Weekly Report – July 20
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 U.S. House of Representatives denounced antisemitism and reaffirmed longstanding American support for Israel with a symbolic resolution this week rejecting the “Apartheid” libel of the Jewish state. The measure, passed by an overwhelming 412-9 margin, was a welcome indicator that the fight against antisemitism remains a rare area of mainstream bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill.
Also this week, Israeli President Isaac Herzog visited Washington, D.C., where he addressed a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress and met at the White House with President Joe Biden. In his speech to Congress, President Herzog hailed the U.S.-Israel alliance and highlighted the urgent need to combat antisemitism in all its contemporary forms. “Questioning the Jewish people’s right to self-determination is not legitimate diplomacy, it is antisemitism,” Herzog noted. “Vilifying and attacking Jews, whether in Israel, in the United States, or anywhere in the world is antisemitism.”
On Sunday, prominent U.S. white supremacist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes called for a “holy war” against Jews at a south Florida rally. Livestreamed on Rumble, where Fuentes has more than 30,000 followers, the inciting speech comes at a time of rising antisemitism both online and off.. Earlier this year, a study published by CAM’s Antisemitism Research Center demonstrated that Gen Z, neo-Nazi “Groypers,” led by Fuentes, had organized an extensive campaign to disseminate and popularize antisemitic content on Twitter.
In London this week, the phrase “Victory to the intifada” was shouted at a rally organized by the Revolutionary Communist Group. In Berlin, an intruder chanted antisemitic slogans at a music college. In France, neo-Nazi inscriptions were found on a monument honoring the World War II-era French Resistance. In Serbia, Israeli basketball player Yam Medar was targeted with antisemitic rhetoric after the announcement of his departure from the Partizan Belgrade club.
In the Gaza Strip, the ruling Hamas terrorist organization opened summer camps under the banner of “Shield of Jerusalem,” offering children military and weapons training to prepare “the generation of liberation and victory.”
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 36 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 19 (52.78%) from the far-right, 6 (16.67%) from the far-left, 6 (16.67%) with Islamist motivations, and 5 (13.88%) unidentifiable in nature.
US WHITE SUPREMACIST AND HOLOCAUST DENIER NICK FUENTES CALLS FOR ‘HOLY WAR’ AGAINST JEWS
Quoting lines from the Talmud, the sacred Jewish text from which antisemites often cherry-pick out-of-context excerpts to incite hatred of Jews, the 24-year-old Fuentes said, “‘If a gentile hits a Jew, he must be killed. But when a Jew murders a gentile, there will be no death penalty.’ … This is the last part, and this is my favorite part: ‘Jews may use lies to circumvent the gentiles.’ … Do you think it might be a problem that the people that are running your banks, that are making the movies your children watch … do you think it’s a problem that they believe all Christians must die? It’s a big problem. It’s a huge problem.”
MISSISSIPPI MAN ACCUSED OF MAKING ANTISEMITIC CALLS TO PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESSES AND SYNAGOGUES
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A Mississippi man was arrested on felony charges accusing him of targeting Pennsylvanian synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses by calling them — some as many as 15 times — and making antisemitic threats. Donavon Parish, 28, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was charged on June 27 with cyberstalking and communicating interstate threats in an indictment unsealed Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
SOUTH CAROLINA: HORRY COUNTY MAN FINED FOR LITTERING AFTER ALLEGEDLY DISTRIBUTING BAGGIES FILLED WITH HATE MESSAGE
RFK JR. ACCUSED OF MAKING ANTISEMITIC, RACIST CLAIMS ABOUT COVID-19 BUT INSISTS HE WAS MISUNDERSTOOD
NEW YORK: NOISE COMPLAINT OR ANTISEMITISM? ULTRA-ORTHODOX FAMILY EJECTED FROM HOTEL BY POLICE ON SHABBAT
PRO-DPRK ACTIVIST JU-HYUN AT NYC PRO-PALESTINE RALLY: NORTH KOREA HAS BEEN ARMING AND TRAINING THE PALESTINIANS FOR DECADES; PALESTINIANS AND KOREANS HAVE A COMMON ENEMY
DEFENSE IN PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING TRIAL: ‘THERE IS NO CULTURE’ THAT WOULD SUPPORT KILLING OF JEWS
OXFORD STREET PROTESTERS DECRY M&S AS SYMBOL OF “BRITISH COLLABORATION WITH THE RACIST STATE OF ISRAEL
By ANTISEMITISM MONITORING INTERNATIONAL CENTER
Video footage from the demonstration — organised by the Revolutionary Communist Group — shows someone delivering a speech in which they shout: “Victory to the intifada.” The “intifada” is widely understood as the campaign of Arab terrorist violence against Jewish Israeli targets in the early 2000s that claimed hundreds of civilian lives and brought an end to the peace process.
ANTISEMITIC SLOGANS SHOUTED AT BERLIN CELEBRATION
By ANTISEMITISM MONITORING INTERNATIONAL CENTER
In the Mitte district of Berlin, a man gained unauthorized access to a music college on Wednesday evening where a celebration was taking place. He yelled antisemitic slogans and rioted. The police announced on Thursday afternoon that officers had visited the crime scene on Französische Straße, but had not found the suspect.
CÔTES-D’ARMOR RESIDENT RECEIVES PRISON SENTENCE FOR ANTISEMITIC REMARKS
By EUROPEAN JEWISH CONGRESS
Dorian Noël, a 31-year-old man from Côtes-d’Armor (Brittany) who had previously been convicted of similar offenses, appeared in court again l on charges of incitement to racial hatred. The Saint-Brieuc criminal court subsequently imposed a one-year prison sentence on him, with six months suspended, for hate speech.
CÔTES-D’ARMOR: A COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR SOILED BY ANTI-SEMITIC AND NEO-NAZI INSCRIPTIONS
SERBIA: “FILTHY JEW”: PARTIZAN BELGRADE FANS ARE ANGRY AT YAM MADAR
By ANTISEMITISM MONITORING INTERNATIONAL CENTER
The Israeli point guard, Yam Medar signed with the Turkish team Fenerbahce, and said goodbye to his team Partizan Belgrade in an emotional post on Instagram in which he called them “my family”. Madar later found out that the Serbian fans were not happy with the post he made. Many of the fans of the Serbian team attacked the Israeli in responses to the post, with some even cursing him with antisemitic curses such as “dirty Jew”, “wait until you get here”.
PA LIBEL: ISRAEL IS BEHIND VIOLENCE AND KILLINGS IN ISRAELI ARAB SOCIETY
By PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH
The accusation comes from the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian Prime Minister, Muhammad Shtayyeh, claimed that Israel - because of its “colonialist” aspirations – wants to “destroy the spirit of unity” and calculatingly creates friction among Israeli Arabs.
FOLLOWING QURAN-BURNING INCIDENT IN STOCKHOLM, EGYPTIAN JOURNALIST CALLS ON ARABS IN SWEDEN TO TEST THIS COUNTRY'S TOLERANCE BY HOLDING PROTEST AGAINST 'ZIONIST LIES ABOUT CREMATORIA'
HAMAS SUMMER CAMPS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS IN GAZA STRIP PROVIDE WEAPONS AND MILITARY TRAINING IN ORDER TO RAISE 'GENERATION THAT WILL LIBERATE PALESTINE'
DUTCH UNIVERSITIES RESPOND TO ANTISEMITIC BULLYING ALLEGATIONS
By DION J. PIERRE
According to a report published by Folia, the official student newspaper of University of Amsterdam (UvA), earlier this month a mob of pro-Palestinian protestors stormed the halls of University of Amsterdam’s Roeterseiland campus, shouting, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” During the fracas, one student, Tamar Efrati, was confronted by a protestor who yelled, “Dirty Zionist!”
STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE CHAPTERS OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY AND KENT STATE UNIVERSITY SHARE ANTISEMITIC IMAGE
studies & statistics
THE VALUE OF MANUAL ANNOTATION IN ASSESSING TRENDS OF HATE SPEECH ON SOCIAL MEDIA: WAS ANTISEMITISM ON THE RISE DURING THE TUMULTUOUS WEEKS OF ELON MUSK’S TWITTER TAKEOVER?
Using the context of Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter, a period characterized by media reports suggesting a surge in antisemitism on the platform, we explore a range of qualitative and quantitative computational methods. Our analysis reveals that, starting from October 9, 2022, the usage of the term “Jews” on Twitter nearly doubled compared to the preceding period.
ISRAEL IS THE MOST TARGETED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD ON SOCIAL MEDIA SAYS NEW STUDY
Israel is the most maligned country in the world on social media according to a new study, outpacing authoritarian regimes like Russia, North Korea and Iran. The Jewish state is mentioned approximately 10 times more than any other country in the world in tweets pertaining to human rights violations, a study has concluded.
government & policy update
ISRAEL'S HERZOG SAYS CRITICISM OF ISRAEL MUST NOT DRIFT INTO ANTISEMITISM
By PATRICIA ZENGERLE, RAMI AYYUB AND JOSEPHINE WALKER
Israeli President Isaac Herzog told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday he welcomed criticism, especially from American friends, but said it must not cross the line into negation of Israel's right to exist. That, he said, was antisemitism. Herzog, whose position is largely ceremonial, spoke to a chamber packed with members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, despite the absence of a handful of progressive Democrats who announced they would boycott the President's speech.
HOUSE PASSES RESOLUTION SAYING ISRAEL ISN'T A 'RACIST OR APARTHEID STATE'
By LAUREN PELLER AND ALEXANDRA HUTZLER
The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a resolution to reaffirm Israel is not a "racist state" and to condemn antisemitism -- a GOP-led effort designed to drive a wedge between Democrats as the party contends with divisions in its ranks concerning the U.S. ally. The vote was 412-9-1 with nine Democrats voting no, including Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Jamaal Bowman, Summer Lee, Cori Bush, Ayanna Pressley, Andre Carson and Delia Ramirez.
EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR FREEZING PALESTINIAN AID
By DION J PIERRE
A cabinet member of the European Commission, a body within the executive of the European Union, has expressed support for suspending aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if its leaders continue refusing to remove antisemitic and violent themes from schoolchildren’s textbooks.
KEY CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE OKS A HIKE IN FUNDING FOR THE ANTISEMITISM MONITOR
By RON KAMPEAS
A congressional committee approved an increase in funding for the office of Deborah Lipstadt, the State Department’s antisemitism monitor, from $1.5 million to $2.5 million. The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved the bill, which pays for State Department and foreign operations, late Wednesday. It now goes to the full House, and must be reconciled with parallel Senate legislation. Senators who focus on antisemitism hope to get similar language into the corresponding Senate bill.
NETANYAHU OUSTS LIKUD PARTY ACTIVIST FOR TELLING PROTESTERS HE WISHES ‘ANOTHER 6 MILLION WOULD BURN’
AUSTRALIA: HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR SPEAKS ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION TO STOP ANTISEMITISM
A Melbourne man who survived the Holocaust says educating young people is the key to stopping anti-Semitism. Peter Gaspar, 86, was a young boy when he was sent to the Terezin concentration camp in his home country, the then-Czechoslovakia. "All I remember is constant hunger, constant cold, constant afraid," Gaspar said.