Weekly Report – April 27
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.
Today, US President Biden issued a proclamation for Jewish American Heritage Month, which has been done by every President since 2006. The proclamation highlighted “the enduring heritage of Jewish Americans, whose values, culture, and contributions have shaped our character as a Nation.”
Yesterday morning, all 26 Republican U.S. governors signed a joint statement for the first time, recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month, in an effort spear-headed by CAM to increase awareness about Jewish-American contributions in a time of rising antisemitism.Three democratic governors have also issued proclamations for Jewish American Heritage Month this year so far. On the federal level, CAM also hosted a breakfast yesterday on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senators, Representatives, and their staff to kick-off Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) in the United States. Fourteen senators and representatives gave remarks, and more than a dozen other congressional offices were represented from both sides of the aisle.
During the event, senators, and congressmen celebrated the miracle of Israel’s 75th Independence day, Jewish-American contributions to the country, and spoke out against rising antisemitism in the U.S. and around the world.
This week, the State of Israel celebrated its 75th Independence Day. For this milestone occasion, Jewish communities and supporters of Israel worldwide participated in celebrations, reaffirming the strong bonds linking the State of Israel, the Jewish Diaspora, and its friends and allies around the world.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 28 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 17 (60.7%) from the far-right, 5 (17.9%) from the far-left, 4 (14.3%) with Islamist motivations, and 2 (7.1%) unidentifiable in nature.
NEW YORK: 2 MEN ARRESTED AFTER ATTACKING JEWISH DRIVER WITH BAT
Two men were arrested Friday after attacking a Jewish man, shouting antisemitic slurs and violently smashing the victim’s car with a baseball bat in Crown Heights. The incident occurred late Friday afternoon on Troy Avenue near Sterling Place when the men, one Black and one Hispanic, drove up behind the visibly Jewish driver, who was stuck behind a double-parked FedEx truck that was blocking traffic.
MASSACHUSETTS: COMMUNITY GATHERS FOR ANTI-HATE RALLY IN NATICK AFTER ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI FOUND NEAR COMMUTER RAIL STATION
NEO-NAZI CREATES RACIST, ANTISEMITIC AI-GENERATED DEEPFAKES OF PROMINENT FIGURES INCLUDING PRESIDENT BIDEN
A WHITE SUPREMACIST, ULTRANATIONALIST U.S BASED GROUP SHARED POSTS SHOWING THAT THE GROUP WAS IN SWITZERLAND IN MARCH AND APRIL 2023
THE DEATH PENALTY TRIAL FOR THE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING 11 AT PITTSBURGH’S TREE OF LIFE SYNAGOGUE BEGINS. HERE’S WHAT TO KNOW
MAN STEALS, BURNS ISRAEL FLAGS OUTSIDE JEWISH DAY SCHOOL IN MONTREAL
By ITAMAR EICHNER
A man filmed himself stealing and setting fire to Israeli flags hung outside a Jewish day school in Montreal, Canada, according to a video posted to social media on Thursday. In the short 34-second clip uploaded to Twitter by online hate monitor StopAntisemitism, the man wearing a keffiyeh, a type of traditional Arab headdress, is seen tearing down at least five flags from the school fence in Dollard Des Ormeaux before stacking them up and setting them on fire.
MUSLIM WHO CONVERTED TO JUDAISM ATTACKED IN LONDON AFTER WAVING ISRAELI FLAG
By World Israel News
Timor-David Aklin, who was born a Muslim in the central coastal city of Jaffa, traveled to London ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day with the aim of making pro-Israel videos for his YouTube channel. He visited Speakers’ Corner, London’s landmark soapbox, to fight “stereotypes against the Jewish religion and antisemitism,” he said. While there, Aklin, who is visibly Orthodox with a yarmulke on his head, was confronted by a group of British Muslim youth, at least one of whom also spoke Arabic, who began an argument with him that turned violent.
OTHER WORLD NEWS
POLISH REGULATOR PROBES TV CHANNEL AFTER ACADEMIC ARGUED POLES ‘FAILED’ JEWS IN WWII
By MICHAEL BACHNER
Poland’s broadcasting regulator said it opened a probe into the country’s biggest private television network, TVN, after a prominent Holocaust scholar said on the channel last week that Poles “failed” to become Jews’ allies during the Nazi atrocities in the country during World War II. Warsaw has been widely accused of whitewashing the well-documented participation of some Poles in atrocities — though others defended and protected Jews — and of cracking down on academic voices deviating from the government’s stance.
THE CITY OF LIÈGE, BELGIUM, VOTES A MOTION TO BOYCOTT THE STATE OF ISRAEL
By YOSSI LEMPKOWICZ
A motion tabled by the Party of Workers of Belgium (PTB), an extreme-left wing and Marxist party, calls for a boycott of the Israeli state, to “temporarily suspend relations with the State of Israel and Israeli complicit institutions until the Israeli authorities end the system of violations of the Palestinian people and fully respect international law. The Socialist Party, but also two small local parties, Vega and Green Ardent voted for this boycott.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL URGES UN NOT TO ADOPT INTERNATIONAL DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM IN LATEST ACT OF HOSTILITY TOWARD JEWS
FIVE WOUNDED IN TERROR CAR-RAMMING NEAR BUSY JERUSALEM MARKET
By EMANUEL FABIAN
Five people were wounded in a car-ramming terror attack near Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market on Monday afternoon, police and medics said. Graphic amateur video footage showed an armed civilian shooting into the car’s window as a wounded man lay on the hood of the vehicle. Several other victims were seen strewn across the street.
CONNECTICUT: WESTPORT OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING ANTISEMITIC SOCIAL MEDIA POST
By KAYLA MUTCHLER
Recent allegations have arisen on social media claming a student made antisemitic remarks to another student during a Staples High School trip to Germany. The social media post from Stop Antisemitism claims that during a school visit to Dachau concentration camp, a student told a Jewish classmate she should have died there.
Analysis & op-eds
studies & statistics
JEWISH GROUP’S REPORT FINDS RISE IN ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS IN POLAND
By DINAH SPRITZER
A Jewish association has released what is being called the first report on antisemitism conducted with direct input from Polish Jewish community organizations, counting 488 incidents in 2022 submitted via an online portal and collected through extensive interviews with community members. The incident total released on Monday by the Czulent Jewish Association is more than four times the number reported for 2021 by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.
AS AL-QUDS DAY EVENTS ARE ORGANIZED ACROSS SOUTH ASIA, IRANIAN CONSULATE'S EXHIBITION IN HERAT CITY OF AFGHANISTAN ADVOCATES 'NUCLEAR EXTINCTION' OF ISRAEL
government & policy update
WHITE HOUSE: A PROCLAMATION ON JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2023
By White House Briefing Room
" This month, we celebrate the enduring heritage of Jewish Americans, whose values, culture, and contributions have shaped our character as a Nation. For generations, the story of the Jewish people — one of resilience, faith, and hope in the face of adversity, prejudice and persecution — has been woven into the fabric of our Nation’s story. It has driven us forward in our ongoing march for justice, equality, and freedom as we recommit to upholding the principles of our Nation’s founding and realizing the promise of America for all Americans."
GOP GOVERNORS COMMEMORATE JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
By MATHEW KASSEL
Republican governors are commemorating Jewish American Heritage Month, which begins in May, with a new joint statement recognizing the achievements of Jewish Americans, pledging support for Israel and opposing antisemitism. Jewish American Heritage Month was first recognized in May 2006 by former President George W. Bush, who in a proclamation called upon “all Americans” to “honor the significant contributions Jewish Americans have made.” It has since been recognized by every successive American president as well as several governors and other elected officials from both parties.
US LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO BOOST HOLOCAUST EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
By JACOB MAGID
The Holocaust Education and Antisemitism Lessons (HEAL) Act submitted by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and James Lankford (R-OK) directs the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to conduct a first-of-its-kind study on Holocaust education and resources nationwide in order to identify ways it can be improved so schools can be better equipped to teach about the issue and about antisemitism more broadly.
WHITE HOUSE EXPECTED TO DELIVER ANTISEMITISM STRATEGY BEFORE SUSAN RICE LEAVES WHITE HOUSE
By GABBY DEUTCH
On the heels of President Joe Biden’s announcement that top domestic policy advisor, Susan Rice, is stepping down, sources told Jewish Insider Monday that she is expected to deliver an antisemitism strategy before her departure. In her position leading the Domestic Policy Council, Rice has in recent months worked closely with the U.S. Jewish community as one of the leaders of a White House working group focused on antisemitism, Islamophobia and other forms of hate.
FRANCE SENTENCES LEBANESE-CANADIAN SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT IN ABSENTIA FOR 1980 SYNAGOGUE BOMBING
NO DISCRIMINARÁS’: TRAVELING ART EXHIBIT BRINGS POWERFUL MESSAGE AGAINST ANTISEMITISM TO QUITO CULTURAL LANDMARK
Visitors to the Metropolitan Cultural Center in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito this past week were able to view a traveling art exhibit with powerful message against all forms of antisemitic prejudice. The “No Discriminarás” display — created by Argentine artist Adrián Franco, known as “Pati,” and sponsored by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) — featured a set of sketched vignettes portraying different manifestations of contemporary Jew-hatred — ranging from negative stereotyping of Jews to Holocaust denial — based on the the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism’s 11 examples.