THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM REPORT
An almost equal share of reported antisemitic incidents this week originated from the far-left and the extreme right – highlighting the importance of combating antisemitism across the ideological spectrum. CAM Senior Advisor Brig. Gen. (Res) Sima Vaknin Gill expounds upon the growing challenge of fighting expressions of antisemitism within the progressive movement.
This week, a man in Union City, New Jersey was charged for setting fire to a synagogue and yeshiva, while an Orthodox Jewish man was randomly assaulted with a piece of furniture on a Brooklyn street. A new report stated that hate crimes against the Los Angeles Jewish community – the third largest in the world – has increased nearly 60% so far in 2021.
A group of students at Syracuse University were pelted with eggs while antisemitic slurs were yelled at them. In Germany, children’s graves were desecrated at a Jewish cemetery, and a Holocaust memorial was vandalized twice in Grenoble, France.
At the 7th Global Forum Forum for Combating Antisemitism, CAM convened a special panel of municipal leaders to share best practices for combating antisemitism at the local level, and Israel’s President Isaac Herzog warned against the upcoming UN Durban IV conference on racism, for promoting Jew-hatred. Nine countries, have so far announced boycotts – primarily nations that have adopted the IHRA working definition of antisemitism – a key indicator of a country’s willingness to tackle resurgent Jew-hatred.
Meanwhile, Facebook unveiled a new tool to combat Holocaust denial in 12 of the most-spoken languages. Last Sunday, thousands of people united in solidarity against antisemitism at the cross-communal ‘No Fear: Rally in Solidarity with the Jewish People’ in front of the US Capital Building. Smaller solidarity rallies took place in three other cities.
CAM’s weekly global antisemitism report highlights 32 new media reports of antisemitic incidents, including 10 (31%) from the far-right and 9 (28%) from the far-left, as well as 6 (19%) with Islamist motivations, and 7 (21%) unidentifiable in nature.
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CAM CONVENES MAYORS, COMMUNITY LEADERS TO SHARE BEST PRACTICES DURING CAM PANEL AT 7TH GLOBAL FORUM FOR COMBATING ANTISEMITISM
Prominent mayors, municipal leaders and Jewish community experts from North America, Europe, and Israel jointly called for more concrete action in the fight against antisemitism and shared best practices for combating Jew-hatred in local communities. The participants took part in a specially convened panel entitled ‘Eradicating Antisemitism from our Streets: Tangible Solutions to Combat Antisemitism at the Local Level,’ hosted by, the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) as part of the 7th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, organized by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which took place in Jerusalem.
PROGRESSIVE DISCOURSE IS ‘CANCELLING’ THE FIGHT AGAINST ANTISEMITISM
The sheer intensity of antisemitic incidents has abated, but nobody should be lulled into a false sense of security. Far from it. In fact. progressive circles are in danger of accepting a pernicious ‘new normal’ in which the battle against Jew-hatred is being ‘cancelled.’ As a result, they are fanning the fire of antisemitism.
THOUSANDS GATHER AT U.S. CAPITOL FOR ‘NO FEAR’ RALLY AGAINST ANTISEMITISM
Around 3,000 people from across the religious and political spectrum gathered on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, in a powerful display of unity against rising antisemitism. The “NO FEAR: A Rally in Solidarity with the Jewish People” — of which the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) was a proud co-sponsor — was organized following the disturbing surge of Jew-hatred worldwide that accompanied the Israel-Gaza flare-up in May, which included physical assaults, vandalism, verbal harassment, and hate speech targeting Jews and Jewish institutions across the globe.
JEWISH MAN ASSAULTED IN BROOKLYN IN APPARENT ANTISEMITIC ATTACK
By TOI Staff
A Jewish man was punched and attacked with a piece of furniture in an apparent hate crime in New York. The 25-year-old victim was punched in the chest and then struck in the back with what appeared to be a piece of a drawer. Police said they were looking for the suspect who was seen in security camera footage breaking off the piece of furniture and attacking the man, before fleeing the scene in Brooklyn. Read Here
UNION CITY, NJ MAN CHARGED WITH SETTING FIRE TO SYNAGOGUE, YESHIVA
By Ron Zeitlinger
A Union City man has been charged with setting fire to a synagogue and a yeshiva earlier this month. Oswaldo Domingo Xil-Argueta, 29, was arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated arson, criminal mischief and burglary, the prosecutor said. Because the arson occurred at a place of public worship, the aggravated arson charge has been elevated to a first-degree offense. Read Here
CORBYN REBUKED ON ANTISEMITISM AFTER QUESTION ON ONLINE RACISM
By Jewish News
Jeremy Corbyn received a stinging rebuke from the government over his record on antisemitism, after asking about online racism targeting England’s football stars. The former Labour leader asked Home Office minister Victoria Atkins what measures would be put in place to stop social media hate. Atkins replied: “I suspect I’m not the only person who has felt a little bit astonished that it is this right honourable member who’s chosen to ask that question about taking immediate action to tackle racism. Read Here
JEWISH ENGLAND FAN ABUSED OVER ‘RUBINSTEIN’ FOOTBALL SHIRT
By Lee Harpin
A Jewish England football fan has revealed they were racially abused as they entered Wembley Stadium to watch the Euro 2020 final. Actor and writer Jolyon Rubinstein said he was subjected to antisemitic abuse as he took off his coat to reveal a shirt with his surname on the back. He tweeted:”I was racially abused last night as I was entering Wembley Stadium. “My shirt has Rubinstein on the back. I took my coat off and immediately: ‘Are you even from this country’ and ‘he’s a Jew’ followed by laughs and jeers by a group of six men in their 50’s.” Read Here
CHILDREN’S GRAVESTONES DESECRATED AT THE JEWISH CEMETERY IN CHEMNITZ
By Eli Nahum
Unknown people broke off and knocked over several children’s tombstones in the Jewish cemetery in Chemnitz. A total of four tombstones were damaged. The damage to the older section of the cemetery was discovered and the cemetery administration filed a complaint. Police investigated the crime scene. Read Here
FEDERAL NDP INSUFFICIENTLY CONCERNED ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST JEWS
By B’nai Brith Canada
B’nai Brith Canada is alarmed by the increasing frequency with which the federal New Democratic Party (NDP) turns a blind eye towards violence against Jews, both in Canada and beyond. NDP MP and Critic for Ethics Charlie Angus hailed Khalida Jarrar as a “human rights campaigner,” and called for her release from Israeli jail. In fact, Jarrar is the senior political leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a designated terrorist entity in Canada that has murdered hundreds of people, including Canadian citizens. Read Here
GRENOBLE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEFACED BY ANTISEMITIC VANDALS TWICE IN WEEK
Swastika graffiti was found on a commemoration plaque for Auschwitz-Birkenau deportees in the southeastern French city of Grenoble. This came only two days after antisemitic vandals used a blowtorch to engrave swastikas into the same Holocaust memorial. Police are investigating the incidents. In May, an official from the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) accused Grenoble’s City Council of displaying “visceral antisemitism” by parroting Palestinian propaganda during the Israel-Gaza flare-up. Read Here
OTHER WORLD NEWS
POLISH NATIONALISTS DISRUPT COMMEMORATION FOR JEWISH POGROM VICTIMS
Several dozen nationalist protesters disrupted a commemoration ceremony for Jewish victims of a 1941 pogrom in Jedwabne, Poland, symbolizing the country’s fraught debate over who should be blamed for World War II-era atrocities. The nationalists brought flags and signs and disturbed people praying at the site of the pogrom, the exact anniversary of the event. Read Here
THE ANCESTRY OF A JEWISH REFUGEE’S SON IS AT THE HEART OF A MAJOR POLITICAL CRISIS IN CONGO
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
The ancestry of the son of a Jewish refugee in the Democratic Republic of Congo has emerged as a flashpoint for a political crisis that is threatening the integrity of the massive African country. The crisis came to a head when lawmakers loyal to President Tshiseked introduced a bill that would restrict the presidency to those with two Congolese parents. It’s a move against Moise Katumbi, one of Congo’s most popular politicians, whose father was a Greek Jew who fled the Holocaust and settled in Congo, where he married a local woman. Read Here
THE MIDDLE EAST
GAZA PROF: “ISRAEL WILL BE DESTROYED,” SOME JEWS “WILL BE KILLED, SOME WILL BE TAKEN CAPTIVE, AND OTHERS WILL ESCAPE”
By Aaron Bandler
A professor in the Gaza Strip told Al-Aqsa TV that “Israel will be destroyed” but some Jews will be able to escape. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported that Nasr Fahajan, a professor of Islamic Studies, said, “We will liberate Palestine, Israel will be destroyed, and we will establish the Islamic state…” Fahajan added that Allah will show mercy to the Jews “by allowing them to escape.” “The state [of Israel] will be destroyed, but there will be no annihilation of the Jews. … Some of them will be killed, some will be taken captive, and others will escape.” Read Here
GROUP OF SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS HARASSED WITH ANTISEMITIC LANGUAGE, PELTED WITH EGGS FROM CAR
By Dion J. Pierre
A group of students walking near the Syracuse University campus were pelted with eggs and harassed with antisemitic language, according to a bias incident report by the school’s Department of Public Safety (DPS). The incident occurred between Waverly Avenue and University Avenue, when the students were approached by unknown individuals in a silver SUV.
FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL ALUMNI LETTER BACKS FACULTY CONDEMNATION OF ISRAEL’S ‘JEWISH SUPREMACY’
By Dion J. Pierre
A volley of community statements on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resumed at Franklin & Marshall College, when over 130 alumni endorsed a hotly-debated faculty expression of “solidarity with Palestine,” criticizing university administrators’ response to it. The letter was in support of a faculty statement that said, “The brutal system that controls Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is ideologically founded upon Jewish supremacy… and is practically committed to territorial theft from Palestinians who continue to resist physical removal and existential erasure.”
ANALYSIS & OP-EDS
STUDIES & STATISTICS
ANTISEMITIC CRIMES IN L.A. INCREASED NEARLY 60% IN 2021
By Aaron Bandler
Recent data from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) shows that antisemitic hate crimes have increased by nearly 60% thus far in 2021. According to a July 12 report from Crosstown, a nonprofit organization, 43 antisemitic hate crimes have occurred in Los Angeles in 2021, a 59.2% increase from 2020. Antisemitic hate crimes also comprised 14.6% of all hate crimes in Los Angeles in 2021.
GOVERNMENT & POLICY
HERZOG SAYS UPCOMING UN DURBAN CONFERENCE ON RACISM PROMOTES HATE
By Lazar Berman
The upcoming United Nations conference on racism is “a gathering of hatred and slander, an antisemitic event in the worst sense,” President Isaac Herzog said at the opening of the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism in Jerusalem. Herzog called for countries and organizations to join together by acting “decisively, unanimously, and fearlessly” against September’s Durban IV conference to ensure it does not take place.
IHRA DEFINITION INFORMS AUSTRIA’S DURBAN IV BOYCOTT
Austria announced a boycott of the September “Durban IV” twentieth-anniversary event of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action at the United Nations, citing the conference’s incongruence with UN principles. Austria is the third European Union country and eighth UN member state to announce a boycott of the event. Austria’s boycott is in accordance with the country’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.
BRITISH JEWS TO GET APOLOGY 800 YEARS AFTER ANTISEMITIC LAWS THAT LED TO THEIR EXPULSION
By PHILISSA CRAMER
The Church of England is planning a formal “act of repentance” for next year, the 800th anniversary of the Synod of Oxford, a set of laws that restricted Jews’ rights to engage with Christians in England. The laws ultimately led to the expulsion of England’s Jews in 1290. In planning the formal apology, the Church of England is taking responsibility for Christian antisemitism that predates its founding in 1534.
TO FIGHT HOLOCAUST DENIAL, FACEBOOK SEARCHES OF KEY WORDS IN 12 LANGUAGES WILL PROMPT AUTHORITATIVE INFO
By Sharon Wrobel
Facebook users searching for information about the Holocaust in 12 languages, including German, Arabic and Chinese, will now be directed to authoritative information on an educational website. The initiative was first launched on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, for social media users searching in English for terms associated with the Holocaust and the denial of it.
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.