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August 19, 2021

THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM REPORT

This past week, the president of Poland signed a law preventing Holocaust restitution to heirs of property stolen by the Nazis, drawing harsh criticism from the global Jewish community. In response to the outrage, Poland’s foreign ministry said it is “reviewing” changes to the annual educational school trips from Israel to former Nazi death camps.

Holocaust distortion and pandemic Jew-blaming incidents were seen this week in Montreal, Wisconsin, Missouri, Munich, Sydney, and in many locations in France.

In Melbourne, Australia, a Covid-19 rules violation prompted an outpouring of antisemitic rhetoric, including by a hospital worker who said, “put them in a gas chamber.” In Kiev, Ukraine, a string of vandalism incidents targeting Jews continued, with graffiti saying, “Jews — into the oven” and “Happy Holocoust.”

In London, an elderly Jewish man was assaulted and had his kippah knocked off his head, while near the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian demonstrators burned a makeshift Star of David with a Nazi swastika. Swastikas were graffitied outside of a synagogue in Madrid, Spain, and on the campaign posters of two Jewish MPs in Montreal.

Meanwhile, the government of France announced it would become the 11th country to pull out of the UN’s upcoming 20th anniversary commemoration of the Durban World Conference Against Racism, citing concerns about its poisonous antisemitic legacy. The Combat Antisemitism Movement is urging more countries to follow, especially those who have already adopted the IHRA working definition of antisemitism.

CAM’s weekly global antisemitism report highlights 42 new media reports of antisemitic incidents, including 25 (60%) from the far-right, 9 (21%) from the far-left, 5 (12%) with Islamist motivations, and 3 (7%) unidentifiable in nature.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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SPECIAL FEATURES

ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTER YAIR LAPID THANKS CENTRAL AMERICAN NATIONS FOR LONGSTANDING TIES WITH JEWISH STATE

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid addressed the Central America Forum for Israel last month, and spoke warmly of the region’s longstanding backing of the Jewish state. “Today is an opportunity to thank the peoples and nations of Central America for their support,” Lapid said. “We are grateful for the recognition of Jerusalem as our eternal capital,” he added, referring to the embassies opened by Guatemala and Honduras in the city in recent years.

JOIN LATEST YAD VASHEM ‘LIFE, HATRED AND HOPE’ WEBINAR, ON ‘THE AUSCHWITZ ALBUM’

The latest webinar in the yearlong “Life, Hatred and Hope” series — co-sponsored by Christian Friends of Yad Vashem, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), American Christian Leaders for Israel, and the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) — will take place on Wednesday, August 25th, at 12 PM EDT. Liz Elsby — Senior Holocaust Guide, Yad Vashem Educator, and Holocaust Art Expert — will talk about “The Auschwitz Album.”

CALL ON YOUR COUNTRY TO PULL OUT FROM THE DURBAN IV ANTISEMITIC HATE FEST

We call on all member states of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) to demonstrate their continued commitment to the global fight against antisemitism and solidarity with the Jewish people by withdrawing from the Durban IV conference.

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UNITED STATES

AFTER WRITER CALLS IDF GENOCIDAL, DAILY BEAST TO CHECK EDITORIAL STANDARD

By Ben Sales

The Daily Beast has edited an article to remove the word “genocidal” as a description for Israel’s military. Criticizing the choice of Mayim Bialik as a host of the game show “Jeopardy!”, the article said that the Jewish actor had “proclaimed her donation toward bulletproof vests for the genocidal Israeli Defense Forces.” Appearing to respond to criticism, the article’s author, Tirhakah Love, who recently joined the Daily Beast, tweeted, “the Zionists should really stop emailing me cus girl I do not care.” In a subsequent tweet, Love said Zionism was “an articulation of white supremacy.” Read Here

HOLOCAUST COMPARISONS SHOW UP AT PROTESTS AGAINST HOSPITALS’ COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATES IN GREEN BAY, WI

By Natalie Eilber

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JEWISH LEADERS DENOUNCE COMPARING MASK MANDATES TO HOLOCAUST AT ST. LOUIS COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING

By Associated Press

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MAINE LAWMAKERS CONDEMN REP. HEIDI SAMPSON FOR SPEAKING AT EVENT ORGANIZED BY ALLEGED ANTI-SEMITIC CONSPIRACY THEORIST
SWASTIKA FOUND PAINTED AT OSSINING, NY PLAYGROUND
PICTURES OF SWASTIKAS TEMPORARILY REPLACED WIKIPEDIA PAGES FOR JENNIFER LOPEZ, BEN AFFLECK
RACIST, ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI FOUND AT DURHAM, CT RECREATION AREA
ANTISEMITIC MERCHANDISE PERSISTS ON PINTEREST, DESPITE RESTRICTIONS
YORK, MAINE POLICE INVESTIGATING RACIST, ANTISEMITIC, HOMOPHOBIC GRAFFITI
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WORLD NEWS

United Kingdom

MAN, 71, SPEAKS OF SHOCK AFTER KIPPAH KNOCKED FROM HIS HEAD OUTSIDE THEATRE

By Mathilde Frot

A 71-year-old has spoken of feeling “shaken up” after his kippah was knocked from his head in an alleged hate crime as he left a showing of the play Leopoldstadt, which is about the Holocaust. Scotland Yard said it was investigating reports of a religiously-aggravated assault. An “unknown suspect is believed to have grabbed the victim’s kippah from his head and threw it on the floor,” the force said.  Read Here

FILM-MAKER KEN LOACH SAYS HE HAS BEEN EXPELLED FROM LABOUR

By JC Reporter

Film director Ken Loach says he has been expelled from the Labour party. The 85-year-old revealed that he had been kicked out because he would not “disown those already expelled”. Mr Loach attacked the Labour party over a “witch hunt” and hard-left Labour MPs branded the move “a disgrace” but it was welcomed by Jewish leaders. Mr Loach, whose work includes the films ‘Kes’ and ‘I, Daniel Blake’ has faced accusations of antisemitism, which he denies. Read Here

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF MEND WROTE: ‘ISRAEL’S GENEROSITY IS LIKE THAT OF HITLER’

By Lee Harpin

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“F*** ALL THE JEWS, ALLAH WILL KILL YOU ALL…FREE PALESTINE!”: TWO MEN ASSAULT JEWISH CUSTOMERS AT BOURNEMOUTH BIKE SHOP

By Campaign Against Antisemitism

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GIGGS IS CRITICISED BY FANS FOR DEFENDING WILEY’S ANTISEMITIC REMARKS AND TELLING PEOPLE TO ‘MOVE ON’
EXPOSED: CONSPIRACY POSTS OF UNITE’S HARD LEFT
CONSPIRACY THEORY VICAR’S NEW CHARITY RECEIVES £6,600 FROM SURREY CHURCH
LABOUR COUNCILLORS SPARK OUTRAGE AS THEY COMPARE TORIES TO HITLER’S SS
‘WHITE SUPREMACIST’ FACES TRIAL OVER ALLEGED RACIST, ANTISEMITIC PODCASTS

GERMANY

ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI IN MUNICH

By Eli Nahum

A passerby in Munich-Schwabing discovered antisemitic graffiti on two posters for the federal election. The graffiti reads: “Protect the children from the gene injection. Bolshevism Jewish Republic” and ′′World Jewish Order.” Read Here

CANADA

TRUDEAU CONDEMNS ANTISEMITIC VANDALISM ON ELECTION SIGNS FOR TWO OF HIS MONTREAL MPS

By Joe Lofaro

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “disgusted” and “angry” that election signs for two of his MPs in Montreal were vandalized with antisemitic graffiti. In posts on their Twitter profiles, MPs Rachel Bendayan and Anthony Housefather shared photos of swastikas drawn over their signs in their ridings. “It is completely unacceptable,” said Trudeau in a tweet. “I stand in solidarity with Rachel and Anthony, and the entire Jewish community, against this type of hatred.” Read Here

YELLOW STARS ON DISPLAY AT MONTREAL PROTEST AGAINST VACCINE PASSPORT

By AFP

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CANADIAN ARMED FORCES CORPORAL INVESTIGATED FOR POSTS ON NEO-NAZI WEBSITE

By Steve Arnold

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FRANCE

SWASTIKAS DAUBED ON FRENCH VACCINATION CENTERS, IN APPARENT NAZI COMPARISON

By TOI STAFF and AGENCIES

The French health ministry has said at least 22 health sites were vandalized in recent weeks, some with graffiti comparing the COVID-19 vaccination drive to the Holocaust. Five coronavirus testing sites, 15 vaccination centers, a medical laboratory, and a health center were defaced since July 12. A number of the sites were graffitied with swastikas, yellow stars, and the words “collaborators,” “Nazi” and “genocide.”  Read Here

THE ANTISEMITIC INSCRIPTION “QUI?” FOUND ON A GAS PUMP IN ROMANS-SUR-ISÈRE
SWASTIKA ON ANTI-PASS PROTEST PLACARD INVESTIGATED IN EASTERN FRANCE
ANTISEMITIC SLOGANS DURING ANTI-PASS PROTEST IN BESANÇON: “THE GENOCIDE OF THE GOYIM”

OTHER WORLD NEWS

POLAND OFFICIALLY APPROVES LAW THAT LIMITS HOLOCAUST RESTITUTION CLAIMS, SPARKING GLOBAL JEWISH OUTRAGE

By GABE FRIEDMAN

Poland’s president signed into law a bill that will restrict Holocaust restitution claims by Jews and others who had property stolen by the Nazis or Soviet-backed occupation forces during the World War II era. The law, signed by President Andrzej Duda, gives all property restitution claims a 30-year time limit from the alleged theft. That will effectively wipe out any claims from the World War II years. Read Here

AUSTRALIA: AFTER MELBOURNE LOCKDOWN BREACH, HOSPITAL INTERN SAYS SEND JEWS TO ‘GAS CHAMBER’

By STUART WINER and JTA

An Australian hospital worker has said on social media that dozens of Jews who violated a strict coronavirus lockdown in Melbourne by holding an engagement party should be put in “a gas chamber,” amid an outpour of antisemitic rhetoric directed at the local Jewish community after a video of the event was shared online. Among numerous other incidents, a synagogue and a Jewish institute have both received hate calls. Read Here

UKRAINE: ‘JEWS — INTO THE OVEN’ GRAFFITI LATEST IN STRING OF KYIV ANTISEMITISM VANDALISM INCIDENTS

By CAM

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SPAIN: A MAN ARRESTED FOR PAINTING A SWASTIKA IN FRONT OF THE MADRID SYNAGOGUE

By Eli Nahum

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CHINESE STATE NEWS AGENCY CONDEMNED FOR “ANTISEMITIC” CARTOON OF ANTONY BLINKEN

By Campaign Against Antisemitism

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POLAND IS ‘REVIEWING’ CHANGES TO ISRAEL’S ANNUAL SCHOOL TRIPS TO FORMER CONCENTRATION CAMPS

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

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POLISH JUSTICE MINISTER IN FURIOUS ATTACK ON INDEPENDENT COURT’S DECISION TO DISMISS LAWSUIT AGAINST HOLOCAUST HISTORIANS
AUSTRALIA: LEAFLET COMPARES COVID RESTRICTIONS WITH THOSE AIMED AT THOSE IMPOSED ON JEWS IN 1942
DOZENS OF NAZI ITEMS UP FOR AUCTION ON AUSTRALIAN SITE
PORN SITES ARE NOT REMOVING ANTISEMITIC CONTENT, WATCHDOG GROUP SAYS

THE MIDDLE EAST

PALESTINIAN DEMONSTRATORS BURN STAR OF DAVID WITH SWASTIKA IN MIDDLE IN NABLUS AREA

By CAM

Palestinian demonstrators set fire to a makeshift Star of David with a Nazi swastika in the middle in the Nablus area, in a disturbing display of antisemitic hatred. Images posted on social media showed the symbols being burned with torches near the Palestinian town of Beita, where there have been protests in recent months related to a land dispute with the neighboring Israeli community of Evyatar. Read Here

ALGERIA BLAMES ISRAEL FOR DEADLY FOREST FIRES IT SAYS WERE STARTED BY TERRORISTS
IRANIAN OFFICIAL CLAIMS IN BAD HEBREW THAT ISRAEL WILL SUFFER SAME ‘FATE’ AS US IN AFGHANISTAN
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ON CAMPUS

A NEW ISRAEL-HATING CURRICULUM IS COMING TO CALIFORNIA SCHOOL DISTRICTS

By David Bernstein & Pamela Paresky

The Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) was unanimously adopted in March by the California Board of Education. Now, with the ESMC ideological underpinnings in place, the very people who authored and promoted earlier versions of the California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC)––versions so explicitly antisemitic they were unable to pass––are now pushing a “Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum” that contains even more extreme prescriptions than the original.

DAVID MILLER SUPPORTERS’ GROUP RENEWS ATTACKS ON JEWISH STUDENT GROUPS AT BRISTOL UNIVERSITY

By Felix Pope

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CHATHAM-KENT POLICE INVESTIGATING ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI AT SCHOOL IN ONTARIO

By CBC News

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EMORY UNIVERSITY INVESTIGATES ACTS OF RACISM, ANTISEMITISM AT EMORY AUTISM CENTER
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ANALYSIS & OP-EDS

WHY DURBAN IV MUST BE BOYCOTTED

By BERNARD-HENRI LÉVY

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IDEAS FOR COMBATING ANTISEMITISM IN 2021

By David Baron

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CANCEL THE DURBAN IV REVIEW CONFERENCE

By Amb. Alan Baker

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IT’S TIME TO TAKE A PAGE FROM SILICON VALLEY AND DISRUPT ANTISEMITISM

By MEGGIE WYSCHOGROD FREDMAN & BELLE YOELI

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HOW ISRAELIS CAN FIGHT THE DURBAN CONFERENCE’S JEW-HATRED

By GIL TROY

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ELAN CARR: DEFINING JEWS AS WHITE AND PRIVILEGED IS ANTISEMITIC

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

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POLAND’S HOLOCAUST RESTITUTION LAW IS AN INJUSTICE

By JPost Editorial

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STUDIES & STATISTICS

ISRAELI SURVEY OF US UNIVERSITIES SEES LEFT-LEANING GROUPS AS ‘SIGNIFICANT’ SOURCE OF CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM

By Dion J. Pierre

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs released a study identifying left-wing organizations as “significant” sources of antisemitism and anti-Israel activity at American universities. The study by Dr. Irwin J. Mansdorf reported the findings of surveys of several focus groups comprising Jewish campus professionals from college campuses across the country. A majority of the respondents said that antisemitism and anti-Israel activity was at least a “moderate” problem on campus, with most also saying that it came from a “minority” of students on campus.

FRANCE: 73% OF FRENCH PEOPLE SHOCKED BY ANTISEMITIC SIGNS IN ANTI-PASS DEMONSTRATIONS
SIGNIFICANTLY MORE ANTISEMITIC CRIMES IN EAST GERMANY
SURVEY: AMERICANS VIEW TALIBAN TAKEOVER OF AFGHANISTAN AS A THREAT TO ISRAEL
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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

FRANCE’S MACRON TO BOYCOTT UN RACISM CONFERENCE ON ANTISEMITISM CONCERNS

By Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron will stay away from a United Nations conference on racism next month because of concerns about antisemitism. “Concerned by a history of antisemitic remarks made at the U.N. conference on racism, known as the Durban conference, the President of the Republic has decided that France will not participate in the follow-up conference to be held this year,” his office said. The meeting in New York is being held to mark the 20th anniversary of the 2001 conference in Durban, South Africa.

ISRAEL RECALLS ENVOY TO PROTEST SIGNING OF POLAND’S ANTI-RESTITUTION LAW

By REUTERS, TOVAH LAZAROFF

Israel recalled its envoy from Poland to protest a new law that limits the ability of Jews to recover property seized by Nazis during the Holocaust. “Poland today approved – not for the first time – an immoral, antisemitic law,” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said in video message. “This evening I instructed the charge d’affaires at our embassy in Warsaw to return immediately to Israel for consultations, for an indefinite period of time,” Lapid said. In addition, Lapid asked Poland’s Ambassador Marek Magierowski, who is out of the country, not to return.

PREMIER OF AUSTRALIAN STATE OF VICTORIA BLASTS COVID-19 ANTISEMITISM ONLINE: ‘UNACCEPTABLE AND EVIL’

By Algemeiner Staff

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ARIZONA IS THE 8TH STATE TO LAUNCH REVIEW INTO POSSIBLE BEN & JERRY’S SANCTIONS

By RON KAMPEAS

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POLISH APPELLATE COURT THROWS OUT RULING AGAINST TWO HOLOCAUST SCHOLARS

By JNS

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UK JOINS OPPOSITION TO POLISH ANTI-RESTITUTION LAW

By LAHAV HARKOV

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UK COMMUNITY SECRETARY ROBERT JENRICK DEFENDS JEWISH STUDENTS AT BRISTOL UNIVERSITY
MAYORS ACROSS 100+ US CITIES JOIN AJC TRAINING TO COMBAT ANTISEMITISM
JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER VIEWS CHILDREN’S MEMORIAL, HONORARY TREE AT YAD VASHEM
FBI ROLLS OUT A PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN AGAINST HATE CRIMES
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HUMANITY

PALESTINIAN FIREFIGHTERS HELP ISRAEL BATTLE JERUSALEM-AREA BLAZES

By AARON BOXERMAN

The Palestinian Authority sent four firefighting teams to assist Israeli first responders, as fires continued to burn in the Jerusalem hills for the third consecutive day. Four Palestinian Civil Defense trucks and 20 firefighters joined the efforts to put out the flames, which have raged across hills and towns west of Jerusalem. Lt. Col. Nael Azza, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Civil Defense, said it was the fourth time in recent years that Palestinian firefighters had joined with Israelis to respond to an evolving disaster.

‘A SIGN OF FAITH’ IN JEWISH GERMAN LIFE: UNIVERSITY OF POTSDAM OPENS CITY’S FIRST SYNAGOGUE SINCE THE HOLOCAUST

By Dion J. Pierre

The city of Potsdam opened its first synagogue since the Holocaust, nearly 83 years after the last Jewish house of worship was destroyed by the Nazis. Complementing two rabbinical seminaries, it was the highlight attraction of the day’s opening ceremony of the European Center for Jewish Scholarship at the University of Potsdam.

ISRAELI NGO ISRAAID SENDS EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM TO HAITI

By HADAS LABRISCH

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PROTESTERS DELIVER LETTER TO UK ACTORS’ UNION OVER ‘ROLE IN ESCALATING THE UPSURGE IN ANTISEMITISM’

By Jenni Frazer

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CHABAD RABBI TWEETS UNUSUAL 3-WEEK JEWISH HERITAGE ROAD TRIP DEEP INTO TURKEY

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The Combat Antisemitism Movement is a non-partisan, global grassroots movement of individuals and organizations, across all religions and faiths, united around the goal of ending antisemitism in all its forms. Since its launching in February 2019, 330 organizations and 341,000 individuals have joined the Combat Antisemitism Movement by signing the campaign’s pledge. The CAM Pledge draws upon the IHRA international definition of antisemitism and its list of specific behaviors used to discriminate against the Jewish people and the Jewish State of Israel.