Weekly Report – August 17
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.
The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) was proud to deliver a special recognition to Panama’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Janaina Tewaney Mencomo, thanking the country for its recent adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. The letter of appreciation was signed by more than 100 CAM coalition partners.
In upstate New York, a passing motorist threatened a staffer with a machete at the entrance to a Jewish summer camp. Meanwhile, at least 26 synagogues across 12 U.S. states received fake bomb threats from online trolls. Also this week, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used classic antisemitic tropes to disparage the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, accusing it of “undermining democracy” with “dark money.”
In Germany, where the CAM Antisemitism Research Center has been monitoring an uptick in antisemitic incidents over the past month, a Holocaust memorial at a Berlin train station was vandalized and Nazi swastikas were carved into a prayer bench at a Munich synagogue. In France, antisemitic death threats were written on the facade of a store near a Paris synagogue. In the southern Paris suburb of Verrières-le-Buisson, a couple was accosted by an assailant who called them “dirty Jews.” In the United Kingdom, the taxpayer-funded Hastings Commons community group faced criticism for hosting a talk by notorious anti-Zionist academic David Miller, who was fired by the University of Bristol after claiming Jewish students were “pawns” of Israel.
In the Middle East, it was revealed that the Arabic subtitles for Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film “Oppenheimer” translated the words “Jew” and “Jewish” as “ghurabaa,” meaning “strangers” or “foreigners,” highlighting the sad reality of how deeply embedded antisemitism remains in large swathes of the region.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 37 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 25 (67.57%) from the far-right, 4 (10.81%) from the far-left, 6 (16.21%) with Islamist motivations, and 2 (5.41%) unidentifiable in nature.
AOC ACCUSES PRO-ISRAEL LOBBYING GROUP OF 'FUNNELING DARK MONEY' TO ‘UNDERMINE DEMOCRACY’
By ALANA GOODMAN
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC of "funneling dark money" to target "progressive, working-class candidates of color," drawing accusations from Jewish activists that she is using "antisemitic tropes."
‘ONLINE TROLLS’ TARGET 26 SYNAGOGUES IN SERIES OF ANTISEMITIC SWAT CALLS AND BOMB THREATS
By DAVID PROPPER
A group of “online trolls” made fake bomb threats and swatting calls against more than two-dozen synagogues across the US in what the Anti-Defamation League called a sickening display of antisemitism Sunday. The group targeted at least 26 synagogues and two ADL offices across 12 states over the last four weekends, according to the organization.
NEW YORK: MAN ALLEGEDLY BRANDISHES MACHETE WHILE DRIVING BY A JEWISH CAMP
By RON KAMPEAS
A man allegedly brandished a machete when approached by a staffer at The Zone, the Orthodox Jewish camp that Kars4Kids operates in Gilboa, New York, through Oorah, its Jewish education charity arm. In a photograph attached to the complaint, a man is holding up a machete through the open window of his car.
WHITE SUPREMACIST MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY THREATENING JURORS, WITNESSES IN PITTSBURGH SHOOTING TRIAL
CALIFORNIA: HOW JEWISH COMMUNITY SAFETY GROUP TRACKED DOWN SUSPECT LINKED TO EXTREMIST THREAT IN RESEDA
TAXPAYER-FUNDED GROUP HOSTED TALK BY NOTORIOUS ANTI-ZIONIST DAVID MILLER
By FELIX POPE
A government-funded community group is facing a complaint after it was used to host a talk by an anti-Zionist academic who was sacked after claiming Jewish students were “pawns” of the Israeli state. David Miller, who was dismissed as a sociology lecturer by the University of Bristol for his outspoken views, was invited to give a speech in Hastings last month to discuss the “Zionist movement” in the UK.
‘IT'S MAKING ME ILL,’ SAYS DISTRESSED JEWISH MAN AFTER ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI REAPPEARS IN CHESTERFIELD
HOLOCAUST ‘BOOK BOX’ AT GERMAN DEPORTATION MEMORIAL DESTROYED IN APPARENT ANTISEMITIC ARSON
By PHILISSA CRAMER
German police are investigating a fire that destroyed a public book box dedicated to Holocaust history near a memorial at the site from which tens of thousands of Jews were deported to concentration camps and death camps in 1941 and 1942. Witnesses told German news media they saw a man placing a box inside the former telephone booth that served as the “street library,” and setting it on fire.
ANTISEMITIC AND THREATENING GRAFFITI DISCOVERED NEAR A SYNAGOGUE IN PARIS
Police officers noted the presence of death threats of an antisemitic nature written on the facade of an optical store, near a synagogue, rue de la Roquette, Paris. “Crif rue broca you are dead the beast of god the devil is dead i have killed the beast of god" noted the inscriptions made in red marker, which mentioned the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF) and its address.
OTHER WORLD NEWS
TURKISH NEWSCASTER DEFENDS AIRING JEWISH BLOOD LIBEL
By ANDREW BERNARD
One of Turkey’s most prominent newscasters on Monday defended his interview with a lawyer who raised the possibility that Jewish men might murder non-Jewish virgins. Discussing potential motives for the 2009 murder, Epözdemir said that because the man convicted of Karabulut’s killing was of partial Algerian-Jewish descent, the court had considered the possibility that Karabulut had been killed in a supposed coming-of-age ritual called the “Rite of the Unleavened” that requires Jewish men to kill non-Jewish virgins.
TEENAGE NEO-NAZI BOASTS ABOUT ANTISEMITIC FLYER DISTRIBUTION, ANTICIPATES COMING 'RACE WAR' ON SOCIAL MEDIA
PRESIDENT OF THE UNION OF ITALIAN JEWISH COMMUNITIES NOEMI DI SEGNI: 'FASCISM MUST BE RECOGNIZED AS AN ABSOLUTE EVIL FOR THE WHOLE OF ITALY'
OPPENHEIMER'S ARABIC SUBTITLES CRITICIZED FOR OMITTING REFERENCES TO JEWS
By THE NATIONAL NEWS
Translated by a Lebanon-based company, the subtitles in the version released in the region omit mentions of Jews, using the term "ghurabaa" instead, which is Arabic for "strangers" or "foreigners". In other instances, the word is avoided altogether. The commonly used word for "Jews" in Arabic is "Yehudi."
'DEATH TO ALL JEWS,' ALLAH AKBAR': ANTISEMITIC MESSAGE FOUND INSIDE MEZUZAH AT NORTHERN ISRAEL HOSPITAL
PROMINENT UNIVERSITIES TO HOST CONFERENCE DENOUNCING ANTISEMITISM DEFINITION, ‘SETTLER COLONIAL STATE’ OF ISRAEL
By KATE ANDERSON
The Institute for the Critical Study of Zionism’s (ICSZ) conference “Battling the ‘IHRA definition’: Theory and Activism” is set to be held on Oct. 13 – 14 at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and the New York University (NYU) School of Law, according to the event page. The conference will host six panels with a range of academics and activists who are committed to fighting against the IHRA definition.
Analysis & op-eds
studies & statistics
NEW RESEARCH SHOWS WIDESPREAD ANTISEMITISM IN UNIVERSITIES AND ONLINE
By ZIONIST FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA AND THE AUSTRALASIAN UNION OF JEWISH STUDENTS
According to a survey of more than 500 Jewish students, commissioned by the Zionist Federation of Australia and the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS), more than two-thirds of respondents had experienced antisemitism at university.
government & policy update
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR’S ESTATE APPEALS COURT ORDER FOR PAYOUT TO ANTISEMITIC PICKETERS
By MARC ROD
A lawyer representing a Holocaust survivor is asking the Supreme Court to consider overturning a lower court decision holding his client’s estate liable for a significant payout to antisemites who have picketed a Michigan synagogue for years.
ARGENTINA'S FAR-RIGHT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE STUDIES TORAH, MULLS CONVERSION TO JUDAISM AND IS AN AVOWED FAN OF ISRAEL
JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN HAWAII LEAD RELIEF EFFORTS IN WAKE OF DEADLY FIRE
By JEWISH CHRONICLE
While the Chabad House will be open for Shabbat for prayer and shelter, many people are continuing to board flights to other islands, said the rabbi. Some residents who lost their homes and those still fleeing the fires are being housed at the Chabad House, while others have been welcomed into community members’ homes.