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September 11TH, 2020

PREMIER OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA TARGETED IN ANTI-SEMITIC VANDALISM
NAZI IMAGE ON DISPLAY AT VOLKSWAGEN DEALERSHIP IN MEXICO
FAR-RIGHT GROUP GROOMING RECRUITS WITH NAZI CAMPING TRIPS IN UK
MEMBERS OF FAR-RIGHT BOOGALOO BOIS ARRESTED FOR AID TO HAMAS
JEWISH GROUPS CONDEMN CAMPUS EVENT HOSTING HIJACKER LEILA KHALED

Watch this Week's Summary of Anti-Semitic Incidents Around the World.

As the fall semester is underway, we are witnessing shocking examples of anti-Semitism on university campuses. Stories this week remind us of the cooperation of disparate groups across the ideological spectrum in terms of their hostility towards Jews. Thankfully, several nations pledged to open diplomatic missions in Jerusalem, a key metric in recognizing the right to Jewish self-determination.

THIS WEEK’S CONTENT

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SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHT

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SPECIAL FEATURE

THE IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM: ELEVEN EXAMPLES, ELEVEN STORIES

By CAM


With the worrying rise in anti-Semitism around the globe, the time is now to build momentum and encourage the adoption of the IHRA definition worldwide. Join CAM’s live studio event on September 16, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT: “The IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism: Eleven Examples, Eleven Stories.” The event will feature eleven examples of modern anti-Semitism alongside eleven corresponding real stories from victims of anti-Semitism, bringing the IHRA definition to life. Watch The Event Here
THE ANGEL OF BUDAPEST: THE UNKNOWN STORY OF ÁNGEL SANZ BRIZ

By CAM

Many are familiar with the story of Oskar Schindler who is credited with saving 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Schindler’s story was popularized by the Steven Spielberg film Schindler’s List. Few however, know the story of the “Spanish Schindler,” Ángel Sanz Briz, a Spanish diplomat who saved more than 5,200 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. This is his story. Read Here
THE POWER OF FAITH-BASED DIPLOMACY: A CONVERSATION WITH JOSH REINSTEIN

By CAM

The Combat Anti-Semitism Movement sat down with Josh Reinstein to discuss a range of issues including rising global anti-Semitism, Israel, the work of his organization and his new book, “Titus, Trump and the Triumph of Israel: The Power of Faith Based Diplomacy.” Josh Reinstein is the Director of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus. Josh’s organization works to build direct lines of communication and cooperation between the Knesset and Christian leadership around the world. Read Here

WHY IS HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE RELEVANT IN CHILE TODAY?

By Marjorie Steinmann (Director, Fundacion Memoria Viva)

After the Shoah, Chile became the new homeland for hundreds of Jews who managed to survive and/or escape the war, but whose lives were deeply impacted by it. To maintain and spread their legacy, Memoria Viva, our Chilean based non-profit organization, has been working on the development of the largest local archive of audio-visual testimonies of Shoah survivors, as well as on the development of educational and editorial material, workshops, and publishing testimonial books. Read Here

WATCH: DEMAND JUSTICE FOR SARAH HALIMI

By CAM

In 2017, a Jewish grandmother named Sarah Halimi was brutally murdered by her neighbor Kobili Traore in Paris.‬ Authorities reluctantly recognized the anti-Semitic nature of the crime after overwhelming evidence. ‪The Paris court ruled that the man who tortured and murdered Sarah will not face charges for this heinous act, arguing that he was under the influence of cannabis during the murder. Don’t be silent about anti-Semitism. A rally is planned in Paris on September 13th to demand justice for Sarah Halimi. Don’t remain silent. Read Here

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UNITED STATES

2 MEMBERS OF US FAR-RIGHT GROUP BOOGALOO BOIS ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPT TO AID HAMAS

By JTA

Michael Robert Solomon, 30, and Benjamin Ryan Teeter, 22, were arrested and charged with attempting to give material support to Hamas. They were recorded by a purported Hamas member promising to act as mercenaries for the group in exchange for cash. They gave weapons to the Hamas member, who was secretly working with the FBI. The men thought they were working with Hamas to overthrow the US government. Read Here

WISCONSIN MAN CALLS NEIGHBOR ‘DIRTY JEW’ OVER CAMPAIGN YARD SIGN

By CAM

49-year-old Gregory Kirst has been charged with a hate crime after he accosted his neighbors with anti-Semitic slurs purportedly because of a campaign sign in their yard in support of Joe Biden. He removed the sign from his neighbor’s lawn and called the neighbor a “dirty Jew” and blamed Jews for being behind this summer’s riots in Portland, Oregon. Read Here

RIGHT-WING MEDIA CALLS ATTENTION TO ANTI-SEMITIC POSTS BY JACOB BLAKE’S FATHER

By JTA

Jacob Blake Sr. made a slew of anti-Semitic and anti-white posts on Facebook in 2018 and 2019, including comments that refer to “the Jewish controlled media” and insinuate that Jews in Pittsburgh were warned before the shooting at a synagogue there. He also expressed support for Louis Farrakhan, whose rhetoric includes virulent anti-Semitism. Read Here

A CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR IS FACING ANTI-SEMITIC AND HOMOPHOBIC ATTACKS — AS WELL AS DEATH THREATS

By BEN SALES

Scott Wiener, who represents San Francisco in the California Senate, has been the target of death threats and called a pedophile thousands of times. Because he’s Jewish and gay, Wiener has borne the brunt of unrelenting anti-Semitic and homophobic comments and posts. One that has made the rounds featured a doctored image showing Wiener with an elongated nose and wearing the garb of an Orthodox Jew. Read Here

MORE US HEADLINES

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WORLD NEWS

United Kingdom

GRAMMAR SCHOOL STAR PUPIL ADMITS SHARING BOMB-MAKING MANUALS ONLINE

By George Odling

A former pupil at an elite grammar school admitted downloading and distributing bomb-making manuals. Harry Vaughan was arrested during a probe into a website named Fascist Forge, which calls itself a ‘home for the 21st century fascist’. Detectives found a memory stick in his bedroom with content linked to an American neo-Fascist book called Siege and neo-Nazi, and anti-Semitic material. Read Here

HARINGEY COUNCILLOR WHO ASKED LOCAL LABOUR PARTY TO DROP ‘ZERO-TOLERANCE POSITION’ ON ANTI-SEMITISM IS SUSPENDED

By Lee Harpin

A Haringey councillor once accused of displaying a “sickening tolerance of anti-Semitism in Labour’s ranks” has been suspended by the party pending an investigation. Cllr Noah Tucker, once a member in what became known as “Corbyn’s council,” is facing claims that he repeatedly shared anti-Semitic material. He becomes the second member of the Haringey Labour Party to be suspended over anti-Jewish racism in a matter of weeks. Read Here

FAR-RIGHT GROUP GROOMING RECRUITS WITH NAZI CAMPING TRIPS IN UK COUNTRYSIDE

By Alan Selby

A sinister new far-right group is grooming recruits with Nazi camping trips in the British countryside. Researcher Simon Murdoch said: “[the group’s leader] is a longstanding anti-Semite who has spoken sympathetically of Nazi Germany, described the Holocaust as the ‘alleged extermination of six million Jews’, and has regularly collaborated with David Duke, a former leader in the Ku Klux Klan.”  Read Here

REVEALED: ANTI-VAXX NURSE AT CENTRE OF COVID HATE DEMOS

By Lee Harpin 

A suspended nurse at the centre of the anti-lockdown protests is a supporter of a notorious conspiracy theory that places prominent Jews at the centre of a corrupt group that controls the world. Kate Shemirani emerged as one of the most celebrated faces of a movement that united anti-vaccination and anti-mask campaigners with far-left and far-right activists. An investigation revealed that she is a believer in the “Committee of 300” conspiracy theory, which paved the way for the notorious anti-Semitic forgery the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Read Here

GERMANY

HEZBOLLAH STORED EXPLOSIVE MATERIAL FROM 2016 IN GERMANY, SAYS MINISTER

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL

Hezbollah has stored in Germany the chemical ammonium nitrate, which it has used in bombings across the world, a state interior minister said. “The stored cold packs were brought out of Germany in 2016,” said Baden-Württemberg Minister Thomas Strobl. Strobl responded to a state government parliamentary query about the illicit activities in the state. The interior minister was urged to crack down on Hezbollah’s fundraising and membership in Baden-Württemberg, where 75 Hezbollah operatives are active. Read Here

GERMAN SYNAGOGUE ATTACK TRIAL REVEALS POLICE FAILURES

By DW

The trial of far-right attacker Stephan B. in Germany has almost reached its halfway stage. It has been marked by moving eyewitness accounts — and criticism of the police investigation. Jewish survivors of the attack on the Halle synagogue have accused the police of failing to properly investigate the online far-right scene that is believed to have inspired last October’s deadly attack in the eastern German city. Read Here

THE MIDDLE EAST

INDICTMENT: KILLER OF PETAH TIKVA RABBI CONSIDERED STABBING MORE JEWS IMMEDIATELY AFTER ATTACK

By Benjamin Kerstein

The terrorist who killed a rabbi in the central Israel town of Petah Tikva on August 26 considered stabbing more Jewish victims immediately after the attack, the newly-filed indictment against him states. The indictment states that Dweikat, who was working at a Petah Tikva construction site, decided to kill Jews “for Palestine, the Palestinian people, the al-Aqsa Mosque, and Allah.”  Read Here

ONE DAY OF HAMAS TV HATE AND TERROR MESSAGES

By Nan Jacques Zilberdik

During a session in the Hamas PA Parliament, MP Ismail Ashqar read a statement calling for “death to Israel.” Ashqar called for “burning” the “sons of Zion” and anyone who “normalizes relations” with Israel in a clear reference to the UAE. In an animated cartoon Hamas explained to viewers that the presence of Jews on the Temple Mount is dirtying the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and that the site will be cleansed of all Jews, as they will be swept away. Read Here

PA’S ANNUAL LIBEL FESTIVAL: AN “EXTREMIST JEW” BURNED AL-AQSA IN 1969, ISRAEL “DELIBERATELY PREVENTED” THE FIRE FROM BEING EXTINGUISHED

By Nan Jacques Zilberdik

As is the way of the PA, a grain of truth is turned into a grand libel. Once a year, the PA illustrates the anatomy of a libel in all clarity when it commemorates the arson at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. An Australian Christian named Michael Rohan who suffered from a mental health disorder set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1969. But the PA has used this incident as a spring board to annually repeat the libel of its false claim that Rohan was really a Jew and a Zionist, and was “acting on behalf of the Jewish religion.”  Read Here

OTHER WORLD NEWS

DUTCH POSTAL SERVICE INVESTIGATING ANTI-JEWISH EXPLETIVE ADDED TO PARCEL ADDRESS

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

The Dutch postal service is investigating how a parcel shipped from the Netherlands to Israel came to be addressed to a postal code ending with the letters “FUCKJEWS.” The parcel was sent several weeks ago by a woman to her grandchildren. After it became delayed, she used a tracking code to check its status where she noticed the anti-Jewish message had been added to the postal code of the destination address in Holon, Israel. Read Here

OUTRAGE OVER NAZI IMAGE ON DISPLAY AT VOLKSWAGEN DEALERSHIP IN MEXICO

By Algemeiner Staff

German car giant Volkswagen apologized after a customer at one of its showrooms in Mexico tweeted a photograph of Nazi imagery on the walls that quickly went viral. A stylized photograph of a Nazi rally being addressed by Adolf Hitler was hanging from the wall. In a response posted the following day, the car manufacturer said that the image did not correspond to its “corporate image” and action would be taken. Read Here

PREMIER OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA TARGETED IN ANTI-SEMITIC VANDALISM

By CAM

The Premier of the Australian state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, was targeted with “appalling” anti-Semitic graffiti. The graffiti was daubed on a road in east Melbourne. The vandals spray-painted “Stop Dan Andrews” with a Star of David replacing the “A” in Dan, and a swastika replacing the “S” in Andrews. Read Here

DANISH JEWS THREATENED BY ANTI-CIRCUMCISION MEASURE, WARNS COMMUNITY LEADER

By DAN LAVIE

The new legislative push to ban ritual circumcision in Denmark has led to an outcry in the local Jewish community. Henri Goldstein, president of the Jewish community in Denmark, said that the parliament’s upcoming vote on the matter could be of major consequence. “Denmark saved Jewish life during the Holocaust, and now it may end Jewish life in the kingdom,” he lamented. The proposed law would prohibit circumcision on minors unless there is a medical necessity. Read Here

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ON CAMPUS

PUBLIC UNIVERSITY IN SPAIN INAUGURATES ANTI-SEMITIC COURSE

By CAM


An anti-Semitic course began this semester the Public University of Navarra, the second largest university in the Region of Navarra in Spain. Titled, “Apartheid in Palestine and the Criminalization of Solidarity,” the course is being taught between 9 September and 7 October. The course agenda advocates for the dissolution of the world’s only Jewish state and takes a discriminatory approach to Israel and its Jewish population.  Read Here

BRITISH UNIVERSITY DECIDES NOT TO PUNISH LECTURER WHO PROMOTED ANTI-SEMITIC CONSPIRACY THEORY

By CAM

In November 2019, associate-professor at the University of Warwick Dr Goldie Osuri said in a lecture to students that the “Israel lobby” was responsible for claims of anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party. At the time, the Warwick Jewish and Israel Society made a formal complaint stating that Osuri’s comments were anti-Semitic. Last week, the university’s Provost Christine Ennew denied their complaint, alleging that there were “insufficient grounds” to pursue it further.  Read Here

JEWISH GROUPS CONDEMN CAMPUS EVENT HOSTING HIJACKER LEILA KHALED

By CAM

Prominent Jewish organizations across the United States have issued public statements condemning an upcoming San Francisco State University (SFSU) event hosting Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) member and known terrorist, Leila Khaled. The Arab and Muslim Ethnicities Diaspora (AMED) Department at SFSU will be hosting an event on Sept. 23. where Khaled will be speaking. Read Here

GERMANY: HEIDELBERG FRATERNITY UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ANTI-SEMITIC CRIMES

By DW

Police in the southern German city of Heidelberg are investigating alleged anti-Semitic crimes that took place at a university student party hosted by the Burschenschaft Normannia Heidelberg fraternity. Seven men and one woman faced charges of libel and inflicting bodily harm. The accuser, a 25-year-old student who is a member of a different fraternity, claims that when it became known that he was of Jewish ancestry he became the target of anti-Semitic insults and then pelted with coins as well as beaten on his back and legs with belts. Read Here

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ANALYSIS

WAKE UP AMERICA, AND SMELL THE ANTI-SEMITISM

By EVE BARLOW

What do all these incidents have in common? Not that they are the unique province of “the right” or “the left”—but that they are happening in America on a daily basis and both the mainstream press and the organized Jewish community seem to ignore them. It seems that American Jews don’t see anti-Semitism in America because they don’t want to, not because it isn’t real. They choose not to see it because it makes them uncomfortable. Or they only see it when it comes from the other “side.” Yet for an outsider, the normalizing of open anti-Semitism in this country on all “sides” is shocking. Read Here

THE UAE BREAKTHROUGH COULD SPREAD TOLERANCE ACROSS THE REGION

By Kenneth Jacobson

Interfaith dialogue is being promoted within UAE society as a government priority including the government’s thematic focus last year as part of what it called the UAE’s Year of Tolerance. While there is much talk about the UAE decision leading to other Arab states following a similar path, less discussed but of importance as well would be if the Emirati model of interfaith respect and tolerance would spread around the region. Respect for a more pluralistic Middle East can go a long way to challenging the radicalism and anti-Semitism that has poisoned the region for so long. Read Here

RESPONDING TO RISE IN CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM

By Greta Anderson

The fire and verbal and online harassment targeting Jewish students over the past month are part of a larger trend of rising anti-Semitic incidents at higher ed institutions. Hillel recently reported that anti-Semitic incidents reached an all-time high of 178 during the 2019-20 academic year at the 550 colleges and universities in North America the organization serves. Anti-Semitism on college campuses has been rising significantly since 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Read Here

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STUDIES AND STATISTICS

ANTI-SEMITISM: OVERVIEW OF ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS RECORDED IN THE EUROPEAN UNION 2009-2019

By European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

This annual overview provides an update on the most recent figures on anti-Semitic incidents, covering the period 1 January 2009 – 31 December 2019, across the EU Member States. The report also provides an overview of national action plans and other measures to prevent and combat anti-Semitism, as well as information on how countries have adopted or endorsed the non-legally binding working definition of anti-Semitism adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) as well as how they use or intend to use it. Read Here

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE

CORONA DEMOS IN GERMANY: ANTI-SEMITISM INCIDENTS COUNTED AT 123 EVENTS

By Der Globus Deutschland

The Anti-Semitism Research and Information Center (RIAS) recorded a number of anti-Semitic incidents during demonstrations against the Corona measures. In the period from mid-March to mid-June alone, there were anti-Semitic remarks at 123 such rallies and demonstrations, according to a report by the RIAS Federal Association. These include anti-Semitic references to National Socialism or the use of anti-Semitic conspiracy myths.  Read Here

HOLOCAUST EDUCATION, SURVIVOR TESTIMONY LEADS TO ‘EMPATHY, TOLERANCE’

By ZACHARY KEYSER

Holocaust education in high school leads to empathy, tolerance and open mindedness, according to a survey sponsored in partnership between the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem. While Holocaust education on its own brings about the above discussed qualities of empathy, tolerance and open mindedness, the inclusion of survivor testimony within the curriculum “is strongly associated” with “higher critical thinking skills, a greater sense of social responsibility and civic efficacy” in early adulthood. Read Here

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ETHAN FELSON, THE NEW HEAD OF A WIDER BRIDGE, IS READY TO CONFRONT ANTI-ZIONISM IN LGBTQ SPACES

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Ethan Felson, the former executive director of the Israel Action Network, has taken on a new role as the executive director of A Wider Bridge, an organization focused on creating connections between LGBTQ+ leaders and Israel, educating and advocating for their communities’ concerns, and providing targeted support to relevant Israeli projects.  Read Here

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HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS SHARE STORIES OF STOLEN PROPERTY IN NEW CAMPAIGN

By SARAH CHEMLA

The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) launched for the second year in a row a social media campaign for their #MyPropertyStory: The Next Generations. This year, the campaign will focus on survivors, their descendants and their connection to their family history before and after the Shoah, to shine a light on the unprecedented theft of property from Jewish people and communities during the Holocaust and its aftermath. Read Here

ACTIVISTS FROM ACROSS EUROPE GATHER IN ROME FOR SEMINAR TO PREPARE CAMPAIGNS ON JUDAISM, FIGHT AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM AND IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL

By YOSSI LEMPKOWICZ

Some forty young activists from across Europe took part in a seminar in Rome aimed at preparing them for future political and cultural campaigns in support of Judaism, the fight against anti-Semitism and the state of Israel. The two-day gathering at the Jewish center of Monteverde Vecchio Beit Michael Synagogue was organized by the European Jewish Association (EJA) in collaboration with the Europe Israel Public Affairs and the European Center for Jewish Students.  Read Here

FIRST-EVER ISRAELI ART LENDING LIBRARY LAUNCHED AT NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

By AARON REICH

With student trips to Israel and in-campus courses being limited due to the coronavirus, the first-ever Israeli Art Lending Library (IALL) was launched at Northeastern University. The result of a partnership between the university, it’s Hillel, the nonprofit Returning the Sparks and Israel’s Consulate-General to New England, this innovative new initiative will allow students to bring a piece of Israeli art to their dorms for a year. This is the first such art lending library dedicated to showcasing Israeli artists, with the goal of educating more students about Israel. Read Here

ISRAELI FIRST RESPONDERS HELP COMBAT CALIFORNIA’S FIRES

By Esther D. Kustanowitz

The Israeli firefighters were greeted in Sacramento by Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Gov. Gavin Newsom. The partnership was born out of a relationship forged during a program run by the Advanced Security Training Institute (ASTI). ASTI was founded in 2004 by Yisroel Stefansky, an expert in practical disaster response, and one of the Israeli first responders who came to New York after 9/11. Read Here

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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

US STATE DEPARTMENT PLANNING EXPANDED CAMPAIGN USING ‘ALL LEGAL AND POLICY TOOLS’ TO COMBAT ‘ANTI-SEMITIC’ BDS MOVEMENT AGAINST ISRAEL

By Dovid Efune

The United States government is planning to significantly ramp up its efforts to combat the BDS campaign against Israel. The initiative, led by the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, will include a “diplomatic campaign,” “all available legal and policy tools” and the involvement of other government agencies, including the Commerce Department. Spearheading the project is Deputy Special Envoy David Peyman. Read Here

SERBIA TO MOVE EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM; MOSTLY MUSLIM KOSOVO TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL

By AP and TOI STAFF

Serbia announced that it would move its embassy to Jerusalem, while Muslim majority Kosovo is to recognize Israel. The moves come as part of US-brokered discussions to normalize economic ties between Belgrade and Pristina. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the moves and said Israel would establish diplomatic relations with Kosovo. Read Here

CHAD ANNOUNCES IT WILL OPEN DIPLOMATIC MISSION IN JERUSALEM

By Benjamin Kerstein

In another significant breakthrough in Israel’s relations with the Muslim world, the chairman of the cabinet of the government of Chad arrived in the Jewish state and said the African country would open a diplomatic mission in Jerusalem. Abdelkarim Déby, who is the son of Chadian President Idriss Déby, told Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen that the mission would be established as early as next year.  Read Here

MALAWI’S NEW PRESIDENT VOWS TO OPEN DIPLOMATIC OFFICE IN JERUSALEM

By RAPHAEL AHREN

The new president of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, announced plans to open a diplomatic office in Jerusalem. Chakwera, an Evangelical, announced reforms including upgrading the country’s Foreign Ministry and network of embassies. Chakwera has long been supportive of the Jewish state, which he last visited last year. If Chakwera fulfills his promise, Malawi would be the first African country to establish a diplomatic office in Jerusalem. Read Here

AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT TRIPLES SECURITY FUNDING FOR LOCAL JEWISH COMMUNITY

By RAPHAEL AHREN

The Austrian government and the country’s Jewish community have signed an agreement that would see federal funds to secure Jewish institutions increase threefold, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced. “The last weeks have shown that we have to act together to protect Jewish life in Austria even more determinedly,” Kurz wrote. “That’s why we as a state will support the Jewish community with its increased security costs.” The agreement, which will be anchored in legislation. The government will pay €4 million to the Jewish community every year.  Read Here

MADAGASCAR INITIATES PARLIAMENTARY ISRAEL ALLIES CAUCUS

By CODY LEVINE

The African island country of Madagascar has initiated the formation of an Israel Allies Caucus for the country’s parliament, following the creation of similar groups in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Republic of the Congo. The new caucus will be joining the Israel Allies Foundation’s (IAF) international network of pro-Israel caucuses, to encourage legislation for building Israel-African ties and fight the BDS movement. Read Here

CORONAVIRUS BOLSTERING EXTREMISTS ON BOTH LEFT AND RIGHT, AS WELL AS ISLAMIST ANTI-SEMITES, EU COUNTER-TERRORISM COORDINATOR WARNS

By Algemeiner Staff

The European Union’s top counter-terrorism official voiced concern regarding an increase in anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions during the global coronavirus crisis. “Violence against minorities ‐‐ particularly Jews ‐‐ has increased during the pandemic,” Gilles de Kerchove observed in an interview with the Combating Terrorism Center of the US Military Academy at West Point. “We need to tackle these problems and counter anti-Semitic hate speech and violence.” De Kerchove was candid in his analysis of how Islamism, the far left and the far right dovetail around certain subjects, particularly hostile attitudes to Jews.  Read Here

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HUMANITY

IN EMOTIONAL APPEAL TO CHRISTIANS, FRENCH ARCHBISHOP COMPARES ANTI-SEMITISM TO ‘POLLUTION’

By Algemeiner Staff

The Catholic archbishop of the French city of Strasbourg has issued an emotional appeal to his fellow Christians to confront rising anti-Semitism, which he compared to the environmental crisis facing the Earth. “Silence supports [those who commit anti-Semitic offenses], indifference feeds them,” Bishop Luc Ravel said in his message. Ravel was moved to speak out by the recent assault in Strasbourg on Raphael Nisand, a Jewish graphic artist. Read More

AMID ANGER OVER HOLOCAUST ROLE-PLAY CLIPS, TIKTOK JOINS EU’S HATE SPEECH CODE

By AGENCIES and TOI STAFF

Video-sharing app TikTok, which is wildly popular among teenagers, has joined the EU’s code of conduct against hate speech. TikTok is under fire for not doing enough to curb hate speech and has launched a global effort to show its willingness to better police content. Launched in 2016, the EU’s code of conduct on hate speech is voluntary and has been signed by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Microsoft, Instagram, Google+ and Snapchat. Read Here

JEWISH TEMPLE VANDALIZED TWICE THIS YEAR NOW USING PAINT FOR HEALING, POSITIVITY

By Allyson Henning

Two synagogues in Sarasota were vandalized with messages of hate and anti-Semitism back in July. Members of Temple Emanu-El are now working on a new project aimed at spreading a positive message across the community. Youth group advisor Savannah Samberg came up with the idea of “Temple Emanu-El Rocks.” The project involves painting rocks with messages of love, joy, peace, and kindness rather than spreading messages of hate. Read Here

ISRAELI MAN, 84, BECOMES FIRST JEW TO RECLAIM AUSTRIAN CITIZENSHIP UNDER NEW LAW

By JTA

A Vienna-born Israeli man who left Austria 76 years ago at the age of 8 became the first Jew to receive Austrian citizenship under a new law that allows those who were persecuted by the Nazi regime and their direct descendants to obtain Austrian citizenship without giving up their current passports. Ben Zion Lapid, 84, received his official passport at the Austrian embassy in Israel days after the new law went into effect. Read More 

GERMAN JEWISH STUDENTS RAISE MONEY FOR HALLE KEBAB RESTAURANT OWNER TARGETED BY NEO-NAZI DURING YOM KIPPUR KILLING SPREE

By Algemeiner Staff

Jewish students in Germany have launched a fundraising campaign to assist the owner of a small kebab restaurant in the central city of Halle that was attacked by a neo-Nazi gunman right after he failed to carry out a massacre of worshipers attending Yom Kippur services at a nearby synagogue. The German Union of Jewish Students started the campaign to assist the restaurant owner, Ismet Tekin, because the “far-right terrorist” behind the attack “did not believe in a multicultural society.” Read Here

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