THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL ANTISEMITISM REPORT
New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a package of bills to “honor and support Holocaust survivors in educational, cultural, and financial institutions.” The new laws will “help ensure schools are providing high-quality Holocaust education” and “require museums to acknowledge art stolen by the Nazi regime.”
Municipal leaders in Tampa, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee condemned recent acts of antisemitism, and the Australian state of New South Wales officially banned public displays of the Nazi swastika.
A man set fire to a mattress at the entrance of a synagogue in Bremerhaven, Germany, a Jewish memorial in Freiburg, Germany was vandalized with pro-Hitler graffiti, and a German court sentenced two minors for a violent attack on a Jewish man during a pro-Israel vigil last year.
A court in Paris suspended the deportation of a Moroccan imam accused of posing a threat to society by promoting antisemitism and sexism. In July, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin issued an expulsion order to Imam Hassan Iquioussen, for inciting hate, discrimination, and violence, notably against the Jewish community.
Princess Hend bint Faisal Al-Qasimi, an Emirati royal, compared the Holocaust to the deaths of Muslims in various wars, claiming Jews leveraged the Nazi genocide for sympathy and victimhood. The royal also promoted the antisemitic myth that Jews control global affairs in her criticism of Israeli actions in Gaza.
In London, a spree of vandalism targeting Jewish shops continued, and two Jewish women were assaulted by another woman who used a rod as a weapon.
A New York City subway rider was choked by a stranger who shouted antisemitic invective, and the judge who signed and FBI warrant for Mar-A-Lago has been receiving violent antisemitic threats.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 38 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 21 (55.3%) from the far-right, 2 (5.3%) from the far-left, 6 (15.8%) with Islamist motivations, and 9 (23.7%) unidentifiable in nature.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TWO FEMALE STRAPHANGERS VICTIMS OF SEPARATE NYC HATE CRIMES IN AS MANY DAYS
By LARRY CELONA AND TINA MOORE
Two female straphangers were the victims of separate hate crimes in the city in as many days, cops said Tuesday. One of the women was choked by a stranger who made anti-Semitic remarks to her in an Upper East Side subway station Tuesday morning, cops said. The suspect approached the 44-year-old woman on the platform of the No. 6 train around 11:20 a.m. and made anti-Jewish remarks while putting his hands around her neck and squeezing, cops said. The woman was taken to Mt. Sinai for treatment of her injuries, police sources said. The hateful attack came one day after a woman was punched repeatedly in the face by a stranger who sneered, “I hate Mexicans” on a Brooklyn subway, cops said. The 41-year-old victim boarded the northbound Q train at the Newkirk Avenue station around 8:45 a.m. Monday and was talking on her phone when a woman sat down next to her, cops said.
THE JUDGE WHO SIGNED THE FBI’S MAR-A-LAGO WARRANT IS FACING VIOLENT ANTISEMITIC THREATS
By MADELINE FIXLER
Bruce Reinhart, the federal judge in Florida who signed the warrant allowing the FBI to raid former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property on Tuesday, has been hit with a wave of antisemitic threats online. The outburst has appeared on right-wing social media platforms and message boards, where users have published the judge’s name, address and personal information. Threats have been directed at his children and supposed family members as well. Reinhart, who appears to be a member of the board of Temple Beth David in Palm Beach Gardens, has been a magistrate judge for the Southern District of Florida since 2018.
WOMAN REPORTEDLY USED ROD AS A WEAPON AND THREW LIQUID OVER TWO JEWISH WOMEN IN SEPARATE STAMFORD HILL INCIDENTS
By CAMPAIGN AGAINST ANTISEMITISM
A woman has reportedly used a rod as a weapon against, and also threw liquid over, two Jewish women in separate incidents, both occurring in Stamford Hill. In the first incident, a Jewish woman was said to have been returning from a hospital visit when she was accosted at a bus stop on Seven Sisters road and was hit over the head by a female suspect brandishing a wooden stick who shouted: “I am doing it because you are a Jew.” The suspect then reportedly threw a liquid over the victim. In a second incident, occurring on Wargrave Avenue, the suspect allegedly assaulted a Jewish mother who was pushing her baby in a pram. The suspect reportedly brandished a stick and shouted “show me your baby” before spraying a liquid substance over the infant.
GERMANY – A MAN SET FIRE TO A MATTRESS IN THE ENTRANCE AREA OF THE SYNAGOGUE IN BREMERHAVEN
A man set fire to a mattress in the entrance area of the synagogue at Kleiner Blink St. in Bremerhaven. A witness observed the incident. The officers put out the fire with a fire extinguisher and arrested the 53-year-old suspect.The police have initiated investigations.
LIBERAL MP BLASTED FOR POSING WITH ANTISEMITIC BANNER IN MISSISSAUGA
By COSMIN DZSURDZSA
The human rights group Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) called out Liberal MP Iqra Khalid for posing in a photograph with boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) protestors and a banner falsely accusing Israel of genocide. FSWC said it was “shocked and disturbed” to see Khalid along with Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie supporting the message at the event hosted by the Canadian Palestinian Professional Foundation at Our Lady QueeCroatia Park.
FRENCH COURT SUSPENDS DEPORTATION OF MOROCCAN IMAM ACCUSED OF PROMOTING ANTISEMITISM AND SEXISM
An administrative court in Paris on Friday suspended the deportation of a Moroccan imam who has been accused by the French government of posing a threat to society by promoting antisemitism and sexism, Radio France Internationale reported.In July, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin issued an expulsion order to Imam Hassan Iquioussen, 58, for inciting hate, discrimination, and violence, notably against the Jewish community, in public speeches he gave between 2003 and 2019. “This man has no place on our national soil,” Darmanin said of Iquioussen.
OTHER WORLD NEWS
ITALY: WINE BOTTLES SPORTING HITLER, OTHER DICTATORS’ PORTRAITS ON SALE DESPITE BACKLASH
By DIPANEETA DAS
Wine bottles with portraits of German dictator Adolf Hitler and other authoritarian leaders continue to be sold in Italy’s Remini, despite massive flak from “anti-fascist” groups. This comes after Vina Lunardelli sparked controversy with the Historical Series launched in 1995. In 2013, Simon Wiesenthal Center called for a boycott of the series, which displayed all “notorious” dictators from French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte to Hitler.
COMPARING MUSLIM DEATHS TO HOLOCAUST, UAE ROYAL SUGGESTS JEWS ARE HUNG UP ON SHOAH
By TOBIAS SIEGAL
An Emirati royal has compared the Holocaust to the deaths of Muslims in various wars, suggesting Jews have leveraged the Nazi genocide for sympathy and victimhood, while Muslims “move oPrincess Hend bint Faisal Al-Qasimi, a royal from the Al-Qasimi dynasty that rules Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates’ third-largest city, tweeted her complaint on Saturday, the latest in a long line of statements that have included scathing criticism of Israel, as well as antisemitism.
HANOVER, VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS APOLOGIZE FOR SWASTIKA-ISH LOGO
By DAVID ISRAEL
Hanover County Public Schools Superintendent Michael Gill apologized on Wednesday for a logo on t-shirts his organization had distributed to participants in a conference earlier this week. While county school officials did not catch the swastika-ish appearance of their new logo unveiled at their professional learning conference for faculty and staff and printed on shirts for them to wear, folks on the social networks caught on pretty quickly. Rachel Anne Levy, teacher, parent, and a candidate this November for the Virginia House of Delegates, was one of the early ones, tweeting: “Yes, I have seen the Hanover Schools new swastika-like logo. Sigh. Let’s hope an explanation and apology comes soon.”
ANALYSIS & OP-EDS
STUDIES & STATISTICS
THROUGH JULY, CAM TRACKS DAILY AVERAGE OF 5.6 ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS IN 2022
The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) Information Hub tracked a total of 160 antisemitic incidents reported in the media worldwide in July 2022, marking a daily average of 5.2 incidents. CAM’s Monthly Antisemitism Report classifies incidents of Jew-hatred (including physical assault, verbal harassment, vandalism, and hate speech) by the ideologies of the perpetrators. Overall, CAM has tracked 1,186 antisemitic incidents in the media in the first seven months of 2022, an average of 5.6 incidents per day, compared to 1,228 incidents during the same period in 2021 — a 3.4% decrease. In all of 2021, CAM tracked an average of 6.1 antisemitic incidents reported in the media daily.
GOVERNMENT & POLICY
‘WE WILL NEVER FORGET’: NEW YORK GOVERNOR HOCHUL SIGNS LEGISLATION TO BOLSTER HOLOCAUST EDUCATION IN STATE
New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a package of bills on Wednesday to “honor and support Holocaust survivors in educational, cultural, and financial institutions” in the state, her office said. The new laws will “help ensure schools are providing high-quality Holocaust education” and “require museums to acknowledge art stolen by the Nazi regime,” the governor’s office noted.
THIS AMERICAN RABBI FIGHTS JEWISH STEREOTYPES VIA CHINA’S VERSION OF TIKTOK
By JORDYN HAIME
With two degrees in Asian studies and 15 years of his life spent living and working in China (everything “from acting to the diamond business to real estate”), Rabbi Matt Trusch has a lot of experience with China. But antisemitism wasn’t one of those experiences until he began posting on Douyin, China’s TikTok, from his home back in Texas in 2021. Speaking in fluent Mandarin peppered with Chinese idioms and filmed in front of a bookshelf lined with Jewish texts, Trusch passionately shares Jewish parables from the Talmud and the Tanya — a book of Hasidic commentary by the rabbi who founded the Chabad Orthodox movement — and the life and business lessons they may offer Chinese viewers. With nearly 180,000 followers, his videos have accumulated nearly 700,000 likes.
BBC EDUCATIONAL FILMS ON JUDAISM STAR CARTOON OF JEWISH GIRL FROM LONDON
Ella Scott — a 10-year-old student at a Jewish primary school in north London — has been transformed into a cartoon character featured in a series of animated BBC videos produced to teach British children about Judaism, The Jewish Chronicle reported. The three clips are available on the BBC‘s educational website, Bitesize. In the first video, titled “How Do Jewish People Show Care?,” Ella introduces herself, saying, “Hi. I’m Ella and I’m Jewish. My synagogue is where my family goes to worship. But it’s also where we have lots of community events. There’s a nursery and a school and different kinds of activities every week. We also try to help people in need because that’s really important in Judaism.” Later in the clip, she explains the concepts of tzedakah and tikkun olam.
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