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September 18TH, 2020

TOMBSTONES VANDALIZED AT 3 JEWISH CEMETERIES IN POLANDd
CHATTANOOGA SWASTIKA SPATE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY POLICE
HACKTIVIST GROUP ANONYMOUS POSTS ANTI-SEMITIC CARTOON
ANTI-PEACE PROTESTERS LIKEN NETANYAHU TO HITLER AT WHITE HOUSE
ALABAMA SYNAGOGUE’S ROSH HASHANAH MEETING ‘ZOOM-BOMBED’

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

This past week began with an extraordinary message of hope, tolerance and coexistence as Israel, the UAE and Bahrain signed the Abraham Accords. A new year is a new beginning and an opportunity to rededicate ourselves toward our shared goal of building a world without anti-Semitism.

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   “The IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism: Eleven Examples, Eleven Stories,” featured the world’s foremost diplomats tasked with combating anti-Semitism. Together, these anti-Semitism experts called for greater adoption of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, describing it as a critical tool to combat hatred against Jews. Alongside these diplomats, viewers heard first-hand accounts from eleven individuals who have experienced anti-Semitism, corresponding to the eleven examples of anti-Semitism under the IHRA definition. Read Here
11 FACES OF ANTI-SEMITISM

By ALAN ROSENBAUM

The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) hosted a live event on the Jerusalem Post website on modern anti-Semitism. The broadcast focused on eleven actual events that met the official definition of anti-Semitism, as defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Representatives of Jewish communities around the world recounted anti-Semitic incidents that they had experienced and discussed the impact that it had on their lives. Read Here

IHRA CHAIRWOMAN: ANTI-SEMITISM HAS ARRIVED IN THE MAINSTREAM OF OUR SOCIETIES

By CAM

IHRA Chairwoman Ambassador Michaela Küchler addressed CAM’s event, “The IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism: Eleven Examples, Eleven Stories.” During her appearance, Ambassador Küchler said, the “IHRA working definition…broadened the discussion about all the various forms of anti-Semitism,” while also leading to “vital debates around how we can identify and combat anti-Semitism.” Ambassador Küchler warned, “We know that anti-Semitism still exists today, and even more than ever. Even worse, anti-Semitism has arrived in the mainstream of our societies. It affects us all and it requires every single one of us to combat it.” Read Here

FRANKFURT MAYOR ANNOUNCES “MAYORS AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM: CAM GLOBAL CONFERENCE

By CAM

Uwe Becker, the mayor of Frankfurt, Germany and the Commissioner of the Hessian State Government for Jewish Life and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism, addressed CAM’s studio event, “The IHRA Definition of Anti-Semitism: Eleven Examples, Eleven Stories.” Mayor Becker announced that he will be hosting a global conference in November entitled, “Mayors Against Anti-Semitism: CAM Global Conference.” Becker invited mayors from around the world to participate in this important international discussion where “we will speak about the instruments and methods of how to confront hate speech and anti-Semitism at the place [where they occur]…” Read Here

EX ALBANIA MINISTER BECOMES 1ST MUSLIM TO JOIN COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM MOVEMENT

By SARAH CHEMLA
Valentina Leskaj, a former Albanian government minister, joined the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) Advisory Board, becoming the first Muslim member of the board. “The disease of anti-Semitism is increasingly prominent in countries across the world. It is not just a danger to Jews…It is a threat to every decent society and people of all backgrounds,” Leskaj declared. “I have always been determined to fight against the scourge of anti-Semitism, wherever it is found,” she said. “I am delighted to contribute to the important work being done by CAM and to join the distinguished names on its Board.” Read Here

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STUDENTS SPEAK OUT AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM: A CREATIVE VIDEO CONTEST

By CAM

The “Students Speak Out Against Anti-Semitism: A Creative Video Production Contest” is an education and awareness initiative sponsored by CAM and B’nai B’rith International. This contest engages students from around the world in a unique public awareness campaign promoting tolerance and communicating a message of equality. The videos will aim to educate about anti-Semitism and the prejudice, bigotry, hatred and violence it engenders. Learn More Here

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UNITED STATES

BROOKLYN HOSPITAL WANTS TO FIRE DOCTOR OVER ANTI-SEMITIC POSTS LIKE ‘GO BEAT UP A ZIONIST’

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

The yearlong battle between a doctor and a New York hospital trying to fire him over anti-Semitic posts will be back in court. New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital has tried to dismiss Walid Khass from his position as a pediatric resident since 2019. Khass has written on separate posts “Go beat up a Zionist,” “You trust the Jews — I never did” and “I hope only Israelis get ebola.” He also wrote that Egyptian President Al-Sisi’s mother was Jewish, meaning that she belongs to a “higher group run the corrupt world.” Read Here

CHATTANOOGA SWASTIKA SPATE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY POLICE IN SOUTHEASTERN TENNESSEE CITY

By Algemeiner Staff

A bridge in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been defaced with swastikas, prompting a police investigation and condemnation from the city’s mayor. A Chattanooga Police Department spokesman, Jeremy Eames, said that the incident was under investigation and added that the possibility of hate‐crimes charges against the perpetrators was impossible to determine at this stage. Read Here

ANTI-PEACE PROTESTERS LIKEN NETANYAHU TO HITLER AT RALLY OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE

By Algemeiner Staff

Anti-peace protesters outside the White House shouted chants equating Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu with Adolf Hitler during the signing ceremony of the Israel-UAE-Bahrain normalization agreements. The demonstrators chanted “Bibi and Hitler are the same, the only difference is the name.” Comparing Israel, Israelis and Jews to Nazis is considered anti-Semitism under the widely-adopted IHRA definition. Protesters also abused pro-Israel, pro-peace counter-demonstrators, shouting, “Go back to Russia!” Read Here

MIAMI HERALD OFFERS TRENCHANT APOLOGY FOR INCLUDING ANTI-SEMITIC INSERT IN SPANISH-LANGUAGE EDITION

By Algemeiner Staff

The Miami Herald newspaper has cut ties with a Spanish-language publisher whose insert in its latest print edition contained an anti-Semitic rant that asked, “What kind of people are these Jews?” The offending text appeared next to a photograph and byline belonging to Roberto Luque Escalona — an exiled Cuban writer living in Miami — that railed against Jews and the Black Lives Matter movement by way of a comparison with the Nazis. Read Here

ALABAMA SYNAGOGUE’S ROSH HASHANAH MEETING ‘ZOOM-BOMBED’ WITH GRAPHIC ANTI-SEMITIC ABUSE

By Algemeiner Staff

Members of a synagogue in Montgomery, Alabama, who came together for a pre-Rosh Hashanah video call were subjected to foul anti-Semitic and racist abuse by a group of outsiders who hacked — or “Zoom-bombed” — the event. Rabbi Scott Kramer of Agudath Israel Etz Hayim Synagogue recalled that about 50 congregants had turned up for the meeting. As many as seven hackers intruded, bombarding participants with anti-Semitic invective and imagery, along with racist and homophobic barbs. Read Here

MORE US HEADLINES

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WORLD NEWS

United Kingdom

LONDON MAYORAL HOPEFUL SUSPENDED FOR TELLING VOTERS IN 1997 ‘DON’T VOTE FOR A JEW’

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

The United Kingdom’s Liberal Democrat party suspended Geeta Sidhu-Robb, a candidate for mayor of London, who was filmed in 1997 telling voters not to support a Jew. A video emerged showing her during her 1997 general election campaign for the constituency of Blackburn where she was running against Jack Straw, a former Labour lawmaker. “Don’t vote for a Jew. Jack Straw is a Jew. If you vote for him you’re voting for a Jew,” Sidhu-Robb is seen saying in Urdu into a loudspeaker in Blackburn. Read Here

CONCERN AS NEW IRA GETS WEAPONS FROM HEZBOLLAH

By Allan Preston

The security services suspect the New IRA has already imported weapons after forging links with radical groups in the Middle East. The dissident group has been “courting Hezbollah” to gain weapons and financing. It’s reported that security services on both sides of the Irish border now suspect the New IRA has managed to import arms, including mortars and assault rifles, although no such weapons have been recovered during seizures across the island of Ireland. Read Here

HACKTIVIST GROUP ANONYMOUS POSTS ANTI-SEMITIC CARTOON BY NOTORIOUS CARLOS LATUFF

By CAA

The hacktivist group known as Anonymous has posted an anti-Semitic cartoon on Twitter by the notorious Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff. The connotation is that accusations of anti-Semitism are being cynically used by Israel and the US to muzzle criticism of Israel. This notion is an example of the “Livingstone Formulation”, which holds that accusations of anti-Semitism are bad faith attempts by Jews to stifle criticism of Israel. The post has been liked over 17,000 times. Anonymous has over 7 million followers on Twitter.  Read Here

SCOTTISH POLICE OFFICERS LOSE DISCIPLINARY FIGHT OVER RACIST MESSAGES

By Severin Carrell

Ten police officers accused of sharing racist, anti-Semitic and sexist WhatsApp messages have lost a battle to prevent Police Scotland taking disciplinary action against them. The messages allegedly included an anti-Semitic joke, as well as the sharing of images from crime scenes in live investigations. Read Here

GERMANY

TWENTY-NINE GERMAN POLICE SUSPENDED FOR SHARING PICTURES OF HITLER

By REUTERS

Twenty-nine police officers have been suspended in Germany for sharing pictures of Adolf Hitler and doctored depictions of refugees in gas chambers on their mobile phones, officials in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said. They are also accused of using far-right chatrooms where extremist content, such as Swastikas and other Nazi symbols, that breaches the German constitution was shared. Read Here

THE MIDDLE EAST

UNRWA COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR TO ADDRESS PRO-BDS CONFERENCE

By JNS.org

The communications director of the US office of the UN Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA), Laila Mokhiber, is scheduled to address a conference hosted by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) in Washington, DC. Organizers say it is an “in-depth course on legislative advocacy” in training activists to lobby Congress on BDS and other anti-Israel issues. AMP is an anti-Israel group that supports the BDS movement and was founded by Hatem Bazian, who also co-founded Students for Justice in Palestine.  Read Here

TWO HURT FROM GAZA ROCKET FIRE AS ISRAEL SIGNS HISTORIC ACCORDS IN WASHINGTON

By JUDAH ARI GROSS

At least two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel, injuring two people. The rockets triggered sirens in the cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod, potentially sending hundreds of thousands of residents rushing to bomb shelters just as the country’s leader was signing historic accords with two Gulf states, vociferously opposed by the Palestinians. Read Here

‘GIFT OF TREASON’: PRO-ERDOGAN TURKISH PAPER ATTACKS PRESENTATION OF TORAH SCROLL TO BAHRAIN’S KING

By Algemeiner Staff

Turkey’s pro-government media angrily attacked the historic US-brokered peace accords signed by Israel, Bahrain and the UAE. One prominent story in the tabloid daily Takvim focused on the gift of a Torah scroll to the King of Bahrain from White House adviser Jared Kushner. Denouncing what it called “the scandalous deal,” the paper accused Bahrain’s King Khalifa of accepting a “gift of treason” from Kushner. Takvim is owned by Turkish billionaire Ahmet Çalık, a close friend of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Read Here

BDS CALLS ON ARAB CONTENT CREATORS TO BOYCOTT ARAB-ISRAELI NAS DAILY

By ZACHARY KEYSER

The BDS movement has directed Arab content creators to avoid working with popular Israeli-Palestinian video blogger Nas Daily. Nuseir Yassin, 28, a native of the Lower Galilee, operates a Facebook page with over 17 million subscribers. He rose to popularity featuring one-minute daily videos of his travels around the globe. In October 2017, Yassin slammed the BDS movement as “pure politics,” saying that it harms people like him who are Palestinians with Israeli citizenship. Read Here

OTHER WORLD NEWS

POLISH PARLIAMENT DROPS BILL’S PROPOSAL TO BAN EXPORT OF KOSHER AND HALAL MEAT

By Cnaan Liphshiz

A ban on the for-export production of kosher and halal meat in Poland is off the table for the parliament there. An amendment to the draft of the Law on Animal Protection introduced by the agriculture committee omits the ban proposal from the bill by the ruling Law and Justice party. Read Here

TOMBSTONES VANDALIZED AT 3 JEWISH CEMETERIES IN POLAND

By KATARZYNA MARKUSZ

About 20 tombstones were damaged at a Jewish cemetery in Zabrze in southern Poland, the third case of vandalism at a Polish Jewish cemetery this month. Dariusz Walerjanski, who has maintained the cemetery for 30 years, described what he said was an act of vandalism. In photos he posted online, several of the stones appeared to have broken. Read Here

SON OF MURDERED FRENCH HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR MIREILLE KNOLL BLASTS FRENCH JUDICIARY FOR ‘UNCONSCIONABLE TREATMENT’ OF JEWS

By Ben Cohen

The eldest son of the Holocaust survivor who was brutally murdered during an anti-Semitic assault in her Paris apartment castigated France’s judiciary for its alleged indifference to violence against Jews in an emotional speech in the French capital. Allan Knoll — whose 85-year-old mother, Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll, was stabbed and then burned to death in March 2018, addressed a small rally in Paris. “The way that the judicial system has treated the Jewish community is unconscionable,” he stated. “The decision reached by the judge was shameful.” Read Here

FRENCH RAPPER FREEZE CORLEONE FACING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FOR ANTI-SEMITISM, HOLOCAUST DENIAL ON HIT DEBUT ALBUM

By Ben Cohen

Freeze Corleone, a French rapper whose debut album reached number three on the country’s charts last week, is facing criminal prosecution for lyrics that promote crude anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. Fifty members of the French parliament wrote to the Ministry of Justice demanding the rapper’s prosecution. The rapper’s lyrics include exhortations to “F_k the Shoah (Holocaust)!” along with lines such as, “I arrive determined like Adolf in the 1930s,” and, “Every day I f_k Israel like I live in Gaza.” Read Here

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ON CAMPUS

ASU STUDENT GOVERNMENT CALLS ON UNIVERSITY TO ADOPT DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM

By Ellen O’Brien
Two weeks after anti-Semitic posters appeared on Arizona State University’s Tempe, the Undergraduate Student Government passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and calling for additional measures from university administrators. SR-05 called on ASU President Michael Crow to release a public statement condemning the recent anti-Semitic incidents on campus, on ASU to adopt the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism and on the Office of Educational Outreach and Student Services to establish a Jewish Cultural Coalition.  Read Here

PILOT EDUCATION PROGRAM ON ANTI-SEMITISM AT UC BERKELEY RECEIVES FUNDING BOOST

By ALGEMEINER STAFF

An anti-Semitism education program at the University of California, Berkeley, was the recipient of a $25,000 grant in recognition of growing student interest in its output. The Academic Engagement Network made the grant “in support of the Anti-Semitism Education Initiative, a pilot program at the university, which will bring together multiple campus stakeholders to inform about, discuss, and develop the resources to respond to anti-Semitism.”  Read Here

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ANALYSIS

STATE DEPARTMENT CAMPAIGN COULD BE GROUNDBREAKING

By KENNETH L. MARCUS 

The Trump administration is planning a major “diplomatic campaign,” using “all available legal and policy tools” to combat the international BDS campaign against Israel. This new initiative could become a groundbreaking advance in international relations and human rights. The administration must pursue a “whole-of-government” approach, as State Department representatives have reportedly pledged. The US must be as clear as its allies in condemning BDS as anti-Semitic. This should be done through regulations and guidance, not just diplomacy and politics. The US must speak from American values when pursuing its fight against BDS. Read Here

I WAS ON A PLANE HIJACKED BY PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS. WHY DID A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY INVITE ONE OF THEM TO SPEAK?

By MOSHE RAAB 

Imagine the horror and disgust that I experienced when we read that Leila Khaled, one of the hijackers directly involved, had been invited by San Francisco State to address a forum on Gender, Justice and Resistance. What will she teach them? The proper way to hijack an aircraft? When I was a student, I often faced new ideas that ran contrary to my beliefs. But these perspectives were presented by knowledgeable, respectable academics. None were terrorists. Inviting Leila Khaled to speak is a dishonor to all those who suffered at her and the PFLP’s hands — and glorifies terrorism, which is unacceptable. Read Here

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STUDIES AND STATISTICS

STUDY: MORE THAN ONE IN 10 AMERICANS UNDER 40 THINKS JEWS CAUSED THE HOLOCAUST

By BEN SALES

A Claims Conference survey across all 50 states trying to gauge Holocaust knowledge among millennials and Generation Z, found that most respondents had heard of the Holocaust and 37% knew that 6 million Jews died. Slightly more than half could name at least one concentration camp or ghetto. But 11% of the respondents believed the Jews were responsible for the Holocaust, 15% said the Holocaust was a myth or has been exaggerated, and 20% said people talk about it too much. Nearly half said they had seen Holocaust denial online. There was little correlation between state Holocaust education requirements and Holocaust knowledge. Read Here

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NEW UAE TEXTBOOK ENDORSES PEACE DEAL WITH ISRAEL

By Algemeiner Staff

A new textbook in United Arab Emirates schools endorses the peace agreement with Israel. The IMPACT-se organization, which analyzes textbooks used in the Arab world, found that a sixth-grade Islamic studies textbook quotes Dr. Muhammad Matar Al Kaabi, head of the UAE General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments, expressing support for the normalization deal. Al Kaabi stated that the accord was “historic” and “stems from the values of our true Islamic religion,” which support “building bridges of cooperation.”  Read Here

MORE FRENCH STUDENTS ARE LEARNING THE HISTORY OF THE HOLOCAUST, SURVEY SHOWS

By France 24

The majority of French young people aged 15-24 have learned the history of the Holocaust at school, according to a new poll. 87% of the young people questioned said they had already heard about the Holocaust, 95% had heard about the gas chambers and for 80%, they had learned about this at school, according to a poll conducted by Ifop for the the Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF) and French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche. Read Here

ANTI-SEMITIC IDEAS ON ISRAEL ‘RISE’ AMONG LABOUR VOTERS

By JC Reporter

A study by Daniel Allington, a senior lecturer at King’s College London, found that from 2016, belief in classic anti-Semitic tropes rose dramatically among Labour voters, reaching a peak in 2018. Today, the proportion of very anti-Semitic Labour voters has fallen, but remains higher than in 2016 — while belief in ‘new’ anti-Semitic ideas about Israel is on the rise. The proportion of Labour voters agreeing with four or more anti-Semitic statements about Israel and its supporters rose from 11% in 2019 to 16% in 2020. Read Here

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The Arolsen Archives is an international center on Nazi persecution with one of the world’s most comprehensive archives on the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. The collection has information on about 17.5 million people and belongs to UNESCO’s Memory of the World. It contains documents on the various victim groups targeted by the Nazi regime and is an important source of global Holocaust knowledge. They have also been closely involved in the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) and are a permanent international partner of IHRA.

YOU CAN HELP NAZI VICTIMS’ FAMILIES LEARN THEIR FATES IN ONLINE ARCHIVE PROJECT

By RENEE GHERT-ZAND

A huge crowdsourcing project to memorialize the victims of Nazi persecution is bringing together thousands of volunteers from across the globe who are locked down during the international coronavirus crisis. The “Every Name Counts” project, based out of Germany’s Arolsen Archives (formerly the International Tracing Service), aims to make 26 million recently digitized primary historical records searchable.  Read Here

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80 JEWISH GROUPS CALL FOR NEWSOM TO VETO HIGH SCHOOL ETHNIC STUDIES BILL

By Aaron Bandler

A coalition of 80 Jewish groups sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom urging him to veto AB 331, a bill that would mandate ethnic studies as a requirement to graduate high school. The letter, which was spearheaded by the AMCHA Initiative, argued that the most recent draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) has “an anti-Jewish bias.” The letter notes how the draft offers school districts the opportunity to teach a class on Irish and Jewish Americans where students have to write a paper about how Jews and the Irish have obtained “racial privilege.” Read Here

READ THE LETTER HERE

YOUNG ISRAELIS AND EMIRATIS MEET ONLINE AFTER PEACE DEAL

By BBC News

It’s now possible to make direct phone calls and book flights between Israel and the United Arab Emirates for the first time. As officials discuss opening up embassies, travel and trade, some young people from both countries have begun meeting online to find out more about each other. The initiative began with the Tel Aviv-based non-governmental organisation ISRAEL-is, which linked up with members and former members of the Emirates Youth Council.  Read Here

B’NAI BRITH TO PM: THRONE SPEECH SHOULD CONFRONT ANTI-SEMITISM

By B’nai Brith Canada

In advance of the Speech from the Throne, B’nai Brith Canada has written Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterating the importance of confronting anti-Semitism during this challenging time of COVID-19. “The Speech from the Throne is a major statement of government direction,” said Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada. “That agenda for Canada must include an acknowledgement of anti-Semitism as a form of racism, a commitment that anti-Jewish hatred not be excluded from anti-racist narratives, and an affirmation that the Government will take practical steps to address anti-Semitism.” Read Here

COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS MUST ADDRESS ANTI-SEMITISM ON THEIR CAMPUSES 

By LAURI B. REGAN AND ASAF ROMIROWSKY , SCHOLARS FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The sad reality is that Jewish students have been facing growing anti-Semitic attacks that have gone unabated and ignored by college administrators. Consequently, our organization, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, is launching an initiative to encourage colleges to officially adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. Campus hate groups wish to define anti-Semitism in a way that permits their continued discrimination of Jewish students and faculty. The adoption of the IHRA definition is a simple way for colleges to end the hate and make clear that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated on campuses. Read Here

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GOVERNMENT & POLICY

MARKING ‘DAWN OF NEW MIDDLE EAST,’ ISRAEL SIGNS HISTORIC DEALS WITH UAE, BAHRAIN

By TOI STAFF, JACOB MAGID and AGENCIES

Cementing a regional geopolitical shift, Israel signed landmark normalization deals with two Arab nations at a White House ceremony, with leaders hailing a “new dawn” for peace in the Middle East. People amassed on the sun-washed South Lawn to witness the signing of agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The bilateral agreements, dubbed the Abraham Accords, formalize the normalization of the Jewish state’s already-thawing relations with the two Arab nations. Read Here

SENS. ROSEN, LANKFORD PUSH POLISH PRESIDENT ON HOLOCAUST RESTITUTION

By Marc Rod

Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and James Lankford (R-OK) are calling on Poland to enact comprehensive Holocaust restitution legislation following an uptick in anti-Semitic activity in the country. In a letter sent to Polish President Andrzej Duda, Rosen and Lankford, co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, note a series of controversial comments regarding restitution made by Duda, members of the governing Law and Justice Party and journalists reporting for state-run outlets. Read Here

EU COMMISSION VP: FIGHTING ANTI-SEMITISM IS THE ESSENCE OF EUROPEAN LIFE

By TOBIAS SIEGAL

In a conference targeting anti-Semitism organized by the German-led EU Council, EU Commission vice president Margaritis Schinas said that “anti-Semitism is not just a Jewish problem: It’s a European and global issue.” The increasing instances of anti-Semitism against the Jewish population in Europe have not gone unnoticed, and while being a complicated issue with various systemic manifestations, online hate speech has a main role in encouraging anti-Semitism in Europe, according to Schinas. “Anti-Semitism has no place in the European Union,” he said.  Read Here

MERKEL CALLS INCREASINGLY OPEN ANTI-SEMITISM ‘DISGRACE,’ ON JEWISH GROUP’S 70TH

By GEIR MOULSON

Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated the renaissance of Jewish life in Germany but denounced the “disgrace” of increasingly open anti-Semitism and racism as she marked the 70th anniversary of the country’s main Jewish group. “We can be glad of flourishing Jewish life,” Merkel said during a ceremony at a Berlin synagogue. “But that is only one part of today’s reality. The other part of today’s reality is that many Jews don’t feel safe and respected in our country, and it causes me great concern.” Read Here

ISRAEL WELCOMES KOSOVO’S ADOPTION OF WORKING DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM

By Gazeta Express

Israel has welcomed the decision of the government of Kosovo to adopt the working definition of anti-Semitism. The Government of Kosovo adopted the non-legally binding working definition of anti-Semitism, as employed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Spokesperson of Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lior Haiat congratulated Kosovo Foreign Minister, Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla, for taking the important step towards adopting the important decision. Read Here

IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS, EU COMMISSION PRESIDENT MENTIONS GROWING ANTI-SEMITISM, SLAMS ANTI-SEMITIC CARNIVAL PARADE IN BELGIUM

By YOSSI LEMPKOWICZ

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned growing anti-Semitism in Europe, in her State of the Union address to the European Parliament. She in particular denounced the anti-Semitic expressions at a Carnival parade in Aalst, Belgium, last year. Setting out her priorities for the year ahead, she said that the European Commission put forward an action plan against racism. ‘’Hate is hate and no one should have to put up with it,’’ she said. Read Here

US, UN, UK, GERMAN OFFICIALS HEAR ANTI-SEMITISM INCIDENTS, CALL FOR ADOPTION OF DEFINITION

By JNS

Officials from the United States, the United Nations, the United Kingdom and Germany called for greater adoption of the widely accepted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, describing it as a critical tool to combat anti-Jewish hatred. Organized by the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM), an online event featured IHRA chair Ambassador Michaela Küchler, U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism Elan Carr, Federal Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany Felix Klein, U.K. Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues Lord Eric Pickles and U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Ahmed Shaheed.  Read Here

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HUMANITY

JEWISH LEADERS REDEDICATE NASHVILLE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL AFTER ANTI-SEMITIC DESECRATION

By Holly Meyer

Jewish leaders gathered at the Nashville Holocaust Memorial to heal the pain caused by its desecration. “In their honor, we are here today to rededicate the sanctity of this space as a beacon of human love and strength, and we acknowledge our responsibility to care for one another as part of a human web of compassion,” Rabbi Shana Mackler said at the service. In June, vandals hung anti-Semitic, white supremacist messages on the memorial. Read More

TOP BAHRAIN OFFICIAL MEETS WITH REPRESENTATIVE OF COUNTRY’S JEWISH COMMUNITY ON THE EVE OF SIGNING PEACE TREATY WITH ISRAEL

By Algemeiner Staff

As Israel prepared to sign its peace treaty with Bahrain, the Gulf state’s King’s Advisor for Diplomatic Affairs met with the representative of Bahrain’s Jewish community. Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa hosted Ebrahim Daoud Nonoo, the only Jewish member of the Bahraini parliament. The Sheikh praised Nonoo’s patriotism and the Jewish community in general for its contributions to Bahraini society, which he called a model of coexistence. Read Here

SACHA BARON COHEN FREEZES INSTAGRAM TO PROTEST HATE SPEECH ON FACEBOOK

By MARCY OSTER/JTA

Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen said he will not post to his Instagram account on Wednesday in protest of parent company Facebook’s failure to fight hate. Cohen made the announcement in support of the Week of Action organized by the Stop Hate for Profit campaign.  Read Here

FIRST OF ITS KIND: UAE, BAHRAIN CHANNELS SHARE LIVE BROADCAST WITH ISRAELI CHANNEL

By Al Arabiya English

News channels from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel shared a live broadcast for the first time in history after the two Arab Gulf states signed treaties normalizing ties with Israel. “Welcome. From the White House garden to the Middle East, the wind of peace is blowing in this important day in the Arab-Israeli conflict. For the first time in history, a live broadcast from Israeli Channel 12 and the official channels of the UAE, Dubai TV, and Bahrain TV. We send you peace from Jerusalem,” Israeli news anchor Yonit Levi said. Read More 

OVER 285,000 INDIVIDUALS AND 280 ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SIGNED OUR PLEDGE.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

The Combat Anti-Semitism Movement is a non-partisan, global grassroots movement of individuals and organizations, across all religions and faiths, united around the goal of ending anti-Semitism in all its forms. Since its launching in February 2019, 276 organizations and 289,000 individuals have joined the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement by signing the campaign’s pledge. The CAM Pledge draws upon the IHRA international definition of anti- Semitism and its list of specific behaviors used to discriminate against the Jewish people and the Jewish State of Israel.