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August 28TH, 2020

ENTIRE BOARD OF UK’S LARGEST MUSLIM CHARITY RESIGNS OVER ANTI-SEMITISM
‘JEWS WANT A RACE WAR’ SIGN HUNG ON BUSY LOS ANGELES HIGHWAY
30 GRAVES DAMAGED AT JEWISH CEMETERY IN SOUTH AFRICA
ARSONIST TORCHES JEWISH CENTER AT UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOLERS FORM SWASTIKA & PERFORM NAZI SALUTE IN GYM

Watch this Week's Summary of Anti-Semitic Incidents Around the World.

This week saw an increase in not only anti-Semitic vandalism, but violent attacks against Jewish people and institutions. As a campus Jewish center was lit on fire, and Jews were violently attacked in Austria, Israel and elsewhere, we are reminded of the need for increased security and vigilance in this time of rising anti-Semitism.

THIS WEEK’S CONTENT

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SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHT

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SPECIAL FEATURE

CHILD OF THE HOLOCAUST: AMOS STEINBERG’S FATE REVEALED

By CAM


Amos Steinberg was born in Prague in 1938. In 1942 he was imprisoned by the Nazis with his parents in the Theresienstadt ghetto. Amos and his mother were separated from his father, who survived the war. The fate of Amos and Ida remained unknown until July 2020, when their story was accidentally discovered during conservation work. When there are growing voices daring to deny the Holocaust, we must continue to tell stories like Amos’.  Read Here
CHALLENGING THE JEW-HATE SAFE SPACE OF UNIVERSITIES

By Chloe Tsila

For the vast majority of those who carry a Jewish identity, Judaism is the essence of our being and Zionism is the essence of our Judaism. Sadly, our core identity has overwhelmingly in recent years been deemed offensive in many corners of society. Acting as the catalyst, universities have fanned the flames. Read Here

FROM BLOOD LIBEL TO FARRAKHAN: ANTI-SEMITISM THEN AND NOW

Contemporary anti-Semitism is on the rise, no longer operating in the fringes. In a climate of anti-racist activism coupled with misinformation, hear from leading issue experts and activists about their efforts against anti-Semitism and learn how to break down walls and take back the narrative. Register Here

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UNITED STATES

ARSONIST TORCHES JEWISH CENTER AT UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

By CAM

A fire that broke out at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware has been ruled an arson by state fire officials. It took 45 firefighters to put out the blaze. No one was inside the Jewish center when the fire began. Read Here

‘FREE PALESTINE’ SPRAY-PAINTED AT KENOSHA SYNAGOGUE AMID PROTESTS

By MARCY OSTER

Free Palestine” was spray-painted in the driveway of the Wisconsin city’s synagogue amid the ongoing protests there. A protester painted the words in black in the driveway of Beth Hillel Temple. Read Here

WEEKLY ANTI-SEMITIC PROTESTS OUTSIDE MICHIGAN SYNAGOGUE RULED PROTECTED SPEECH

By CAM

Weekly anti-Israel protests that feature blatantly anti-Semitic rhetoric outside of a synagogue in Ann Arbor Michigan, have been deemed protected speech and may continue to take place, a federal judge ruled.  Protesters have regularly brought signs with messages like, “Resist Jewish Power,” and “Jewish Power Corrupts.” Read Here

‘JEWS WANT A RACE WAR’ SIGN HUNG ON BUSY LOS ANGELES HIGHWAY OVERPASS

By MARCY OSTER

A sign with the phrase “The Jews Want A Race War” was hung from the heavily trafficked Los Angeles interstate 405 highway overpass. The sign was accompanied by another publicizing the website Goyimtv.com. The site includes a video of supporters standing on the overpass with the signs. Read Here

TEENS ON TIKTOK MASQUERADE AS HOLOCAUST VICTIMS, DRAWING IRE OF JEWISH USERS

By TOI STAFF

Young people on TikTok are pretending to be Holocaust victims in heaven. In most of the clips, teens act out a fictionalized story of a victim in the afterlife, donning costumes and make-up to show bruises and burn marks. The videos nearly always mention Auschwitz and often use the Bruno Mars song “Locked out of Heaven.” Read Here

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WORLD NEWS

United Kingdom

UK POLICE ARREST PRO-BDS PALESTINIAN ACTIVIST ON TERRORISM CHARGE

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

British authorities arrested Association of Palestinian Communities in Scotland chairman Dr. Issam Hijjawi for allegedly committing preparatory acts of terrorism in connection with the New Irish Republican Army. He was the 10th person to be charged in a joint Police Service of Northern Ireland and MI5 investigation called Operation Arbacia. Read Here

RACIST WILEY AT IT AGAIN: ‘JEWS CHEW UP’ BLACK MUSICIANS AND ‘RUN THE EARTH’

By JEWISH NEWS REPORTER

Grime artist Wiley was at it again, telling an online audience that Jewish music managers “chew up and spit out” black musicians because Jews “run the Earth” and “own everything”. He made the remarks in an interview with football podcasters FilthyFellas.  Read Here

ENTIRE BOARD AT UK’S LARGEST MUSLIM CHARITY RESIGNS AMID ANTI-SEMITISM SCANDAL

By CAM

Every board member of the UK’s largest Muslim charity, Islamic Relief Worldwide, has resigned en mass, after revelations that the charity’s new chairman described the Jewish state as the “Zionist Enemy” and labelled Hamas terrorists “heroes.” The new chairman had recently taken over the position from a disgraced trustee who resigned amid anti-Semitism allegations earlier this summer.  Read Here

UNION EXPELS MAN WHO POSTED ‘NO TIME FOR ZIONISTS’ MESSAGE

By Jenni Frazer

The Acorn union has expelled an individual from its organisation after a man attempting to join its Manchester branch was sent two Instagram messages saying “no time for Zionists” and “we are a pro-Palestine organisation”. The renters’ union expelled the person and offered a profound apology to the recipient of the messages and the Jewish community. Read Here

GERMANY

NETHERLANDS EXTRADITES HEAD OF FAR-RIGHT GOYIM PARTY GROUP TO GERMANY

By AP

A German man, Fadi J., wanted on allegations he helped spearhead a far-right group that posted pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic material online has been extradited from the Netherlands. A second suspect, Marcus B., was arrested in Berlin at the same time. J. is accused of co-founding the “Goyim Party Germany” group in 2016 while B. is accused of joining the group in 2018.  Read Here

ANTI-SEMITIC GRAFFITI: “MERKEL IS A JEW” DISCOVERED IN STUTTGART

By Christine Bilger

The words ” Merkel is a Jew” appeared in several places in the city of Stuttgart. A complaint was filed and the state government’s anti-Semitism commissioner, Michael Blume, was notified. He classifies the graffiti “clearly as anti-Semitic,” said Blume when asked. Read Here

THE MIDDLE EAST

ERDOĞAN HOSTS HAMAS LEADERS, INCLUDING ‘DESIGNATED TERRORIST’ WITH $5 MILLION BOUNTY

By JNS

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hosted a large delegation of Hamas leaders, including Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri, a wanted terrorist with a $5 million bounty on his head. In 2014, al-Arouri announced Hamas’s responsibility for the terrorist attack that kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers, including dual U.S.-Israeli citizen Naftali Fraenkel. He publicly praised the murders as a ‘heroic operation.’ ”  Read Here

JEWISH MAN STABBED TO DEATH BY PALESTINIAN ATTACKER OUTSIDE TEL AVIV

By CAM

A Jewish Israeli man was stabbed to death by a male Palestinian attacker in the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikva in what is being described as a terrorist attack. The suspect was arrested near the scene of the attack a short while later. The victim was identified as 39-year-old Rabbi Shai Ohayon. The father of four and member of Petah Tikva’s Haredi community, suffered multiple stab wounds. Read Here

OTHER WORLD NEWS

‘RADICAL ISLAMIST ANTI-SEMITE’ ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ATTACKS ON GRAZ JEWISH COMMUNITY

By Liam Hoare

A 31 year old Syrian refugee has been arrested in connection with three attacks on the Jewish community in Graz, Austria. Graz’s synagogue was graffitied with the words “Palestine is free” and “Our language and our land are red lines” and a stone was thrown through a window of the synagogue. The next day, Graz Jewish community president Elie Rosen was threatened with a wooden club when he caught the accused about to smash the synagogue’s windows.  Read Here

‘JEWS ARE THE VIRUS’ POSTERS SHOW UP IN ARGENTINE CITY

By JTA STAFF

Anti-Semitic posters blaming Jews for the COVID-19 pandemic appeared in the southern Argentine city of Neuquen. The posters contained phrases such as “The Jews are the virus” and “Argentines Awake to the World Jewish Dictatorship.” Some 300 Jews live in Neuquen, which has a population of 230,000. Read Here

HOLOCAUST-DENYING GRAFFITI FOUND ON WALL IN FRENCH VILLAGE BURNED DOWN BY NAZIS

By JNS

Holocaust-denying graffiti was written on a wall in the village of Oradour-Sur-Glane, where the Nazi massacre of many of its inhabitants took place during World War II. The village has been maintained as a memorial and museum since it was burned down by the German army in June 1944. Read Here

VIDEO SHOWS AUSTRALIAN UBER PASSENGER SPEWING ANTI-SEMITIC ABUSE AT DRIVER

By Algemeiner Staff

Video footage has emerged of an Uber passenger in Perth, Australia hurling anti-semitic abuse at a driver. A man filmed himself boarding a ride, and asked the driver, “So, you’re Jewish?” When finding out the driver was a Jew, the passenger verbally abused him, saying, “I don’t like Jews. I’m not going to ride with a Jew.” He then called him a “f**king Jewish dog,” along with a torrent of other obscenities. Read Here

30 GRAVES DAMAGED AT JEWISH CEMETERY IN SOUTH AFRICA

By CAM

More than 30 headstones were damaged and knocked over at the Oudtshoorn Jewish cemetery in South Africa. Oudtshoorn is a town situated about 200 miles east of Cape Town. According to the head of the local Jewish burial society, this sort of vandalism is the first significant anti-Semitic incident of its kind in their community.  Read Here

BDS CAMPAIGN TARGETS ISN FRENCH RIDERS AHEAD OF 2020 TOUR DE FRANCE

By ZACHARY KEYSER

A recent campaign launched by the BDS organization Palestine Will Win, ridiculed and named the French riders of Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN) – the Israeli professional cycling team – claiming that by participating in the 2020 Tour de France they are in turn supporting “Israeli apartheid through sport.” The campaign called on the public to personally comment and shame the riders. Read Here

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ON CAMPUS

BRANDEIS TARGETED BY BOMB THREAT A WEEK BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS

By SHIRA HANAU

Brandeis University was the target of a bomb threat, less than a week before classes are set to begin. This was not first bomb threat against Brandeis, which has a large Jewish population.  Read Here

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FORM SWASTIKA AND PERFORM NAZI SALUTE IN SHOCKING GYM PIC SPARKING INVESTIGATION

By Lucy Sherriff

Students at a high school in Indiana are under investigation after a picture emerged of nine boys appearing to form a human swastika, and raising their arms in a Nazi salute. The group at Daleville Community School has already been suspended for five days but now school officials are launching an investigation.  Read Here

NSW, AUSTRALIA SCHOOL CRACKS DOWN ON ANTI-SEMITIC BULLYING

By SOPHIE DEUTSCH

A private school in the Central West is taking active steps to change its culture following repeated accusations of anti-Semitic bullying. A 15-year-old student who was allegedly subjected to anti-Semitic abuse recently left the school, and has identified nine students believed to have been involved. Read Here

UTS STUDENT CLUB ‘WEAPONISED JEWISH HISTORY’

By GARETH NARUNSKY

A student club at the University of Technology, Sydney “weaponised Jewish history for their own political agenda”, the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) says. AUJS filed a complaint after the Students for Humanity club shared Instagram and Facebook stories calling Zionism “inherently anti-Semitic” and accusing “Zionist mercenaries” of planting bombs in Jewish buildings in Baghdad in the 1950s in order to convince the Jewish population to leave for Israel.  Read Here

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ANALYSIS

THE CALL FOR A ‘ONE-STATE SOLUTION’ IS A TROJAN HORSE FOR ANTI-SEMITISM

By Gil Troy

A “one-state solution” is no solution at all. It would threaten the lives of 6 million Israeli Jews by sacrificing Jewish nationalism for Palestinian nationalism. Coached in the dark arts of propaganda, the Soviets helped Palestinians redirect their efforts from a brutal yet honest call for Israel’s destruction to a misleading equal rights masquerade. Today, as pro-Palestinian students on college campuses casually tweet about “stuff[ing] Jews in ovens” and either deny the Holocaust or regret more Jews weren’t murdered, this sick Soviet strategy of blurring anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism survives. Read Here

ONLINE IS THE NEW FRONTLINE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM

By Marie van der Zyl

Online is the new frontline in the fight against anti-Semitism. We – alongside a growing coalition of grassroots and international Jewish organisations – want all social media companies to be required to adopt the full IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, with all its examples. So far, social media companies have been reluctant to do this of their own accord, which is why we believe the Government needs to act. There must be an adoption of a system of heavy fines for social media companies who fail to comply with the newly agreed standards. Sadly, it appears that only a threat to the bottom line will make these global corporations sit up and take notice. Read Here

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STUDIES AND STATISTICS

POSITIVE VIEWS OUTWEIGH ANTI-JEWISH SENTIMENT AMONG MUSLIMS, UK REPORT FINDS

By MATHILDE FROT

A wide-ranging survey of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) adults across Great Britain found pockets of anti-Jewish sentiment were outweighed by positive views among Muslim respondents. Nearly half of all Muslims surveyed (45 percent) were found to perceive Jewish people positively, according to the anti-racism charity HOPE Not Hate. But the survey also found the highest proportion of anti-Jewish views among Muslim respondents (18 percent). Read Here

REPORT: GERMANY COMMITTED TO COMBATING BDS, EUROPEAN ANTI-SEMITISM

By JNS

Germany has taken the contemporary fight against anti-Semitism to include a robust stance against the anti-Israel BDS movement, according to a new report released by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. In “Boykott: Germany’s Battle Against the Delegitimization of Israel,” FDD research fellow Benjamin Weinthal explores the history of Germany’s complex relationship with Israel.  Read Here

ACADEMIC STUDY WARNED OF ‘ALARMING’ ANTI-SEMITISM AMONG MUSLIM REFUGEES IN AUSTRIAN CITY WHERE JEWISH LEADER WAS ATTACKED

By Ben Cohen

An academic study of refugees in the southern Austrian city of Graz conducted three years ago warned that the strongly anti-Semitic views held by half of them were “alarming.” The study — by Ednan Aslan, professor of Islamic Religious Education of the University of Vienna — was revisited following the attack on the president of the Jewish community by a Syrian Islamist. Aslan’s survey  involved interviews with nearly 300 Muslim refugees who had settled in Graz. “It was noticeable that more than half had internalized anti-Semitism as part of their religiosity.”  Read Here

REPORT SHOWS QATAR’S SCHOOL CURRICULUM PROMOTES ANTI-SEMITISM

By CAM

In a recent report called Understanding Qatari Ambition, IMPACT-se reviewed Qatar’s school curriculum. Anti-Semitism has remained prevalent and is a central element of Qatari education. The textbooks used in schools in the Gulf country regularly promote demeaning examples of Jews and Israel as well as call for “Jihad” and violence towards “infidels.” Qatari textbooks also often feed classic anti-Semitic tropes proposing that Jews control the world. Read Here

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FEATURED PARTNER

‘NEVER AGAIN’ is Poland’s leading anti-racist organization. The mission of the ‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association is to promote multicultural understanding and to contribute to the development of a democratic civil society in Poland. ‘NEVER AGAIN’ is particularly concerned with the problem of education against racial and ethnic prejudices among the young. 

POLISH JEWS EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR ANTI-SEMITISM CAMPAIGNER TARGETED BY FAR RIGHT

By Ben Cohen

The Never Again Association has been targeted for its objection to a new book by Rafal Ziemkiewicz — an ultranationalist TV pundit — that describes the Holocaust as a “myth” while opining that “Jews are working to earn themselves a new Holocaust”. As well as exposing the anti-Semitism in Ziemkiewicz’s book, the Never Again Association infuriated the Polish far right for countering racist rhetoric around the pandemic.   Read Here

CAM PARTNERS CONTENT

HATRED ON THE FIELD: ANTI-SEMITISM IN SPORTS

By GIDON BEN-ZVI, HonestReporting

Sports is the great unifier, creating opportunities for people from a wide variety of backgrounds to bond. However, though it’s relatively underreported, anti-Semitism in the wide world of sports is being experienced by Jewish athletes and in some cases is ‘rampant.’ Read Here

ANTI-SEMITISM TAKES THE FORM OF ‘ANTI-ZIONISM’ WITHIN PARTS OF OUR CO-RELIGIONISTS

By Muslims Against Antisemitism

Much of the anti-Semitism that has crept into small but vocal parts of Muslim communities, came about because of Islamist campaigners, activists and literature. It needs to be called out, rejected and where possible, community education provided so that long term and real change can take place and mutual respect built up between individuals and communities. Read Here

THE KEEPER PODCAST: SOLIDARITY SABBATH SEASON – HIGHWAYS OF HATE

By The Lantos Foundation

This episode takes a deeper look at an area where anti-Semitism, and hate of all forms, is spreading in alarming ways – the internet. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks with Yigal Carmon, co-founder of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). For two decades, MEMRI has done ground-breaking work, researching the most disturbing examples of extreme anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in the Arabic, Farsi and Urdu-speaking world. Read Here

NISSIM BLACK ON JEWISH PRIDE

By Aish.com

Nissim shared on a personal level. “For me, I got it worse than everybody. Everywhere I go I get a thousand questions. People want to know how Black I am; how Jewish I am, why I dress this way. I spend time reinforcing my faith. Not just faith that I believe in God. I’m talking about faith in myself. Confidence in yourself and your Judaism and the ability to go to places and be very proud of your Judaism, no matter what. Read Here

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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

US ENVOY: ADMINISTRATION TO FIGHT SCAPEGOATING OF JEWS AMID PANDEMIC

By Dan Lavie

US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr shared the concrete steps the administration planned to take [amid the pandemic]. “The plan concentrates on maintaining the physical security of the Jewish community; adoption of the [IHRA definition]; dealing with anti-Semitism online; and establishing curricula for a deep understanding of Jewish tradition, culture, and history.” Read Here

AUSTRIAN LEADERS CONDEMN ATTACK AGAINST JEWISH COMMUNITY IN GRAZ

By Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and other senior government politicians said they were shocked by an attack on a Jewish community leader in the southern city of Graz, and ordered tighter security at Jewish institutions around Austria. Read Here

FEDERAL MINISTER EDTSTADLER PROMISES ACTION PLAN AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM

By Vindobona Vienna International News

Federal Minister of Austria for the EU and Constitution Karoline Edtstadler on the occasion of the recent anti-Semitic attacks in Graz announced a national action plan against anti-Semitism for the fall. This plan will comprise about 30 measures to fight ongoing anti-Semitism. “Jewish life is an essential part of Austrian intellectual and cultural history,” she said.  Read Here

GERMAN ANTI-SEMITISM CHIEF TO ‘POST’: UN WEAPONS EMBARGO ON IRAN IS NEEDED

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

The commissioner to combat anti-Semitism in the state of Hesse, Uwe Becker, said the UN weapons embargo against Iran should be extended. “The raison d’état of the Iranian regime is the destruction of Israel. If Germany takes its own reason of state – the right of existence of the Jewish state – seriously, it must stand clear for continuing the arms embargo, freeze its relations with the mullah regime and send a clear signal to the Iranian leadership.” Read Here

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HUMANITY

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR FULFILLS DREAM OF RECEIVING A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA

By MARCY OSTER

An 88-year-old Holocaust survivor from Poland who says that never having a formal education has been “a profound regret” was awarded a high school diploma. Miriam Schreiber of Hartford, Connecticut, was presented with an honorary diploma at the New England Jewish Academy. Representatives of the senior class met with Schreiber at the beginning of the school year and heard her life story. The entire class voted to award her the diploma.  Read More

ALBANY, NY DIOCESE GIFTS 2-ACRE PARCEL FOR FUTURE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL

By News10 Albany

The Albany Diocese has gifted a parcel of land for the creation of a Holocaust memorial in Niskayuna. The two acres of land will be the future site of a Holocaust Memorial in the Capital Region. “As it’s been often said, whoever does not learn from history is doomed to repeat it. And the message should not be lost,” said Bishop Edward Scharfenberger.  Read Here

JAPANESE MUNICIPALITY HOLDS BENEFIT TO COMMEMORATE SAVIOR OF JEWS

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

A municipality in Japan celebrated the 80th anniversary of the rescue of Jews by a local diplomat with a bake sale. The benefit in Gifu and its proceeds will go toward commemorating Chiune Sugihara’s actions in Lithuania. In 1940, Sugihara, an intelligence officer and consul serving in Lithuania, issued thousands of visas to Jewish refugees, many of them from Poland. His visas allowed thousands of Jews to flee the Nazis. Read Here

REMEMBERING MOTELE SCHLEIN – JEWISH VIOLIN PRODIGY AND WWII PARTISAN HERO

By CAM

In a recent article in aish.com, Dr. Yvette Alt Miller discusses the little-known story of how 12-year-old violin prodigy Motele Schlein attacked a Nazi SS unit in eastern Europe. Miller describes, in one of the lesser-known moments of Nazi resistance, the incredible story of Modechai “Motele” Schlein who was barely a teenager, when he became a symbol of partisan resolve against the Nazis. Read More 

OVER 280,000 INDIVIDUALS AND 265 ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SIGNED OUR PLEDGE.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

The Combat Anti-Semitism Movement is a non-partisan, global grassroots movement of individuals and organizations, across all religions and faiths, united around the goal of ending anti-Semitism in all its forms. Since its launching in February 2019, 265 organizations and 280,000 individuals have joined the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement by signing the campaign’s pledge. The CAM Pledge draws upon the IHRA international definition of anti- Semitism and its list of specific behaviors used to discriminate against the Jewish people and the Jewish State of Israel.