism decreased. However, the number of Israel-related acts of harassment increased significantly.
Combat Anti-Semitism is proud to be a partner of the Alma Research and Education Center which is dedicated to researching the security challenges on Israel’s northern borders and educating opinion makers, research centers, academia, and others on the multi-dimensional complexities in the Middle East. Learn more about their important work in the video below with Lieutenant Colonel Sarit Zehavi, CEO and founder of Alma.
1. ESCALATION ON ISRAEL'S NORTHERN BORDERS
By Alma Research Center
Israel foiled the latest Iranian attack from Syria. What is the Lebanese connection and what can we expect to happen as a result? Watch and listen to Sarit Zehavi’s update to understand what is new this time with the latest escalation along Israel’s northern border.
Our Mission at Alma is to make in-depth geo-political knowledge about the Middle East accessible to English speakers. In addition to offering field briefings at various lookout posts along Israel’s northern border with Lebanon and Syria, we also provide lectures and workshops around the globe based on our research and analysis of the developments in Israel’s border conflicts. Because our research team resides in Israel’s northern border communities, we are uniquely equipped to combine our professional expertise and background with a first person perspective of how the conflict is affecting life near Israel’s borders.
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.
The top U.S. diplomat focused on anti-Semitism forecast an intensified government response during a Sunday night address to an event sponsored by the Atlanta Israel Coalition. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combatting Anti-Semitism Elan Carr discussed a meeting he attended in July that included Attorney General William Barr, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Read Here
3. U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY ELAN CARR HEADLINES REGIONAL DISCUSSION ON COMBATTING HATE IN OCEAN COUNTY, NJ
Special Envoy Elan Carr made a special visit to Ocean County, NJ to speak with community leadership from Brick, Howell, Jackson, Lakewood and Toms River and to share thoughts and ideas on current concerns with bias and hate in the area. Watch Special Envoy Carr’s meeting with Ocean County stakeholders.
The State Department announced that Cherrie Daniels will be its Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues. The Office of the Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues “develops and implements U.S. policy to return Holocaust-era assets to their rightful owners, secure compensation for Nazi-era wrongs, and ensure that the Holocaust is commemorated appropriately.” The special envoy will also work on State’s efforts to combat anti-Semitism. Read Here
U.S. diplomats pressed lawmakers in Ireland and Germany to oppose the BDS movement. In Ireland, the diplomats interacted with top officials and “strongly urged them to drop their support” for a bill that would penalize importing goods from Judea and Samaria. Ireland’s foreign minister is against the legislation, fearing that adopting BDS would reduce Irish influence in the region.Read Here
Cherrie Daniels, new Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, published a statement saying: “To venerate those whose actions directly led to the murder of thousands of innocent people during the Holocaust creates divisions allowing disinformation to take hold, promotes anti-Semitism, and tarnishes Lithuania’s international reputation,” in reference to the controversy over the removal of a memorial plaque to Jonas Noreika, who is seen as a Holocaust collaborator during the Nazi occupation. Read Here
Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control utilized newly enhanced counterterrorism sanctions authorities to designate a series of terrorist leaders, facilitators, and entities. The action targets groups including entities affiliated with HAMAS, ISIS, al-Qa’ida, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Read Here
The Swiss Senate is considering adopting the the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism. Home Affairs Minister Alain Berset indicated that the Swiss government supports the proposal and will be publishing a report evaluating the effectiveness of measures to tackle anti-Semitism, in light of anti-Semitic incidents being on the rise in Switzerland. Read Here
Britain’s Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, announced that the UK government will fund a new program to fight anti-Semitism online. The £100,000 grant will go to the Anti-Semitism Policy Trust’s campaign to combat racist attitudes and narratives directed against Jews. Read Here
This section highlights the good deeds of Jews and others working to combat anti-Semitism in their communities.
The city of Rome is replacing street names dedicated to Arturo Donaggi and Edoardo Zavattari, scientists who signed the anti-Jewish Manifesto della Razza (Racial Manifesto) in 1938, and will rename them after scholars who were persecuted by the fascist regime, including two Jewish scientists. Read Here
An art installation of works submitted by children from around the world was unveiled at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. “#Hearts Together: The Art of Rebuilding” features 101 works of art that are wrapped around the synagogue. Since the shooting, the synagogue building has been surrounded by blue tarp. The scene was depressing to synagogue members and neighbors, who wanted something more uplifting and cheerful. Read Here
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf honored the 11 victims of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue while on a visit to Auschwitz. Wolf signed the guestbook at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial by writing the names of the victims of the shooting. He also wrote “100% tolerance; 0% hate.” Read Here
The United Arab Emirates is developing a plan to combat anti-Semitism around Europe in collaboration with the Conference of European Rabbis. Talks took place during a conference in Moscow, which gathered religious figures from around the world. An additional event is planned November, where the religious leaders will sign a treaty to work to eradicate violence and anti-Semitism in their communities. Read Here
The World Zionist Organization held a three-day conference on anti-Semitism in Chile this week. 180 Latin-American Jewish leaders attended. “The conference stems from the rise of anti-Semitic events around the world and the need for Jewish residents to know how to defend themselves.” Read Here
One day after an anti-Semitic note was found in a backpack at Providence High School, a group of Jewish teens from high schools in Charlotte met for their weekly meeting and proudly wore their youth group shirts and Star of David necklaces as a symbol of unity and support. Read Here
Tony McAleer found himself on a stage at Temple Sholom in Vancouver where the congregation heard an apology from the man who accelerated his descent into the world of anti-Semitism and white supremacy just outside the synagogue where they were now assembled. “This synagogue is ground zero because the very first anti-Semitic act that I did was to place a National Front sticker on that front door.” 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. 1850 – PALESTINIAN INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM SUPPORT PREVENTION ACT OF 2019
The House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation requiring the government to sanction international entities that provide support to the Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist groups. The Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act will now go to the Senate for consideration. Introduced by Reps. Mast (R-Fl) and Gottheimer (D-NJ), the aim of the legislation is to prevent Hamas, PIJ from accessing their “international support networks.” Gottheimer said the act “will strengthen existing sanctions to weaken these terrorist groups that threaten our ally Israel, undermine peace, and further destabilize the Middle East. I now urge our colleagues in the Senate to act swiftly and stand up to terror.” Read Here
2. VENTURE CREATIVE CONTEST – ROUND ONE
Anti-Semitism is once again on the rise, just 75 years after the Holocaust. This irrational hatred of Jews and the world’s only Jewish state harms both innocent victims and perpetrators infected by bigotry. The resurgence of anti-Semitism poses a challenge to all people of conscience:
How can we work together to stop anti-Semitism?
This contest is crowd-sourcing new solutions to help end “the world’s oldest hatred.” The contest is sponsored by the CombatAntiSemitism.org coalition. People of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities are encouraged to participate by creatively addressing one of the categories below:
“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.”