NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2019

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.

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THIS WEEK’S CONTENT

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SPECIAL FEATURES

CAS in the news: As the Combat Anti-Semitism campaign continues to grow, we highlight here special features by others about the work and initiatives of the  campaign. 

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1. CAS CONTEST IN THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: "STOPPING ANTI-SEMITISM"

By Wendy Kalman

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

2. CAS CONTEST IN THE JEWISH NEWS SYNDICATE: CREATIVE CALL FOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS TO COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM

BY ELIANA RUDEE

Combat anti-Semitism announced its upcoming “Venture Creative Contest,” giving away more than $100,000 in awards. Read Here

A creative Call

NOTABLE SUPPORTERS

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.  

Join other world leaders and people of good conscience by joining and sharing the Combat Anti-Semitism pledge today!

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UNITED STATES

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1. FLORIDA MAN APPREHENDED FOR THREATENING TO SHOOT JEWS

By    JNS 

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

Florida Man Aprehended

2. HASIDIC MAN BEATEN AND ROBBED IN BROOKLYN

By JTA

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

3. MAN WHO SAID HE WOULD 'SLAUGHTER' JEWS WANTED BY FBI AFTER NOT REPORTING TO PRISON

By Kevin Grasha

Izmir Ali Koch, a dual Russian and American citizen, is wanted by the FBI after he didn’t show up at a prison to begin serving his sentence for attacking a man he believed was Jewish. A U.S. District Judge allowed Koch, who was convicted of a federal hate crime, to self-surrender. Read Here

4. BROOKLYN MAN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME FOR ASSAULT ON RABBI

By TOI Staff​

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

By JNS

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

LA synagogue vandalized with free palestine

6. HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATING WHO DREW A SWASTIKA INSIDE ONE OF ITS BUILDINGS

By Jake Tapper

A hand-drawn swastika was found on the third floor of the Department of Homeland Security. Staffers in the building were notified about the Nazi symbol in an email from Principal Deputy Undersecretary for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis Brian Murphy. Read Here

7. INDIANAPOLIS POLICE INVESTIGATING FLIERS CALLED ‘ANTI-SEMITIC IN NATURE’ POSTED ON JEWISH INSTITUTIONS

By MARCY OSTER

Fliers described as “anti-Semitic in nature” were posted on several Jewish institutions in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Police were notified and opened an investigation. The police are classifying it as a “bias crime.” Read Here

Indianapolis police investigation fliers called antisemitic

8. PRO-ISRAEL GROUPS SUBMIT AMICUS BRIEFS TO UPHOLD TEXAS ANTI-BDS LAW

By JNS

The American Jewish Committee and StandWithUs, have filed an amicus brief calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals to uphold Texas’s anti-BDS law, arguing that the anti-BDS law is constitutional and a lower court judge’s injunction suspending the law, should be lifted. Read Here

Pro Israel groups submit amicus briefs

9. WOMEN’S MARCH DUMPS THREE LEADERS TAINTED BY ANTI-SEMITISM CONTROVERSIES

By Benjamin Kerstein

The Women’s March has jettisoned its three top leaders after they became embroiled in controversy over anti-Semitism. Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour stepped down in July, though it was not announced until now. Read Here

womens march dumps three leaders

10. NEW WOMEN’S MARCH BOARD MEMBER HAS CALLED ISRAEL A ‘RACIST’ STATE THAT ‘ENGAGES IN TERRORISM’

By Josefin Dolsten

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

New Womens march board member has called Israel a racist state

11. TRENTON, NJ MAYOR CALLS ON CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT TO APOLOGIZE FOR USE OF ANTI-SEMITIC SLUR

By Benjamin Kerstein

Mayor Reed Gusciora of Trenton is calling on the city council’s president to apologize after she used an anti-Semitic slur at an executive meeting. Council President Kathy McBride said a city attorney settled a personal injury lawsuit by being “able to wait her out and Jew her down.” Read Here

New Jersey Mayor Calls on City Council President to Apologize

12. PATERSON, NJ COUNCILMAN CONDEMNED FOR ‘JEW US DOWN’ COMMENT AT PUBLIC MEETING

By Joe Malinconico

Speaking at a public meeting, Paterson Councilman Michael Jackson used the phrase “Jew us down” in talking about the price of a piece of property, words that drew quick condemnation from other city officials. Jackson apologized and attributed his use of the phrase to the “passion” of the debate about rebuilding a Stadium. Read Here

Patter NJ Councilman condemned for Jew us down comment

13. JACKSON, NJ TEEN SWERVED CAR, YELLED ANTI-SEMITIC INSULTS, POLICE SAY

By Joshua Chung

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

Jackson NJ teen swerved car

14. NEW JERSEY MAN WITH NAZI COLLECTION CHARGED FOR POSSESSING ILLEGAL ARSENAL

By Justin Wise

A New Jersey man, Michael Zaremski, who had a large collection of Nazi materials is facing charges, including possessing illegal weapons and ammunition. The 25-year-old is also accused of terrorizing his ex-girlfriend and sending a photo of her wearing a Nazi SS hat to her Jewish employer. Read Here

New Jersey Man with Nazi Collection

15. PORTSMOUTH, NH POLICE INVESTIGATING ANTI-SEMITIC GRAFFITI FOUND ON SIDEWALK

By Jean Mackin

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

Portsmouth NH Police investigating

16. VALERIE PLAME TWEETED ANTI-SEMITIC CONSPIRACY, NOW CLAIMS “JEWISH” ANCESTRY

By Seth Frantzman

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

Valerie Plame Tweeted antisemitic conspiracy

17. WATCH: BARI WEISS TO MAHER: RISING ANTI-SEMITISM, LIKE IN THE U.S., IS EVIDENCE A SOCIETY IS DEAD OR DYING

By Haaretz

Bari Weiss, the NY Times columnist and author of the new book “How to Fight Anti-Semitism,” joined HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” to discuss the global wave of rising anti-Semitism. Weiss, who as a youngster attended the Tree of Life synagogue, explained how rising anti-Semitism acts as a canary in the coal mine for the health of a modern society. “But, why the Jews?” pushed Maher. “Why do they have the ‘kick me sign’ on their back?” Read Here

18. FORMER SENATE CANDIDATE WILL RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL IN IDAHO TO ‘CHALLENGE JEWISH POWER’ ON LOCAL LEVEL

By MARCY OSTER

Former Senate candidate Patrick Little, a white supremacist, is running for City Council in Garden City, Idaho. “The only way to challenge Jewish power in this country is with local elections…” He added the “top priority” of the Jewish people is to displace white people, and that he believes Jews control the media, the entertainment industry and politics. Read Here

Former Senate candidate will run for city council in Idaho

19.JUDGE ORDERS RELEASE OF FAR-RIGHT EXTREMIST WHO CALLED PITTSBURGH KILLER ‘HERO’

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN

A federal judge ordered the immediate release of 31-year-old Jeffrey Clark whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior and far-right extremist rhetoric after last year’s Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. The judge ordered 3 years of court-supervised release for Clark. Read Here

Judge orders release of far right extremist

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

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ISRAEL AND THE REST OF THE WORLD

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1. IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE UK

LONDON ORTHODOX COMMUNITY HARASSED BY GROUP OF ANTI-SEMITIC ‘PREACHERS’

BY Algemeiner Staff

LABOUR FAILS TO CONSULT COMMUNITY LEADERS BEFORE DEBATE ON ANTI-SEMITISM RULES

BY Jewish News Reporter

Residents of a London Orthodox Jewish community were harassed by what were described as anti-Semitic “preachers.” Up to 30 men verbally assaulted passing Orthodox Jews, taunting them with phrases such as, “Jews have long noses,” and, “Jews are taking over the world.” Read Here

New rules that Jeremy Corbyn claims will speed up action against anti-Semites in Labour are set to be debated by the party’s ruling body– but Jewish community organizations have yet to be consulted two months after they were first proposed. Read Here

BRITISH TV STAR DISCUSSES ONLINE ABUSE AFTER CRITICIZING ANTI-SEMITISM IN UK LABOUR PARTY

BY Algemeiner Staff

SCHOOLBOY FILMED GIVING NAZI SALUTE OUTSIDE SCOTTISH SYNAGOGUE

BY Jenness Mitchell

British television star Tracy Ann Oberman has been subjected to “disgusting bullying” online due to her criticism of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Oberman has been outspoken on Twitter against Jew-hatred and said “The abuse was incredible…the abuse was prolific. To be told ‘your family didn’t really die in the Holocaust, you made it up’ — disgusting.” Read Here

Police launched a hate crime investigation after a teenage boy was filmed performing a Nazi salute outside a synagogue in East Renfrewshire, Scotland. The boy is also seen with a Hitler-style moustache drawn above his upper lip. Read Here

BDS CO-FOUNDER WHO WANTS TO ABOLISH JEWISH STATE TO SPEAK AT LABOUR CONFERENCE FRINGE EVENT

BY JC Reporter

CARDIFF COUNCILOR WHO HAD SWASTIKAS POSTED TO HER HOME SPEAKS OUT ABOUT ANTI-SEMITIC ABUSE

BY Matt Discombe

An event at the annual UK Labour conference has defended inviting the co-founder of the BDS movement to speak on a panel. Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti has been criticized for his opposition to the two-state solution and calls for the destruction of Israel.

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Cardiff Conservative councilor Jayne Cowan, who had swastikas posted to her house, has spoken out about how she’s been targeted by anti-Semitic abuse. Cowan says Nazi symbols have been drawn on buildings she’s been associated with and on her election campaign boards.  Read Here

BRITISH TRADE UNION CONGRESS PASSES MOTION FOR EXTENSIVE ISRAEL BOYCOTT AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE

BY Jewish News Reporter

LABOUR MP RUPA HUQ CLEARED OVER ANTI-SEMITISM ALLEGATIONS IN PARTY PROBE

BY Mathilde Frothe

The British Trade Union Congress passed a motion calling for an extensive boycott of Israel. The motion accused the US and Israel of “destroying prospects for peace”. It called for TUC policy to apply these principles to all UK trade with Israel”. Read Here

Labour MP Rupa Huq, accused of anti-Semitic behavior, has been cleared of wrongdoing by the party. One complainant alleged the MP taunted him over a star of David on his satchel, while another accused Huq of making a member of staff “listen to conspiracy theories about the Jewish community.” Read Here

ANTI-SEMITISM HAS ‘MORPHED’ INTO HATRED OF ISRAEL, MICHAEL GOVE TELLS UJIA DINNER

BY Lee Harpin

MP Michael Gove warned that modern anti-Semitism has “morphed” into hatred of Israel. He said: “Now anti-Semitism finds its unique expression in saying the Jewish people, of all peoples, cannot have a state of their own, cannot have a secure nation, cannot exercise self-determination. Read Here

2. IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN GERMANY

GERMAN COMMISSIONER SAYS LOCAL BDS CHAPTER INCITED AGAINST U.S. SYNAGOGUE

BY Benjamin Weinthal

NEO-NAZI POLITICIAN STEFAN JAGSCH TO BE VOTED OUT DUE TO PUBLIC OUTRAGE

BY Jerusalem Post Staff

Uwe Becker, commissioner of the Hessian Federal State Government for Jewish Life and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism, filed a criminal complaint against the BDS movement’s chapter in the city of Wiesbaden. He filed the complaint after the chapter posted tweets about anti-Jewish incitement. The “Wiesbaden branch of the anti-Semitic BDS movement stoked incitement on social media that targeted an American synagogue.” Read Here

German politician Stefan Jagsch, member of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany, may not assume the position of district leader for Altenstadt in central Germany. The local council moved to annul his vote after previously defending the decision. Read Here

3. IN DEPTH: OTHER WORLD NEWS

Dutchman who stabbed Jewish father and son says he forgot why he attacked them

BY Cnaan Liphshiz

Vandals paint swastikas on British World War II graves in Netherlands

BY AFP

Taha Ewis Bakri Abdel Ghani, a Dutch man charged with the attempted manslaughter of a Jewish father and son, said he forgot why he stabbed them. During the first hearing in the case, the victims asked the judge to consider a religious or racist motive, which currently is not included in the indictment. The defendant wouldn’t answer when asked whether the attack was anti-Semitic. Read Here

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

Swedish YouTuber with anti-Semitic history cancels $50,000 donation to ADL

BY JNS

Flier threatening 2nd Holocaust posted on vandalized monument in Ukraine for the genocide

BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

Swedish YouTube star PewDiePie backtracked on his promise to donate $50,000 to the Anti-Defamation League. “I made the mistake of picking a charity I was advised [to donate to] instead of picking a charity I’m passionate about…” PewDiePie has a history of making anti-Semitic jokes. Read Here

A Holocaust monument in Ukraine was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti and a note threatening another genocide. The graffiti appeared on a plaque commemorating Holocaust victims in Bogdanovka, a killing site near the southern port city of Odessa. Read Here

Canadian officials honour Nazi collaborators in Ukraine, angering Jewish groups

BY David Pugliese

Jewish organization calls for dismissal of Saskatchewan candidate over ‘anti-Semitic’ social media posts

BY Taylor Braat

Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk spoke at a ceremony that unveiled a monument in Sambir to honor members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, two groups that are linked to the killing of tens of thousands of Jews. The monument is at the edge of a mass grave holding the remains of more than 1,200 Jews murdered by the Nazis and Ukrainian collaborators. Read Here

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center is calling for Canada’s Green Party to dismiss a Regina, SK candidate following anti-Semitic social media posts.
The candidate, Dale Dewar’s tweets included comments made toward Israelis needing mental health support for “getting over the PTSD” of the Holocaust, and one saying “Zionism is a made-up cult.”
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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

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ON CAMPUS

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1. BELGIAN UNIVERSITY USES HOOKED NOSE GESTURE FOR ‘JEW’ IN SIGN LANGUAGE DICTIONARY

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

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

Beligian University uses hooked nose gesture

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

Graffiti Blaming Jews for 9/11 at Tennessee University

3. UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO STUDENT GROUP HOSTS ALLEGED FORMER MEMBER OF THE PFLP

By Jackson Richman

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

university of toronto student group hosts

4. A FRENCH MEDICAL STUDENT SAID SHE FACED INTENSE ANTI-SEMITIC BULLYING. AUTHORITIES HAVE DROPPED THE CASE

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

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 French Medical Student

5. JEWISH STUDENT GROUP TARGET OF VANDALISM AT LEHIGH UNIVERSITY

By Benjamin Kerstein

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

Jewish Student Group Target of Vandalism at Lehigh University

6. ANTI-SEMITIC SPEAKER REFLECTS INCREASED ACTS OF CAMPUS BIGOTRY [AT UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS]

By CLARE BUDIN

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

7. OP-ED: ANTI-SEMITISM IS ALIVE AND WELL AT HOFSTRA

By Leilah Abelman

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

8. TUFTS JEWISH LEADERS, LIPSTADT RESPOND TO SWASTIKA POSTED ON STUDENT’S DOOR

By Austin Clementi

A Jewish student at Tufts University found a swastika posted on their door. Tufts University Police Department and the Office of Equal Opportunity are investigating the incident. Read Here

9. LEGISLATORS CONDEMN ANTI-SEMITIC VANDALISM AT WESTPORT, CT HIGH SCHOOL

By Tara O’Neill

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

10. PROVIDENCE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FINDS ANTI-SEMITIC NOTE IN BACKPACK, CHARLOTTE, NC POLICE SAYS

By Glenn Counts

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

11. ANTI-SEMITIC GRAFFITI FOUND AT HAMDEN, CT HIGH SCHOOL

By Dominique Moody

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

12. SNAPCHAT POST BY DENVER-AREA STUDENTS REFERS TO KILLING JEWS

By JTA

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

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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. 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

2. A DARK CLOUD HOVERS OVER RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN EUROPE

By Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the Executive at The Jewish Agency for Israel

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

A dark cloud hovers over religious freedom in europe

3. ANTI-SEMITISM DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE. WHY SHOULD WE?

By Joshua Runyan

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

Anti-semitism doesn't disciminate. Why should we

4. WE URGENTLY NEED STATE LAWS AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM

By Ron Machol

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

5. SARSOUR AS SANDERS SURROGATE: INTERSECTIONALITY MEETS ISLAMIST ANTI-SEMITISM

By Qanta A. Ahmed

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

6. BERNIE SANDERS CHOSE LINDA SARSOUR: CAN JEWS OVERLOOK HER VIEWS ON ISRAEL?

By Jerusalem Post Staff

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

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STUDIES AND STATISTICS

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1. SPECIAL REPORT: TERRORISTS IN SUITS - THE TIES BETWEEN NGOS PROMOTING BDS AND TERROR ORGANIZATIONS

By Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, State of Israel

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

Special Report the Ties between NGOs promoting BDS

2. The Harassment of Jewish Students on U.S. Campuses: How Eliminationist Anti-Zionism and Academic BDS Incite Campus Anti-Semitism

By AMCHA Initiative

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.

Read The Full Report Here

The harassment of Jewish Students on US Campuses
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FEATURED PARTNER

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.

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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. ANTI-SEMITISM ENVOY REVEALS NEW US ‘INTER-AGENCY PROCESS’ TO TACKLE GROWING JEW-HATRED

By Shiryn Ghermezian

During a Bnai Zion hosted panel to discuss the “weaponization of anti-Semitism” and ways to combat it, Special Envoy Elan Carr said: “as bad as this is, it isn’t the 1930s because we have friends and allies in powerful places around the world who are incredibly good partners.” He said the Trump administration is working on an “interagency process on anti-Semitism” that will unite the State, Education, Treasury and Justice Departments to deal with an issue that has become graver. Read Here

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2. FIGHTING ANTI-SEMITISM ‘FOR THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY’

By Dave Schechter

At the Atlanta Israel Coalition, Special Envoy Elan Carr said that he soon will make his first trip to the Arab world, to the Gulf region. “Any Arab country that traffics in anti-Semitism is doing the work of Iran,” the diplomat said, connecting anti-Semitism with Iran as part of a “strategy that has more potential to move the needle on anti-Semitism in the Arab world than ever before. The fight against anti-Semitism is the fight for the future of our country” he continued.  Read Here

Fighting anti-semitism for the future of our counry

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. 

4. US STATE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES SPECIAL ENVOY FOR HOLOCAUST ISSUES

By JNS

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

5. AMERICAN DIPLOMATS PRESS LAWMAKERS IN GERMANY, IRELAND TO OPPOSE BDS

By JNS

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

6. U.S. URGES LITHUANIA NOT TO HONOR PEOPLE LINKED TO HOLOCAUST

By Baltic News Network

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

7. TREASURY TARGETS WIDE RANGE OF TERRORISTS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS USING ENHANCED COUNTERTERRORISM SANCTIONS AUTHORITIES

By US Dept. of the Treasury

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

8. SWITZERLAND TO CONSIDER ADOPTING [IHRA] ANTI-SEMITISM DEFINITION

By SWI

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

Switzerland to consider adopting specific

9. UK COMMUNITIES SECRETARY ANNOUNCES FUNDING OF NEW PROGRAM TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM ONLINE

By Benjamin Kerstein

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

UK Communities Secretary Announces Funding

HUMANITY

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

1. ROME TO RENAME STREETS DEDICATED TO ANTI-SEMITIC SCIENTISTS

By Rossella Tercatin

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

Rome to rename streets

2. ARTWORKS BY CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD INSTALLED AT PITTSBURGH’S TREE OF LIFE SYNAGOGUE

By Beth Kissileff

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

Artworks by children around the world

3. PENNSYLVANIA GOV. TOM WOLF HONORS TREE OF LIFE VICTIMS AT AUSCHWITZ

By MARCY OSTER

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

Pennsylvania Fov Tom Wolf

4. UAE TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM ALONGSIDE EUROPEAN RABBIS

By Itamar Eichner

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

UAE to fight anti-Semitism alongside European Rabbis

5. WORLD ZIONIST ORGANIZATION HOSTS FIRST CONGRESS IN CHILE ON ANTI-SEMITISM

By ILANIT CHERNICK

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

World Zionist Organization Hosts First Congress in Chile on AS

6. JEWISH TEENS RALLY AFTER ANTI-SEMITIC NOTE

By Kayla Berenson

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

Jewish teens rally after anti-semitic note

7. HE WAS A NEO-NAZI LEADER. NOW HE’S STANDING IN A SYNAGOGUE SEEKING ONE THING FROM HIS JEWISH AUDIENCE

By Matthew Brown

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

He was a neo nazi leader
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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 H.R. 1850 - PALESTINIAN INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM SUPPORT PREVENTION ACT OF 2019

By CAS

This week we ask you to take action by educating yourself about the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act, which would make it US policy to prevent Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, or any affiliate or successor thereof from accessing its international support networks; and to oppose Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad from attempting to use goods, including medicine and dual use items, to smuggle weapons and other materials to further acts of terrorism. The bill passed in the House of Representatives this past July and is now in the Senate for consideration.

To Learn More About the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2019 View The Language Of The Bill Here 

US HOUSE PASSES BILL TO SANCTION INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR PALESTINIAN TERROR GROUPS

By Algemeiner Staff

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

US House Passes Bill to Sanction Internation Support for Palestinian Terror Groups

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:

Round 1 Deadline: December 1, 2019 (future rounds coming soon)

Enter Online at combatantisemitism.org/contest

OVER 120,000 INDIVIDUALS AND 140 ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE BELOW, HAVE SIGNED OUR PLEDGE.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

“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.”