Weekly Report – July 13
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 CAM Antisemitism Research Center published a mid-year report on adoptions and endorsements of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. The study highlighted 78 adoptions of the definition in January-June 2023, bringing the overall total to 1,192.
This number represents a broad array of international institutions and organizations, national and local governments, NGOs, universities, athletic clubs, and corporations that have embraced the IHRA antisemitism definition as a framework for recognizing modern-day iterations of Jew-hatred, training and educational programs, and policymaking initiatives. To learn more, read the new report here.
As a wave of violence targeting the Jewish community in New York City persists, an Israeli man was stabbed on Friday night in a suspected antisemitic attack in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. The victim, a hasidic Jew, was walking on the street when two male suspects approached him and asked if he was Jewish, to which he replied yes. The assailants then stabbed him in the arm with a screwdriver before fleeing.
During Israel’s counter-terror operation in Jenin, demonstrators in London called for the elimination of the world’s only Jewish state, chanting, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” In Germany, a neo-Nazi party published a statement titled “Nakba 75: The Struggle for Independence Continues,” professing strong support for the Palestinians and their national cause. The peculiar but increasingly noticeable intersection of far-right and far-left manifestations of antisemitism highlights the need to recognize the ever-evolving nature of Jew-hatred.
While all Palestinian fatalities in the Jenin fighting were affiliated with internationally-recognized terrorist groups, media outlets around the world continued to amplify rhetoric criticizing and demonizing Israel for its justified self-defense actions. Rockets were fired toward Israel from both the Gaza Strip and Lebanon this week, and a stabbing attack was thwarted at a light rail station in Jerusalem.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 31 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 15 (48.4%) from the far-right, 7 (22.6%) from the far-left, 6 (19.3%) with Islamist motivations, and 3 (9.7%) unidentifiable in nature.
ISRAELI STABBED IN SUSPECTED NYC ANTISEMITIC ATTACK
An Israeli man was stabbed in New York City on late Friday night in a suspected antisemitic attack, according to Israeli media reports. The student, a hasidic Jew, was walking in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn on Shabbat when two male suspects approached him and asked if he was Jewish, to which he replied in the affirmative. The assailants then stabbed him in the arm with a screwdriver.
MORNINGSTAR REMOVES CONTROVERSY TAGS ON 19 COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS IN ISRAEL AND WEST BANK
By MARC ROD
Financial services firm Morningstar has removed controversy ratings the company had assigned to 19 companies doing business in Israel and the West Bank following a year of controversy and accusations that the firm had employed anti-Israel bias in its environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings system.
COLORADO: GROTESQUE ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI INCLUDING SWASTIKAS AND "F*CK JEWS" WAS SPOTTED YESTERDAY IN FORT COLLINS
IS ANTISEMITISM ALWAYS DELUSIONAL? THE PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE SHOOTER’S PUNISHMENT COULD HINGE ON THE ANSWER
DEMONSTRATORS CHANT “FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA, PALESTINE WILL BE FREE” IN CENTRAL LONDON
Demonstrators chanted “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” in central London.
GERMAN NEO-NAZI PARTY PROFESSES SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINIAN CAUSE AMID 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 'NAKBA'
Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the "Nakba," a German neo-Nazi party published a statement on its webpage titled: "Nakba 75: The struggle for independence continues," professing its strong support for the Palestinian people and their understood struggle to retrieve the perceived "Palestinian homeland."
US NEO-NAZI GROUP TAKES ANTISEMITIC FLYER CAMPAIGN OVER BORDER INTO CANADA
By BEN COHEN
The American neo-Nazi group responsible for distributing virulently antisemitic flyers in residential neighborhoods across the country is increasingly active over the border in Canada, police in Ontario reported over the weekend. Police in the city of Peterborough are investigating after 19 residents reported receiving flyers promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories and white supremacist propaganda.
‘IT’S NAUSEATING:’ DIRECTOR OF DOCUMENTARY ON ANTISEMITIC MURDER OF FRENCH JEWISH WOMAN SARAH HALIMI ASSAILS JUDICIAL SYSTEM
By BEN COHEN
The director of a documentary broadcast on French television concerning the antisemitic murder in 2017 of Sarah Halimi — a 65-year-old Jewish woman who lived on her own in a public housing project in Paris — has slammed the police and judicial investigation into the killing as “absolutely scandalous, the opposite of what I expect from French justice.”
SWEDISH POLICE RECEIVE APPLICATION TO BURN TORAH, OTHER HOLY SCRIPTURES
By ZVIKA KLEIN
Three new applications to burn religious scriptures have been submitted to the Swedish police, of the Koran, the Torah and the New Testament - raising concerns and sparking condemnation, according to reports in Swedish media. The applications include two in Stockholm and one in Helsingborg. One of the applications pertains to a Koran burning outside a mosque in Stockholm and the organizer intends for it to happen "as soon as possible."
NEO-NAZI SELLS APPAREL WITH ANTISEMITIC DESIGNS CREATED BY SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS AI IMAGE GENERATOR
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE CONDUCTS FIRST-EVER REVIEW OF PALESTINIAN RECORD ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS
STABBING ATTACK AT JERUSALEM LIGHT RAIL STOP THWARTED BY POLICE
By JEWISH CHRONICLE
An attempted stabbing attack was thwarted at the Ammunition Hill light rail station in northeastern Jerusalem, police said on Sunday evening. The lone terrorist attacked a light rail security guard, who shot her in the leg, the police added. The assailant was the only casualty. "The female suspect was neutralized on the spot by the light rail security guard and is currently in light condition," the statement read.
PALESTINIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD LEADER ZIYAD NAKHALAH: MARTYRDOM WOULD BE A GIFT FOR ME; WE WILL DRIVE THE JEWS OUT OF PALESTINE
JEWISH STUDENTS AT DUTCH UNIVERSITIES DECLARE THEY FEEL UNSAFE ON CAMPUS
By EUROPEAN JEWISH CONGRESS
Jewish students at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University Amsterdam (VU) have voiced their concerns regarding their safety on campus. Students have reported experiencing an increase in anti-Israel sentiment, leading to a feeling of discomfort and insecurity. The issue gained attention when UvA student Tamar Efrati spoke out about her personal experience, prompting parliamentary questions about the safety of Jewish students.
UK: THE UNIVERSITY OF BOLTON ADOPTED THE IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM
The University of Bolton has a zero tolerance towards antisemitism and has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. The University stated: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
studies & statistics
REPORT FINDS A GROWING EXODUS OF JEWS FROM RUSSIA AND UKRAINE
By INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH POLICY RESEARCH
A new report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research suggests that migration of Jews from both Russia and Ukraine to Israel may be reaching “exodus” levels. The report, which draws on data from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, finds that if trends continue, both Russia and Ukraine could lose a majority of their Jewish populations in the years ahead.
ACCORDING TO REPORT, FAR-RIGHT TERRORISM THREAT IS UNDERESTIMATED IN BELGIUM
By COUNTER-TERRORISM VIGILANCE COMMITTEE
2022 ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS IN BRANDENBURG, GERMANY
By DEPARTMENT FOR RESEARCH AND INFORMATION ON ANTI-SEMITISM
ISRAEL IS TARGETED ON TWITTER MORE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY, STUDY FINDS
By RUDERMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION AND THE NETWORK CONTAGION RESEARCH INSTITUTE (NCRI)
government & policy update
NEW HAMPSHIRE BANS STATE CONTRACTS WITH BUSINESSES INVOLVED IN THE BDS MOVEMENT
By RICK GREEN
New Hampshire. Governor Chris Sununu signed an executive order aimed at preventing the state from doing business with companies participating in an international economic boycott against Israel. The order comes about three months after the N.H. House tabled, or removed from consideration, legislation that would have prohibited state investments in companies involved in the economic action, which seeks to pressure Israel over its policies regarding Palestinians.
STEFANIE HUBIG: “I WANT CHILDREN OF JEWISH FAITH TO FEEL COMFORTABLE AND SAFE IN GERMANY’S RHINELAND-PALATINATE”
ISRAELI TECH WARRIORS CODE A SOLUTION TO FIGHT ONLINE ANTISEMITISM
By TZVIKA KLEIN
In an unprecedented collaboration between Code for Israel, a volunteer movement dedicated to Israeli high-tech endeavors, and Final, an Israeli technology company, the employees of Final have voluntarily devised a specialized algorithm for the non-profit organization Fighting Online Antisemitism (FOA).