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August 14TH, 2020

'NAZI POLITICAL APPLICATIONS' ARE BEING HANDED OUT IN INDIANA
OAKLAND A'S BENCH COACH APOLOGIZES FOR NAZI SALUTE
SWASTIKAS PAINTED ON ORTHODOX SYNAGOGUE IN HARRISBURG, PA
CANADIAN POLISH-LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER SAYS JEWS ARE TO BLAME FOR PANDEMIC

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THIS WEEK’S CONTENT

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TAKE ACTION

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1. JOIN THE CAM CONTRIBUTOR NETWORK

By CAM

Anti-Semitism on the rise in every corner of the world. To fulfill our mission, we need talented volunteers. If you are interested in lending your talents to our CAM Contributor Network, please fill out our form.  We need writers for news articles and op-eds, graphic artists to help us enhance our social media channels, and researchers to help further our work. If you are interested in volunteering these or any other talents to the CAM cause, we want to hear from you!  Sign Up Here

2. TELL THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA: COMBAT ONLINE HATE!

By CIJA

Online anti-Semitism has grown exponentially in recent years. The majority of Canadians reject such hatred; however, the internet continues to provide a platform for those spreading hatred to attract followers and share their message. CIJA has made it a top priority to raise the issue of online hate with Canada’s political leaders. These crucial efforts need your participation. Join us in calling on the Government of Canada to take the following six meaningful steps to combat online hate.  Sign Up Here

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SPECIAL FEATURE

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1. WATCH: ASHLEY WALNE ATTACKED IN ENGLAND FOR BEING JEWISH

By CAM

Ashley Walne, a Jewish man from Burnley, England was left unable to see out of one eye after three men battered him in an unprovoked attack. Ashley was standing outside his home when he was set upon by three assailants. The 29-year-old’s mother tried to stop the three attackers as they relentlessly beat her son. The attackers called him a “filthy Jew” before assaulting him and leaving him with numerous injuries.   Read Here

2. ASK THE SOURCE WITH JOSH REINSTEIN: WHAT IS THE COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM MOVEMENT?

By CAM

Executive Director Sacha Roytman-Dratwa recently sat down with Ask The Source host Josh Reinstein from Israel Now News’ studio in Jerusalem to explain the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement’s (CAM) platform and the ideas behind the Movement. Sacha Roytman shares his personal experiences with anti-Semitism and explains his motivation for leading a global interfaith coalition of organizations and individuals who have decided to come together to end anti-Semitism. Watch the full interview above.   Read Here

3. COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM MOVEMENT APPLAUDS FACEBOOK’S UPDATED POLICY PROHIBITING ANTI-JEWISH STEREOTYPES

By CAM

The Combat Anti-Semitism Movement welcomed the announcement by Facebook that it has updated its policies on hate speech to specifically include the removal of offensive anti-Semitic stereotypes, including those which dehumanize Jews or allege Jewish control or power. Facebook announced that the policy update will more specifically account for certain types of implicit hate speech including “stereotypes about Jewish people controlling the world.” The updated policy will address dehumanizing comparisons between Jews and vermin, as well as offensive, age-old stereotypes including “Jewish people running the world or controlling major institutions such as media networks, the economy or the government.” Read Here

4. THE IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM: ELEVEN EXAMPLES, ELEVEN STORIES

By CAM

To combat a threat, one must first define it. On September 16, at 1 PM EDT we will be hosting a unique online event, “The IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism: Eleven Examples, Eleven Stories”, featuring distinguished high-level speakers, to increase awareness about the unique threat of anti-Semitism in all its forms. The event will be live-streamed on our social media platforms. Mark your calendar and join us for this one-of-a-kind program. Read Here

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UNITED STATES

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1. ‘NAZI POLITICAL APPLICATIONS’ ARE BEING HANDED OUT IN INDIANA

By KHALEDA RAHMAN

Nazi political party applications were being handed out by men wearing Nazi flag armbands in Indiana. Twitter user @GoldvesterCos shared a picture of the two men, saying they were handing out anti-Semitic pamphlets and “Nazi political party” applications in Henryville, Indiana. The picture shows the men, dressed in white shirts with armbands bearing the Nazi flag, standing by a table covered with papers. Read Here

2. MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO SYNAGOGUE IN WORCESTER, MA

By CAM

A man in central Massachusetts has been arrested for breaking into a synagogue in Worcester, Massachusetts and then returning again to attempt a second break in. Kyle Wood, 28, of Leicester, MA was charged with breaking and entering and vandalism. Police officers responded to a call from Temple Emanuel Sinai in Worcester and found a broken window and some other damage to the synagogue’s property. Read Here

3. SWASTIKAS PAINTED ON ORTHODOX SYNAGOGUE IN HARRISBURG, PA

By CAM

Red swastikas were painted on the entrance of the Kesher Israel Synagogue in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The red swastikas were stenciled onto the main entrance of the Orthodox synagogue. Thankfully, no one was hurt and the swastikas have since been removed from the building’s facade.  Read Here

4. ANTI-SEMITIC GRAFFITI SCRAWLED ON HOLLYWOOD TEMPLE BETH EL

By City News Service, News Partner

Authorities were trying to determine who scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on the Hollywood Temple Beth El/Iranian- American Jewish Center in West Hollywood. The vandalism was discovered at the facility in the 1300 block of Crescent Heights Boulevard. No arrests have been reported. Read Here

5. OAKLAND A’S BENCH COACH APOLOGIZES FOR NAZI SALUTE

By TMZ

Oakland A’s bench coach Ryan Christenson says he “made a mistake” by throwing up a Nazi salute twice during a game against the Rangers, insisting it was unintentional. “I made a mistake and will not deny it,” Christenson said. Christenson made the salute while greeting players in the dugout at the end of the game. Read Here

6. FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYER CODY DECKER SAYS ANTI-SEMITISM IS ‘RAMPANT’ IN PRO BASEBALL

By GABE FRIEDMAN

Former pro baseball player Cody Decker said that anti-Semitism is “rampant throughout baseball” and that an Oakland Athletics coach should be suspended for making a Nazi salute after a game. Decker, who played briefly for the San Diego Padres and for Israel’s national team in the World Baseball Classic, detailed several instances over the course of his career in which he was singled out for being Jewish and called Jewish slurs by fans and teammates. Read Here

7. NJ MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THREATENING ORTHODOX JEWS DURING PANDEMIC’S EARLY DAYS

By PHILISSA CRAMER

New Jersey man Anthony Lodespoto, 43, pleaded guilty to charges of “bias intimidation” for threatening the Jewish community of Lakewood over violations of the state’s lockdown rules in March. He used Facebook’s direct messaging feature to threaten the Jewish community of Lakewood. In his messages, which he sent to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy among others, Lodespoto said he would attack Jews there with a baseball bat.  Read Here

8. NON-JEWISH ASSEMBLYWOMAN IN NY TARGETED IN ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACK

By SHIRA HANAU

The fact that New York state Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright isn’t Jewish didn’t stop a vandal from leaving behind an anti-Semitic note after defacing her office. Seawright, a Democrat whose district includes part of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, called for a police investigation into the incident. Seawright is a member of the Assembly’s Jewish caucus and her husband is Jewish.  Read Here

9. ‘WE ARE NOT INTIMIDATED.’ NEO-NAZI GROUP GETS PUSHBACK FROM LEXINGTON RABBI

By KARLA WARD

A Lexington rabbi is responding to messages of hate found in Central Kentucky by reaching out to help people better understand Judaism. Fliers that included the phrases “white power” and the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” were distributed in Central Kentucky. The fliers said Jews, Black people and Mexicans “will not replace us” and called on “Aryan men and women” to “stand up.” Read Here

10. ILHAN OMAR EASILY FENDS OFF PRIMARY CHALLENGER WHO BILLED HIMSELF AS A FRIEND OF ISRAEL

By GABE FRIEDMAN

Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first-term congresswoman who has been criticized for comments on Jewish influence in politics and supporting the boycott Israel movement, has won her primary against a progressive rival who received support from pro-Israel groups.  Read Here

11. RIGHT-WING NC CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE MADISON CAWTHORN DELETES PICTURES FROM HIS VACATION TO HITLER’S RETREAT

By PHILISSA CRAMER

Madison Cawthorn, a right-wing Republican congressional candidate in North Carolina has taken down pictures he posted to Instagram from a 2017 vacation to the Eagle’s Nest, the Nazi retreat in Germany that Hitler visited more than a dozen times. In addition to calling Hitler “Führer,” a term of reverence, Cawthorn also named his real estate company SPQR, a term popular among white nationalists. Read Here

12. URBAN DICTIONARY TWEETS ALLEGEDLY ANTI-SEMITIC DEFINITION OF ‘ANTI-ZIONISM’

By ZACHARY KEYSER

The open collaborative online dictionary Urban Dictionary retweeted its definition for “anti-Zionism” via its official Twitter account. The definition given by Urban Dictionary was, “Anti-Zionism is in no way connected to anti-Semitism. To be anti-Zionist is to be anti-fascist. Zionism is based on the idea that millenia old literary myth is the basis for nationhood and that religion (which is a matter of choice) is genetically predetermined, both of which are clearly shite. Zionists believe that they can turn up in a country and kick out the indigenous population, as did Hitler.” Read Here

13. GOP CANDIDATE IN GEORGIA NOTED FOR ANTI-SEMITIC, RACIST REMARKS WINS PRIMARY

By JACKSON RICHMAN

Jewish and pro-Israel groups slammed the victory of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman who has made anti-Semitic and other racist remarks, in the Republican run-off in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. Greene defeated neurosurgeon John Cowan with 57.2 percent of the vote to the latter’s 42.8 percent. Read Here

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WORLD NEWS

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

VIDEO: ‘WE SHOULD HAVE GASSED THE LOT OF YOU’, JEWISH STUDENT TOLD IN LEEDS BAR

By JEWISH NEWS REPORTER

Police are investigating after a drinker in a Leeds bar told a Jewish woman: “We should have gassed the lot of you”. Sociology student Danielle Greyman, 21, filmed the moment she was targeted in an anti-Semitic barrage at The Hedley Verity pub. The man in the video asked if she was Jewish, after the woman he was with overheard the student saying “mazeltov”. Greyman started filming, and the man in the clip, who was drinking, said he is German, before adding that she “looks like a Jew”, and that “we should have gassed the lot of you”.  Read Here

ELDERLY PATIENT ‘HIT’ BY HEALTHCARE WORKER ‘AFTER BEING IDENTIFIED AS JEWISH’

By Aleks Phillips

A patient at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow alleged that another patient in his ward was assaulted by a healthcare worker after being identified as Jewish. The patient claimed that the healthcare worker hit the other patient on the knee, before lifting him up and shaking him when he complained about the pain. The healthcare worker was said to have identified the two Jewish patients to the others on the ward. He then allegedly proceeded to hit the other Jewish patient on the kneecap. Read Here

VIRTUAL SHIVA ALLEGEDLY ZOOM-BOMBED WITH VIDEOS OF ADOLF HITLER

By MATHILDE FROT

An online shiva was Zoom-bombed with Holocaust denial and videos of Adolf Hitler. Mourner Gwendoline Lamb, 67, from Middlesbrough, said she had tuned into the Zoom shiva when a group suddenly appeared on screen. “They were shouting ‘there was no such thing as the Holocaust, absolute rubbish, there was never a Holocaust’,” she alleged. “They were showing films of Hitler and everybody’s saluting Hitler and Hitler’s speaking, and they were laughing and shouting that there was no such thing as the Holocaust.”  Read Here

BRITISH CABINET OFFICE SAYS IT’S REVIEWING WILEY’S MBE AFTER ANTI-SEMITIC TWEETS

By Aaron Bandler

The British Cabinet Office announced in a letter to the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) watchdog the rapper Wiley’s Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) is under review after Wiley’s anti-Semitic tweets. The letter stated that the office can review MBEs if the person who received the award is “found guilty of a criminal offense” or has engaged in “behavior that is deemed to bring the honors system into disrepute.”  Read Here

TWITTER APOLOGISES TO CHIEF RABBI FOR ‘SLOW’ RESPONSE TO HATE POSTS

By MATHILDE FRO

Twitter has apologised to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Facebook expressed regret earlier after the faith leader accused the social media giants of “inaction” on tackling hate. Rabbi Mirvis joined a 48-hour walkout of both platforms, after the companies were criticised for the speed of their response to anti-Semitic posts by Grime artist Wiley. Twitter UK’s managing director Dara Nasr apologised to Rabbi Mirvis saying, “We were too slow to remove the Tweets that broke our rules, and we are sorry.” Read Here

3. IN DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST

ANTI-SEMITIC HOUTHI REBEL IN YEMEN BASHES UAE FOR ‘BUILDING SYNAGOGUES’

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

The United Arab Emirates is “building synagogues for Jews,” Houthi rebel leader Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said in a statement published in Iranian media. The official slogan of the Houthis contains the statement: “Death to Israel, curse the Jews, victory to Islam.” “The UAE authorities are looking to improve their image by building a synagogue for the Jews,” Houthi said.  Read Here

4. IN DEPTH: OTHER WORLD NEWS

CANADIAN POLISH-LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER SAYS JEWS ARE TO BLAME FOR PANDEMIC

By CAM

A Polish-language newspaper in Toronto published an article that blames the Jews for the coronavirus pandemic. The article goes on to claim that Jews created the Islamic State, and called the State of Israel “an emanation of the Devil himself,” and the “source of the world’s problems.” The piece also asserts that Vladimir Lenin, Nazi propagandist and vehement anti-Semite Joseph Goebbels, as well as current Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – who is viewed by many as anti-Semitic – are all actually Jews.  Read Here

JEWISH MAN CALLED ‘DIRTY JEW’ AND BEATEN UNCONSCIOUS IN PARIS ELEVATOR

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

A Jewish man, identified only as David S., was beaten by two men in the elevator of a Paris building where his parents live and called a “dirty Jew.” The victim, 29, said two Black men followed him into the elevator. David sustained minor injuries to the face and throat. Around the 18th floor, one of the men told David, “Dirty Jew, dirty Jewish son of a whore, you’re a dead man, dirty Jew.” They fled when the elevator stopped on the floor where David’s parents live. David was rendered unconscious for several minutes because of the force of the blows. Read Here

FRENCH ANTI-SEMITIC COMEDIAN BANNED FROM TIKTOK

By AFP

The controversial French comedian Dieudonne has been banned from TikTok, the video-sharing app said. The convicted anti-Semite — who has also been found guilty of condoning terrorism — had already been removed from YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. He often rails against the “Zionist lobby” which he claims controls the world. Read Here

ANTI-DEFAMATION COMMISSION CALLS ON AUCTION TO BLOCK SALE OF NAZI FLAG IN AUSTRALIA

By CODY LEVINE

The Anti-Defamation Commission has called on the Danielle Elizabeth Auction House in the Australian state of Queensland to withdraw a WWII-era Nazi flag and block any future sales of similar items. Dr. Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the ADC, said in his call to Danielle Elizabeth Auction House that “the more than 27,000 courageous Australian soldiers who sacrificed their lives to defeat Hitler did not die so that the ultimate symbol of his evil regime will be sold in today’s Australia to the highest bidder. Read Here

AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTER CRITICIZED FOR PUSHING ISRAEL CONSPIRACY THEORY IN COVERAGE OF BEIRUT BLAST

By Algemeiner Staff

A leading Australian broadcaster is refusing to apologize for a segment in which Israel was blamed for the devastating explosion in the port area of Beirut. Interviewed by host Waleed Aly of Channel 10‘s “The Project,” Beirut-based photographer João Sousa was asked if explanations from Lebanese officials that the explosion was caused by ammonium nitrate were “widely accepted by people there.” Sousa Sousa then invoked the conspiracy theory that Israel was behind the tragedy. Read Here

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ON CAMPUS

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1. USC STUDENT VP RESIGNS, SAYS SHE WAS BULLIED FOR BEING A ZIONIST

By Aaron Bandler

USC’s Undergraduate Student Government Vice President Rose Ritch announced she is resigning from her position, saying that she was bullied for being a supporter of Israel. Ritch’s resignation letter stated that various USC students have been pressuring and harassing her because of her Zionist identity. “I have been told that my support for Israel has made me complicit in racism, and that, by association, I am racist.”  “Students launched an aggressive social media campaign to ‘impeach [my] Zionist a–.’ This is anti-Semitism, and cannot be tolerated at a University that proclaims to ‘nurture an environment of mutual respect and tolerance.’” Read Here

2. USC PRESIDENT CALLS STUDENT VP RESIGNATION LETTER ‘HEARTBREAKING,’ SAYS ANTI-SEMITISM ‘HAS NO PLACE AT THE UNIVERSITY’

By Aaron Bandler

USC President Carol Folt sent a letter to the community denouncing anti-Semitism and calling Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Vice President Rose Ritch’s resignation letter “heartbreaking.” Folt acknowledged that the university still wrestles “with a history of anti-Semitism” and noted that anti-Semitism has been on the rise on college campuses throughout the country. She stated that USC will be launching its “Stronger Than Hate” program through the USC Shoah Foundation. Read Here

3. HILLEL LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO ASSIST COLLEGE STAFF TO COMBAT CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM

By JNS

Amid the rise in anti-Semitism on college campuses, Hillel International is launching a new initiative to ensure that university administrators and staff are trained to recognize and confront Jew-hatred. The Campus Climate Initiative (CCI) will work with administrators to provide measurement tools, best practices, education and training designed to empower university leadership to understand the threats of anti-Semitism, take proactive steps to minimize them and directly address them when they occur. Read Here

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ANALYSIS

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1. ANTI-SEMITISM ALSO DESERVES TO BE CONDEMNED

By BOSTON HERALD EDITORIAL STAFF

Another targeted group in this country must wonder what it will take to address the virulent hatred it’s endured for over a millennium. For some reason, even in this racially sensitive atmosphere, Jews continue to be fair game for bigotry and intolerance. While we can’t quantify the effects of this seemingly blasé attitude toward racism directed at Jews, it can only embolden others who express similar twisted beliefs. We must all categorically insist on zero tolerance for intolerance.  Read Here

2. THE REAL PROBLEM ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES IS ZIONOPHOBIA

By David Suissa

Anti-Zionism has become more and more mainstream, and more and more acceptable. It’s become a phobia. The most potent expression of this phenomenon is on college campuses, where anti-Zionism is now a flourishing industry with virtually no consequences. If college leaders across the country are hoping to make headway in creating a safe space for pro-Israel students, they must stamp out Zionophobia with the same determination they stamp out other phobias. After all, why should having a Zionist identity make you the only endangered species on your college campus?  Read Here

3. ANTI-ZIONISM IS ANTI-SEMITISM

By Ben Yeroushalmi

I believe American Jews- and all people who love freedom and liberty, and understand that anti-Semitism is a cancer that will devour any system that allows it to exist- need to take this battle one step further. Condemnation is reactionary. We need to go on the offensive. The most effective measure to counter the double standard Israel is exposed to is to enable our children- and ourselves- to be proud of our support for Israel. If we, the Jewish People, do not wholeheartedly believe that Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish State in the land of Israel, how can we expect others to hold that belief? To me, Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is as fundamental as any other aspect of my Judaism.  Read Here

4. JEWS AND BLACK AMERICANS SHOULD FIGHT RACISM AND ANTI-SEMITISM TOGETHER

By PAUL PACKER & HERSCHEL WALKER

The bond between Jews and Black Americans has a long and proud history. It is a bond forged through the fires of oppression and shared experience — one that saw Black American soldiers liberate nearly 15,000 Jewish prisoners from the Gunskirchen concentration camp in 1945, and that took Jewish leaders to the front lines of the civil rights movement. Today, when the challenges facing America and the world seem so vast, our two peoples should lean on each other and look to our historical bond for solace and support. Now more than ever, it’s critical that we unite in our mutual fight against the rising tide of racism and anti-Semitism.  Read Here

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STUDIES AND STATISTICS

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1. GERMANY’S FEDERAL OFFICE FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE CONSTITUTION PUBLISHES “SITUATION REPORT ON ANTI-SEMITISM”

By Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) gives an overview of how anti-Semitism is currently represented in the Federal Republic of Germany. Hostility towards Jews is generally widespread in all extremist phenomena: among right-wing extremists, among “Reich citizens and self-administrators”, in Islamism and foreign extremism as well as in left-wing extremism. Overall, anti-Zionist anti-Semitism is currently the most important form of hostility towards Jews. The Internet, in particular, is a major factor in dynamizing the spread of anti-Semitic agitation. Anti-Semitic violence doubled between 2017 and 2019.

An abridged English summary will be available soon.

The Full Report in German Can be Viewed Here.

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FEATURED PARTNER

Combat Anti-Semitism is proud to be a partner of Muslims Against Antisemitism (MAAS), a not-for-profit organization made up of British Muslims who believe it is the duty of everyone to challenge anti-Semitism in all of its forms. Learn more about MAAS in the video below.

MUSLIM ANTI-SEMITISM – IT’S TIME TO FACE REALITY

By Wasiq Wasiq

In his Times of Israel Op-Ed, Wasiq Wasiq (Trustee of Muslims Against Anti-Semitism) discusses the rise of anti-Semitism in the British Muslim community. Compared to the general population in the UK, anti-Semitism is much higher amongst Muslims and this should be very concerning. For Jews, through no fault of their own, anti-Semitism from British Muslims is now increasing and coming to light. Nevertheless, organizations like Muslims Against Antisemitism (MAAS) are ready to tackle this scourge. Read Here

Muslims Against Antisemitism (MAAS) is a not-for-profit organization made up of British Muslims who believe it is the duty of everyone to challenge anti-Semitism in all of its forms. MAAS aims to show that Muslims and Jews are not enemies. They regularly run talks and lectures with faith communities – in particular the Muslim community on helping to tackle anti-Semitism. Maas also develops, implements and manages innovative social change projects in order to bridge divides between the Jewish and Muslim communities in the UK and internationally.

PARTNER CONTENT

HOW TO STOP ANTI-SEMITISM DURING A PANDEMIC

By AVI D. GORDON, Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF)

Even though COVID-19 has shut down many universities, campus anti-Semitic rhetoric is stronger than we have seen when the facilities were open. This blatant bigotry against Jews has relentlessly risen on campuses where students haven’t been physically present for months. Our communities can effectively combat this hatred by building community, embracing dialogue, and connecting with allies. During the past few months, ACF, where I serve as executive director, has worked to accomplish this. Read Here

EU STUDY EXAMINES WRONG TEXTBOOKS, CONCLUDES PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PROMOTES PEACE WITH ISRAEL

By ARIEL KAHANA

European Union-sponsored research was a “comedy of errors from start to finish,” says international institute IMPACT-Se, which has a proven track record of examining P.A. schoolbooks. A European Union-sponsored study to examine whether textbooks used by schools in the Palestinian Authority incite against Israel actually examined textbooks in Arabic used in the Israeli school system. Read Here

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Government & Policy Update

This section highlights the work of government officials around the world that are combating anti-Semitism in their official capacities.

 
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1. IN HISTORIC DECLARATION, ISRAEL AND UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AGREE TO NORMALIZE TIES

By RAOUL WOOTLIFF

Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached an historic agreement to set up full diplomatic relations between the two countries. A White House announcement said the leaders of the US, Israel and the UAE “spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.” Israeli and UAE delegations will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security and the establishment of reciprocal embassies, it said. Read Here

2. NEW SENATE BILL MONITORING ANTI-NORMALIZATION POLICIES IN ARAB COUNTRIES

By Algemeiner Staff

On August 6th, bipartisan Congressional legislation was introduced that would establish State Department monitoring of the treatment of citizens of Arab states who interact with Israelis. The bill, introduced by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and co-sponsored by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), would require the State Department to produce an annual report on the issue.  Read Here

3. RISING ANTI-SEMITISM PRESENTS ‘DIRE’ THREAT TO GERMANY, HEAD OF TOP NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY WARNS

By Ben Cohen

The head of one of Germany’s national security agencies warned his country is facing a “dire” situation of rising anti-Semitism. Thomas Haldenwang — president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, noted that anti-Semitic crimes committed by right-wing extremists “increased by 71 percent in 2018 and by another 17 percent last year.” Haldenwang underlined that “when Jewish citizens tell me that they are wondering when the time will come to leave Germany — that they have even reached this point — then the situation is dire.”  Read Here

4. FRANKFURT MAYOR, ANTI-SEMITISM COMMISSIONER BACKS CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT HOLOCAUST DENIAL ON FACEBOOK

By CAM

Uwe Becker, the mayor of the German city of Frankfurt and the Commissioner of the Hessian State Government for Jewish Life and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism, has publicly called on Facebook to combat Holocaust denial on its platform. Becker’s call came in support of a new campaign by the Claims Conference to combat denial of the Shoah on Facebook and other social media platforms.  Read Here

5. GERMAN ANTI-SEMITISM COMMISSIONER PRAISES VERDICT AGAINST BDS ACTIVIST

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

The Hesse commissioner to combat anti-Semitism lauded a Berlin court decision convicting a BDS activist for assault. Uwe Becker said, “In two ways, this decision is an important milestone in the fight against Israel-related anti-Semitism in Germany. It unmasks the violent character of the BDS movement…and shows that BDS is not defending freedom of speech but BDS is trying to suppress any other opinion that is not compatible with the political agenda of BDS.”  Read Here

6. COLOMBIA WILL OPEN TRADE OFFICE IN JERUSALEM, PRESIDENT DUQUE SAYS

By RAPHAEL AHREN

Colombia will open a trade and innovation office in Jerusalem, the country’s president announced. Ivan Duque made the announcement during a videoconference with Prime Minister Netanyahu marking the ratification of a free-trade agreement between the two countries. As a candidate, Duque, of the Democratic Center party, said he wanted to improve good relations with Israel, even mulling the idea of moving his country’s embassy to Jerusalem. Read Here

7. KAZAKHSTAN ADDS CHABAD LEADER’S GRAVE TO ITS LIST OF NATIONAL HERITAGE SITES

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

The government of Kazakhstan added the gravesite of Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, a leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement, to its list of national heritage sites, a U.S. diplomat said. Paul Packer, chairman of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, announced the move during a visit to the gravesite in Almaty, where Schneerson was buried in 1944. Read Here

8. FM reprimands Belgium for supporting NGOs aiming to silence pro-Israel voices

By LAHAV HARKOV

Belgium is legitimizing anti-Israel activism by funding organizations trying to silence Israel supporters, Foreign Ministry deputy director-general for Europe Anna Azari said, reprimanding Belgium’s Ambassador to Israel Jean-Luc Bodson. Azari summoned Bodson after the NGO Monitor reported on the Belgian government’s standards for giving aid to Palestinians through a group of NGOs, whose listed goals include “mitigating the influence of pro-Israel voices.” Read Here

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HUMANITY

            (5 Pieces)

1. FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM TO BAN CONSPIRACY THEORIES ON JEWS ‘CONTROLLING THE WORLD’

By AGENCIES and TOI STAFF

Facebook and Instagram are for the first time to explicitly ban conspiracy theories about Jewish people “controlling the world,” as part of an update to its content policies. In an announcement issued by Guy Rosen, the social media platform’s vice president of integrity, Facebook said it would ban posts about Jews controlling the world, as well as those containing blackface. Read Here

2. UAE HELPS REUNITE YEMENITE JEWISH FAMILY THAT WAS SEPARATED FOR 15 YEARS

By RAPHAEL AHREN

In a further sign of the United Arab Emirates’s effort to position itself as a center of tolerance, the country’s government organized the reunion of a Jewish Yemenite family that had been separated for 15 years. UAE authorities “facilitated the travel of family members from Yemen to the UAE” and also arranged for other family members living in London to join them. Read Here

3. ATONING FOR ANTI-SEMITIC REMARKS, CANNON SAYS HE’S OKAY BEING ‘SACRIFICIAL LAMB’

By JACOB MAGID

Media icon Nick Cannon said that he accepted being a “sacrificial lamb” for the the entertainment world, as he reflected on the process of atoning in the wake of the fallout for remarks that were widely criticized as anti-Semitic. During an online conversation hosted by the American Jewish Committee, he added that while his initial apology was “a step, atonement is a process.” Part of that process has been “educating” himself on Jewish history and culture and speaking to leaders in the Jewish community. Read Here

4. CHELSEA CHAIRMAN SAYS BLUES URGING OTHER CLUBS TO JOIN ANTI-RACISM FIGHT

By JEWISH NEWS REPORTER

Chelsea chiefs are lobbying top clubs around Europe to follow their lead in the fight against racism. Stamford Bridge chairman Bruce Buck has revealed the Blues’ board is in close contact with elite football clubs across the continent, as part of the west London club’s continued work against discrimination. Chelsea became the world’s first football club to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism. And now the Blues’ board is pushing the long-running Say No To Anti-Semitism campaign and the wider fight against prejudice right across Europe.  Read Here

5. RAPPING UK RABBI RESPONDS TO WILEY’S ANTI-SEMITISM

By CAM

Many were justifiably shocked by the recent series of anti-Semitic social media posts by British rapper Wiley. One rapper decided to provide a response. New York-born Moshe Friedman is a UK-based rabbi. A long-time fan of hip hop music, Rabbi Friedman was inspired to get into the studio. The result is a very potent track that cuts to the heart of contemporary anti-Semitism, putting haters like Wiley on blast for their ignorant views. It is a well-rhymed, strongly performed song and is worth a listen, no matter your taste in music.  Read Here

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