Weekly Report – April 20
GLOBAL ANTISEMITISM REPORT
THIS WEEK'S GLOBAL ANTISEMITISM REPORT
This week, we continued to monitor antisemitism around the world while advocating for more actions to be made.
This week, the Antisemitism Research Center detected an uptick in the number of violent incidents of antisemitism. In South Florida, a resident reported a physical confrontation with the building’s office manager, which included the uttering of antisemitic slurs. In Massachusetts, police arrested and charged a man who they said made phone calls threatening to shoot down and burn a Pride flag while making derogatory statements about the Jewish community. Lastly, during the week of Yom Hashoah , far-right Republican member of Congress Paul Gosar, used his official House email listserv to promote an article from a Holocaust-denying website that praised him for condemning the “Jewish warmongers” backing US support for the “Nazi” regime in Ukraine.
In the Middle East, the last week of Ramadan marked the annual Al Quds Day (Jerusalem Day), an international event that denounces Zionism. As usual, these periods of time are often accompanied by increased levels of violence against Jewish Israelis. This past week, two Israeli men were shot and wounded in a Palestinian terror attack in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. These waves of religious violence often send shockwaves that impact the international Jewish community.
Demonstrations against Israel this week took place in Canada, Pakistan, the UK, and Iran. In London, portraits of former IRGC general Qassem Soleimani were paraded outside 10 Downing Street, alongside placards that equated Zionism with Nazism, and an Israeli flag was burned and stamped on. In Canada, demonstrators chanted genocidal antisemitic slogans — including “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” They also held up signs promoting terrorism and equating Zionism with nazism, in a disturbing display of vile Jewish hatred. This past week also saw the vandalizing of a synagogue in Seattle, Washington and in Barcelona, Spain.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 40 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 16 (40.0%) from the far-right, 6 (15.0%) from the far-left, 11 (27.5%) with Islamist motivations, and 7 (17.5%) unidentifiable in nature.
FBI INVESTIGATES: JEWISH TEEN ATTACKED, SWASTIKA CARVED ON HIS BACK
By JERUSALEM POST
The FBI has opened an investigation into an incident in which a 17-year-old autistic and visibly Jewish boy from Las Vegas, Nevada returned home from public school early last month with a swastika carved into his back. The teen, who is nonverbal and wears a kippah daily, attends regular classes at his local public school, accompanied by his service dog and an assistant. On March 9, 2023, the teen returned home from school with his service dog's equipment bag torn up, and a swastika carved into the skin of his back.
WASHINGTON: CAPITOL HILL SYNAGOGUE TARGETED BY VANDALS AHEAD OF HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY
By BRIDGET CHAVEZ
Temple De Hirsh Sinai in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has once again been vandalized with anti-Semitic and anti-Israel graffiti. Temple leaders discovered the damage Monday morning. “My first reaction was shock, disgust, and sadness,” Rabbi Daniel Weiner said. “I’m heartsick to say so, but this unfortunately is the current state of where we are as a society.” The temple was also targeted in a similar incident back in 2017. Temple leaders said they’ve had minor incidents ever since.
META TO LOOSEN CONTENT MODERATION STANDARDS ON USE OF 'SHAHID'
By EMILY SCHRADER
Facebook parent company Meta has opened a call for public submissions to their independent oversight board to review and potentially broaden their interpretation of the Arabic word "shahid" in content moderation policies. Watchdog groups argue that this may embolden terrorist activity on the platform by loosening the moderation standards for the word as a part of Meta's Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy.
FLORIDA: 'IT SADDENS ME GREATLY:' ANTISEMITIC FLYERS FOUND IN DRIVEWAYS OF LAKE PARK, RIVIERA BEACH HOMES
FLORIDA: ELDERLY WOMAN SPEAKS OUT AFTER SHE SAYS CONDO MANAGER ATTACKED HER AND MOUTHED AN ANTISEMITIC CURSE
RHODE ISLAND: GROUP CONDEMNS ANTISEMITIC, HATE-FILLED GRAFFITI FOUND AT PACHECO PARK IN NORTH SMITHFIELD
DEFROCKED VICAR JOINS CHRIS WILLIAMSON AND LOWKEY AT QUDS DAY MARCH
By DANIEL BEN-DAVID
An anti-Israeli protest in the heart of London has hosted controversial speakers including Chris Williamson, Lowkey and disgraced reverend Stephen Sizer. At this weekend’s annual Al-Quds Day demonstration, portraits of former IRGC general Qassem Soleimani were paraded outside 10 Downing Street, alongside placards that equated Zionism with Nazism, and an Israeli flag was burned and stamped on.
SPEAKERS AT LONDON QUDS DAY RALLY: PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE IS NOT TERRORISM, BUT ISRAEL'S VERY EXISTENCE IS
CAA WRITES TO UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE OVER VISA AND IMMIGRATION OFFICER’S INCENDIARY COMMENTS ABOUT ZIONISTS AND HAMAS
TORONTO ‘QUDS DAY’ RALLY FEATURES GENOCIDAL ANTISEMITIC SLOGANS AND CALLS FOR VIOLENCE AGAINST JEWS
Demonstrators at a “Quds Day” protest in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday chanted genocidal antisemitic slogans — including “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” — and held up signs promoting terrorism and equating Zionism with Nazism, in a disturbing display of vitriolic hatred. The rally — held across the street from the U.S. Consulate General in downtown Toronto — was endorsed by Greater Toronto for BDS, Neturei Karta International, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Oakville Palestinian Rights Association, Socialist Action, and Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste.
ISRAELI FLAG BURNED; FIREWORKS, ROCKS THROWN AT FANS AT BASKETBALL GAME IN GREECE
By MICHAEL HOROVITZ
A basketball game between Hapoel Jerusalem and AEK Athens Wednesday in the Greek capital descended into chaos when local fans burned an Israeli flag, launched fireworks and threw rocks at Israeli fans. Images showed a banner hung on the stands with the text “The capital of Palestine is Jerusalem,” referencing the historic dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over the holy city.
CALL FOR THE DISMISSAL OF ‘UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES’ FOLLOWING COMMENTS DENYING ISRAEL’S RIGHT OF SELF DEFENSE AGAINST PALESTINIAN TERROR
AUSTRALIA: TRAFFIC CONTROL COMPANY SPARKS OUTRAGE AFTER DISPLAYING ANTISEMITIC MESSAGE ON ONE OF ITS VEHICLES
“TRACK 21, THE SIMPSONS DEPORTED TO AUSCHWITZ” ON THE WALLS OF THE SHOAH MEMORIAL IN MILAN WAS VANDALIZED
TWO MEN HURT IN TERROR SHOOTING IN EAST JERUSALEM’S SHEIKH JARRAH
By EMANUEL FABIAN
Two Israeli men were shot and wounded in a terror attack in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on Tuesday morning, police and medics said. The Magen David Adom ambulance service said its medics treated the two victims, aged 50 and 48, at the scene in moderate condition and took them to hospitals in the capital.
IRAN FRIDAY SERMON BY KHAMENEI'S REPRESENTATIVE IN MARKAZI PROVINCE GHOLAMALI DORRI-NAJAFABADI: THE JEWS LOVE LIFE AND FEAR DEATH – UNLIKE OUR CHILDREN, WHO LOVE MARTYRDOM
YALE UNIVERSITY HOSTS ANTISEMITIC SPEAKER ON SECOND NIGHT OF PASSOVER AS PART OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION PROGRAM
By JAMES GORDON
Yale University hosted a speaker last week who is known to promote antisemitic views, including justifying the murders of Jews and Israelis. Houria Bouteldja who has expressed hatred towards Jews, Israel, and white people, was invited to speak and endorsed by Yale's flagship DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) program known as 'Belonging at Yale.' Bouteldja's 2017 book, Whites, Jews, and Us, calls for the dismantling of Israel and expresses outright antisemitism.
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studies & statistics
NEARLY HALF OF AUSTRIANS THINK JEWS HAVE TOO MUCH POWER
By ZVIKA KLEIN
One third of Austrians think that Jews are trying to exploit the Holocaust and 47% think Jews have too much power, according to the parliament’s third antisemitism report, issued on Tuesday. According to the report, antisemitism is particularly strong among Turkish and Arabic speakers in Austria. Austrian National Council President Wolfgang Sobotka, 67, presented the report to the parliament. It was compiled by the Institute for Empirical Social Research, which collected data on antisemitic attitudes in the country from 2,000 respondents.
ANTISEMITISM CLAIMS NOW ACCOUNT FOR NEARLY 48 PER CENT OF CASES CONSIDERED BY LABOUR NEC
By LEE HARPIN
government & policy update
EU AMBASSADORS: 'WE WON'T STAND IDLY WHEN ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST IS QUESTIONED'
By ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS
The Delegation of the European Union to the State of Israel on Monday paid tribute to those who perished in the Holocaust and those who fought the Nazis. In a statement, the delegation said, "We, representatives of the European Union and of the 26 Embassies of EU Member States present in Israel, are bowing our heads today in memory of the six million Jewish men, women and children who were brutally slaughtered during the Holocaust."
AHEAD OF HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY, BLINKEN STRESSES NEED TO COMBAT ANTISEMITISM, BIGOTRY
By TOI STAFF
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken releases a statement ahead of Israel’s national Holocaust memorial day, saying that “we remember and honor the six million Jews." Blinken also added: “We find in their memory the strength to stand against all forms of antisemitism, hatred, and bigotry, and to insist the Holocaust is remembered and taught accurately.”
MANNING: ‘DOUBLE STANDARD’ MAY BE INVOLVED IN SOME COLLEAGUES’ CRITICISMS OF ISRAEL’S JUDICIAL REFORM
‘I NEVER SAW MYSELF AS A VICTIM’: AT MEETING WITH THESKIMM, HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR SAMI STEIGMANN RECALLS HORRORS HE ENDURED AS YOUNG BOY
Holocaust survivor Sami Steigmann recalled the horrors he endured as a young child in a conversation with employees of theSkimm media company in New York City last week organized by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM). Steigmann’s visit to theSkimm office was part of an ongoing initiative to bring Holocaust survivors to U.S.-based media and tech companies in an effort to educate about the Nazi genocide and raise awareness of the perils of rising contemporary antisemitism eight decades later.
LAS VEGAS WALK REMEMBERS 6 MILLION LOST IN HOLOCAUST, 1 STEP AT A TIME
By BRETT CLARKSON
Lucy Jacobs was 14 when she was at Auschwitz. She lost her parents and siblings. It’s something she thinks about every day. “I have my parents’ picture on the wall and I talk to them,” said Jacobs, 94, of Las Vegas. Jacobs, one of a dwindling number of Holocaust survivors worldwide, was seated in her wheelchair Sunday at a Summerlin park where about 150 people had gathered for a walk to help preserve the memory of the Holocaust but also to raise awareness about what they say is a rising tide of antisemitism.