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United States

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1. Ohio man arrested for implied shooting threat to Jewish center


Ohio police arrested James Reardon for threatening a Jewish Community Center online. At Reardon’s home, police found an arsenal of weapons along with anti-Semitic propaganda. Read Here

2. Federal grand jury indicts man for making threatening calls to Maryland synagogue


A federal grand jury has indicted Stephen Lyle Orback for making calls threatening members of a synagogue in Owings Mills, Md. Orback made “multiple” phone calls to the synagogue “threatening to kill many members of that Jewish congregation.” Read Here

3. Tlaib attends Shabbat event with pro-BDS group after rejecting West Bank visit

By TOI Staff

Rep. Rashida Tlaib met with supporters at a Shabbat event in Detroit sponsored by Jewish Vote for Peace, the sister organization to the far-left fringe Jewish Voice for Peace that backs the boycott of Israel. Read Here

4. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Partnered with Vicious Anti-Semites to Plan Their Trip to Israel

By David French

The most important element of the story is the fact that the two congresswomen shunned a bipartisan delegation to Israel to go on a trip to Israel sponsored by anti-Semitic group, Mifta, who has published blood libel, neo-Nazi propaganda and celebrates terrorism against Jews. Read Here

5. Tlaib calls to boycott Bill Maher after he calls BDS a ‘bulls**t purity test’

By Marcy Oster

Rep. Rashida Tlaib called for a boycott of comedian Bill Maher’s HBO show “Real Time” after he called the BDS movement against Israel a “bulls**t purity test.” Watch Maher’s commentary below: Watch Here

6. Rep. Ted Lieu uses anti-Semitic trope, accusing US Ambassador Friedman of dual-loyalty


Rep. Ted Lieu accused Ambassador David Friedman of dual-loyalty. Lieu later apologized saying: “It has been brought to my attention that my prior tweet raises dual loyalty allegations that have historically caused harm to the Jewish community.” Read Here

Lieu also made the accusation on air with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Watch the exchange below.

7. International Neo-Nazi Extremist Group Claims Prior Knowledge of Vegas Bomb Plot

By Ben Makuch and Mack Lamoureux

Feuerkrieg Division, a violent white supremacist group in Europe, claimed it had advance knowledge of planned terrorist attacks by member Conor Climo, the Las Vegas man arrested for plotting bombings against a local synagogue. The group claimed it offered assistance to Cimo. Read Here

8. Self-Proclaimed Neo-Nazi Back In Jail, Heads To Trial For Anti-Semitic Flier Distribution

By Andy Sheehan

Neo-Nazi Hardy Lloyd was in federal court after posting a message on social media after Pittsburgh City Council introduced an assault weapons ban. “Anyone who supports such laws must be targeted, and their families murdered. Target: Jew Hill,” referring to the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Pittsburgh where the Tree of Life mass shooting took place. Read Here

9. Webinar addresses security and anti-Semitism


An update on community security and anti-Semitism in Pittsburgh was provided last week by the local Jewish federation which described current efforts to prevent and thwart hateful activities. Read Here


By Jerusalem Post Staff

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib posted cartoons to instagram by Brazilian-Lebanese cartoonist Carlos Latuff, who participated in Iran’s annual Holocaust cartoon contest in 2006. In the cartoon, Trump and Netanyahu are seen silencing the two by putting their hands on the congresswomen’s mouths. Read Here

11. California High-School Students Sang Nazi Song and Gave Hitler Salute

By Davis Richardson

A group of high-school students in Southern California gave a Nazi salute and sang a Nazi song during an awards ceremony. Their school won’t say if or how they were disciplined. Read Here

12. Fake Jewish Profiles Flood Twitter in anti-Semitic Campaign to ‘Subvert Jews’

By Allison Sommer

In a coordinated campaign to sow dissent in the American Jewish community and inflame hatred against Jews, Twitter has been flooded with fake accounts of Jewish identities that endorse extreme views and anti-Semitic messaging. Read Here

13. Maryland Hitler-supporter arrested for threats against Hispanics


Eric Lin has been jailed after he made a series of threats against Hispanics and Jews. “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people,” referencing a Jewish immigration society and a far-right conspiracy theory that Jews are bringing minorities into the US in order to replace white people. Read Here

14. Suspect in Florida synagogue shooting arrested, charged with attempted murder


Miami-Dade police arrested Carlints St. Louis, 30, a day after he reported his gun stolen from a car spotted outside the synagogue. Read Here

Israel and the Rest of the World

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The Labour Party expelled Holocaust denier Chris Crookes from the international sect of the party after a year and a half of suspension. Read Here

Police investigate after anti-Semitism campaigner targeted on Twitter


Police are investigating after an anti-Semitism campaigner was targeted on Twitter with a message warning “Tick tock. Karma is coming” along with bomb and wrist watch emojis. Read Here

After dropping Chris Williamson event, Quakers ‘take time to reflect’ on hosting speakers accused of anti-Semitism

By Ben Weich

After the cancellation, the national Quakers in Britain group issued a statement saying that “anti-Semitism is a real and growing problem in the UK and globally”, adding that Jew-hate “contravenes our fundamental belief that all people are equal and precious”. Read Here

Suspended MP Chris Williamson defends pro-Corbyn hyper-partisan The Canary, attacking ‘sinister’ bid to close it

By JC Reporter

Suspended Labour MP Chris Williamson, has supported pro-Corbyn website The Canary, saying a “sinister” attempt is being made to close it after the website, announced it was downsizing because of pressure from “political Zionists”. Read Here

Ex local Labour chair suspended after sharing Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic conspiracy theory posts

By Aleks Phillips

Mollie Collins, a Labour member who chaired her local party has been suspended over a series of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories she posted including an headlines like how the ‘Holocaust’ was faked” and that the BBC was “now run by Zionists” and was “the mouthpiece for Zionist Israel.” Read Here

Councillor and vocal anti-Semitism critic driven to ‘suicidal thoughts’ by abuse from local Labour members

By Rosa Doherty

A Labour councillor has said abuse from members of his party since he has become a vocal critic of anti-Semitism in the party has driven him to “suicidal thoughts”. Mr Deakin said as soon as he started to speak out against Jew-hate in the wider Labour movement he was subjected to abuse online from Labour members including rape threats. Read Here

Ben Goldsmith reveals anti-Semitism from ‘conspiracy theorists’ after daughter’s death

By Rosa Doherty

Financier Ben Goldsmith has spoken out about the anti-Semitic language used by online conspiracy theorists after the death of his teenage daughter and said he had seen “countless, appallingly upsetting tweets”. Read Here


Germany’s Jewish council warns against AfD’s ‘right-wing extremism’


The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, has accused the far-right populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party of having right-wing extremist tendencies. “In my view, the AfD is much more closely interwoven with right-wing extremism than it appears.” Schuster sees right-wing extremism as posing the “greatest danger” to Germany and Jews living in the country. Read Here

Top of the polls, German politician downplays far-right past


Andreas Kalbitz who heads the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany party – predicted to get 21% of the vote in the elections – in the past downplayed the Holocaust and was a member of the Witiko Association, which was founded by former Nazis after World War II. Read Here


Nasrallah praises rash of West Bank attacks as ‘future generation of resistance’

By TOI Staff

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah praised a string of recent terror attacks in the West Bank carried out by so-called lone-wolf assailants, saying the young perpetrators were “the future” of Palestinian resistance against Israel. Read Here

Siblings wounded in Gush Etzion car-ramming attack


Nahum and Noam Navis were intentionally run down by a speeding car. The driver, who was killed by security forces at the scene, was named as Ala’ Khader al-Hreimi and was known to security services as an Islamic Jihad operative. Read Here

Palestinians invoke retracted ‘Zionism is racism’ resolution in UN hearing on their incitement and racism


The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination sought explanations from the Palestinians of “anti-Semitic and anti-Israel prejudice and incitement to hatred” in the “media and speeches of state officials.” The Palestinian representatives responded by accusing Israelis of weaponizing anti-Semitism and asserted that it was Zionism rather than Palestinian rhetoric that constituted racism. Read Here

4.  Netanyahu on Tlaib, Omar ban: Israel respects Congress, but won’t tolerate BDS

By TOI Staff

Netanyahu said that while Israel respects all Congress members and has a policy of automatically granting them entrance to the country, it would not welcome those who back boycotts of the Jewish state. Read Here

5. Dutch Jewish leader protests comparisons between burqa ban and the Holocaust


A Dutch Jewish leader protested an activist’s claim that authorities’ partial ban on wearing face-covering veils is akin to Holocaust-era persecution. Read Here

6.  Russian firm removes anti-Semitic ad featuring Orthodox Jew


Asset management company Novoselye, which used a Haredi Jew as a cartoon money lender on billboards in St. Petersburg, takes them down after complaints of anti-Semitism. Read Here



Canadian polish-language newspaper Goniec has repeatedly spewed anti-Semitic content in its articles including accusations that Jews and Zionists have ‘terrorism in their blood’ and urges readers to ‘stand up to the Jews’ in response to fabricated attempts to destroy Poland.’” Read Here


By Jerusalem Post Staff

The advertisement features a bottle of wine with a Jewish star. “For centuries…Jews and their businesses were labeled by Europeans…True to form and history, Europe’s actions are only against Israel and Jews…The EU does not label olive oil from Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus, nor fish from Moroccan-occupied Western-Sahara…Singling out Jewish businesses means the latest measures have nothing to do with justice… Read Here

9. Infighting mars battle in Bulgaria against anti-Semitism

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer

From the annual Lukov March, to online abuse, to vile graffiti and the sale of Nazi memorabilia in tourist resorts, it is clear that Bulgaria has much to do in the fight against anti-Semitism. Read Here

On Campus

(3 articles)

1. Pro-Israel Scholars Counter Move by Major US Academic Association to Boycott Israel

By David Gerstman

Pro-Israel professors are gearing up to prevent BDS from hijacking an upcoming academic association conference. The Academic Engagement Network sent a letter to the American Political Science Association, which will be holding its annual meeting later this month, warning that BDS activists, who are “uninterested in debate or dialogue” could take over the meeting. Read Here

2. Jewish millennials address ways to counter anti-Semitism online

By Sam Joffe

A panel brought millennial leaders together to grapple with anti-Semitism on the mode they use most often: social media, and sought to pinpoint where instances of anti-Semitism most often show up on primary mediums (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and what to do once confronted with them. Read Here

3. Campus BDS threat shifting to academic boycotts

By Zev Hurwitz

Academic boycotts are dangerous because they circumvent the need for buy-in from an entire administrative or student body. By pursuing boycotts of Israel at the individual or departmental level, anti-Israel policies are easier to implement and can start negatively affecting student life much sooner. Read Here

My Story

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We highlight here the victims of anti-Semitism to raise awareness and to humanize the issue. Please continue to look for new stories here If you have a story of your own to share, we want to hear from you! Contact us for more information.

NYU senior, Adela Cojab, discusses the “extreme anti-Semitism” on NYU’s campus, leading her to file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Justine Murray, a junior at Syracuse University, arrived on campus freshman year to the unpleasant surprise of anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist posters in her dormitory. Watch Adela and Justine’s courageous stories below.


(11 pieces)

Anti-Semitism has been perpetrated over the centuries. Today, we are seeing age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes being recycled as well as new forms of anti-Semitism. In order to effectively combat anti-Semitism, it is important to understand, define and highlight all its manifestations and ideologies.

1. Stop the double standard

By Keren Azaria

In 2012, the US government refused entry to Member of Knesset Michael Ben Ari, a far-right Israeli politician. It’s time to stop the double standard. Israel should not only and always be at fault for government decisions it makes. As every country, it acts in its own defense. Read here

2.  Nuanced realism: Israel and the Tlaib/Omar visit

By Gerald M. Steinberg

Tlaib and Omar are Israel eliminationists, and their itinerary, put together by a hate-filled and anti-Semitic Palestinian NGO was designed to provoke and inflame already highly inflammatory situations. The risks of refusing entry to Members of Congress were still greater than the risks posed by their political theater, but I do not have the responsibilities that elected officials carry in dealing with plans and scenarios that go badly wrong. Read Here

3.  A torrent of anti-Semitic abuse… for advocating Palestinian rights?

By Muddassar Ahmed

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Labour MP didn’t imagined that, in advocating for the right of Palestinian children and mothers to access medical care in Israel that she would be on the receiving end of a storm of online abuse, a flood of anti-Semitic hate directed against her. Read Here

4.  The Washington Post Bars the Truth About Israel

By Sean Durns

Two members of Congress planned a trip sponsored by an NGO that traffics in anti-Semitism and which included meeting a group with terror links. And yet, The Washington Post, couldn’t be troubled to report the full story. Read Here

5. It was a tough July for congressional anti-Semitism

By Jack Rosen, President of the American Jewish Congress.

The recent votes to support Israel clarify that the attention these congresswomen are receiving from the media, is a gross distortion of reality that makes these fringe politicians seem more influential than they really are. Read Here

6.  Is YouTube unintentionally profiting from anti-Semitic remarks?

By Eitan Charnoff

YouTube should take a chapter out of Facebook’s book, and actively review its promoted content, as Facebook does with their ads. This and a clear definition of when that content is anti-Semitic could make a big difference. Read Here

7. Podcast: Israel Blocks Members of Congress; California’s Ethnic Studies Curriculum Back To Drawing Board

By AJC Passport

Listen to an analysis of Israel’s decision to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, with AJC CEO David Harris followed by Senator Ben Allen, who chairs the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, to discuss the high-profile controversy surrounding the state’s proposed Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. Listen here

8.  Storm of Controversy Erupts Over Israeli Decision Barring Entry to BDS-Supporting Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar

By Benjamin Kerstein

Reaction to the decision did not strictly follow party or broader political affiliations with mixed opinions and reactions on all sides of the spectrum. Read Here

9.  If Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib can boycott Israel, why can’t Israel boycott them?

By Marc Thiessen

It’s not a Muslim ban; it’s an anti-Semite ban. Israel’s decision to bar the two congresswomen was a mistake, because it has given them a bigger platform from which to attack Israel. But let’s be clear: There is nothing outrageous about Israel’s decision to bar entry to politicians who advocate its destruction. Read Here Read PDF Version Here

10.  NYT columnist: It’s ‘a scandal’ that media didn’t cover Omar, Tlaib Israel trip sponsors

By CAS Staff

New York Times opinion columnist, Bari Weiss, discusses how the media has largely ignored the fact that Congresswomen Omar & Tlaib’s cancelled trip was to be led by an anti-Semitic organization as a result of the political chaos that ensued. Watch Bari Weiss’ commentary below:

11. Anti-Semitism is on the rise. Can Holocaust education make it stop?

By Kelsey Dallas

Can classroom discussions discourage anti-Semitism? Yes and no, according to educators. Good teachers can increase empathy for the Jewish community, but they can’t tackle all sources of hate. “Holocaust education serves an important purpose but it’s not going to solve the problem. Classroom discussions should be a starting point of meaningful activism, not the end of the conversation…You have to engage your community in current issues to make the lessons of the Holocaust relevant. Read Here

Studies and Statistics

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By Jerusalem Post Staff

A new video by StandWithUS reports an 82% increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City. Nearly two-thirds of hate crimes in NYC this year have been anti-Semitic hate crimes, according to the film. Watch below: Read Here

Featured Partner

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1. Kuwait Air slapped with fresh Israel discrimination suit in Germany

By TOI Staff

The Lawfare Project has filed a second discrimination lawsuit against Kuwait Airways on behalf of an Israeli passenger who was refused service on the airline. The airline has previously canceled tickets purchased by Israeli passengers. The law has cost the airline several lucrative routes as officials in the US and Switzerland ruled for previous Israeli plaintiffs. Read Here

The Lawfare Project is a global network of legal professionals that contributes skills, time and expertise to defending the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and pro-Israel community, and fights discrimination wherever they see it. The Lawfare Project maintains an international network of more than 350 attorneys who are dedicated to defending and upholding the civil and human rights of the Jewish community.

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

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By CAS Staff

“I welcome the announcement by the California State Board of Education that its proposed ethnic studies model curriculum will be withdrawn. The proposed curriculum was an attempt at political indoctrination of American children against the Jewish people and America’s great ally, Israel. It is appalling that such a proposal could be drafted and issued for public comment in any part of the United States. The US unequivocally supports the right of the Jewish people to self-determination and opposes any attempt to deny Jewish ethnicity or delegitimize the State of Israel.”

2. Danon: Israel part of the solution in the Middle East

By Gary Willig

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon briefed the UN Security Council about recent terrorist attacks committed against Israelis saying the “terrorists are the real threats in the Middle East. Most of the violence and terror engulfing the region leads back to one place, Tehran.” Addressing Arab nations, Danon said: “Israel can be and wants to be your partner in building a better future. Israel is not the problem in the Middle East. Israel is part of the solution.” Read Here



In response to Israel’s Embassy in Finland being vandalized by neo-Nazis 15 times, Finland’s Ambassador to Israel Kirsikka Lehto-Asikainen wrote a letter to The Jerusalem Post making it clear that the Finnish government is taking this situation very seriously. “Finland is committed to combating anti-Semitism as a part of its activities to fight discrimination in order to guarantee the right of freedom of religion and opinion.” Read Here

4. Paraguay designates Hezbollah, Hamas terror groups as Brazil considers similar move

By i24News

Paraguay joins Argentina as the only Latin American countries to have designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization, with the latter blaming them for the bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people. Brazil is also considering following the move. Read Here


By Ewan Palmer

Following the most recent anti-Semitic attacks in Williamsburg, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo said “In New York, we have zero tolerance for such heinous acts. I’m directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to provide the NYPD with any resources needed…Anti-Semitism is a growing cancer…but in New York we will continue to stand united and with one voice to condemn any acts of hatred and intolerance.” Read Here

6. California congressman censures high-schoolers who used Nazi propaganda


“This disturbing incident saddens me greatly,” said Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.). “I can only hope that this can become a teaching moment—not just for the students who participated, but for the entire student body on the horrors of the Holocaust and the evils of the Third Reich.” Read Here

7. A New York lawmaker wants students to learn about hate symbols in class

By Faith Karimi

New York students may have to learn about swastikas and nooses as part of their curriculum. State Sen. Todd Kaminsky introduced a measure requiring lessons on hate symbols be part of the curriculum in grades 6-12 in response to a nationwide rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes. Read Here


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This section highlights the good deeds of Jews and others working to combat anti-Semitism in their communities.

1. A crucial moment for the future of the Jewish people

By Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the Jewish Agency

Diaspora Jewry faces a challenge to its security: raging, unrestrained anti-Semitism. I call upon Israel to make…Diaspora Jewry’s security, [a] top national [priority]. After many years during which Jews worldwide have asked themselves what they could do for their homeland, the time has come for us to ask what their homeland can do for them…and their security. Read Here

2. Israeli doctor treating Syrians hopes to save hearts and win minds


Dr. Salman Zarka, director of Ziv Medical Center in Safed, treats Syrians who come to the Israeli border in need of lifesaving medical interventions. Ziv has treated 5,000 Syrians. “I’ve met many Syrians. When I met them at first, they were afraid to meet their enemy and receive medical support from us. Now, they understand that we are more human than Assad.” Read Here

3. As the PA and Jordan foment riots, Israeli Arab imams preach peace

By Evelyn Gordon

In mosque after mosque throughout Israel, imams preferred to send a message of peace, thereby underscoring the true story of the past few years—not a breakdown of Jewish-Arab relations but growing Arab integration. Read Here

4. Stoughton, MA draws on kindness to combat anti-Semitism

By Marc Larocque

A “Day of Kindness” was held by community members at Halloran Park in Stoughton, MA after anti-Semitic graffiti was found around the property. Participants wielded multi-colored sidewalk chalk to spread their own message of unity and acceptance. Read Here

5. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Arrives in Israel, Meets With Israeli President Rivlin

By Omer Kabir

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg met Israeli President Rivlin while visiting Israel. Sandberg said “I admire him for standing up for diversity and kindness across the country,” before holding an event dedicated to the launch of the local office of her organization, Lean In, which is promote gender equality in the workforce. Read Here

Take Action

This section highlights opportunities for you to get involved in combating anti-Semitism. Read the content below to learn more.

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1. Venture Creative Contest – Round One

Anti-Semitism is once again on the rise, just 75 years after the Holocaust. This irrational hatred of Jews and the world’s only Jewish state harms both innocent victims and perpetrators infected by bigotry. The resurgence of anti-Semitism poses a challenge to all people of conscience:

How can we work together to stop anti-Semitism?

People of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities are encouraged to participate by creatively addressing one of the categories below:


Round 1 Deadline: December 1, 2019 (future rounds coming soon)

Enter Here.

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