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January 29, 2021

THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM REPORT

As the world paused this week to commemorate the Holocaust, CAM reported 52 anti-Semitic incidents (60% far-right, 15% far-left, 17% Islamist, and 8% unidentifiable) around the world. Seventy-six years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the resurgence of anti-Semitism is a wake up call that the world must continue to fight so we can believe in an uphold the phrase “Never Again.”

A Jewish family in Argentina was beaten while on vacation by another family shouting anti-Semitic expletives; a Biden administration official was accused of dual loyalty; a Belgian Jewish boy was assaulted outside his home; Palestinian Authority TV blamed the Holocaust on Jews; and a Pakistani court ordered the release of the extremist who beheaded Jewish American journalist Daniel Pearl.  

Yet in an unprecedented international showing of solidarity, 74 entities – representing diverse cross sections of society – adopted the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. These record-setting adoptions included the Republic of Guatemala, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, universities, sports teams, churches, and businesses across the world.  

See below for more news, exclusive interviews, CAM’s #SmashHate campaign with TikTok star Baby Ariel, the latest IHRA definition adoptions and more.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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SPECIAL FEATURE

HOW THE UGLY DEPTHS OF ONLINE ANTI-SEMITISM REACHED THE U.S. CAPITOL

By Katrina Lantos Swett and Yigal Carmon for CAM

As the children of Holocaust survivors, Katrina Lantos Swett of the Lantos Foundation and Yigal Carmon of MEMRI observe that neo-Nazism has yet again reared its ugly head in the United States, this time at the U.S. Capitol. In order to tackle the ancient hatred that is anti-Semitism, they argue, the modern problem of hate-filled online outlets must be addressed. Read Here

INTERVIEW WITH RABBI ANDREW BAKER: DRAFTING THE WORKING DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM

By CAM

To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, CAM spoke to Rabbi Andrew Baker about his role in crafting the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism and in combating anti-Jewish prejudice through outreach to government institutions both in Europe and the United States. Read Here

TIKTOK STAR BABY ARIEL PARTNERS WITH CAM TO #SMASHHATE FOR INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

By CAM

With anti-Semitism on the rise across, Baby Ariel spoke out in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, alerting her fans to the dangers of prejudice and hatred. CAM is honored to collaborate with Baby Ariel on the #SmashHate campaign to educate millions of young people about the multiple manifestations of contemporary anti-Semitism and their dangers. Read Here

CAM HONORS ‘JAPANESE RESCUER’ CHIUNE SUGIHARA, WHO SAVED THOUSANDS OF JEWS DURING HOLOCAUST

By CAM

Ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, CAM and B’nai B’rith International hosted a special virtual reception commemorating the heroic deeds of the late Chiune Sugihara, who as a Japanese diplomat stationed in Lithuania in 1940 saved thousands of European Jews by issuing transit visas that allowed them to escape the Nazis. Read Here

READ WASHINGTON POST COVERAGE OF THE EVENT

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UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA LAWYER UNDER FIRE AFTER CALLING FOR GENOCIDE OF JEWS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

By JNS

A California lawyer has come under fire from Jewish groups for making genocidal claims against Jews on social media. In past Facebook posts, the lawyer, Farhad Khorasani, claimed that Israel is “the main enemy of the human race and the world,” saying: “The Jew anywhere is an existential threat to Aryans, muslims [sic] and Iranians everywhere. Hitler has proved that he knew these terrorist semites [sic] very well. Hitler was right, we need a new Hitler.” Read Here

NBC, Mother Jones Articles On AIPAC Donations by Jewish Cybersecurity Official Spread ‘Dual Loyalty’ Canard, Say Jewish Groups

By Algemeiner Staff

Reports from NBC News and Mother Jones on a Jewish Biden Administration official drew sharp rebuke by leading Jewish groups, for implying that donations to the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC raised questions about her loyalty to the United States. Read Here

WILLIAMSBURG: SUSPECT ARMED WITH KNIFE ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULTING JEWS ON LEE AVENUE

By YWN

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MOBILE AREA JEWISH FEDERATION RESPONDS TO NAZI GRAFFITI IN SEMMES

By Fox 10 News

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FBI ANNOUNCES REWARD & BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN TO IDENTIFY PERSON IN VANDALISM OF JEWISH SYNAGOGUES

By FBI Birmingham

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JEWISH GROUPS, RALEIGH MAYOR CONDEMN NAZI FLAG IN WAKE COUNTY

By ASHAD HAJELA

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WORLD NEWS

United Kingdom

BRITISH REGULATOR GIVES CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH TO ISLAMIC CHARITY ACCUSED OF ANTI-SEMITISM BY U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT

By Algemeiner

One day after the US State Department severed all links with Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) charity over anti-Semitism charges against the entity, the main body regulating charities in the United Kingdom has declared itself satisfied with IRW’s response to the controversy. Read Here

TORIES LAUNCH INVESTIGATION INTO ANTI-SEMITISM ALLEGATIONS

By Andrew Woodcock

The Conservative party has launched an investigation into allegations of anti-Semitism directed at a Jewish Labour Party candidate in a local election last year. Dan Ozarow made a complaint after local Conservatives in Hertfordshire allegedly distributed campaign material implying that he supported Hezbollah, while a senior councillor put his face on an electronic billboard alongside a mocked-up newspaper headline linking him with the militant Islamist group. Read Here

SHOAH EDUCATION CHIEF: PANDEMIC ‘DELIBERATELY EXPLOITED’ BY CONSPIRACY THEORISTS

By Jewish News

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JOHN MCDONNELL JUMPS TO DEFENCE OF LABOUR ACTIVIST SUSPENDED OVER ANTI-SEMITISM CLAIMS

By Lee Harpin

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ROW AS COUNCILLOR WHO APOLOGIZED AFTER JEWISH COMMUNITY REMARKS NOMINATES SCOTTISH LABOUR PARTY CONTENDER

By Paul Hutcheon

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FURY AS TONGE BLAMES RISING U.K. CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM ON ‘THE ILLEGAL ACTIONS OF THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT’

By Lee Harpin

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GERMANY

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY: ‘ANTI-SEMITISM STARTS WITH CONSPIRACY THEORIES’

By DW

The German Bundestag commemorated the end of the Holocaust with a ceremony in the Reichstag building and online. The commemoration also celebrates 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany. Read Here

RISE OF ANTI-SEMITISM, OTHER EXTREMISM, HAS GERMAN JEWS QUESTIONING THEIR FUTURE

By Cnaan Lipshiz

When this country’s main far-right movement entered parliament in 2017, it was a life-changing wakeup call for 38-year-old Shai Hoffman. But the AfD’s rise is only one of the distressing factors that have worried German Jews in recent years. For many, the well-documented two-pronged anti-Semitism threat on the ground has come to a head. Read Here

AT GERMAN PARLIAMENT, HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR URGES NATION TO FIGHT TODAY’S FAR-RIGHT

By Agencies

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GERMANY’S FAR-RIGHT AFD BRACES FOR SURVEILLANCE

By France 24

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OTHER WORLD NEWS

POLAND: FAR-RIGHT POLITICIAN WHO DENOUNCED ‘POWERFUL U.S. JEWISH LOBBY’ APPOINTED DEPUTY MINISTER OF EDUCATION

By Ben Cohen

A far-right Polish politician who accused “the powerful Jewish lobby in the USA” of attempting to swindle money “that is not due to them in any way” has been appointed as his country’s deputy minister for education. Tomasz Rzymkowski was confirmed as secretary of state of Poland’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Read Here

ARGENTINA: DETAILS EMERGE OF SHOCKING ANTI-SEMITIC ASSAULT ON JEWISH FAMILY DURING MOUNTAIN VACATION

By Algemeiner Staff

The family of Orthodox Jews were driving through the mountain range from La Falda to La Cumbre when another car pulled up in front of them. The occupants began screaming anti-Semitic abuse that included, “You shitty Jews, get out of here!” The Jewish man was then set upon by the occupants of the other car and subjected to a “brutal beating.” The children of the assailants reportedly joined in with the assault. Read Here

LITHUANIA: IN HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY SPEECH, LAWMAKER SAYS JEWS AND COMMUNISTS SHARE BLAME

By Cnaan Lipshiz

A local senior lawmaker has been accused of distorting the history of the Holocaust and blaming Jews for it, following a speech by Valdas Rakutis, a member of Lithuania’s parliament. “There was no shortage of Holocaust perpetrators among the Jews themselves, especially in the ghetto self-government structures,” Rakutis said in the speech, which took place on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Read Here

BELGIUM: JEWISH BOY ATTACKED BY ASSAILANT IN ANTWERP DAYS AFTER MAYORS WARNING OF WAVE OF ANTI-SEMITISM

By Algemeiner Staff

Police in Antwerp arrested a man for physically assaulting a 13-year-old Haredi Jewish boy outside his home. The assailant approached the boy and the boy screamed when the assailant grabbed him by the throat, causing his father to immediately rush outside. The attacker then turned his attention to the boy’s father, grabbing him by his peyos and pulling him down to the ground. Read Here

BELGIUM: ANTWERP MAYOR CLAIMS CITY’S JEWS ARE RISKING ‘WAVE OF ANTI-SEMITISM’ OVER ALLEGED NON-COMPLIANCE WITH COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

By Ben Cohen

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BELGIUM: COVID-19 COMMENT SPURS AN ANTI-SEMITISM COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST HEAD OF BELGIUM’S JEW-MOCKING AALST CARNIVAL

By JTA

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UKRAINE: NAZI COLLABORATORS INCLUDED IN UKRAINIAN MEMORIAL PROJECT

By Jeremy Sharon

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ITALY: ‘JEWS ARE THE EVIL TO BE ELIMINATED:’ NEO-NAZI GROUP FOUNDER ARRESTED IN ITALY

By Eli Nahum

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CANADA: MONTREAL POLICE INVESTIGATING ANTI-SEMITIC COMMENTS AND THREATS ON FACEBOOK

By Paul Cherry

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BRAZIL: BDS ACTIVISTS TO TEACH ANTI-SEMITISM SEMINAR AT WORLD SOCIAL FORUM IN BRAZIL

By CAM

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THE MIDDLE EAST

PAKISTAN COURT ORDERS RELEASE OF ISLAMIST CONVICTED OF BEHEADING JOURNALIST DANIEL PEARL

By Reuters

Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the release of an Islamist convicted of beheading U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, a decision that has left his family in “complete shock”, lawyers said. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the decision “an affront to terrorism victims everywhere, including in Pakistan” and said Washington was prepared to prosecute Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh in the United States. Read Here

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY: AS THE WORLD REMEMBERS THE HOLOCAUST, THE PALESTINIANS BLAME IT ON THE JEWS

By ITAMAR MARCUS

This week, Palestinians tuning in to official P.A. TV were told that the Jews brought the Holocaust upon themselves, that it was Europe’s way of punishing the Jews for their “conspiracies and wickedness.” The claim was made on the program “From the Israeli Archive,” which is currently airing parts of an Israeli documentary series from 1981, “Pillar of Fire,” misinterpreting—and even mistranslating—the original narration so it presents a Palestinian and even anti-Semitic perspective. Read Here

PAKISTAN: ANTI-ISRAEL ‘MILLION MAN MARCH’ HELD IN KARACHI BY ISLAMIST PAKISTANI PARTY

By Algemeiner

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TURKEY PRO-GOVERNMENT MEDIA ‘JEWS OVERREPRESENTED IN BIDEN CABINET’

By Seth J. Frantzman

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TURKEY: ‘JEWS WANT TO CONQUER THE TEMPLE MOUNT’ TURKISH APP CLAIMS

By Daniel Siryoti and Yori Yalon

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FATAH LAUDS MUNICH OLYMPICS MASSACRE AS A ‘QUALITY OPERATION’

By JNS

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ON CAMPUS

CALIFORNIA: DESCRIBING JEWS AS ‘PRIVILEGED’, ETHNIC STUDIES CURRICULUM SPARKS BACKLASH

By Matthew Foldi and Adam Credo

The latest draft of a state-mandated public school curriculum is generating concerns among Jewish groups. It includes a sample lesson on Jews, recommending students discuss how Jews “sometimes have experienced conditional whiteness and privilege.” Though the proposed curriculum touches on the experiences of several other ethnic groups, the word privilege is applied to only Jews. Read Here

ONTARIO: SECOND STUDENT LEADER RESIGNS AMID ANTI-SEMITISM CONTROVERSY

By B’NAI BRITH CANADA

A second University of Toronto graduate student executive has resigned over fallout from opposition to a campaign to increase access to kosher food on campus. In a resignation letter, Ben Hjorth, the Executive-at-Large of the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU), lamented an ongoing investigation into “an allegedly anti-Semitic (in fact simply anti-Israeli, that is anti-apartheid) speech of mine sometime in 2019.” Read Here

LEEDS UNIVERSITY TO PROBE ACADEMIC WHO SAID ISRAELI EMBASSY RAN ANTI-SEMITIC CAMPAIGN AGAINST CORBYN

By JC Reporter

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JEWISH STUDENT LEADERS PAST AND PRESENT ATTACK IHRA CRITICS

By Lee Harpin

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DEAN OF SOUTHWESTERN LAW SCHOOL CONDEMNS ALUMNUS WHO SAID ‘WE NEED A NEW HITLER’

By Algemeiner

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CARLETON UNIVERSITY RESOLUTION TARGETS DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM, WARNS CANADIAN JEWISH ORGANIZATION

By Algemeiner

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AUSTRIA UNIVERSITY DISINVITES IRAN-AFFILIATED IMAM AFTER UPROAR

By Benjamin Weinthal

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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT SENATE SLATED TO VOTE ON BDS OTHER RESOLUTIONS

By JNS

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ANALYSIS & OP-EDS

WHY THE IHRA HANDBOOK ON ANTI-SEMITISM — NOT JUST ITS DEFINITION — IS NEEDED

By Daniel S. Mariaschin, CEO, B’nai B’rith International

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ISRAEL, PALESTINIANS, AND COVID VACCINES: A REALITY CHECK

By David Harris, CEO, American Jewish Committee

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‘AUSCHWITZ CAMP’ ON A BLACK SHIRT AT THE CAPITOL

By Dina Porat, Yad Vashem

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ANTI-SEMITISM IS ON THE MARCH FROM KUWAIT TO TUNISIA

By Amjad Taha

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ARAB GULF INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE HOLOCAUST AWARENESS, COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM

By MAJID AL SARRAH AND MASHAEL ALSHEMERI

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GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER: ANTI-SEMITISM KEEPS SHAPE-SHIFTING. THIS IS WHAT WE’RE DOING TO STOP IT

By Heiko Maas

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CONFRONTING ANTI-SEMITISM IN BIDEN’S FIRST ONE HUNDRED DAYS

By Julie Rayman

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FLORIDA STATE’S ANTI-SEMITIC STUDENT SENATOR

By Hen Mazzig

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TIME TO STOP MAKING LAZY HOLOCAUST PARALLELS

By Karen Pollock

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A NEW WAY TO HELP JEWISH STUDENTS ON CAMPUS

By Masha Merkulova

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AS SOCIAL NETWORKS CLAMP DOWN, ANTI-SEMITISM MOVES TO THE DARKNET

By MAYA MARGIT

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AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR CONDEMNS ANTI-MASKERS COMPLAINING ABOUT PERSONAL LIBERTIES AS CLUELESS

By OSCAR QUINE

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STUDIES & STATISTICS

DESPITE LOCKDOWN, NO LET-UP IN VIOLENT ANTI-SEMITIC ASSAULTS ON FRENCH JEWS DURING 2020: REPORT

By Ben Cohen

The number of violent anti-Semitic assaults on Jews in France remained consistent during 2020 despite the restrictions on movement imposed COVID-19 lockdowns. “In 2020 the number of violent attacks recorded — 44 — remained almost identical to the year 2019 — 45 — despite the three and a half months of confinement and the decrease in community activities,” the SPCJ security service stated. Read Here

ANTI-SEMITISM IS EXPECTED TO RISE SIGNIFICANTLY AROUND THE WORLD IN 2021

By Jeremy Sharon

Anti-Semitism is expected to rise sharply around the world as a result of conspiracy theories against Jews and the State of Israel regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Ministry’s annual anti-Semitism report. The main forum for the expression of anti-Semitism in 2020 changed from the physical realm to the online one, the report said. Read Here

THIRTY PER CENT OF CASES DEALT WITH BY LABOUR ANTI-SEMITISM PANEL RESULT IN EXPULSION, NEW FIGURES REVEAL

By Lee Harpin

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SOCIAL MEDIA SEES 20% DROP IN ARAB OBJECTION TO NORMALIZATION WITH ISRAEL

By Jerusalem Post

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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

RISE IN ANTI-SEMITISM DURING PANDEMIC SHOWS WE CAN NEVER LET DOWN OUR GUARD: UN CHIEF

By UN News

António Guterres said although anti-Semitism found its most horrific expression in the Holocaust, it did not end there and continues to blight the world today. “It is sad, but not surprising, that the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered yet another eruption of this poisonous ideology. We can never let down our guard”, he stated. Read Here

BIDEN WARNS HOLOCAUST DENIERS’ VOICE GROWING LOUDER

By JACOB MAGID

Expressing concern over the increasingly amplified voice of Holocaust deniers, US President Joe Biden stresses the importance of passing down the lessons of the Nazi-perpetrated genocide to future generations, in a statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He stresses the importance of combating the “resurgent tide of anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry and intolerance, here at home and around the world.” Read Here

ISRAELI, GERMAN, EU COUNCIL PRESIDENTS ISSUE STATEMENT COMMEMORATING HOLOCAUST

By JNS

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and European Council President Charles Michel issued a joint statement affirming their commitment to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and fighting anti-Semitism. Read Here

GUATEMALAN CONGRESS ADOPTS THE IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM

By Diario Judio

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UN EXPERTS URGE ACTION AGAINST RISING ANTI-SEMITISM AROUND GLOBE, CALL FOR MORE HOLOCAUST EDUCATION

By CAM

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ANDREW YANG SAYS BDS HARKENS ‘BACK TO FASCIST BOYCOTTS OF JEWISH BUSINESSES’

By Aaron Bandler

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BIDEN’S UN ENVOY NOMINEE: BDS ACTIVITY ‘UNACCEPTABLE, VERGES ON ANTI-SEMITIC’

By Jacob Magid

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IRELAND COMMITTED TO COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM AND RACISM, SAYS TAOISEACH

By Patsy McGarry

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INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE ALLIANCE PUBLISHES GUIDELINES TO COMBAT HOLOCAUST DISTORTION

By Algemeiner

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EU COMMISSION VICE-PRESIDENT: ‘WE HAVE A DUTY TO ACT DECISIVELY AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM IN ITS CONTEMPORARY FORMS’

By YOSSI LEMPKOWICZ

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AHEAD OF INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY, ERDAN WARNS UN OF IRAN THREATS

By JNS

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HUMANITY

TOP U.S. JEWISH UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION ADOPTS IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM

By CAM

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and 51 of its member groups announced they had adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism. Read Here

FACEBOOK ANNOUNCES NEW EFFORT TO COMBAT HOLOCAUST DENAIL

By Jewish Insider

In the announcement, Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of product management, explained that when users attempt to search for Holocaust-related materials, they “will see a message from Facebook encouraging them to connect with credible information about the Holocaust off Facebook.” The site will link users to aboutholocaust.org, an initiative spearheaded by the World Jewish Congress. The site contains survivor testimonies and information about the Holocaust that has been reviewed by experts in the field. Read Here

MAJOR GERMAN COMPANIES INCLUDING DAIMLER, VW, AND DEUTSCHE BANK ADOPT IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM

By Yoni Wilkenfeld

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FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION AND ENGLISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE ADOPT IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM

By Lee Harpin

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FC BAYERN EXTENDS CULTURE OF REMEMBRANCE AND ADOPTS IHRA DEFINITION

By FC BAYERN MUNICH

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SCHALKE 04 ADOPTS IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM

By Schalke 04

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EINTRACHT FRANKFURT TAKES A STAND AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM AND ADOPTS THE IHRA DEFINITION

By LIFE PR

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BRENTFORD FOOTBALL CLUB ADOPTS INTERNATIONAL DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM

By Campaign Against Antisemitism

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OVER 300,000 INDIVIDUALS AND 300 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, 294 organizations and 299,000 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.