THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL ANTISEMITISM REPORT
Australia reversed its prior government’s decision to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying the the city’s status should be resolved through peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
The European Commission is holding a conference dedicated to religious slaughter in Brussels titled “Freedom of religion with regard to religious slaughter,” as kosher and hallal slaughter bans in parts of Europe have infringed upon the religious liberties of Jewish and Muslim communities.
Argentina’s Department of Justice asked Qatar to arrest Iran’s Vice President for Economic Affairs Dr. Mohsen Rezaei Mirghaed, who is currently in Qatar, for participation in the 1994 AMIA Jewish community center attack in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. Argentina however, does not have an extradition treaty with Qatar.
Police in Michigan arrested a 14-year-old boy after he made social media posts with three handguns with antisemitic threats, and bricks were thrown through the windows of a Wisconsin synagogue. Antisemitic graffiti was also found on a synagogue in Kichener, Ontario. The handwritten vandalism read “ZOG [Zionist Occupied Government] is the real racial supremacists 1488 Hitler did nothing wrong!”
American model and fashion designer Carmen Ortega Baljian spouted antisemitic conspiracies to her 2.5 million instagram followers, saying “They own banks, they own the media, and in our politics heavy. Who’s awake yet?” Ortega also wrote on Instagram, “It’s time to wake up baby. What’s happening to Kanye is a direct example of everything. So when I’m always preaching stop voting pro-Israel.”
A French Jewish history teacher and his rabbi father, received a death threat through an anonymous letter, sent to a high school south of Paris. The letter echoed the case of teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded by an Islamic terrorist in 2020. The letter read: “Your teacher, Mr [redacted], the dirty Jew, should stop being clever. We are going to do a Samuel Paty on him and his father, the old Zionist rabbi.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation rescinded its Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism from Palestinian freelance journalist Shatha Hammad after discovering social media posts in which she praised Adolf Hitler, saying “We have influence over each other and share the same ideology, such as the extermination of the Jews.”
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 35 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 23 (65.7%) from the far-right, 6 (17.1%) from the far-left, 4 (11.4%) with Islamist motivations, and 2 (5.7%) unidentifiable in nature
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OXFORD, MI 14-YEAR-OLD BOY ARRESTED FOR POSTING GUNS, ANTISEMITIC THREATS
By BREANA NOBLE
Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 14-year-old boy at his home in Oxford Township after posts appeared on social media of three handguns with antisemitic threats, according to authorities. The arrest is the third the department has made in a week for threats. A hearing set for Thursday was adjourned until Wednesday as detectives seek charges against the boy. He’s being held without bond at Oakland County Children’s Village after a juvenile court referee authorized the placement.
ISRAEL ‘APARTHEID’ EVENT SPONSORED BY LAW FIRM THAT EXONERATED MORNINGSTAR OF ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS
By MIKE WAGENHEIM
While under investigation in 20 states for anti-Israel bias, Chicago-based investment firm Morningstar repeatedly pointed to an independent report purportedly absolving it of such behavior. But White & Case, the law firm that authored the report, was listed this week as a sponsor of a program at the University of Chicago’s Law School that featured a virulently anti-Israel activist and perpetuated the notion that Israel practices apartheid. A flyer for the program held on Oct. 12, entitled “Apartheid: International Law in the Israel-Palestine Conflict,” revealed White & Case’s involvement. The event was initiated by Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), in order to present his organization’s 2021 report declaring Israel an apartheid state.
JEWS ‘OWN BANKS, THEY OWN THE MEDIA’ SAYS MODEL CARMEN ORTEGA
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
American model and fashion designer Carmen Ortega Baljian spread an antisemitic conspiracy theory on her Instagram page of 2.5 million followers last week. “They own banks, they own the media, and in our politics heavy. Who’s awake yet?” she wrote. She also shared a tweet by Candace Owens to her Instagram story, writing: “Who runs the banks? How many more times will I be right about these people?” Ortega also recently wrote on another Instagram story post: “Have short version of the Talmud just in case anyone has any more doubts. It’s time to wake up baby. What’s happening to Kanye is a direct example of everything. So when I’m always preaching stop voting pro-Israel.
‘SECRET HATE ACCOUNT’ OF KEY AL JAZEERA DOCUMENTARY WITNESS
By DAVID ROSE
Disgraced former barrister Damian McCarthy, a Corbynite activist from Brighton, is one of the stars of the documentary, which attempts to prove that the Labour antisemitism scandal was concocted to undermine Jeremy Corbyn. In the programme, Mr McCarthy says his life was shattered by alleged threats against his family by enemies of the former Labour leader. He tells the producers he still fears for their safety. But the Gnasher Jew online investigation unit claims that digital analysis suggests he was behind a Twitter account called Truth and Justice. Its posts included claims that “Zionists worked hand in hand with Nazis to send innocent Jews to their deaths… then worked to establish the racist state of Israel”; that “Jews are gassing people in Gaza”; and that the Board of Deputies “actively supports racists, fascists and antisemites”.
UK – UNDERCOVER REPORTER DISCOVERS HORRIFIC HOLOCAUST DENIER GROUP IN SOUTHPORT
By OTS NEWS
A high profile journalist from Liverpool has reported how he went undercover at a Holocaust denying extremist Catholic sect in Southport. Investigative journalist Harry Shukman has revealed how he recently went undercover at a fringe church led by a Holocaust denier. Shockingly the group were gathering at an unassuming house in the Marshide area of Southport. They are reportedly part of a infamously controversial called the Society of St Pius X Resistance. Within the chapel Shukman uncovers a shocking congregation of Holocaust denying antisemitic worshipers who were present at a sermon by infamous Holocaust denier Father Brendan King.
GERMAN BANK SEEKS CLOSURE OF BDS GROUP’S ACCOUNTS FOLLOWING ‘POST’ PROBE
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
German bank Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) is pursuing in a Stuttgart city court the closure of two accounts held by a pro-Palestinian organization that supports a boycott of Israel, The Jerusalem Post can reveal. Christian Potthoff, a spokesman for LBBW, told the Post on Friday that the “reason for the closure was and is the support of the so-called ‘BDS campaign’ (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) through the owner of the account. The BDS campaign contradicts the values for which LBBW stands.”
ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI FOUND AT KITCHENER SYNAGOGUE
By CHEYENNE BHOLLA
Hate-motivated graffiti found on the back door of a local synagogue is “unacceptable” and should not be tolerated, a congregation leader said. “This isn’t just some nasty little kid writing dirty words on a wall. This is a deliberate attempt to cause upset,” said Simon Adler, who is on Beth Jacob Synagogue’s executive board. The handwritten message said “ZOG is the real racial supremacists 1488 Hitler did nothing wrong!”
FRENCH JEWISH HISTORY TEACHER THREATENED WITH DEATH IN CHILLING ECHOES OF SAMUEL PATY CASE
By BEN BLOCH
A police investigation has been opened after a French school received a death threat on Monday targeting a Jewish history teacher and his rabbi father. The anonymous letter, sent to a high school south of Paris, threatened the Jewish teacher with death, echoing the case of teacher Samuel Paty; who was killed and beheaded by an Islamic terrorist in 2020. The Lycée Brassens à Evry (Essonne) is now under police protection while an investigation takes place, and the letter was seized for forensic analysis, according to French media reports. Addressed to the head teacher, the letter read: “Your teacher, Mr [redacted], the dirty Jew, should stop being clever. We are going to do a Samuel Paty [the French teacher who was beheaded] on him and his father, the old Zionist rabbi.
OTHER WORLD NEWS
MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING 2 IN SLOVAKIA FOUND DEAD; AUTHORED ANTISEMITIC MANIFESTO
Slovakia’s police said Thursday they found the body of a suspect who allegedly fatally shot two people the previous day in the capital in what some officials are suggesting was a hate crime. According to Slovak media, the suspect posted a racist document on Twitter full of hatred for Jews and LGBTQ people and posts about the shooting. The account was blocked Thursday. Two men were killed and a woman was wounded on Wednesday evening near or at a bar, which is a popular spot for the local LGBTQ community in downtown Bratislava.
ARGENTINA – ANTISEMITIC ATTACK ON THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF SANTA FE
Horacio Roitman, president of the DAIA Santa Fe told El Litoral that this painting is part of a series of antisemitic acts that have occurred in recent days. “The cameras are being checked since there are several in the area. What we estimate is that there was a continuity of not very pleasant situations that occurred during the New Year and Pardon Day periods (N. of the R: the interviewee refers to September 25-27 and October 4-5, respectively) », assured the head of the local DAIA. «There were insults, inconveniences and grievances on social networks; fundamentally from the closure of the streets for a very short period for the entry and exit of people from the synagogue,” he explained.
REUTERS RETRACTS AWARD FOR PALESTINIAN OVER PRO-HITLER, PRO-TERROR COMMENTS
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
The Thomson Reuters Foundation rescinded its bestowal of a Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism on Palestinian freelance journalist Shatha Hammad after discovering old social media posts in which she praised Adolf Hitler. In 2014, Hammad posted a comment on Facebook that said “Me and Hitler are friends. We have influence over each other and share the same ideology, such as the extermination of the Jews.” In a post the same year, Hammad described the terrorists that killed five Israelis in a terrorist attack as “martyrs.”
PRESCHOOL IN SYDNEY’S EAST BECOMES SITE OF ‘SHOCKING ANTISEMITIC ATTACK
A preschool in Sydney’s eastern suburbs became the site of a “shocking antisemitic attack” after a swastika was discovered on the front entrance. Sky News host Rowan Dean discussed the issue with the Executive Council of Australian Jewry’s Alex Ryvchin. “During the week in the morning, the operators of the centre, the carers, who are exemplary, came to the centre along with some parents in the morning to drop their kids off as we do every morning,” Mr Ryvchin said.
HITLER TRUCK DISPLAY AT UC BERKELEY ALARMS JEWS IN CAMPUS COMMUNITY
By GABE STUTMAN
Aprovocative ad campaign against antisemitism that used a digital image of Hitler raising his right arm concerned many at UC Berkeley this week and disturbed members of the Jewish community, according to the campus Hillel. It also sparked ire. On Thursday, vandals threw “several” rocks at the vehicle, according to an organizer of the campaign, scaring its driver and damaging the truck and “part of the graphic,” the organizer said. In photos, a green patch on the display is visible where one of the rocks hit.
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ADL: OVER 350 ANTI-JEW INCIDENTS ON US CAMPUSES IN 2021-22
By i24 NEWS
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) published a report citing 359 anti-Israel and antisemitic incidents that occurred on American campuses in the 2021-2022 academic year. The incidents range from claiming Israel was guilty of “genocide” to banning students from organizations over support for Israel and Zionism. “The antisemitic vitriol directed at pro-Israel students is deeply unsettling and makes our colleges and universities feel less safe and secure for Jewish students,” the head of the ADL, Jonathan Greenblatt, said in a statement. The report specified that the majority of the incidents, while clearly antisemitic in intent, were couched in the language of anti-Zionism and support for Palestinian rights.
MANY NEW ZEALAND JEWS HAVE BEEN HARASSED OVER ZIONISM – REPORT
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
New Zealand Jews are saying that the most common form of antisemitism they experience is related to Israel and to anti-Zionism, according to the local human rights group “Humanity Matters.” Overall, two-thirds (65%) of New Zealand Jews said that they have experienced antisemitism on social media in the last three years. The report aims to explore the Jewish experience in New Zealand and to understand the unique challenges facing the relatively small Jewish community.
MOST AMERICANS SUPPORT CENSORING HATE SPEECH ON SOCIAL MEDIA : POLL
AUSTRALIA REVERSES DECISION TO RECOGNISE WEST JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL
Australia on Tuesday reversed a decision of the previous government to recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying the status of the city should be resolved through peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian people. Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong said Australia “will always be a steadfast friend of Israel” and was committed to a two-state solution in which Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist in peace within internationally recognised borders.
URGENT CONFERENCE ON RELIGIOUS SLAUGHTER TO BE HELD BY EUROPEAN COMMISSION
By ZVIKA KLEIN
The European Commission will hold an urgent conference about religious slaughter titled “Freedom of religion with regard to religious slaughter,” The Jerusalem Post has learned. The participants were asked to keep a low profile and not speak of the event before it happens, on Thursday in Brussels. A European Commission website publicized that on Thursday, the Commission will host a conference on freedom of religion with regard to religious slaughter, in partnership with the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the UN. Commissioner for Equality of the commission, Helena Dalli will deliver the opening remarks, according to the report.
KANYE WEST’S ANTISEMITISM DRAWS MORE CONDEMNATIONS
Rapper Kanye West’s antisemitic social media posts and interviews continued to be condemned on Wednesday. In a statement, the co-chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations called his comments dangerous.“This kind of inflammatory rhetoric and perpetuation of stereotypes fuels violence amid a rise in anti-Semitism and racism throughout our country,” wrote Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), who is African-American, and Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), who are both Jewish. “Words have consequences, which is why the Black and Jewish communities must stand together to make clear there is no room for this kind of hurtful and hateful rhetoric.”
Q&A: THIS BERKELEY PROF STUDIES HOW PERSONAL STORIES CAN COMBAT ANTISEMITISM
By MAYA MIRSKY
David Broockman, 33, of San Francisco, has been studying stories for almost 10 years. The associate professor of political science at UC Berkeley researches how specific, personal narratives, told face to face, can help sway minds on highly divisive political issues – or, to put it shortly, how human connections may be the key to reducing bias. In September, Broockman and his research partner, Joshua Kalla of Yale University, were among 10 people selected for the inaugural cohort of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Antisemitism research fellowships. The fellowship, with a stipend of $10,000 to $30,000 per project, will allow them to expand their research to study what kinds of stories can alleviate antisemitism
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