June 25, 2021
THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM REPORT
This week, the number of reported antisemitic incidents worldwide ticked upward again compared to prior weeks, as Jewish communities continue to experience a rise in hatred and intolerance from across the ideological spectrum.
In Philadelphia, a culinary festival was cancelled amid outrage over the disinvitation of an Israeli food truck, resulting from threats by Pro-Palestinian activists. In Connecticut, a Jewish Community Center was evacuated after receiving a bomb threat, and a bullet was fired into the window of a Brooklyn synagogue.
Three Jewish schools in Australia were targeted with antisemitic vandalism in the past week, and new reports describe Dutch Jewish students facing a torrent of Pro-Palestinian antisemitic harassment. Authorities placed a retired French General under investigation for using an antisemitic slur during a live TV interview.
Meanwhile, Germany’s government banned the Hamas flag after widespread antisemitic demonstrations last month and the UK announced it would be joining the US, Canada and Australia in boycotting the UN’s upcoming 20th anniversary Durban conference, “following historic concerns regarding antisemitism.”
CAM’s weekly global antisemitism report highlights 61 new media reports of antisemitic incidents, including 23 (38%) from the far left and 11 (18%) from the far right, as well as 16 (26%) with Islamist motivations, and 11 (18%) unidentifiable in nature.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHILEAN JEWISH OFFICIAL DECRIES ANTISEMITISM SPIKE DURING RECENT ISRAEL-GAZA CRISIS
Almost no Jewish community around the world was untouched by the surge of antisemitism that accompanied the flare-up of Israel-Gaza violence in May, and this included Chile, where blatant Jew-hatred was on display both on the streets and online. B’nai B’rith Chile President Boris Kisiliuk spoke with the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) to share his insights on the situation in Chile, which has the largest Palestinian population outside the Arab world.
BE IN DC ON JULY 11TH FOR THE RALLY IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE
On Sunday, July 11th, at 1 PM EDT, a diverse group of American Jews — left-wing and right-wing, secular and religious — and non-Jewish allies will gather together in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., to speak out against antisemitism in one voice, in a powerful display of cross-communal unity. The “NO FEAR: Rally in Solidarity with the Jewish People” is being organized by Elisha Wiesel — son of the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel — and the Alliance for Israel organization.
ISGAP-OXFORD SUMMER INSTITUTE SEEKS SCHOLARS-IN-RESIDENCE FOR ANTISEMITISM CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) is seeking Scholars-in-Residence for its upcoming annual ISGAP-Oxford Summer Institute for Curriculum Development in Critical Antisemitism Studies. The intensive one-week program — to be held Aug. 1-5, with both in-person and virtual spots available — is dedicated to the development of antisemitism studies as a recognized academic discipline.
PHILADELPHIA CULINARY FESTIVAL CANCELLED AMID FUROR OVER DISINVITATION OF ISRAELI FOOD TRUCK
A culinary festival that was supposed to take place in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood ended up being cancelled after controversy erupted over the disinvitation of an Israeli vendor. The “Taste of Home” event — organized by the Eat Up the Borders and Sunflower Philly groups — was called off a day after it was announced that the Moshva Philly food truck had been removed from the lineup of participants. Backlash to the festival’s move quickly grew. Read Here
JCC IN WOODBRIDGE, CT EVACUATED DUE TO BOMB THREAT
By Rick Lessard (FOX61)
The JCC of Greater New Haven was evacuated after they received a bomb threat. JCC executive director Judy Alperin Diamondstein said they received a bomb threat by phone. The Woodbridge police department and fire department responded to the JCC along with the FBI, New Haven, and Connecticut State Police bomb teams. The building was closed for the day and officials say there were no injuries. Read Here
BATLEY AND SPEN RESIDENTS WON’T VOTE LABOUR BECAUSE OF THE ‘ZIONIST LOBBY’ AND ‘LESBIANISM’
By Noa Hoffman
Residents in Batley and Spen have told the JC “lesbianism” and the “Zionist lobby” are reasons why they will abandon Labour at the constituency’s upcoming by-election. One voter also criticised the Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater because she “spoke against Palestine”, adding that her sister, the murdered Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox, had spoken “favourably of Muslims and Palestine” but “they gave an English a pistol to kill her”. Read Here
SECRET TAPE FROM INSIDE PALESTINE CONVOY REVEALED
By Jake Wallis Simons
An audio recording from inside the leading coach of Saturday’s Palestine convoy reveals activists calling Naftali Bennett “Satan” and claiming that the UN was being manipulated by a shady network in favour of Israel. They even praised North Korea for its support for the Palestinians, demanding that the dictatorship send warplanes to destroy Israel. Read Here
GERMANY INVESTIGATING CLAIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, ANTISEMITIC REMARKS BY SOLDIERS AT BOOZE-FUELED HOTEL PARTY
By ANNA NORYSKIEWICZ
Germany’s military is pulling an entire armored infantry unit out of Lithuania as it investigates claims of extremist, antisemitic remarks and a purported sexual assault at a booze-fueled hotel party. An official investigation was launched after allegations emerged of a raucous party by members of the unit at a hotel in central Lithuanian. The Bundeswehr is investigating several soldiers over allegations including the sexual assault of a fellow soldier, bullying, threats of violence, and singing antisemitic songs. Read Here
RETIRED FRENCH GENERAL INVESTIGATED FOR LETTING OUT ANTISEMITIC ‘DOG WHISTLE’ ON LIVE TV
By Algemeiner Staff
A retired French army general is facing possible criminal charges following an appearance on a popular TV show in which he let out a crudely antisemitic “dog whistle” in front of a shocked presenter. The Paris prosecutor’s office said that it was opening an investigation into Gen. Dominique Delawarde, following his comments on the “Morandini Live” program on CNews. Smiling broadly, he told journalist Claude Posternak, “You know who controls the media pack in the world and in France. Who controls the Washington Post, the New York Times, BFMTV and all the newspapers.” Read Here
TRIAL BEGINS IN FRANCE OF ACCUSED ANTISEMITIC GANG WHO ASSAULTED AND ROBBED JEWISH FAMILY IN THEIR OWN HOME
OTHER WORLD NEWS
‘MY CHILD DOESN’T WANT TO BE JEWISH ANYMORE’: DUTCH EDUCATION MINISTRY URGED TO CLAMP DOWN ON ‘FREE PALESTINE’ ANTISEMITIC BULLYING
By Ben Cohen
A Dutch parliamentarian is demanding that the Ministry of Education in The Netherlands take urgent measures to combat antisemitism in schools, following the publication of a shocking article that exposed the antisemitic bullying which some Jewish students suffered during the armed conflict in May between Israel and the Hamas regime in Gaza. In a letter delivered to Dutch education ministers, the conservative parliamentarian Roelof Bisschop asked whether they were aware of the June 14 article in the Nieuw Israëlietisch Weekblad, that was headlined “My child doesn’t want to be Jewish anymore.”
DOZENS OF GRAVES DAMAGED BY CHILDREN AT JEWISH CEMETERY IN POLISH CITY OF WROCLAW
The Jewish cemetery in the Polish city of Wroclaw was badly vandalized by a group of 12-year-olds, who told police they wanted to use headstone slabs to make a fortress. Over several days, the children destroyed or damaged 63 graves. Local police intervened after hearing loud hammering noises near the cemetery, where they discovered the group of five children smashing headstones with a hammer.
THE MIDDLE EAST
FORMER IRANIAN AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO AND AUSTRALIA: THE GERMANS WANTED TO GET RID OF THE JEWS BECAUSE THE JEWS PLUNDERED THEM
Former Iranian Ambassador to Mexico and Australia Mohammad-Hassan Ghadiri-Abyaneh said that every year on Purim, the Zionists celebrate their killing of more than 70,000 Iranians. Ambassador Ghadiri-Abyaneh went on to say that the Germans opposed the Jews and decided to “get rid” of them because the Jews had robbed them. He also explained that Zionists seek “to rule from the Nile to the Euphrates,” an area which, he said, spans the territory of 20 countries, and includes Mecca and Medina.
IRANIAN ONLINE JEW-HATRED LIKELY FED INTERNATIONAL WAVE OF ANTISEMITISM
By Oved Lobel
The Secure Community Network recorded an 80% spike in antisemitic hate crimes in May alone, something it partially attributes to an explosion of antisemitic disinformation and open incitement against Jews on social media. Iranian regime-linked Twitter accounts began spreading messages like “hitler was right” and “kill all jews” at a rate of 175 times per minute, according to the Network Contagion Research Institute. ADL’s CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said that many of the Tweets were “associated with troll armies of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
FOR THIRD TIME IN WEEK, ANTISEMITIC VANDALS TARGET JEWISH SCHOOL IN AUSTRALIA
For the third time in a week, a Jewish educational institution in the southeastern Australian city of Melbourne has been targeted by antisemitic vandals. In the latest incident, the phrase “Israel = Aparthied” was scrawled outside the Beth Rivkah Ladies College, located in Melbourne’s St Kilda East neighborhood, as were the words “Israel sucks.” On Tuesday morning, another phrase “Free Palenstine” was found spray-painted on the Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand. And last Friday, the same phrase was daubed along the driveway of the Cheder Levi Yitzchok ultra-Orthodox Jewish school.
ANALYSIS & OP-EDS
20 YEARS AFTER THE UN’S DURBAN EVENT, THE ANTISEMITISM CONTINUES TO GROW
By GERALD STEINBERG
STUDIES & STATISTICS
AFTER DELAY, EU RELEASES REPORT DETAILING ANTISEMITISM, INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE IN PALESTINIAN TEXTBOOKS
A European Union analysis of Palestinian textbooks was published, following demands from European Parliament members to release the long-awaited report. The report — produced by the Germany-based Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research — analyzed 156 textbooks and 16 teacher guides published between 2017 and 2019 by the Palestinian Ministry of Education. It found that PA textbooks trafficked in antisemitic tropes, removed previously-included references to to Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements, and “glorified” as heroes terrorists convicted of killing Israelis.
ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS ROSE 26% IN CZECH REPUBLIC IN 2020
By Eli Nahum
A total of 874 antisemitic incidents were recorded in the Czech Republic in 2020. This is 180 more than in 2019, when 694 incidents were recorded, according to the Annual Report on Manifestations of Antisemitism in 2020 published by the Federation of Jewish Communities of the Czech Republic (FZO). The increase amounts to a 26% rise. Nevertheless, violent incidents are still rare in the Czech Republic; in 2020 one case of physical assault with an antisemitic motivation was recorded.
GOVERNMENT & POLICY
GERMAN GOVERNMENT AGREES TO BAN HAMAS FLAG AFTER ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS
By HELEN COLLIS
Parties in Germany’s coalition government have agreed to ban the flag of Hamas, as a mark of respect for Jewish citizens in the wake of antisemitic attacks linked to last month’s Middle East violence. Germany witnessed attacks on synagogues, the burning of Israeli flags and a surge antisemitic slurs during demonstrations over a violent 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas. The flag ban was first proposed by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO HOLD EMERGENCY SUMMIT ON ANTISEMITISM, AS JEW-HATRED SURGES IN COUNTRY
Amid rising Jew-hatred in the country, Canada’s government has announced it will convene an emergency summit on antisemitism. The event — for which a date has not yet been set – will be led by Canadian Special Envoy for Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism Irwin Cotler.
GERMAN PUBLISHING BOSS TELLS WORKERS TO FIND NEW JOBS IF THEY OPPOSE ISRAELI FLAG
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
Here’s the advice from a top publishing executive in Germany to employees who complained about his decision to fly the Israeli flag on the business’ headquarters: Find another place to work. “I think, and I’m being very frank with you, a person who has an issue with an Israeli flag being raised for one week here, after antisemitic demonstrations, should look for a new job,” Mathias Doepfner, the chairman of Axel Springer, said in a conference call last week with thousands of his employees around the world.
IN WAKE OF ATTACKS ON TUCSON SYNAGOGUES, FAITH LEADERS BEGIN COALITION AGAINST HATE
By Eric Fink
Faith leaders of different backgrounds came together at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, united in a common vision to stop hate. This coalition against hate begins with conversations across faiths that aim to break down barriers. This first gathering of faith and religious leaders from Southern Arizona comes on the heels of two Jewish synagogues vandalized nly weeks apart.
OPENING IN ABU DHABI 2022, THE ABRAHAMIC FAMILY HOUSE MARKS 20 PERCENT OF CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
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.