Weekly Report – August 31
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) honored the latest cohort of Innovation Lab winners this week in a virtual closing ceremony, where they were congratulated by CAM Advisory Board Natan Sharansky. The winners, who all received seed funding to further develop and implement their projects, were Heath Sloane, Zoé Tara Zeigherman, Robert Tepper, and Lievnath Faber. CAM also recently launched the next round of the Innovation Lab, with a focus on interfaith collaboration in the collective effort against the world’s oldest hatred.
Far-right antisemitic propaganda leaflets were distributed in the states of California, Massachusetts, and New York in a continuation of a nationwide trend.
As students returned to college campuses across the U.S., a series of antisemitic incidents were reported. Hundreds of shellfish were dumped across the property of a Jewish fraternity house at the University of California-Berkeley on the first Shabbat of the fall semester. Near the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus, a sidewalk outside the Jewish Resource Center was defaced with homophobic graffiti. The City University of New York (CUNY), which has been mired in a series of antisemitism scandals in recent years, hired Professor Marc Lamont Hill, who was let go as a CNN commentator in 2018 over remarks calling for the dismantlement of Israel as a Jewish state..
A 42-year-old mother from Oxfordshire, England, was exposed by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre as being the winner of an online “Miss Hitler” beauty pageant. In Russia, the state-owned Pravda newspaper, once the mouthpiece of the Communist Party in the Soviet era, published an op-ed accusing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of forcing non-Jewish Ukrainians to die in the war with Russia as payback for past pogroms in his country.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 31 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 16 (51.62%) from the far-right, 3 (9.68%) from the far-left, 6 (19.35%) with Islamist motivations, and 6 (19.35%) unidentifiable in nature.
GEORGIA: ANTISEMITIC FLYERS FOUND IN BEALL'S HILL NEIGHBORHOOD, BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING
CALIFORNIA: TWO WHITE SUPREMACISTS PROTEST AT LGBTQ EVENT WITH ANTISEMITIC SIGN AND ANTISEMITIC CHANTS
MASSACHUSETTS: WARWICK WATER DIVISION CHIEF SLAPPED EMPLOYEE AS PART OF ‘NAZI JOKE,’ ACCORDING TO POLICE REPORT
'MISS ARYAN ANGEL' OF OXFORD WINS MISS HITLER BEAUTY PAGEANT
By JERUSALEM POST
A 42-year-old mother from Oxfordshire, England has been exposed by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre (SWC) as the winner of an online "Miss Hitler" beauty pageant, according to a report by British news site and radio station LBC. The woman, Sarah Mountford, entered the competition, run by the Russian social media site VKontakte, under the pseudonym “Miss Aryan Angel" and was a member of the far-right group Britain First. The site encourages its users to use pseudonyms in the competition.
GERMAN AIRPORT STAFF ASK RABBI TO REMOVE KIPPAH, AGAINST OFFICIAL POLICY
By THE JEWISH CHRONICLE
A leading Chabad rabbi based in Germany has complained to federal authorities after he was asked to remove his kippah while going through airport security Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, who leads Chabad in Berlin, was recently asked to remove his kippah by staff at Berlin's Brandenburg airport. The rabbi, who insisted that there was no such security policy in place, refused to remove his kippah.
RCMP ALERTED, JEWISH GROUPS ALARMED AFTER U.S. WHITE-SUPREMACIST LEAGUE MAKES INROADS IN CANADA
By MARIE WOOLF
The RCMP and city police forces are investigating links between antisemitic leaflets and posters found in cities across Canada, anti-Jewish graffiti found in Ontario high schools and an active U.S. white-supremacist group. MPs and Jewish groups are warning about inroads being made in Canada by the Goyim Defense League, which sells Hitler busts on its website, posts virulently anti-Jewish videos on its own TV channel and demonstrates with swastika flags outside American synagogues.
FRENCH FAR LEFT LEADER DEFENDS ‘ANTISEMITIC’ RAPPER
By BEN COHEN
The leader of France’s main far left party, La France Insoumise (“France Rising” — LFI) has offered a robust defense of a rapper accused of antisemitism who was invited to address LFI’s annual summer school last weekend. In an interview with broadcaster TF1, party leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon claimed that the rapper, Médine, was the victim of an “imposed agenda” designed to distract French voters from the key issues facing them.
RUSSIAN NEWSPAPER: JEWISH ZELENSKY SENDING UKRAINIANS TO DIE TO AVENGE POGROMS
By CANAAN LIDOR
Pravda, a Russian newspaper that was once the mouthpiece of the Communist Party in the former Soviet Union, published an opinion article alleging that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is causing Ukrainians to die in the war with Russia as payback for antisemitic pogroms by his non-Jewish compatriots.
RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN MARIA ZAKHAROVA REFERS TO UKRAINE’S GOVERNMENT AS A ‘NEO-NAZI’ REGIME
LIBYANS RIOT OVER MINISTER'S MEETING WITH ISRAELI OFFICIAL
By JEWISH CHRONICLE
Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush was suspended from her post late Sunday night amid outrage over her meeting last week with her Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen. The country has seen mass protests over the meeting and it's believe Mangoush has left Libya for Turkey amid a public outcry. Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid al-Dbeibeh issued a statement calling the meeting in Rome "accidental, unofficial and not planned in advance.
IRAQI SHI’ITE MILITIA LEADER QAIS AL-KHAZALI: THE JEWS ARE THE SOLDIERS OF THE DEVIL, CONTROL GLOBAL AFFAIRS
ARTICLE IN QATARI DAILY CALLS DEADLY TERRORIST ATTACK ON TWO ISRAELI CIVILIANS A 'HEROIC' AND 'HIGH-QUALITY' OPERATION
GRAND MUFTI OF LIBYA SADIQ AL-GHARIANI AND 'ALI AL-QARADAGHI: JIHAD IN PALESTINE IS A PERSONAL RELIGIOUS DUTY FOR EVERY MUSLIM
SHELLFISH DUMPED ON UC BERKELEY’S JEWISH FRAT HOUSE ON FIRST SHABBAT OF SEMESTER
By EMMA GOSS
Alpha Epsilon Pi, UC Berkeley’s Jewish fraternity house, discovered early Saturday that hundreds of shellfish were dumped across its property and thrown through a window. Police are investigating what the fraternity is calling an “act of antisemitic vandalism.”
POLICE INVESTIGATING HOMOPHOBIC GRAFFITI SCRAWLED OUTSIDE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN JEWISH RESOURCE CENTER
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NEWSOM URGES CALIF. EDUCATORS TEACHING ETHNIC STUDIES TO AVOID ‘BIAS, BIGOTRY OR DISCRIMINATION’
By GABBY DEUTCH
Days into the new school year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office on Wednesday sent a letter to educators cautioning school administrators against using ethnic studies courses that promote bias and bigotry. The letter came in response to a plea from three dozen California Jewish leaders, who wrote to Newsom in June calling on him to push back against what they deem as discriminatory content being taught in schools. The Jewish community advocates expressed concern that some school districts were approving the teaching of ethnic studies courses that promote anti-Israel ideals and espouse antisemitism.
JEWISH CULTURE FESTIVAL OPENS IN WARSAW
The annual event, which takes its name from Nobel Prize-winning Polish-Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, sees a more than weeklong feast of music concerts, film screenings, exhibitions, culinary workshops and more. A host of international performers are expected to entertain audiences, among them the multicultural folk ensemble Light in Babylon, consisting of singer Michal Elia Kamal, guitarist Julien Demarque, santurist Metehan Çiftçi, bassist Priam Arnoux, and drummer Stuart Dickson.