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January 28, 2022

THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM REPORT

Yesterday, as the world paused to remember the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, ten U.S. states adopted the IHRA working definition of antisemitism. From the President of the United States, to top European leaders, great attention was paid to utilizing the lessons of the past to combat resurgent antisemitism today.

CAM’s global campaign against Holocaust Trivialization was featured in dozens of leading news outlets including Reuters and Business Insider.

New reports this week showed that one third of Canadian students don’t understand or question the Holocaust, a quarter of Australians are are unaware of the Holocaust, and nearly one in three young Germans hold antisemitic attitudes. Meanwhile, more than 90% of American Jews are concerned about antisemitism, antisemitic incidents in France increased by 75%, and according to the Jewish Agency for Israel, 2021 was the most antisemitic year in the past decade.

Leading up to the synagogue attack in Texas this month, the CAM Information Hub tracked a total of 34 incidents targeting synagogues and Jewish centers in the last few months.

This week, a yeshiva student was punched in the face in an antisemitic attack in Brooklyn, where a machete-wielding man also threatened the Jewish community. In Italy, a young Jewish boy was assaulted by teenage girls who told him that he would “die in the ovens.” Two orthodox Jewish men were also beaten on a London street.

The Goyim Defense League launched another campaign of antisemitic flyers blaming Jews for the COVID-19 pandemic, targeting thousands of homes in multiple cities across California, Florida, Colorado, and Maryland.

Two teachers in Mexico were fired in separate incidents for praising Adolf Hitler and joking about the Holocaust, and in Tennessee school board officials banned the Pulitzer-prize winning graphic novel Maus by second-generation Holocaust survivor Art Spiegelman.

This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 42 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 28 (66.7%) from the far-right, 5 (11.9%) from the far-left, 3 (7.1%) with Islamist motivations, and 6 (14.3%) unidentifiable in nature.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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UNITED STATES

YESHIVA STUDENT PUNCHED IN FACE IN LATEST ANTISEMITIC ATTACK ON BROOKLYN STREETS

By Algemeiner Staff

The NYPD is searching for a suspect seen on camera punching a young Jewish man in the face on the streets of Brooklyn. Surveillance tape shows the culprit crossing the street to harass two bystanders in the Crown Heights neighborhood, randomly hitting one of them in the face. The victim was a 21-year-old yeshiva student standing outside his dormitory with a friend. The perpetrator fled the scene, said the NYPD, which circulated footage of the suspect.

MACHETE-WIELDING MAN THREATENS JEWISH COMMUNITY IN BROOKLYN: POLICE

By PIX11

A machete-wielding man was arrested after he made threats against Jewish community members in Brooklyn. Police responded to reports of a man who was running around Borough Park with a machete. He was threatening neighbors and menacing two of the Shmira public safety members. The NYPD identified the suspect as 32-year-old Saul Sosa. He was arrested and transported to the hospital because he was intoxicated. Officers also recovered a machete at the scene. Sosa faces charges of anti-Semitic criminal mischief.

TENNESSEE SCHOOL BOARD REMOVES ‘MAUS,’ ICONIC HOLOCAUST BOOK, FROM ITS CURRICULUM

By PHILISSA CRAMER

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ANTISEMITIC FLYERS FOUND IN SAN FRANCISCO’S PACIFIC HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD

By Thom Jensen

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VEHICLE LOCATED AFTER ANTISEMITIC FLYERS FOUND IN SURFSIDE AND MIAMI BEACH

By NBC 6 South Florida

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POLICE INVESTIGATING MULTIPLE REPORTS OF ANTISEMITIC FLYERS IN DENVER-AREA NEIGHBORHOODS

By Kelly Reinke

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ANTISEMITIC FLYERS DISTRIBUTED IN ARVADA, CO OVER THE WEEKEND
ANTISEMITIC FLYERS DISTRIBUTED IN NORTH CHICO, CA
‘IT’S DISTURBING:’ ANTISEMITIC FLIERS DISTRIBUTED IN BREVARD COUNTY, FL POLICE SAY
POLICE INVESTIGATING DISTRIBUTION OF ANTI-JEWISH FLYERS IN ANNAPOLIS, ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD
RALEIGH, NC JEWISH COMMUNITY ON ALERT AFTER ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI
“OFF THE TRAIN!”: JEWISH WOMAN ATTACKED ON NY SUBWAY
TENNESSEE ADOPTION AGENCY SUED FOR ALLEGEDLY DENYING SERVICE TO JEWISH COUPLE ON BASIS OF RELIGION
ROBERT KENNEDY JR: COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATES WORSE THAN HOLOCAUST
A LONGTIME POWNAL, VT., OFFICIAL RESIGNS AND APOLOGIZES AFTER MAKING ANTISEMITIC COMMENT
WWE DROPS TRADEMARK FOR GUNTHER STARK, A KNOWN NAZI
MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE POSTS MESSAGE COMPARING VACCINE MANDATES TO NAZI ‘HEALTH PASS’
TUCKER CARLSON RELATES COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATES TO NAZI EXPERIMENTS ON HUMAN SUBJECTS IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS
POLICE INVESTIGATING ANTISEMITIC INCIDENT IN LAKEWOOD, NJ
ANTISEMITIC IMAGES AND TEXT FOUND INSERTED IN LIBRARY BOOK IN OAKMONT, PA
DICKINSON, ND CHURCH LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO ASSERTION PASTOR ESPOUSED RACISTS AND ANTISEMITIC VIEWS
OHIO REP. WEINSTEIN: ‘CHRISTIAN VETERANS’ PROTEST AT HOME WAS ANTISEMITIC
ANTI-ISRAEL PROTESTERS ARRESTED IN FRONT OF ISRAELI EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON, DC
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WORLD NEWS

United Kingdom

HORRIFIC MOMENT TWO CHAREDI MEN ARE BEATEN AND KICKED TO THE GROUND IN STAMFORD HILL

By JEWISH NEWS REPORTER

Two strictly-Orthodox men were brutally assaulted and knocked to the floor, apparently by a passer-by. CCTV footage of the incident showed the men emerging from a building into the path of the suspect walking down the pavement towards them. Both men turn as the suspect, a tall man dressed in black, walks around them — moments before he lands the first of multiple punches. One of the victims was left with a fractured wrist and nose, while the other has an eye injury and was badly bruised. In the footage of the assault, which lasts 23 seconds, the attacker is seen pausing for a moment as one of his victims appears to plead with him. But he then resumes his brutal punches, knocking both men to the floor and dragging both along the pavement.

OFCOM ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATION INTO THE BBC OVER CHANUKAH BUS REPORTING STATEMENT

By Josh Kaplan

Media regulator Ofcom have said that they’re launching an investigation into the BBC after the corporation released a statement partially apologising for their coverage of the Oxford street Chanukah bus attack. Ofcom said: “We have reviewed the BBC’s final response to complaints about this news programme. We consider it raises issues under our due accuracy rules and have launched an investigation.” Earlier today, the BBC issued a qualified apology for their reporting of the incident saying: “We apologise for not doing more to highlight that these details were contested – we should have reflected this and acted sooner.”

UK BOOKSTORE REMOVES PROTOCOLS FROM SALE AFTER OUTCRY FROM JEWISH LEADERS

By Jewish News

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JEREMY CORBYN BARRED FROM REJOINING UK LABOUR PARTY

By BEN ZION GAD

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BBC WARNED OVER NEWS CHIEF’S ‘HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE’ COMMENTS AT EMERGENCY MEETING
VICIOUS TROLL WHO CALLED FOR ANOTHER HOLOCAUST IS CONVICTED

CANADA

COMMENTS ON POPULAR QUEBEC TALK SHOW DENOUNCED AS ANTISEMITIC

By Dan Spector

Comments from a guest on a popular Quebec talk show are being denounced by members of the province’s Jewish community. Stéphanie was invited on Radio-Canada’s Tout le monde en parle to discuss her controversial decision to open the dining room of her pastry shop Vite des Péchés in Jonquière. She chose to break public health rules as a protest. “I don’t want to need to dress up as a Hasidic Jew to have rights,” she said to the host of the show in French.

TORONTO CARIBBEAN NEWSPAPER MUST APOLOGIZE FOR PUBLISHING ANTISEMITIC CONSPIRACY THEORY

FRANCE

ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI FOUND ON A FOUR-LANE BRIDGE IN ILLE-ET-VILAINE

By France Bleu

Antisemitic graffiti was discovered by motorists traveling on the four-lane departmental road 137, near the Pleugueneuc interchange (Ille-et-Vilaine), in both directions. The inscriptions in white paint on a bridge of the departmental road target the Jewish and Pakistani communities.

OTHER WORLD NEWS

ITALIAN POLICE APPREHEND TEENAGE GIRLS BEHIND BRUTAL ANTISEMITIC ATTACK ON 12-YEAR-OLD JEWISH BOY

By Algemeiner Staff

A 12-year-old Italian Jewish boy has been the target of a vicious antisemitic attack in a municipal park by two older teenagers who subjected him to a stream of insults. The boy, named as “Marco,” was chatting with friends in the park in the town of Campiglia Marittima, near Livorno, where he lives. Two 15-year-old girls approached him and told him to be quiet, before calling him a “dirty Jew.” The assailants then spat at the boy and proceeded to assault him with punches and kicks. They also told him that he would “die in the ovens”. Local police have since apprehended the two teenagers, dubbed “antisemitic bullies” in the local press, who will now face charges in the Juvenile Court in Florence.

HUNGARY: THE PRESIDENT OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF VÁC WAS THREATENED WITH THE SMASHING THE SYNAGOGUE

By Vac Online

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DUTCH TOURIST FINED OVER NAZI SALUTE AT AUSCHWITZ

By CNN

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NETHERLANDS: POLICE CADET’S ANTI-SEMITIC WHATSAPP MESSAGES INVESTIGATED
EX-SOUTH AFRICAN JUSTICE MUST APOLOGIZE FOR PRO-ISRAEL COMMENTS, PANEL RULES
AUSTRALIA: SWASTIKA ON A JEWISH INDIVIDUAL CAR
MAN FINDS NAZI MEMORABILIA FOR SALE IN NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

THE MIDDLE EAST

TURKEY: DOZENS OF GRAVESTONES SMASHED AT JEWISH CEMETERY IN IZMIR

By Israel National News

On a recent visit to the ancient Jewish cemetery in Izmir, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Gabbai was alarmed to see many gravestones smashed and destruction throughout the entire area. Rabbi Gabbai’s visit was made in honor of the Rabbi Chaim Palagi, one of the greatest Torah leaders of Turkey, who is buried in the cemetery in Izmir.

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ON CAMPUS

MEXICAN HISTORY TEACHER DISMISSED FOR ASSIGNING NAZI SALUTES IN CLASS, DRESSING UP AS HITLER

By Dion J. Pierre

A history teacher at a preparatory school in Mexico is no longer with the institution after she dressed up as Adolf Hitler in the classroom and reenacted shootings of Jews with a water gun. StopAntisemitism.org posted images and video of the conduct of Tec de Monterrey- Ciudad Juárez teacher Ana Luisa Nevárez, which it claimed also included assigning students to make a doll of Hitler and directing them to pose for a class photo in which they pantomimed a Nazi salute.

UCL STUDENT LEADER HEARD TELLING RALLY THAT ‘PLOTTING ZIONISTS’ WOULD BE BOOTED FROM MIDDLE EAST

By JC REPORTER

A student leader at University College London told hundreds of protesters at a pro-Palestinian demonstration that “plotting” Zionists would be kicked out of the Middle East as students chanted the Hamas rallying cry “From the river to the sea”. Saleem Nusseibeh, president of UCL’s Students for Justice in Palestine Society, talked at an event about “Zionist manoeuvring and plotting” and said they would be “removed, their presence will be gone”.

TEACHER AT MEXICO CITY UNIVERSITY FIRED FOR ‘JOKE’ IN ZOOM CLASS MOCKING HOLOCAUST VICTIMS

By Dion J. Pierre

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TUFTS UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES PLANS TO COMBAT ANTISEMITISM ON CAMPUS

By JNS

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UK JEWISH STUDENTS DEFEND ANTISEMITISM DEFINITION AS EDINBURGH UNION SEEKS REPEAL
SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY SUSPENDS PALESTINIAN LECTURER OVER ANTI-ISRAEL TWEETS
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ANALYSIS & OP-EDS

WHAT AN ANTISEMITE’S FANTASY SAYS ABOUT JEWISH REALITY

By BRET STEPHENS

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WE MUST DO MORE TO PROTECT AMERICAN JEWS

By MARK WILF AND JULIE PLATT

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THE BBC HAS A SERIOUS ISSUE WITH JEWS

By Stephen Pollard

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CAMPUS DOUBLE STANDARDS AND THE NEED TO PROTECT JEWISH AND ZIONIST STUDENTS

By Tammi Rossman-Benjamin

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WHY 2022 WILL BE CRITICAL FOR JEWS IN EUROPE

By Daniel Höltgen

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NORWAY’S FAKE CURRICULUM FUELS ANTISEMITISM, HATE TOWARDS ISRAEL

By CONRAD MYRLAND

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THE SCOURGE OF ISLAMIST ANTISEMITISM

By Noor Dahri

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THE LESSONS BIG DUCK CAN LEARN

By Archie Gottesman

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IS ZIONISM A DIRTY WORD?

By NOAM FRUCHTER

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THE U.S. AND EUROPE UNACCEPTABLE PATIENCE FOR ALGERIA’S ANTISEMITISM

By Hassan Masiky

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STUDIES & STATISTICS

MINISTRY REPORT HIGHLIGHTS BACKLASH AGAINST WORLD JEWRY OVER 2021 GAZA CONFLICT

By STUART WINER

A Diaspora Affairs Ministry annual report on global antisemitism has spotlighted a sharp spike in online hate posts against Jews during Israel’s May 2021 conflict with the Gaza Strip. The coronavirus pandemic also provided fertile ground for antisemitic outbursts, as some touted it as a Jewish conspiracy. The report prompted Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai to urge the government to take greater responsibility for Jewish communities around the world. Last year the ministry detected 3.5 million social media posts with antisemitic content that were posted by some 430,000 users.

2021 WAS MOST ANTISEMITIC YEAR IN PAST DECADE, NEW STUDY FINDS

By CAM

2021 was the most antisemitic year in the past decade globally, with at least 10 incidents per day, according to a new report published by the World Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency for Israel. The annual study found that nearly 50% of last year’s incidents took place in Europe, while around 30% occurred in the United States. The report also noted sharp rises in Jew-hatred incidents in Canada and Australia, leading to them being added to the “List of Red Countries” for antisemitism. Correlations were detected between antisemitism surges and certain events, such as the flare-up of Israel-Gaza violence in May and the lifting of Covid-19 pandemic-related lockdowns.

OVER 90% OF AMERICAN JEWS CONCERNED ABOUT ANTISEMITISM

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

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NEARLY ONE IN THREE YOUNG GERMANS HOLDS ANTISEMITIC ATTITUDES, WJC SURVEY FINDS

By WJC

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ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS IN FRANCE INCREASED BY 75% IN 2021

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

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ONE-THIRD OF CANADIAN KIDS DON’T UNDERSTAND OR QUESTION THE HOLOCAUST, NEW SURVEY SHOWS

By CJN

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SURVEY FINDS QUARTER OF AUSTRALIANS UNAWARE OF THE HOLOCAUST
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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

10 US STATES ADOPT IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM ON HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

By OMRI NAHMIAS

Ten US states announced that they are adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. The announcement came as the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming all issued proclamations on Wednesday. The Commonwealth of Virginia issued an executive order.

BIDEN WARNS OF ‘RESURGENCE OF ANTISEMITISM’ IN HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION

By JACOB MAGID

Marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, US President Joe Biden decried continued manifestations of antisemitism and hatred in the United States, including at a synagogue hostage standoff earlier this month. “From the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, to a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, we are continually and painfully reminded that hate doesn’t go away; it only hides. And it falls to each of us to speak out against the resurgence of antisemitism and ensure that bigotry and hate receive no safe harbor, at home and around the world,” he said in a statement from the White House. Biden called for better education to counter efforts to distort and deny the Holocaust, noting an Israel-led resolution on the matter that was approved by the UN General Assembly.

EUROPEAN LEADERS PLEDGE TO TARGET PANDEMIC-FUELED ANTISEMITISM

By AP

European Union leaders pledged to confront the rise of antisemitism and Holocaust denial witnessed during the coronavirus pandemic, on the eve of the annual commemorations of Auschwitz’s liberation. European Council President Charles Michel said the lessons of the Holocaust are now “more relevant than ever.” “First, because Jewish people feel threatened, and they are threatened,” he said. “They are even attacked in Europe. Just because they are Jewish. We do not accept this. We will never accept it.”

WHAT IS ANTISEMITISM? LEGISLATORS FROM AROUND WORLD TO DISCUSS DEFINITION

By GIL HOFFMAN

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UN HEAD SKIRTS ADOPTION OF IHRA ANTISEMITISM DEFINITION IN HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL SPEECH

By Jacob Magid

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SENATE MAJORITY LEADER SCHUMER PROPOSES DOUBLING NONPROFIT SECURITY GRANT FUNDING TO $360 MILLION

By JNS

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DANISH GOVERNMENT OUTLINES 15 INITIATIVES TO BATTLE ESCALATING ANTI-SEMITISM

By Ben Hamilton

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ISRAEL SAYS SOME PROTESTERS AGAINST COVID MEASURES ARE FUELLING ANTISEMITISM
TOP GLOBAL LEADERS COMMEMORATE HOLOCAUST, VOW TO FIGHT DISTORTION, AT B’NAI B’RITH INTERNATIONAL EVENT
BIPARTISAN SENATE GROUP PUSHES FOR INCREASED NONPROFIT SECURITY GRANT FUNDING
UN CHIEF DECRIES ANTISEMITISM, URGES STAND AGAINST HATRED
US HOUSE MEMBERS URGE BOOST TO NONPROFIT SECURITY FUNDING
US HOUSE LETTER URGES BLINKEN TO ‘PRIORITIZE’ BETTER UNHRC TREATMENT OF ISRAEL
ONTARIO MAYORS ARE NOW DISCUSSING STRATEGIES TO COUNTER ANTISEMITISM
‘EDUCATION IS THE VACCINE AGAINST ANTISEMITISM’: UK MINISTER HOLDS SUMMIT WITH JEWISH GROUPS
FBI DIRECTOR: WE’RE NOT GOING TO TOLERATE IN ANTISEMITISM IN THIS COUNTRY
WHITE HOUSE NAMES NEW MEMBERS TO U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL COUNCIL
GERMAN POLICE TO ACT AGAINST USE OF NAZI-ERA ‘JEWISH STARS’ AT BERLIN COVID PROTESTS
NEW YORK SENATE WEIGHS BILL TO KEEP PUBLIC FUNDS AWAY FROM ISRAEL BOYCOTT EFFORTS
ARIZONA LAWMAKER WANTS INCREASED SECURITY AT SYNAGOGUES
IN A FIRST, AN OFFICIAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY EVENT IN EGYPT
NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR MURPHY SIGNS LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING THE NEW JERSEY NONPROFIT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM
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HUMANITY

IN ‘CAPTIVES OF HOPE’ SERMON, RABBI ANGELA BUCHDAHL DESCRIBES CALL WITH TEXAS GUNMAN

By PHILISSA CRAMER

The New York City rabbi who spoke twice to the man who held Jews hostage in their Texas synagogue detailed the experience in a sermon. Rabbi Angela Buchdahl of Central Synagogue also outlined her anxiety as an American Jew and exhorted her congregants to heed a prayer that the Reform movement has made part of its liturgy on Tisha B’Av, the Jewish day mourning the destruction of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem and other traumatic events in Jewish history: “Blessed are you, Adonai, who makes us captives of hope.”

PITTSBURGH STEELER ZACH BANNER HONORED FOR STANDING AGAINST ANTISEMITISM

By JUSTIN VELLUCCI

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TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY PRESENTS GLOBAL ‘POSITIVE TRENDS’ COUNTERING ANTISEMITISM TO ISRAEL’S PRESIDENT

By Sharon Wrobel

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THE SECURE COMMUNITY NETWORK HAS BEEN BUILDING A SHIELD OVER US JEWISH COMMUNITIES. IT SAVED LIVES IN THE TEXAS SYNAGOGUE ATTACK

By CNN

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ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY DENOUNCES JEW-HATE

By JENNI FRAZER

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NEW INITIATIVE LAUNCHED TO TRAIN ACTIVISTS IN COMBATING ONLINE ANTISEMITISM
WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS LAUNCHED ITS SEVENTH ANNUAL #WEREMEMBER CAMPAIGN
JEWS AND CHRISTIANS HOLD JOINT HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL IN PARIS
PRESBYTERIANS FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE CONDEMNS REMARKS BY STATED CLERK
CHICO RABBI RESPONDS TO ANTI-SEMITIC FLYERS WITH A MESSAGE OF KINDNESS
TORONTO CHARITY PUSHING FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION TO BE MANDATORY

OVER 360,000 INDIVIDUALS AND 430 ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SIGNED OUR PLEDGE.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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, 360 organizations and 355,000 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.