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JULY 9TH, 2020

KANSAS NEWSPAPER REMOVES CARTOON COMPARING FACE MASKS RULES TO HOLOCAUST
SIGHT OF NAZI SWASTIKA FLAG STUNS EAST COUNTY MOTORISTS ON I-8 NEAR SAN DIEGO
SS NAZI BOLTS FOUND SCRAWLED IN S.F. NEIGHBORHOOD
SWASTIKAS, GRAFFITI FOUND AT OHIO UNIVERSITY

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THIS WEEK’S CONTENT

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1. GET LOUIS FARRAKHAN’S ANTI-SEMITIC YOUTUBE VIDEO REMOVED

By CAM

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan delivered a rant on YouTube containing a series of anti-Semitic comments and tropes. While Farrakhan has long promoted the fight for civil rights, for unknown reason he also preaches hatred and dehumanization of Jews. In his latest instance of anti-Semitism, Farrakhan argued that Jews are somehow responsible for many of the world’s ills and referred to the head of a leading Jewish civil rights organization as “Satan”. Please join us to report his most recent anti-Semitic video to YouTube and have this hateful content removed. 

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2. STUDENTS ACROSS THE WORLD CHALLENGED TO RAISE ANTI-SEMITISM AWARENESS IN UNIQUE VIDEO CONTEST

By JNS

A unique video contest for students across the world was launched, in order to advance public debate surrounding anti-Semitism, hatred and intolerance. “Students Speak Out Against Anti-Semitism. A Creative Video Production Contest” is being sponsored and organized by the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) and B’nai B’rith International.

Students across the world are being asked to create 2-3 minute videos, which promote a better understanding of anti-Semitism, tolerance and communicate a message of equality. Organizers said that the unique public awareness campaign is designed to harness the creativity of students in order to boost education about anti-Semitism and the prejudice, bigotry, hatred and violence it engenders. Read Here

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SPECIAL FEATURE

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1. GERMANY’S MOMENT HAS ARRIVED TO TACKLE EUROPEAN ANTI-SEMITISM

By Robert Singer, Senior Adviser to the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement

Germany is at the forefront of the global fight against anti-Semitism. Germany [has] an exceptional opportunity to lead the response to this new wave of anti-Semitism, as it spearheads the EU agenda during the coming six months. In fact, it is a double opportunity. Germany also chairs the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Germany sets a wonderful example to other European countries of how to deploy education, international cooperation and political will in the fight against anti-Semitism. The most potent weapon you have in this struggle is education. Change can come about only through knowledge.

With healthy budgets for supporting Jewish schools in Europe, Holocaust studies curriculum in non-Jewish schools, serious planning and dedication, tolerance and respect can replace hatred and bigotry. This is a historic mission. It is staring us squarely in the face today. If we work together, it can be achieved.  Read Here

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UNITED STATES

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1. SWASTIKAS DRAWN ON HOME AND BENCH IN JEWISH NEIGHBORHOOD OF BALTIMORE

By MARCY OSTER/JTA

Swastikas were found drawn on a public bench and on the side door of a home in a Jewish neighborhood of Baltimore. The symbol on the home, in the northwest section of the city, was drawn with a black marker and discovered. Area residents found the swastika spray-painted on the bench. Read Here

2. FLAG USED BY NEO-NAZIS, ACCORDING TO ADL, SEEN FLYING AT LAS VEGAS-AREA HOME

By Amy Abdelsayed

A flag that has been deemed a hate symbol and neo-Nazi symbol was seen at a home in Henderson. The ADL shows an identical flag on its website called the Imperial German Flag. The organization says it is sometimes used as a substitute for the Nazi flag by neo-Nazis. Read Here

3. HUDSON VALLEY MAN MAKES ANTI-SEMITIC DEATH THREATS, FEDS SAY

By Zak Failla

Federal officials have taken a Hudson Valley man into custody for allegedly making anti-Semitic death threats to a Jewish person from Fairfield County, Connecticut during religious holidays. Rockland County resident Christopher Rascoll, who has faced criminal charges before, has been charged with making death threats to the Stratford resident.  Read Here

4. KANSAS NEWSPAPER REMOVES CARTOON COMPARING FACE MASKS RULES TO HOLOCAUST

By CAM

The Anderson County Review, a weekly Kansas newspaper, published a political cartoon comparing coronavirus mask rules to the Holocaust. The cartoon featured a depiction of the state’s Democratic governor, Laura Kelly wearing a mask with the Star of David, in front of Jews boarding cattle cars with the caption: “Lockdown Laura Says: Put on your mask…and step into the cattle car.” Dane Hicks, the owner of The Anderson County Review, removed the cartoon following criticism from governor Kelly and others.  Read Here

5. IN 3-HOUR FOURTH OF JULY SPEECH, NATION OF ISLAM LEADER LOUIS FARRAKHAN REBUTS CHARGES OF ANTI-SEMITISM

By JTA

Bumped from FOX Soul TV, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan took to YouTube for a three-hour July Fourth address in which he addressed criticism of his record of anti-Semitism. “They tell lies to make you think I am a bigot or anti-Semite, so that you won’t listen to what I’m saying. So far they’ve been pretty successful,” he said. During his speech, Farrakhan, 87, repeated criticism of Jews, who he said had supplanted the Torah with the Talmud.  Read Here

6. AT BROOKLYN PRO-PALESTINE RALLY, CALLS TO ELIMINATE BOTH ISRAEL AND US

By TOI Staff

At a pro-Palestinian, pro-Black Lives Matters demonstration in Brooklyn, participants called to eliminate the Jewish state amid chants of “Death to Israel,” and “From Gaza to Minnesota, globalize the Intifada!” The rally, defined as a “Day of Rage” event to respond to Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank, hosted hundreds of demonstrators. Read Here

7. AMERICAN RAPPER ‘DIDDY’ PROMOTES FARRAKHAN’S ANTI-SEMITIC INDEPENDENCE DAY MESSAGE

By CAM

American rapper and entrepreneur Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, tweeted his support for the infamous anti-Semite, Louis Farrakhan. Diddy’s tweet, promoted Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s Fourth of July Address, which premiered on RevoltTV, a channel started by Combs. Combs asked his followers to tune in to watch Farrakhan’s speech, which was laden with anti-Semitic invective. In the speech, Farrakhan issued a call for violence against Jews and called the Jewish people, “Satan.” Read Here

8. BLACK LIVES MATTER DEMONSTRATORS IN DC CHANT ‘ISRAEL, WE KNOW YOU, YOU MURDER CHILDREN, TOO’

By Marcy Oster, JTA

Protesters at a demonstration in Washington, D.C., linking Black Lives Matter and the Palestinian cause chanted “Israel, we know you, you murder children, too.” The march, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol building, was led by a Harvard student, Christian Tabash, who read a poem about Israel’s crimes against Palestinian Muslims. The poem referred to Israel as “puppet master of continents,” an age-old conspiracy theory that Jews run the world. Read Here

9. SS NAZI BOLTS FOUND SCRAWLED IN S.F. NEIGHBORHOOD

By GABRIEL GRESCHLER

What appears to be a set of spray-painted SS bolts, a symbol favored by white supremacists and neo-Nazis, was found in the NoPa neighborhood of San Francisco. The San Francisco Police Department was not aware of the graffiti, according to public information officer Michael Andraychak. Read Here

10. SIGHT OF NAZI SWASTIKA FLAG STUNS EAST COUNTY MOTORISTS ON I-8 NEAR SAN DIEGO

By Ken Stone

Interstate 8 motorists and an Alpine resident posted pictures and video of a red-and-black SUV with the black swastika flag. It was the second Nazi flag seen in East County since Dustin Hart and his wife wore small versions on their face masks in a visit to the Santee Food 4 Less. Read Here

11. DESEAN JACKSON POSTS ANTI-SEMITIC QUOTE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

By Michael David Smith

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been using his Instagram account to share anti-Semitic posts with his 1.4 million followers. Jackson posted an image of what he said was a quote from Adolf Hitler saying, “the Jews will blackmail America. [They] will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.” The quote does not actually come from Hitler. Jackson has also been sharing quotes from Louis Farrakhan, the anti-Semitic and homophobic leader of the Nation of Islam. Read Here

12. ANTI-ISRAEL ‘DAY OF RAGE’ PROTESTS TARGET MAJOR JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS IN SAN DIEGO, BOSTON

By Benjamin Kerstein

Anti-Israel “Day of Rage” protests in San Diego and Boston targeted multiple Jewish sites unaffiliated with the Israeli government. The Palestinian Youth Movement issued directions for a “car caravan route” in San Diego. Among the sites on the route were an office of the Anti-Defamation League, Hadassah, and the Hillels at the University of California San Diego and San Diego State University, none of which are Israeli organizations. In Boston, about three hundred people associated with BDS Boston chanted Hamas slogans in front of the offices of the local ADL branch and the Jewish Community Relations Council. Read Here

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WORLD NEWS

(4 Pieces)

1. IN-DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE UK

SPURS AND BBC DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM BLM AFTER ‘GAGGED ON ZIONISM’ TWEET

By JEWISH NEWS REPORTER

Concern over anti-Semitic and anti-Israel social media posts by groups linked to the Black Lives Matter movement led to the first supportive organizations distancing themselves from it. Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and the BBC are among the first to advise their personnel to drop any physical or overt display of support, including the wearing of badges and ‘taking the knee’.  Read Here

TORY MP APOLOGISES AFTER PROMOTING CLIP OF ‘ROTHSCHILDS’ POEM

By Lee Harpin

A Conservative MP has apologised after he promoted a poem on social media called ‘The Right To Hate’ which included references to the “Rothschilds” and the “New World Order”. Bolton West MP Chris Green shared a video on Twitter of controversial comedian Chris McGlade reading out a section of the poem, captioning his tweet, “If you love poetry, this is worth a listen”. In the poem, which is dedicated to “all those globalists out there”, Mr McGlade challenges suggestions he is an anti-Semite.  Read Here

JEWISH LABOUR MOVEMENT HOLD EHRC REPORT MEETING WITH LABOUR MPS

By Lee Harpin

The Jewish Labour Movement has held a private briefing session with Labour MPs in the latest sign of improved relations between the organisation and the party since Jeremy Corbyn’s exit as leader. 35 members of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) attended the meeting which involved discussion on what to expect over the imminent publication of the EHRC report into the party’s handling of anti-Semitism. Read Here

LABOUR AND EVERTON FC INVESTIGATE TWO OVER ANTI-ISRAEL BANNER

By JACK MENDEL

Everton FC and the Labour Party have launched investigations into two individuals holding a banner calling for footballing authorities to ban Israel. The Premier League side said it is aware of an image posted on a Facebook page of two men pictured with a banner reading “Toffees [the club’s nickname] say kick Israel out of FIFA and UEFA”. Both are said to be members of the Liverpool Riverside Constituency Labour Party. One of the men pictured was previously suspended by Labour for anti-Semitism. Read Here

SANDWELL COUNCIL LEADER URGED TO APOLOGISE OVER ‘ANTI-SEMITIC’ TWEETS

By Peter Madeley

Yvonne Davies, the leader of Sandwell Council, is the subject of a probe by the Labour Party after a complaint regarding tweets she posted in 2018. One post features a link to a petition calling for a parliamentary debate over whether Israel has “improper influence” over British politics, while another suggests “Israel’s hand” was behind criticism of Jeremy Corbyn. Read Here

2. IN DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN GERMANY

ANTI-SEMITISM ACCUSATION LEVELED AGAINST GERMAN MP FOR ANTI-ISRAEL DIATRIBE

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

In an unprecedented full-frontal attack on the foreign policy spokesman for the largely anti-Israel Left Party in Germany, the country’s leading expert on Jew-hatred accused Left Party MP Gregor Gysi of stoking anti-Semitism against Israel and Jews in his Bundestag speech. Gysi said during his address that Israeli annexation plans “…affects Jews everywhere. Neither they nor Israel will become safer, on the contrary.”  Read Here

SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR ASSAULT ON KIPPAH-WEARING MAN

By European Jewish Congress

A 23-year old man who tore a kippah off a 19-year-old’s head in the German city of Freiburg has been given a suspended sentence. The perpetrator was given a suspended sentence of six months’ by the Freiburg District Court and a fine of 3,000 euros for incitement to hatred and insults.  Read Here

 

3. IN DEPTH: THIS WEEK’S NEWS ON ANTI-SEMITISM ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST

TOP PALESTINIAN OFFICIAL: THIRD INTIFADA COULD ‘ABSOLUTELY’ BE ON THE WAY

By MEMRI

The Palestinians have a right to confront Israel, and a third intifada may be on the way, said senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath. Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, said in an interview by France 24 that Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah pledged $1 billion in support of the second intifada, and that today, the Arabs and the whole world would stand by the Palestinians if things continue as they have been.  Read Here

4. IN DEPTH: OTHER WORLD NEWS

AUSTRALIAN CELEBRITY CHEF PETE EVANS SLAMMED OVER ICKE INTERVIEW

BY AJN STAFF

Celebrity chef Pete Evans has come under fire for interviewing British conspiracy theorist David Icke for an upcoming episode of his podcast. Icke, who was banned from Australia last year, has labelled Judaism an “incredibly racist religion” and has suggested that Holocaust denial be taught in schools. He has also claimed that “Rothschild Zionists” secretly dominate the world and that Jews bankrolled Adolf Hitler.  Read Here

‘DAY OF RAGE’ REPLACES AL-QUDS DAY AS TORONTO’S PRIMARY ANTI-ISRAEL, ANTI-JEWISH HATE FEST

By TheJ.ca

Following Vancouver’s small turnout for the first in a series of “Day of Rage” protests, Toronto and other Canadian cities took their turn bashing the Jewish homeland under the guise of “No to Annexation” demonstrations. Montreal held a large protest in which 300 anti-Israel activists called for the defunding of Israel by the Trudeau government. In Toronto, 150 protesters chanted “Viva, Viva Intifada! Viva, Viva Palestina!” calling for the destruction of Israel. Read Here

TORONTO RESTAURANT TELLS CUSTOMERS, ‘ZIONISTS NOT WELCOME’

By Algemeiner Staff

A Toronto eatery known for displaying radical messages on its premises and social media accounts was condemned for announcing that “Zionists” were not welcome there. The Foodbenders restaurant in the city’s Bloordale neighborhood made a post earlier on the restaurant’s Instagram account announcing that it was now open to “non-racist shoppers,” adding the hashtags “freepalestine” and “zionistsnotwelcome.” Read Here

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ON CAMPUS

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1. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS REPUDIATES EX-PROFESSOR WHO CALLED FOR ISRAEL TO BE BOMBED ‘UNTIL THE SAND TURNS TO GLASS’

By Algemeiner Staff

A former adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin tweeted that Israel should be bombed “until the sand turns to glass.” In the same Twitter thread, Spencer Wells said, “I despise the Israelis. If you want to see the post-apocalyptic vision of what Apartheid in South Africa would have looked like in 2020, visit Israel.” After the thread came to light, the University of Texas at Austin distanced itself from Wells. Read Here

2. SWASTIKAS, GRAFFITI FOUND AT OHIO UNIVERSITY

By JANE KAUFMAN

The Anti-Defamation League and the director of Ohio University’s Hillel are decrying graffiti on the so-called graffiti wall at Ohio University in Athens in which images of victims of police brutality were defaced with swastikas and hateful language. Apparently on the back of the mural, the words “Welcome to Athens Now Leave” were written in red. Read Here

3. UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR IN ARGENTINA OFFERS BONUS TO ‘WHOEVER FINDS A POOR JEW’

By MARCY OSTER

A university professor in Argentina told his students that he “will give a bonus to whoever finds a poor Jew.” At the 21st Century Business University located in Cordoba, Argentina, Prof. Esteban Lizondo said that the creation of the State of Israel was a concession to the “Zionist lobby” in exchange for money. The money that Jews have, the professor said, also “demonstrates the power that the Jews have.” He added: “Why do you guys think the Nazis killed so many Jews? Because of the envy they had. Imagine Germans bleeding to death in a terminal economic crisis, with hyperinflation, and the Jews … they kept getting rich,” he said. Read Here

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ANALYSIS

     (5 Pieces)

1. EXPERT PANEL: ANTI-SEMITISM FLOURISHES DURING CORONA

By ALAN ROSENBAUM

Professor Dina Porat, head of the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry [said] that both the extreme left and extreme right have united to blame Jews and Israel, saying that this is not a new phenomenon. “Movements that are radically opposed to one another find a way to cooperate about the Jews. What is new and dangerous about anti-Semitism stemming from Corona, is that it cannot be divided into coming from the extreme right or left. Material blaming the Jews and Israel has come from 35 different countries.  Read Here

2. THERE IS NO BETRAYAL IN INTERFAITH RELATIONS

By PETER WELBY

The Al Jazeera host Ahmed Mansour tweeted an outraged response to the news that Muslim World League Secretary-General Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Kareem Al-Issa attended a conference on anti-Semitism. That an Al Jazeera host should show such casual anti-Semitism is not a great surprise: It is very much true to form. But it is indicative of a growing divide in this region between those who believe that peace and inclusivity between religions is a good thing, and those who do not.  Read Here

3. RACISM IS RECOGNIZED AS INTRINSIC TO WESTERN SOCIETIES. WHY ISN’T ANTI-SEMITISM?

By Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld

Many understand that racism is an intrinsic part of Western societies. So is anti-Semitism, yet this is acknowledged by very few. Anti-Semitism was on display during mass demonstrations about the coronavirus pandemic and the problem of racism, but was scarcely remarked upon. There has also been an outpouring of new mutations of anti-Jewish conspiracy theories in the wake of the pandemic. As has occurred for millennia, western cultures are interweaving their anti-Semitism into issues of the day. Read Here

4. ONLINE MARKETPLACES MUST DO MORE TO TACKLE ANTI-SEMITISM

By Simon Butler

Despite the societal changes sparked by the ongoing anti-racism protests, mounting anti-Semitism continues to be an afterthought — especially in the online-marketplace arena, where the advertising of Nazi-themed products is pervasive. But despite the no-tolerance policies espoused by these platforms, Jew hatred remains a commodity, and the mechanisms utilized to mitigate the problem clearly aren’t sufficient. As we change with the times, the companies we patronize must do so, too. The alternative is letting online anti-Semitism grow. And no one but anti-Semites is going to buy that.  Read Here

5. “THE THIRD WAVE OF ANTI-SEMITISM IS ON THE WAY”: JCPA’S ANALYSIS OF ISRAEL HATRED TODAY

By Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

The BDS Movement, threats from international organizations, and mischaracterizations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict collectively form a “Third Wave” of anti-Semitism. BDS’ infiltration of the Black Lives Matter movement has given anti-Semitism new life and this theme, falls under the category of “Israelophobic” anti-Semitism. Those trying to draw a wedge between Jews and Israel are feeding into a third wave of anti-Semitism. Read Here

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STUDIES AND STATISTICS

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1. REPORT: ANTI-SEMITIC CRIMES ROSE IN CALIFORNIA IN 2019

By STEFANIE DAZIO

Anti-Semitic hate crimes in California rose nearly 12% in 2019, including a fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue, even as hate crimes overall declined statewide by 4.8%, according to a state report. Anti-Jewish bias events, such as the fatal synagogue shooting, went from 126 to 141, increasing by nearly 12%.  Read Here

2. HALF OF SWISS JEWS SUBJECT TO ANTI-SEMITIC ABUSE IN PAST 5 YEARS

By CAM

New research by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland revealed that half of the country’s Jews reported that they had been targeted with anti-Semitic abuse in the past 5 years. While half of the studies participants had faced anti-Semitic abuse, the study also reported that around 3.5% had also been the victims of anti-Semitic violence, while 6% had experienced targeted anti-Semitic vandalism of their properties. Read Here

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FEATURED PARTNER

Combat Anti-Semitism is proud to be a partner of the Mimouna Association, a Moroccan cultural (and Muslim) non-profit seeking to promote and preserve Jewish-Moroccan history. Learn more about the Mimouna Association in the video below.

THERE IS A JEWISH AFRICA- AND AMERICAN JEWS ARE FINALLY BEGINNING TO NOTICE

By Josefin Dolsten

Last year, the Mimouna Association co-hosted a conference dedicated to Jewish life in Africa. More than 250 Africans from all across the continent attended, including representatives from Israel and Egypt. When asked about the conference’s mission, Mimouna Association founder and president El Mehdi Boudra said, “This is the goal of this conference, to bring an emerging circle of leaders to promote and think about the future of African Judaism.” Read Here

The Mimouna Association is a Moroccan cultural (and Muslim) non-profit created in 2007 by young Muslim students seeking to promote and preserve Jewish-Moroccan history. Mimouna has since expanded these activities on a national level to educate Moroccan youth about the Moroccan Jewish heritage. This awareness is achieved through educational activities designed for high school, university, and graduate students. Since 2007, the Mimouna Association has held countless events across Morocco, including “Jewish-Moroccan Heritage Days”, and organized educational programming for students of all ages.

PARTNER CONTENT

WE NEED HOLOCAUST EDUCATION IN EVERY SCHOOL IN THE WORLD

By Robert Singer

Sadly at ORT we know too well the threat posed by anti-Semitism. We previously operated in the most trying of circumstances under anti-Semitic regimes. But now it is time to do even more, to urge others to work with us to ensure that as new generations are called on to learn about and teach the lessons of the Holocaust, the subject remains at the forefront of global education. In many parts of the world, this could not be further from the truth. With no Holocaust education in the national curricula, the re-emergence and growth of anti-Semitism remains difficult to tackle.  Read Here

REPORT FINDS THAT HARASSMENT OF JEWISH STUDENTS TIED TO DISCREDITING OF GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM DEFINITION

By JACKSON RICHMAN

A report published by the nonprofit watchdog AMCHA Initiative documented a more than 300 percent increase in campus activity in 2019 intended to undermine and discredit the global acceptance of anti-Zionism as a form of anti-Semitism. This was accompanied by an increase in anti-Semitism on college campuses, according to the report. Out of the 126 incidents, 119 of them—or 94 percent—were expressed by students affiliated with anti-Zionist student organizations or faculty who support an academic boycott of Israel. Read Here

THE FUTURE OF COLLEGE: A JEWISH TOWNHALL

By ALYZA LEWIN

Denying the right of Jewish self-determination is anti-Semitic because those who deny this right apply a double standard to the Jews. They support self-determination for all other groups but deny it only to the Jews. It is also anti-Semitic because it demands that Jews shed a key component of their identity as Jews—namely, the historic Jewish yearning and determination to return to Zion. So let’s unite and push back together against those who pressure Jews to abandon the Zionist component of our identity. No one has the right to demand that we give up our sense of Jewish peoplehood or our historic yearning for Zion. Read Here

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Government & Policy Update

This section highlights the work of government officials around the world that are combating anti-Semitism in their official capacities.

 
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1. DUTCH PARLIAMENT PASSES MOTIONS TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM BUT VOTES AGAINST JEWISH SECURITY FUNDING

By CAM

The Dutch Parliament passed several motions geared towards the fight against anti-Semitism but, the failed to pass a motion that had called upon the government to provide security funding for the nation’s synagogues. The resolutions that did succeed included one that called upon the government to appoint a national coordinator for the fight against anti-Semitism, and another calling for the creation of special police units to specifically address anti-Semitic crimes. Read Here

2. CONGRESSMAN DESJARLAIS REQUESTS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INVESTIGATION OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES AT YALE

By JNS Wire

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) has become the fifth member of Congress to call for an examination of a Title VI-funded Middle East studies center during this session of Congress. He wrote to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos requesting an investigation into the Council on Middle East Studies (CMES) at Yale University’s MacMillan Center for its use of grants allotted under Title VI of the Higher Education Act. The letter details systemic problems, including widespread faculty support for the BDS movement against Israel.  Read Here

3. ISRAELI CABINET APPROVES GILAD ERDAN AS UN AND US AMBASSADOR

By LAHAV HARKOV

The cabinet voted to send Likud minister Gilad Erdan to be Israel’s ambassador to the UN and the US. Erdan will begin in his UN role in the coming weeks and will replace Ambassador Ron Dermer in Washington after the November presidential election. Erdan said he sees “the fight against anti-Semitism and hate as a central part of my mission in the UN and the US… fighting hate of Jews and of Israel, the old anti-Semitism and the new anti-Semitism.” Read Here

4. TOUGHER VILIFICATION LAWS URGED IN VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

By PETER KOHN

Jewish organisations have told a Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into anti-vilification protections that stronger legislation is needed. Executive Council of Australian Jewry co-CEO Peter Wertheim called for Victoria’s Racial and Religious Tolerance Act to be beefed. He said civil prohibitions in the Victorian legislation should emulate Western Australia law, focusing on the effect of vilification on its targets rather than on third parties as it presently does, while also calling for the broadening of the act to address victims of all forms of discrimination.  Read Here

5. LEADERS CONDEMN END OF EU’S SPECIAL ENVOY FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

By CELIA JEAN

Religious leaders, politicians and campaigners have spoken out against the abolishment of the European Union’s Commission’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the EU. The post was created in 2016 by former Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European Rabbis, Pinchas Goldschmidt, called the move “the wrong signal” at a time “in which Jews and other religious minorities are increasingly being targeted online and offline by extremists, and the free exercise of religion is being undermined.” Read Here

6. ANTI-SEMITISM COMMISSIONER SLAMS GERMAN PARLIAMENT FOR ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

The Bundestag passed an anti-Israel resolution that will weaken the Jewish state, the German state of Hesse’s commissioner for Jewish life and the fight against anti-Semitism said. Uwe Becker stated that “The Bundestag was wrong. The decision of the German parliament towards Israel was wrong and might help by weakening the role and position of the Jewish state in further negotiations. Friends do not judge friends when it comes to parliamentary or governmental initiatives.” Read Here

7. YOUTUBE REMOVES 25,000 PAGES FOR HATE SPEECH

By JTA

YouTube has seen enough of the French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. White supremacist Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, too. Their channels were among more than 25,000 shut down by the online video sharing platform for violating its hate speech rules.  Read Here

8. GERMAN PROSECUTORS SEEK THREE YEARS IN JAIL FOR FORMER NAZI CAMP GUARD

By SEBASTIAN BRONST

German prosecutors demanded three years in jail for a 93-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard who they said was “without a doubt” complicit in the murder of more than 5,000 people during World War II. In what could be one of the last such cases of surviving Nazi guards, Bruno Dey stands accused of complicity in the murder of 5,230 people when he worked at the Stutthof camp. Read Here

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HUMANITY

                (4 Pieces)

1. JEWISH AND MUSLIM WOMEN JOIN FORCES TO REMOVE ANTI-SEMITIC GRAFFITI IN BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

By I AM BHAM

A group of Jewish and Muslim women, including the city’s only female rabbi, have defiantly come together to remove anti-Semitic graffiti which appeared on a wall in Billesley in Birmingham, transforming it into positive art depicting a rainbow. Determined to show they’re “stronger together”, the women joined forces after vile and abusive words of hate targeting the Jewish community were discovered daubed on a brick wall in the city ward. Read Here

2. BEDOUINS PAY TRIBUTE TO JEWISH MAN WHO LOST LIFE SAVING MOTHER AND THREE CHILDREN AT SOUTHERN ISRAELI LAKE

By Algemeiner Staff

In a scene of coexistence between ethnic groups, a group of Israeli Bedouins attended the funeral of an Israeli Jewish man who died after rescuing a Bedouin mother and three of her children from drowning. Michael Ben Zikri lost his life at a lake near the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon when he drowned after rescuing four members of the al-Karem family, who live in the Bedouin village of Hura. Read Here

3. ISRAEL SET TO APPOINT FIRST-EVER BEDOUIN AMBASSADOR TO HEAD ERITREA MISSION

By JNS

Israel’s Foreign Ministry tapped Ishmael Khaldi to head the country’s Eritrea mission in a move that, if approved, will make him the country’s first-ever Bedouin ambassador. Khaldi, who hails from Khawaled, a Bedouin village in Israel’s north, has held several positions in the Foreign Ministry since becoming Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat more than a decade ago. He is considered one of Israel’s greatest defenders against the campaign of delegitimization. Read Here

4. AFTER WORLD WAR II, THERE WERE 100 JEWS LEFT IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY. TODAY THE COMMUNITY HAS A POTENT VOICE.

By JOE BAUR

There were approximately 30,000 Jews in Frankfurt before World War II. By 1945, there were only about 100 left. Flash forward to 2020 and the Jewish community of Frankfurt is once again a powerful force in the city. There are only about 6,600 Jews in the city of 753,000, but they have a political influence that other minority populations don’t. Fighting anti-Semitism is a city priority. Jewish leaders are in regular contact with city leaders. Read Here

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“Combat anti-Semitism (CAM) is a non-partisan, global grassroots movement of interfaith individuals and organizations united to combat anti-Semitism. CAM exposes anti-Semitic activity from across the ideological spectrum and highlights those working to fight against its resurgence. One of the most pernicious forms of modern anti-Semitism is the effort to deny and delegitimize the Jewish people’s right to self-determination and their profound historic, religious and cultural connection to their ancestral homeland, Israel. Humanity flourishes when religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity is respected, and we hope to encourage understanding and set an example through our work. Anti-Semitism is the oldest form of bigotry and by working to eliminate it, we hope tragedies like the holocaust or any incidents of hate inspired speech or violence perpetrated against the Jewish people, Israel, or any discriminated group are reduced significantly.”