Weekly Report – August 10
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 Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) hosted an online expert panel discussion on the history of antisemitic ideologies embedded in the Palestinian nationalist movement, manifested most clearly today in school textbooks and media programming. In Latin America, the opening ceremony for a weeklong display of the CAM-sponsored “No Discriminarás” traveling exhibit, featuring cartoons highlighting examples of contemporary antisemitism, was held on Tuesday at the Panamá Viejo Museum in Panama City.
In the U.S., reports emerged of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s participation in a recent art show promoting Israel’s destruction. In Pensacola, Florida, four suspects were arrested in connection with a recent spate of at least eight antisemitic vandalism incidents. Also this week, Princeton University faced criticism from Jewish groups over the inclusion of a book claiming that the Israeli military harvests Palestinian organs in a syllabus for a humanities course being offered this fall semester.
Since the end of June, the CAM Antisemitism Research Center has monitored a series of hate crimes targeting the Jewish community of San Diego, California. Over the past month and a half, there have been five reports of antisemitic incidents in the city, including verbal and physical harassment of Jews, as well as the distribution of hateful flyers.
In Berlin, Germany, an Israeli tourist was assaulted last Saturday by three assailants who heard him speaking on a phone in Hebrew as he walked to a supermarket. In Geneva, Switzerland, antisemitic graffiti, calling for “a stop to Judaism,” was spotted on a building. In the UK, disgraced academic David Miller was widely denounced for claiming that Jews were overrepresented in positions of power and did not suffer discrimination. In Melbourne, Australia, Jewish teens were chased off a public bus by a knife-wielding passenger who called himself a Nazi.
In the Middle East, a municipal patrol officer was shot dead in central Tel Aviv by a Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist. In Egypt, Israeli model Shay Zanco, who was accompanying U.S. rapper Travis Scott ahead of a planned Cairo concert, was kicked out of her hotel due to her nationality.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 52 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 32 (61.54%) from the far-right, 5 (9.62%) from the far-left, 7 (13.46%) with Islamist motivations, and 8 (15.38%) unidentifiable in nature.
'SQUAD' DEMOCRAT ATTENDS ANTI-ISRAEL ART SHOW PROMOTING DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH STATE
By AARON KLIEGMAN
The Handala Coalition, a group of Palestinian and allied organizations in Michigan, organized the controversial art show, which was held at the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery in Detroit from May 26 to June 17. In one picture posted to Facebook, Tlaib is smiling in front of what the Handala Coalition described as an "apartheid wall" with the words "We Will Return." The art show also featured a piece showing a Palestinian woman who appears to be holding a gun with the phrase "Power To Our Freedom Fighters, Glory To Our Martyrs."
TWO MORE PENSACOLA COMMUNITY CENTERS VANDALIZED WITH ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI
By BRENT KEARNEY
Two more community centers in Pensacola were targeted and marked with Nazi graffiti. The two acts of vandalism make this the eighth antisemitic crime within the last month in Pensacola.
'IT'S DISTURBING': HUNDREDS OF ANTISEMITIC FLYERS DISTRIBUTED IN AT LEAST 5 NORTH RALEIGH NEIGHBORHOODS
CAIR-KANSAS CALLS ON ROELAND PARK CITY COUNCIL TO REJECT CONTROVERSIAL IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM, PROTECT RESIDENTS’ FREE SPEECH
ANTISEMITISM OR IGNORANCE? CARDI B TWEETED A PHOTO OF ULTRA-ORTHODOX MEN AND CAUSED AN ONLINE OUTCRY
OVER 100 MONTHLY ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS REPORTED IN THE UK IN 2023
By ZVIKA KLEIN
Over 100 antisemitic incidents were recorded in each of the first six months of the year according to a new report released on Thursday by the Community Security Trust (CST), an organization that protects British Jews from antisemitism and related threats. The report reveals that online antisemitic incidents in the UK have skyrocketed by 37% in the first half of 2023, with Twitter playing host to a majority of these incidents.
BERLIN POLICE INVESTIGATING ASSAULT ON ISRAELI TOURIST AS POTENTIAL ANTISEMITIC HATE CRIME
The incident took place on Saturday night in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district. Yonatan Yisraeli, 19, was walking to a supermarket with an 18-year-old female friend while talking Hebrew on a phone when a car pulled up next to them. Three males got out and began speaking in German to Yisraeli, who did not understand the language.
JEWS REMAIN THE PRIMARY TARGET OF HATE CRIMES IN CANADA
By ZVIKA KLEIN
Despite comprising only one percent of the population, the Jewish community accounted for a staggering 67% of all religiously motivated hate crimes. This alarming trend of increasing hate crimes targeting Jews reflects a broader rise in hate across the country.
FRANCE MOVES TO BAN FAR-RIGHT CATHOLIC PARTY CIVITAS FOR ANTISEMITISM
By TIMES OF ISRAEL
On July 30, polemicist Pierre Hillard told his audience that, before the French Revolution of 1789, Jews and other religious minorities could not become French citizens because they were “heretics.” Hillard said that “maybe we should go back to how things were before 1789.”
SURGE IN ANTISEMITIC TROPES IN POLISH MEDIA IN RUN-UP TO ELECTIONS, JEWISH GROUP CLAIMS
There has been a surge in antisemitic tropes appearing in the mainstream media in Poland in the runup to the country's general election, according to the European Jewish Congress, which advocates for more than 40 Jewish communities throughout Europe. The EJC also noted that "Poland continues to hold out on its historic responsibility in the Shoah and to actively oppose claims for compensation for Jewish victims of the Holocaust - they are now making headlines for violating the rule of law."
AUSTRALIA: JEWISH STUDENTS THREATENED WITH A KNIFE AND VILIFIED ON MELBOURNE BUS
By CAMERON HOUSTON
“He was getting louder and louder, to the point of shouting ‘Nazi’ and my friends heard him call himself a Nazi,” said the student, who asked not to be identified. “Then out of his bag he pulled out a massive, serrated knife approximately six inches in length. One of the boys on the bus told everyone to run and get off, and we were yelling at the bus driver, ‘Open the door, he has a knife’.”
RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN MARIA ZAKHAROVA COMPARES UK SECRET INTELLIGENCE SERVICE TO NAZI GERMANY
TERRORIST KILLS PATROLMAN IN TEL AVIV, IS SHOT DEAD BY 2ND OFFICER
By EMANUEL FABIAN
A Tel Aviv municipal patrol officer was killed in a terror shooting in a bustling area of Tel Aviv on Saturday evening, police and medics said. The gunman, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, was shot dead by the patrol officer’s colleague.
OFFICIAL PA TV BROADCAST: ‘THE MURDERS IN ISRAELI ARAB SOCIETY ARE PART OF AN ISRAEL ORGANIZE PLAN OF JUDAIZATION'
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY COURSE SYLLABUS INCLUDES BOOK CLAIMING ISRAEL HARVESTS PALESTINIAN ORGANS
The book in question — The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability, authored by Jasbir K. Puar — is included in the list of reading materials for the “Decolonizing Trauma Studies from the Global South” course. The book’s summary accuses Israel of “supplementing its right to kill with the right to maim.”
SENIOR COMMANDERS FROM ANTISEMITIC ISLAMIST TERRORIST GROUP IRGC FOUND TO HAVE SPOKEN ON UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES
studies & statistics
NUMBER OF ANTISEMITIC CRIMES IN BAVARIA REMAINS ALARMINGLY HIGH
By BAVARIAN INTERIOR MINISTER, JOACHIM HERRMANN
According to Interior Minister, Joachim Herrmann, hate speech crimes dominated the statistics in almost 50 percent of all cases, followed by insults. “When people are victims of, for example, their nationality, skin color, religious affiliation, gender or sexual orientation, we speak of hate crime, a particularly reprehensible form of crime,” said Herrmann.
government & policy update
HAKEEM JEFFRIES TAKES HOUSE DEMOCRATS ON AIPAC-AFFILIATED TRIP TO ISRAEL
By MARC ROD
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) are leading a delegation of 24 House Democrats to Israel this week, organized by the AIPAC-linked American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF). Attendees on this year’s trip include numerous House progressives, including Thanedar, who was opposed by more than $4 million in spending from AIPAC’s United Democracy Project super PAC in his 2022 primary. Democratic Majority for Israel endorsed Crockett’s opponent in her primary, while Crockett had been endorsed by then-Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), herself a critic of Israel.
'SOMETHING GOOD': MARIN CO. KIDS PUSH BACK AGAINST ANTI-SEMITIC FLYERS WITH MESSAGES OF LOVE
By CORNELL BARNARD
In the North Bay, one neighborhood is reacting and pushing back against racist flyers that were left on doorsteps earlier this week. The flyers contained anti-Semitic language. The kids are now turning the hate speech around by creating their own messages of love and acceptance.