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February 17, 2022

THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM REPORT

This week, a string of successive antisemitic attacks continued in New York City. Mayor Eric Adams promised to crack down on these incidents saying, “Make no mistake, an attack on our Jewish community is an attack on every New Yorker…We won’t let this vicious hatred go unanswered.”

In Flatbush, Brooklyn, A 22-year-old Jewish man was punched in the face by a perpetrator who then chased a Jewish teenager. Separately, a Chasidic Jewish man was attacked in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and a Manhattan crossing guard was fired after threatening a Jewish family. Graffiti reading “F**K Jews” was spray-painted on a dental office in Queens, and an Israeli-owned restaurant in Manhattan.

Also in the U.S., Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed that Israel puts Palestinian children in cages in the West Bank, and a New Hampshire man was arrested for calling in threats to a local synagogue with voicemails saying “stop killing Muslims and Christians,” “apartheid free Palestine,” and “Shame on Israel. Israel terrorists, assassin.”

Thousands of far-right antisemitic flyers were leafleted this week in several locations in Texas, Oregon, Washington, Florida, and California.

Police are investigating an assault on a Jewish man in London, and Dutch universities ordered staff to disclose ties with Jewish and Israeli groups at the request of a pro-Palestinian organization, before pausing the investigation.

U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen called for action after a swastika was found inside a secure area of the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, and a Bulgarian lawmaker gave a Nazi salute during a debate inside the European Parliament.

This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 49 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 26 (53.1%) from the far-right, 11 (22.4%) from the far-left, 3 (6.1%) with Islamist motivations, and 9 (18.4%) unidentifiable in nature.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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UNITED STATES

JEWISH MAN, 22, PUNCHED IN FACE IN BROOKLYN, SECOND CONSECUTIVE ATTACK IN ROW

By JNS

The New York City Police Department and the Anti-Defamation League are offering rewards leading to the arrest of a man seen on security video punching a 22-year-old Jewish man in Brooklyn, N.Y. The victim was walking in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn, near the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Flatbush, when he was stopped by an unknown male who had stepped out of a vehicle and asked for directions. The victim “answered the suspect and then walked away. The suspect then slapped the victim in the face, causing redness and pain.” The suspect fled in a minivan being driven by another suspect, said the police.

MANHATTAN CROSSING GUARD INVESTIGATED AFTER ALLEGEDLY ABUSING RABBI, CHILD WITH ANTISEMITIC SLURS

By Benjamin Kerstein

A New York City crossing guard has been removed from her post and is under investigation for verbally abusing a rabbi and her child with antisemitic slurs. Rabbi Erica Gerson was crossing 79th Street and Amsterdam Ave when the harassment took place. “It was pick-up time and I was crossing as [I] always do with my nine-year-old,” Gerson recounted. “I overheard [the crossing guard] describing one group of kids as ‘those Jewish kids,’ and I thought that was strange.” “She called us ‘nasty people, now we know why there’s no peace in the Middle East,’ and along with that she cursed a Kosher establishment,” Gerson said.

NYPD HATE CRIME TASK FORCE IS INVESTIGATING AN ANTISEMITIC INCIDENT IN NYC FOR A SECOND WEEKEND IN A ROW
JEWISH MAN PUNCHED IN THE FACE ON IN BROOKLYN
‘F— JEWS’: ISRAELI-OWNED RESTAURANT ON NYC’S UPPER WEST SIDE HIT BY ANTISEMITIC VANDALISM
NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN CHARGED AFTER LEAVING ANTISEMITIC MESSAGES WITH SYNAGOGUE
SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH OFFICIALS TARGETS OF ANTISEMITIC THREATS
AUTHORITIES IN SWEDEN ARREST BROTHER OF MASSACHUSETTS ARSONIST WHO TARGETED CHABAD CENTERS
‘THERE’S NO ROOM ANYWHERE FOR HATE’: ATASCOCITA, TX NEIGHBORHOODS FIND RACIST FLYERS ON DRIVEWAYS
SARASOTA POLICE INVESTIGATE DISTRIBUTION OF ANTISEMITIC FLYERS PLACED IN SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOODS
ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI FOUND ON FOREST HILLS, NY DENTAL OFFICE: NYPD
WILMINGTON, DE SIGNS VANDALIZED WITH SWASTIKAS, LATEST IN RISING HATE CRIMES
NJ WOMAN REFUSES EMERGENCY FIRST AID CARE, SAYING ‘NO JEWS’
ANTISEMITIC FLYERS FOUND IN VANCOUVER, WA NEIGHBORHOOD
‘CHRISTIAN VETERANS’ PROTEST OUTSIDE OHIO JEWISH POLITICIAN’S HOME AS PASTOR COMPARES VACCINE MANDATES TO NAZIS
AOC CLAIMS PALESTINIAN CHILDREN ARE BEING PUT IN CAGES IN THE WEST BANK AND COMPARES THEIR TREATMENT TO MIGRANTS CROSSING THE US SOUTHERN BORDER
DAVID PERDUE, EX-SENATOR AND GEORGIA GOVERNOR CANDIDATE, LIKENS SOCIAL MEDIA RESTRICTIONS TO NAZI RULE
2 MORE HOUSTON-AREA NEIGHBORHOODS LITTERED WITH RACIST AND ANTISEMITIC FLYERS
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA MAYOR DENOUNCES ANTISEMITIC FLYERS
‘THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR IS JUST UNACCEPTABLE’: HELOTES, TX RESIDENTS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER ANTISEMITIC FLIERS FOUND IN FRONT YARDS
EUGENE, OR MAYOR ON ANTISEMITIC, ANTI-TRANS FLYERS: ‘THEY HAVE NO PLACE HERE’
ELON MUSK CRITICIZED FOR BIZARRE MEME COMPARING JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO HITLER
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WORLD NEWS

United Kingdom

POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING FOOTAGE OF A JEWISH MAN ASSAULTED IN A NORTH LONDON FLAT

By JC REPORTER

The metropolitan police have confirmed they’re investigating after footage emerged of a Jewish man being attacked in a block of flats in North London. The footage, which was shared by Shomrim, shows the victim arguing with his attacker before the man grabs his phone and the pair tussle. They then spill out onto the street where the attacker repeatedly hits the Jewish man, knocking his kippah off his head. He then runs off away from the property on St. Ann’s Road in Haringey.

CHARITY COMMISSION TO ASSESS AMNESTY ‘APARTHEID’ REPORT FUNDING CLAIMS

By LEE HARPIN

The Charity Commission has confirmed to Jewish News it is assessing whether donations were used to fund Amnesty International’s “apartheid state” report on Israel – and “if so, whether this is of regulatory concern”. A spokesperson for the watchdog said it was “aware” of concerns raised over this matter and “in line with our standard process are currently assessing information to determine if charitable funds have been used to fund the report and, if so, whether this is of regulatory concern. ”

“I WISH I HAD A GUN TO SHOOT YOU”: JEWISH SCHOOLCHILDREN REPORTEDLY ASSAULTED IN STAMFORD HILL
EX-LABOUR LEADER CORBYN TO JOIN WEBINAR AFFILIATED WITH MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD
WATCH: MAN SHOUTS ‘HEIL HITLER’ AND MAKES ‘NAZI SALUTE’ AT JEWISH MOTHER AND CHILDREN
AMNESTY UK OFFICIAL TELLS JN: WE ARE VICTIM OF ‘SMEAR CAMPAIGN BY ISRAEL’
CARDIFF TEENAGER CHARGED WITH BEING A MEMBER OF PROSCRIBED NEO-NAZI GROUP FEUERKRIEG DIVISION

CANADA

MAYOR ‘DISGUSTED’ BY ANTISEMITIC, WHITE SUPREMACY SYMBOLS ON DISPLAY AT PROTEST IN NEW BRUNSWICK

By Hadeel Ibrahim

Fredericton Mayor Kate Rogers has apologized for minimizing the harm done by protesters in the city using antisemitic and white supremacist symbols. In a statement, Rogers said that when, at the end of Saturday’s demonstration, she described the protest as “peaceful,” she meant it was contained without the use of force. “I am disgusted that antisemitic and white supremacist symbols were used. As I have previously expressed, I agree that they are hateful and cause trauma. They have no place in our city or civil society.”

GERMANY

FORMER GERMAN MUSLIM LEADER SENTENCED FOR INCITING HATRED, ANTISEMITISM ON SOCIAL MEDIA

By Sharon Wrobel

The former head of an influential Turkish Muslim association in Germany was convicted of inciting hatred and condoning crimes in antisemitic social media postings he made. Mustafa Keskin, was given a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. Keskin — who resigned last March as chairman of the Gottingen branch of DITIB, a Turkish religious group, after his posts on various social media platforms were exposed — was also ordered to pay a fine of 1,200 euros in installments of 75 euros to a charitable organization.

DRESDEN: NEO-NAZI MARCH MARS REMEMBRANCE OF WORLD WAR II BOMBING
ANTISEMITIC STEREOTYPES STILL FOUND IN SOME GERMAN SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS
SWASTIKA SMEARED ON OSNABRÜCK MEMORIAL PLAQUE FOR JEWISH NAZI VICTIMS

OTHER WORLD NEWS

SCOOP: SWASTIKA DISCOVERED AT U.S. EMBASSY IN BULGARIA

By Hans Nichols, Barak Ravid BARBERÁ

A swastika drawn on a window shade in purple ink was found inside the U.S. embassy in Bulgaria, raising concern within the State Department headquarters itself about antisemitism. News of the discovery circulated in Washington after the embassy in Sofia sent back a diplomatic cable describing the incident. The image was first identified a day after International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The latest swastika was found in a secure part of the embassy, indicating whoever drew it had access inside an American diplomatic outpost.

BULGARIAN LAWMAKER GIVES NAZI SALUTE IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

By Saim Dušan Inayatullah

A Bulgarian nationalist MEP gave a Nazi salute in the chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, after he spoke during a debate on the rule of law in Poland and Hungary. Angel Dzhambazki of the Bulgarian nationalist VMRO party is seen extending his right arm in front of him before exiting the chamber in a video of the debate. VMRO is in the euroskeptic European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament. What did Dzhambazki say? “We will never allow you to tell us what to say and do. Long live Orban and Fidesz, long live Kaczynski and PiS, long live Bulgaria and our nation-state,” Dzhambazki said during the debate. “Long live the Europe of nations,” he concluded.

PORTUGUESE PAPER ALLEGES JEWISH COMMUNITY ABUSES CITIZENSHIP LAW TO GENERATE PROFIT

By Itamar Eichner

The Jewish community in Portugal has been whipped into a tizzy after a leading newspaper accused Jews in the city of Porto of abusing legislation that grants citizenship to descendants of Portuguese Jews, who were exiled in medieval times, to enrich themselves. The lengthy report, published in daily newspaper Público, features harsh criticism that gives off a whiff of antisemitism. It stated that Porto’s modest Jewish community couldn’t pool together enough resources to hire the services of a rabbi or even fix the roof of the synagogue. But its fortunes seemed to have shifted by 2019, as the community now runs a kosher hotel, a mikveh and finished the construction of a new museum. “What began as a gesture of goodwill and correction of a historical wrong eventually became a business with huge profits for the Jewish community of Porto,” the newspaper claimed.

HUNGARY: ANTISEMITIC VANDALS DAMAGED ANDRÁS JÁMBOR’S OPPOSITION CANDIDATE POSTER
GREEK ACTIVISTS SENTENCED FOR SAYING ORTHODOX BISHOP WHO RAILED AGAINST ‘INTERNATIONAL ZIONIST MONSTER’ IS ‘ANTISEMITIC’

THE MIDDLE EAST

FORMER IRANIAN AMBASSADOR TO AUSTRALIA AND MEXICO MOHAMMAD-HASSAN GHADIRI-ABYANEH MAKES ANTISEMITIC REMARKS

By MEMRI

In an interview on Javanan.tv former Iranian ambassador to Australia and Mexico Mohammad-Hassan Ghadiri-Abyaneh said that Jews infiltrate wealthy and powerful non-Jewish families, and that the mortality rate in those families subsequently increases so that the Jews get a larger portion of the inheritance. Furthermore, Ghadiri-Abyaneh claimed that the Israeli flag represents a Zionist belief that the geographic area between the Nile and the Euphrates rivers, which he claims spans 20 countries and includes Mecca and Medina, belongs to Israel.

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ON CAMPUS

IN MOVE THAT ‘REEKS OF ANTISEMITISM,’ DUTCH UNIVERSITIES ORDER STAFF TO DISCLOSE TIES WITH ISRAELI, JEWISH GROUPS

By CAM

More than a dozen universities in the Netherlands are ordering staff members to disclose their ties with Israeli and Jewish organizations, following a freedom of information request filed by The Rights Forum, a pro-Palestinian advocacy group. The list of organizations named in the request included the Central Jewish Board of the Netherlands, Anti-Defamation League, and International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, among others. Chief Rabbi of the Netherlands Binyomin Jacobs said the The Rights Forum’s request “reeks of antisemitism.” “What really concerns me is the number of universities that were so compliant with such a transparently antisemitic request,” he added. “It reminds us that most mayors cooperated during the occupation to pass on the names of their Jewish citizens to the Germans.”

IN A FIRST, UT AUSTIN STUDENT GOVERNMENT TAKES UP MEASURE CONDEMNING ANTISEMITISM DEFINITION

By Gabby Deutch

In the first challenge to the IHRA working definition of antisemitism on an American college campus, a student governing body at the University of Texas at Austin is set to vote a resolution condemning the definition and “affirming the rights of advocates for Palestine.” The goal of the resolution is “to affirm the speech, actions, protests, and campaigns of students advocating for Palestine as a protected right at the University of Texas at Austin,” according to its authors. Another UT student governing body, the Graduate Student Assembly, will vote on the resolution later this month following its own heated debate.

DOWN WITH SABRA? THE HARVARD HUMMUS PROTESTS
DOES AMERICAN UNIVERSITY ACCEPT ANTI-ISRAEL AND ANTI-JEWISH HATE?
NEW WHITE NATIONALIST ‘ACTIVE CLUB’ BEHIND MILLERSVILLE STICKERS, OTHER PROPAGANDA IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA
JEWISH STUDENT AMONG THOSE MADE TO ATTEND CHRISTIAN PRAYER ASSEMBLY AT WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOL
CANADA – THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO STUDENTS VOTE IN SUPPORT OF BDS MOTION
 
STUDENTS DEMAND SUNY NEW PALTZ ACCOUNTABILITY BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
HEAD OF UK ISRAEL GROUP CALLED ‘WORSE THAN HITLER’ BY PALESTINE PROTESTERS
 
DUTCH UNIVERSITIES PAUSE INVESTIGATIONS INTO THEIR TIES WITH JEWISH AND ISRAELI GROUPS
UNIVERSITY LECTURE BY ISRAELI CHEMIST LATEST TARGET OF ANTISEMITIC ‘ZOOMBOMBING’ AT CAMPUS EVENTS
 
PARK CITY, UT SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD RESPONDS TO ACTS OF RACISM AT PARK CITY HIGH SCHOOL
BLACKPOOL ARTIST AND YOUTH WORKER HORRIFIED TO DISCOVER SWASTIKA GRAFFITI NEAR PRESTON’S UCLAN CAMPUS
 
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ANALYSIS & OP-EDS

AMERICAN ANTISEMITISM WORSE THAN ISRAELIS REALIZE – JEWISH CONFERENCE LEADERS

By GIL HOFFMAN

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RECENT ANTISEMITIC EVENTS SHOULD SERVE AS A WAKEUP CALL FOR ISRAEL

By MEIRA LERNER

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IF FRANCE IS TO LEAD THE EUROPEAN UNION, ITS ANTISEMITISM WARRANTS ATTENTION

By MARAM STERN

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AMNESTY’S REPORT MIGHT BE A PREQUEL OF A GREATER ASSAULT ON ISRAEL’S LEGITIMACY

By YIFA SEGAL

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ANTISEMITISM IN 2022 IS RISING AT A RATE UNPRECEDENTED SINCE THE 1930S 

By BRENDA KATTEN

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THE FIGHT AGAINST ANTISEMITISM BEGINS AT HOME

By HILARY MILLER  

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STUDIES & STATISTICS

WATCHDOG GROUP: JANUARY SAW 90 PERCENT INCREASE IN ATTACKS AGAINST US JEWS

By JNS

The Combat Antisemitism Movement revealed in its latest monthly report that it monitored 19 physical attacks targeting Jews in January, which represents a 90 percent increase from the same time period last year. In total, CAM tracked 158 anti-Semitic incidents reported in the media in January, marking a 9.2 percent decrease from January 2021’s 174 incidents. On the positive side, it highlighted nine “adoptions and endorsements” of the IHRA’s working definition of antisemitism took place in January—in Alabama, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia, the town of Southampton in New York and Argentina’s Santa Fe Province.

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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

NEW YORK MAYOR DECRIES ‘VICIOUS HATRED’ AGAINST JEWS AS ANTISEMITIC ATTACKS CONTINUE

By LUKE TRESS

New York Mayor Eric Adams vowed to crack down on a spate of antisemitic attacks in the city after a Jewish teen was attacked in Brooklyn, marking the second consecutive weekend that visibly Jewish New Yorkers were assaulted during Shabbat. Mayor Adams said the police’s hate crimes unit was investigating the attack. “Make no mistake, an attack on our Jewish community is an attack on every New Yorker. We will catch the perpetrators of this assault,” he said. Adams said the incident was “disgusting anytime but it’s especially outrageous as we come to the end of Shabbos. We won’t let this vicious hatred go unanswered.”

AUSTRALIA TO LIST HAMAS AS TERROR GROUP
‘THIS ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO DO MORE’: MAX ROSE CRITIQUES BIDEN ADMIN’S HANDLING OF WHITE SUPREMACISTS
UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES TOUGH LEGAL PENALTIES FOR ANTISEMITIC INCITEMENT
US REP. JAMAAL BOWMAN PULLS SUPPORT FOR ABRAHAM ACCORDS BILL
NY DEM. TORRES BLASTS OPPOSITION TO ABRAHAM ACCORDS AS BOWMAN DROPS SUPPORT: ‘MAKES NO SENSE EVEN BY THE DISTORTED LOGIC OF BDS’
GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER COMMEMORATES HOLOCAUST VICTIMS
A BILL THAT WOULD MAKE HOLOCAUST DENIAL A CRIME WAS INTRODUCED IN CANADIAN PARLIAMENT BY CONSERVATIVE MP KEVIN WAUGH
LATVIAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES $46 MILLION TO JEWISH COMMUNITY IN COMPENSATION FOR RAVAGES OF NAZI HOLOCAUST
SURFSIDE, FLA., VOTES TO ADOPT IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM
AFTER ENTRATA FOUNDER’S COMMENTS, UTAH LAWMAKERS MOVE TO CONDEMN ANTISEMITISM
US CONGRESSMAN CRIST HOLDS ROUNDTABLE ON HATE CRIMES, EXTREMISM IN FLORIDA
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA REJECTS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S REPORT
BILL WOULD ADD HOLOCAUST, OTHER ACTS OF GENOCIDE TO NEBRASKA’S MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION
VENEZUELA: THREE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS OF CARACAS ADOPTED THE IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM
U.S. SENATOR JACKY ROSEN CALLS FOR ACTION AFTER SWASTIKA FOUND AT U.S. EMBASSY
GREENBURGH, NY TOWN BOARD CONFRONTS ANTISEMITISM
UK BOARD OF DEPUTIES WELCOMES NEW GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS TO AVOID BIAS WHEN TEACHING ABOUT ISRAEL
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HUMANITY

FOLLOWING LATEST ATTACK, BROOKLYN JEWISH LEADER URGES NEW YORK CITY OFFICIALS TO LAUNCH ANTISEMITISM AWARENESS CAMPAIGN IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By Ben Cohen

The head of an organization representing Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn has urged the city of New York to launch an antisemitism awareness program in the city’s public schools while praising new Mayor Eric Adams’ determination to stamp out hate crime. Rabbi David Niederman, president of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn, told The Algemeiner that the latest antisemitic attack in the city, in which a Jewish teenager was punched in the face by an unidentified assailant, underlined his concern that attacks on Jews in New York are becoming normalized.

JEWISH FAMILY-RUN SOUP SHOP SENDS GAZPACHO, ELIE WIESEL’S ‘NIGHT’ TO MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE AFTER ‘GESTAPO’ MIXUP

By Shiryn Ghermezian

A Jewish mother-daughter duo behind a Washington, DC, soup shop has offered to help Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) understand the difference between the gestapo, Nazi Germany’s secret police, and the vegetable-based cold soup gazpacho after the US lawmaker confused the two in a recent interview. The company, Soupergirl, is sending cases of gazpacho, a dictionary, and a copy of “Night” by Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel to Greene in light of her comments.

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ISRAEL DONATES COVID-19 ANTIGEN TEST KITS TO DND
ZAHRA BILLOO REMOVED AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT SAN MATEO WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
AMAZON AUSTRALIA REMOVES NAZI PROPAGANDA FILMS, FOLLOWS US COMPANY’S LEAD
TAMPA ADDS #ACTIVATEAWARENESS TO ANTI ANTISEMITISM ARSENAL
ARABS SHOULD EMBRACE JEWS, REJECT ANTISEMITISM, SAYS JORDANIAN ACADEMIC

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