THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM REPORT
This week, Jewish communities around the world remained on high alert following the global surge of antisemitism that accompanied last month’s Israel-Gaza violence.
While the overall number of antisemitic incidents dropped from the previous week, there were still many disturbing acts of hatred targeting Jews.
In Tucson, Arizona, a Chabad center was vandalized with graffiti, including a swastika and the words, “Dirty k–e.” In Brooklyn, New York, an enraged assailant stormed into a Jewish-owned pizzeria, flipping over tables and throwing items at diners. In London, England, a Jewish children’s school bus had its tires slashed. In Ulm, Germany, a man tried to set a synagogue on fire. And in France, a prominent politician espoused a repugnant conspiracy theory about the 2012 shooting attack at a Toulouse Jewish school.
Recent days saw two significant International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism adoptions — first by Switzerland, which became the 36th country to take this important step, and Canada’s Quebec Province.
In the United States, the Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism was relaunched with 56 members.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
NEARLY 500 PERCENT RISE IN ISLAMIST ANTISEMITISM FUELED GLOBAL SURGE OF JEW-HATRED IN MAY
The month of May saw a disturbing 71.8 percent spike of antisemitic incidents across the globe as violence flared in Israel and the Gaza Strip, according to exclusive data. CAM’s monthly antisemitism report — which classifies Jew-hatred incidents (including physical assault, verbal harassment, vandalism, and hate speech) by the ideologies of the perpetrators — found the main source of the increase was the Islamist category, where the number of incidents skyrocketed 463.2% — from 19 occurrences in April to 107 in May.
SAVE THE DATE:
REGISTER FOR THE FIRST-EVER CENTRAL AMERICA FORUM FOR ISRAEL
On Thursday, July 29th, 2021, the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) and Center for Jewish Impact, in partnership with the Israel-Guatemala Friendship League and Congress of the Republic of Guatemala, will host the first-ever Central America Forum for Israel, celebrating Israel’s deep and longstanding ties in the region.
RISE IN HATE CRIMES IN NYC CAUSING SOME YOUNG JEWISH MEN TO REMOVE YARMULKES
It may be the last place in America where young Jewish men would think twice about wearing their yarmulkes on the street, but the fear is real. “It’s better, better safe than sorry, I guess.” Brooklyn resident Sammy Weinwurzel said. Weinwurzel and his friend, Solomon Terzi, say there are times when their yarmulkes make them a potential target. Like the young man who was beaten by an angry mob in Times Square two weeks ago. “Right as I see all these stories, and listen, I don’t want to get into any trouble. So I’m just going to take it off.” Read Here
GOOGLE DIVERSITY HEAD REMOVED OVER ANTI-SEMITIC BLOG POST
Google has removed its head of diversity over a 2007 blog post that said Jewish people had “an insatiable appetite for war and killing”.
In a post about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that resurfaced this week, Kamau Bobb also claimed Jewish people had an “insensitivity” to suffering. On Thursday, a spokesperson for Google told the BBC that Mr Bobb would “no longer be part of our diversity team going forward”.
POLICE NOTIFIED AS ‘CONVOY FOR PALESTINE’ PLANS RETURN TO LONDON ON SATURDAY
By Noa Hoffman
Another “Convoy for Palestine” is set to return to London on Saturday, less than a month after activists drove down Finchley Road shouting “F*** the Jews, rape their daughters.” The convoy is due to depart from Bradford and make stops in Sheffield, Leicester and London before ending outside Downing Street for a rally at 1pm. The Metropolitan Police has been alerted to plans of the convoy, as some residents fear a repeat of last month’s vile antisemitic incident, which saw four men arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences. Read Here
LONDON JEWISH SCHOOLTEACHERS QUIT UNION OVER PRO-PALESTINIAN STANCE
At least 25 teachers from a Jewish school in London have quit their trade union to protest its call for participation in pro-Palestinian rallies. Separately to last week’s walkout by JFS teachers from the National Education Union, a Jewish teacher quit a non-Jewish school following alleged harassment by students, the Jewish News of London reported Tuesday. “They were trying to stick Free Palestine stickers in my hair, I broke into tears, I couldn’t take my class that morning,” said the teacher, who wasn’t named. Read Here
MARGARET HODGE ASKS POLICE TO INVESTIGATE UNITE OVER ‘PAYMENTS’ TO OUST ANTI-CORBYN MPS
By Noa Hoffman
Jewish Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge has asked the police to investigate one of Britain’s largest trade unions over a series of explosive emails suggesting it may have unlawfully funded political campaigns to unseat opponents of Jeremy Corbyn. Ms Hodge highlighted newly leaked material suggesting that Unite the Union officials discussed plans to deselect MPs including Ian Austin and former Deputy Labour Leader, Tom Watson, prior to the 2019 General Election. Read Here
NEO-NAZIS ALIGNED WITH GERMAN-MUSLIMS OF SYRIAN, LEBANESE ORIGIN V ISRAEL
By Benjamin Weinthal
The interior ministry of Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, announced last month that “strange alliances” were formed to launch antisemitic protests against Israel’s self-defense war against Hamas, including a coalition of German neo-Nazis parties and Germans of Syrian, Turkish and Lebanese origin. The German journalist, Stefan Frank, who reports on contemporary antisemitism in the federal republic, listed last week the alliance of antisemitic organizations and groups on the website of the Swiss news outlet Audiatur.
GERMAN POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECT IN ATTEMPTED ARSON ATTACK ON SYNAGOGUE
Police appealed for witnesses after a man allegedly tried to set fire to a synagogue in the southern city of Ulm early Saturday. Ulm police said the man was spotted pouring a bottle of liquid onto a synagogue wall and setting it alight. A witness immediately called firefighters, who were able to extinguish the fire within minutes. Police said the suspected arsonist fled before officers arrived. He was described as being about 1.8 meters (6 feet) tall and wearing a black hoodie and a white protective mask.. Read Here
FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: JEWISH SCHOOL MURDERS PART OF CONSPIRACY
by Cnaan Lipshitz
.A far-left politician who won 19% of the votes in France’s last presidential race and is running again next year suggested that a jihadist’s 2012 murder of four Jews in Toulouse was part of an elections conspiracy. Read Here
NEW FRENCH EDITION OF ‘MEIN KAMPF’ PUBLISHED TO REFLECT ‘BADLY WRITTEN’ ORIGINAL
by Cnaan Lipshitz
A new French edition of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” was published on Wednesday with the text reflecting the “abominably badly written” original, according to its translator. Speaking at a press conference last month, Mannoni said his work was true to the “abominably badly written” original, half-written by Hitler during his time in jail, with all of its “dubious syntax” and “interminable and repetitive phrasing.” Read Here
OTHER WORLD NEWS
NORTH KOREA ACCUSES ‘MISANTHROPIC’ ISRAEL OF GENOCIDE, ‘MASSACRING CHILDREN’
By Lahav Harkov
North Korea accused Israel of genocide, crimes against humanity and targeting children during Operation Guardian of the Walls last month.
Israel has an “extreme misanthropic spirit and ambition for territorial expansion,” and is engaged in “state-sponsored terrorism and [the] act of obliterating other nations,” the Foreign Ministry in Pyongyang said in a statement released on Friday.
ITALY: POLICE ARREST NEO-NAZI GROUP THAT CALLED FOR ANTI-JEWISH ATTACKS
Italian police have dismantled a neo-Nazi group that allegedly spread antisemitic and racist propaganda on social media, police said on Monday. The group, consisting of 12 people between the ages of 26 and 62, was present on Facebook and the Russian social network VK under the name “Ordine Ario Romano,” a Carabinieri police statement said. Posting content “inspired by Nazi, antisemitic and Holocaust-denial ideologies, as well as by anti-Jewish conspiracy theories,” the group called for violence against Jews and foreigners, the statement added.
THE MIDDLE EAST
PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT ABBAS GRANTS $42,000 TO FAMILY OF TERRORIST WHO KILLED TWO ISRAELI CIVILIANS
The Palestinian Authority (PA), headed by President Mahmoud ‘Abbas, is continuing its policy of glorifying terrorists and extending material support to their families. On June 6, 2021, Laila Ghanam, governor of the Ramallah and Al-Bireh district, met with the parents of Muhannad Al-Halabi, an operative of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad who fatally stabbed two Israeli civilians in Jerusalem’s Old City on October 4, 2015, and was shot to death by the Israeli security forces during the attack. Read Here
HAMAS’ ABUSE OF KIDS IN GAZA: “IF WE DIE, WE’LL DIE AS MARTYRS” – HAMAS SPOKESMAN’S YOUNG DAUGHTER
By Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Hamas spokesman’s daughter Lama Al-Buzum: “If we die, we’ll die as Martyrs for the sake of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa. And if we live, we’ll live in dignity and glory… We’ll return to Palestine… We’ll return to Ashkelon, Haifa, Jaffa, Safed, and Beit Shean (i.e., all Israeli cities) – to all of Palestine, and we will pray at Al-Aqsa. When the occupying Jews occupied our land, they said: ‘The adults will die and the children will forget.’ Read Here
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY MUFTI OF JERUSALEM SHEIKH MUHAMMAD HUSSEIN IN EVENT HONORING THE ‘MARTYRS’ OF GAZA AND JERUSALEM: MARTYRDOM IS A BADGE OF HONOR THAT ALLAH BESTOWS UPON THOSE HE CHOOSES
TOP BRITISH ARTS UNIVERSITY IN HOT WATER OVER ‘UNLAWFUL’ BDS CALLS
By Noa Hoffman
One of Britain’s most prestigious arts universities has acted unlawfully by calling to support BDS and pro-Palestine activism, according to legal experts. The Royal College of Art’s School of Architecture has signed and promoted an open letter describing Israel as a “settler colonial state” destroying “indigenous Palestinian lands”. The letter – signed by more than 270 architecture schools, departments and academics worldwide – commits to supporting calls for BDS and “student, faculty and staff activism for justice in Palestine.” Read Here
RUTGERS HOSTS PROFESSOR WHO COMPARED ISRAEL SUPPORTERS TO RODENTS FOR EVENT ON CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST
By Dace Potas
A professor of Middle Eastern politics who compared supporters of Israel to rodents, recently spoke at Rutgers University where he spoke about Palestinian attacks on Israel and argued for understanding its actions in a historical context. Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi, who wrote a book called “The 100 Years’ War on Palestine, started by talking about the “extreme violence” between Israel and Palestine. The professor has previously made comments that drew criticism of anti-Semitism about Israel.
ANALYSIS & OP-EDS
STUDIES & STATISTICS
ANTISEMITIC CONTENT MULTIPLIED ON GERMAN, FRENCH ONLINE PLATFORMS DURING COVID-19: EU ANALYSIS
By Sharon Wrobel
Antisemitic content posted on major online platforms in German and French has skyrocketed in the first two months of the year compared with the same period last year before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, a report by the European Commission showed. During January and February 2021, antisemitic postings saw a 13-fold surge on German language accounts and a seven-fold increase in French channels studied. Read Here
ADL: SHARP RISE IN ANTISEMITISM WITHIN EUROPEAN SOCCER
BY JERUSALEM POST STAFF
ADL notes that while antisemitism has always been prevalent in European soccer, fans have participated in an uptick in antisemitic rhetoric, in the form of slogans, chants, songs and online harassment. Read Here
GOVERNMENT & POLICY
SWITZERLAND ADOPTS IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM
The government of Switzerland has adopted the definition of antisemitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, making the Alpine nation the 36th country to do so. “This definition can serve as an additional guide for identifying antisemitic incidents within the framework of the various measures to combat antisemitism in Switzerland,” the Federal Council, the country’s highest executive authority, said in a statement Friday.
REP. TED DEUTCH BLAMES DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WHO OPPOSE ISRAEL FOR SPIKE IN ANTISEMITISM
By Ben Sales
Rep. Ted Deutch, a Jewish Democratic congressman from Florida, blamed anti-Israel congresspeople in his own party for the recent spike in antisemitism. Speaking at a virtual event with fellow lawmakers on Thursday that addressed recent antisemitism in Florida, Deutch called out “people in the United States who hear that the entire state of Israel is some unacceptable creation,” according to Jewish Insider. He also referenced Democrats who oppose Israel or accuse it of “apartheid,” such as Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush and Ilhan Omar. Read Here
A NEW MUSEUM IN NEW ORLEANS PUTS THE FAMILY HISTORIES OF SOUTHERN JEWS ON DISPLAY
by Jonah Goldman Kay
The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is the product of more than three decades of concerted work to preserve the heritage of Southern Jewry. When Macy Hart started collecting artifacts from small Jewish communities in the South in 1986, it was out of necessity. As Jews in the South gravitated toward cities, these rural communities were at risk of being forgotten. As a last-ditch effort, community leaders would ask Hart to take their ritual objects and Judaica. There are also more unorthodox items in the collection, including a prosthetic leg that once belonged to a Russian Jewish immigrant who settled in Lake Providence, Louisiana.
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A MUSLIM MARKET IN TUCSON OFFERS KOSHER FOOD AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE
By Nicole Raz
Tucked between a dance school and a ’60s retro lounge on a quiet street in Tucson, Arizona, sits a small Middle Eastern and African foods store. But the Al Basha Grocery isn’t just a place to get kosher meats and hard-to-find ingredients. “It provides an opportunity for people to see each other as real people and have a normal interaction with people who ordinarily might not interact in their day-to-day lives,” said Jesse Davis, a regular Al Basha shopper.
ARAB WORLD’S FIRST-EVER MUSEUM EXHIBIT ON HOLOCAUST OPENS IN DUBAI
The first-ever permanent exhibition in the Arab world dedicated to commemorating the Jewish victims of the Holocaust opened in the United Arab Emirates last month.
The “We Remember” display at the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum in Dubai features personal testimonies of survivors of the Nazi genocide.
The exhibit also highlights the stories of Arabs and Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust.
“It’s very important people be educated about it so it will not happen again,” said Ahmed Obaid Almansoori, the founder of the museum. “How can people not repeat a mistake if they don’t understand 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.