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July 16, 2021

THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM REPORT

Dear Friends,

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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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SPECIAL FEATURES

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.

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UNITED STATES

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

ANTISEMITIC SYMBOL SPRAY-PAINTED ON ALLIANCE YWCA

By Paige Bennett

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MARK ZUCKERBERG ‘INUNDATED WITH ANTISEMITIC ABUSE’ AFTER POSTING PHOTO OF FAMILY DOG WEARING KIPPAH

By Algemeiner

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PODCAST HOST AND FASHION DESIGNER ACCUSED OF ANTISEMITISM FOR RANT AGAINST JEWS, CALLING GUEST ‘JEWISH AMERICAN PRINCESS’

By Shiryn Ghermezian

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AUSCHWITZ MUSEUM SAYS LAUREN BOEBERT’S TWEET ABOUT VACCINES SHOWS ‘MORAL AND INTELLECTUAL DECLINE’

By Ben Sales

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GAB APP ‘SUSPENDED’ FROM TWITTER AFTER FREE SPEECH SITE TWEETS ANTISEMITISM JUST MEANS ‘ANYTHING JEWS DON’T LIKE’
REP RASHIDA TLAIB SLAMMED ON TWITTER AFTER DENOUNCING DEMOLITION OF PALESTINIAN TERRORIST’S HOME, FAILING TO MENTION HIS VICTIM
HOMOPHOBIC, ANTISEMITIC NOTE LEFT AT NORTH ANDOVER, MA DOOR
ANTISEMITIC NURSE DENA ALKOKA WANTS TO KILL JEWS
PA. MAN SENT TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR THREATENING, ANTISEMITIC SOCIAL MEDIA POST
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WORLD NEWS

United Kingdom

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

MAN ADMITS DEFACING NORTH WALES WAR MEMORIAL WITH NAZI AND ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI

By Glyn Bellis & Alex Hickey

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WOLVERHAMPTON MAN FILMED DOG IN MICROWAVE WHILE MAKING COMMENTS ABOUT HOLOCAUST

By Richard Guttridge

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UK LABOUR ACTIVISTS SUSPENDED OVER ANTISEMITISM LOSE COURT PETITION
DIRECTOR AT LONDON ACCOUNTANCY FIRM NO LONGER WORKING THERE AFTER HISTORY OF TROLLING JEWISH PEOPLE
HASTINGS COUNCIL CRITICISED FOR REFUSING TO CONDEMN ‘RIVER TO SEA’ CHANTS
TORY MP ON SITE VISIT WITH ‘SUSPENDED’ COUNCILLOR WHO SHARED ‘ABHORRENT’ POSTS

GERMANY

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

ANTISEMITIC POSTERS IN DIFFERENT PLACES IN BERLIN
TRIAL AGAINST ALLEGED MEMBERS OF THE RIGHT-WING EXTREMIST “GOYIM PARTY”
ANTISEMITIC INSULTS AT A BAR OWNER IN BERLIN
A MESSAGE WITH ANTISEMITIC CONSPIRACY MYTHS AT BERLIN UNDERGROUND STATION

CANADA

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

FRANCE

GRENOBLE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEFACED BY ANTISEMITIC VANDALS TWICE IN WEEK

By CAM

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

By KATARZYNA MARKUSZ

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

BARCELONA FOOTBALL PLAYERS REFUSE TO COMPETE IN JERUSALEM

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

THE CAIRO BOOK FAIR REMAINS RIFE WITH ANTISEMITISM

By SHIMON SAMUELS

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PALESTINIAN JOURNALIST FIRED FROM BBC OVER ‘HITLER WAS RIGHT’ TWEET PINS BLAME ON ‘PRO-ISRAEL MOB’

By Ben Cohen

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JORDANIAN PROFESSOR AHMAD NOFAL: THE HOLOCAUST LASTED SIX MONTHS TO TWO YEARS, BUT THE PALESTINIANS HAVE BEEN SUFFERING A DAILY HOLOCAUST FOR 70 YEAR
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ON CAMPUS

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.”

LOS ANGELES SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD ADOPTS RESOLUTION DENOUNCING ANTISEMITISM

By LINH TAT

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SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOL BOY KICKED OUT OF CLASS FOR DISPLAYING ISRAELI FLAG

By Tali Feinberg

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PROFESSOR WHO ALLEGED ANTISEMITISM SUES OREGON UNIVERSITY FOR $4M AFTER FIRING
DEPARTING RUTGERS’ HILLEL DIRECTOR WORRIED ABOUT SCHOOL’S JEWISH STUDENT LIFE
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ANALYSIS & OP-EDS

IT’S TIME TO ADMIT IT: THE LEFT HAS AN ANTISEMITISM PROBLEM

By Jonathan Greenblatt

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REPORT URGES UN TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST ANTISEMITISM; ADOPT IHRA DEFINITION

By UN Watch

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CUNY MUST CONFRONT ANTISEMITISM IN ITS MIDST

By ROBERT CHERRY

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CLUBHOUSE FOR ANTISEMITES

By SHLOMO LITVIN

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YALE PROFESSOR: COLLEGE COUNCIL ATTACK ON ISRAEL IS NOT SUPPORTED BY FACT, NOR BECOMING OF YALE STUDENTS

By Evan Morris

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THERE’S NO CURE FOR ANTISEMITISM, BUT THERE IS A VACCINE

By David Suissa

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THE PHRASE ‘JEWISH SUPREMACY’ IS BRAZEN ANTISEMITISM

By BRUCE S. TICKER

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WHAT APPOINTMENT OF NEW CAL STATE LA ETHNIC STUDIES DEAN MAY MEAN FOR JEWISH STUDENTS

By Tammi Rossman-Benjamin

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GERMANY NEEDS TO CONFRONT IRANIAN REGIME’S ANTISEMITISM

By Benjamin Weinthal and Dr. Charles Asher Small

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I’M A FORMER JEWISH REFUGEE. WOULD “THE SQUAD” HAVE GIVEN ME REFUGE TODAY?

By Tabby Refael

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US JEWRY FAILED TO TEACH ITS YOUTH ABOUT ISRAEL, HERE IS THE RESULT

By Herb Keinon

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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.

ANTISEMITIC CONTENT ON TIKTOK INCREASES BY 912% – STUDY
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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

By CAM

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. 

NJ GOV, CONGRESSIONAL REPS JOIN INTERFAITH CONDEMNATION OF ANTISEMITISM ‘WITH NO CAVEATS’

By Dion J. Pierre

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CZECH REPUBLIC BECOMES NINTH STATE TO BOYCOTT DURBAN CONFERENCE

By LAHAV HARKOV

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US LAWMAKERS CASTIGATED ABBAS FOR TERROR PAYMENTS DURING ‘TENSE’ RAMALLAH MEET

By Jacob Magid

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INTER-PARLIAMENTARY TASK FORCE TO COMBAT ONLINE ANTISEMITISM URGE PENALIZING UNCOOPERATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

By Raffy Boudjikanian

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UK DIGITAL & CULTURE SECRETARY OLIVER DOWDEN URGES FACEBOOK AND TWITTER TO ADOPT IHRA ANTISEMITISM DEFINITION
OTTAWA ANNOUNCES DATES FOR NATIONAL SUMMITS ON ISLAMOPHOBIA AND ANTI-SEMITISM
‘JUST THE BEGINNING’: UAE OPENS TEL AVIV EMBASSY AS SIDES HAIL TIES
GEORGIA LEGISLATORS VOW TO RENAME CYNTHIA MCKINNEY PARKWAY
ORTHODOX JEWS CALL ON US CONGRESS TO PASS ‘PRAY SAFE’ ACT TO PROTECT HOUSES OF WORSHIP FROM VIOLENCE
MERCER ISLAND, WA MAYOR ISSUES PROCLAMATION REJECTING ANTI-SEMITISM
AUSTRALIA OPPOSITION LEADER ANTHONY ALBANESE BLASTS ISRAEL BOYCOTTERS
US CONGRESS DOUBLES FUNDING REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE TO HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
ILLINOIS INVESTIGATES COMPANY FOR SUPPORT OF ANTISEMITIC BDS CAMPAIGN
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HUMANITY

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. 

TWITTER DEPLATFORMS WHITE NATIONALIST NICK FUENTES

By Aaron Bandler

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CHELSEA FC TO USE SOCCER AS ‘CONNECTING BRIDGE’ FOR OVER 1,000 ARAB AND JEWISH KIDS IN ISRAEL

By Sharon Wrobel

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IN A GERMAN CITY WITH 30 JEWS, A RESTORED ART DECO SYNAGOGUE WILL HOUSE INTERFAITH EFFORTS

By JTA

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SENIOR RABBI IN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES DENOUNCES CONTINUING IMPRISONMENT OF YEMENI JEW AS ‘CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY’

By Algemeiner Staff

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ANTISEMITISM RALLY HELD AT MINNESOTA STATE CAPITOL
ISRAEL’S WATERGEN HELPING ARIZONA NATIVE AMERICANS MAKE WATER FROM AIR
BALTIMORE LEADERS UNITE AGAINST HATE AFTER RECENT ANTI-SEMITISM INCIDENTS
MEMPHIS FRIENDS OF ISRAEL RALLY AGAINST ANTISEMITISM
‘THE NAZI’S GRANDDAUGHTER’ AUTHOR SILVIA FOTI BRAVELY CONFRONTS TRUTH
A NEW ANIMATED ANNE FRANK MOVIE BRINGS HER DIARY TO LIFE IN MODERN-DAY AMSTERDAM
A BLACK JEWISH FILMMAKER BRINGS HER DUAL IDENTITIES TO BET

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