Weekly Report – July 6
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, a 19-year-old Michigan man who was arrested last month over an alleged plot to attack an East Lansing synagogue was indicted by a federal grand jury. Commenting on the IDF operation against terrorist groups in Jenin, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) used antisemitic rhetoric to demonize Israel and whitewash Palestinian violence. Meanwhile, antisemitic flyers were distributed this week in Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Carolina, and Georgia.
In London, England, two swastikas were carved into the seats of a public bus. In Germany, an assault took place in Frankfurt’s Holocaust museum, where a member of a group of young people shouting “Allahu akbar” threw a full plastic bottle at a visitor. Amid the ongoing social unrest in France, a memorial to Holocaust victims and members of the French resistance was defaced with graffiti.
In Russia, the government designated Pinchas Goldschmidt, the former chief rabbi of Moscow, as a “foreign agent.” a modern-day manifestation of classic antisemitic tropes spread across Europe over the centuries demonizing Jews as the “other.”
In Israel, Palestinian violence targeting civilians escalated, with at least seven people wounded in a terrorist vehicular-ramming and stabbing attack at a bus stop in Tel Aviv. Invoking an age-old blood libel, a BBC anchorwoman claimed that IDF soldiers were “happy to kill children” during an interview with former Israeli Prime Minister Nafatli Bennett. Such hateful incitement in the media fuels the flames of contemporary antisemitism, endangering Jewish communities worldwide.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 29 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 15 (51.72%) from the far-right, 4 (13.8%) from the far-left, 6 (20.69%) with Islamist motivations, and 4 (13.80%) unidentifiable in nature.
MICHIGAN MAN ACCUSED OF PLANNING SYNAGOGUE ATTACK INDICTED BY GRAND JURY
By FARIS TANYOS
A 19-year-old Michigan man who was arrested earlier this month on allegations that he used social media to discuss plans to attack a synagogue was indicted by a federal grand jury. The suspect used Instagram to discuss his plans to "commit acts of violence to kill other people," the Justice Department said in a news release, adding that he posted Instagram messages which were antisemitic, expressed neo-Nazi ideology and praised mass shooters.
ANTISEMITISM CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS CAIR'S CLAIMS AGAINST ISRAEL IN JENIN
By ZVIKA KLEIN
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a self declared Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, condemned “war crimes” being committed against Palestinian civilians in Jenin refugee camp on Monday and called on the United States to take "concrete action to stop the Israeli government’s escalating human rights abuses."
MARYLAND: BALTIMORE COUNTY RESIDENTS FIND ANTISEMITIC FLYERS THROUGHOUT COMMUNITY: 'AN AWFUL FEELING'
CALIFORNIA: PROFESSOR’S INVESTIGATION LINKS CHICO MAN TO ANTISEMITIC FLYER DROPS AND SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
TWO SWASTIKAS CARVED ON LONDON PUBLIC BUS
By CAMPAIGN AGAINST ANTISEMITISM
Two swastikas – one carved into an arm rest and one carved into the protective barrier next to the seat – were seen on a Northern Line train going southbound on the High Barnet Branch, London.
GERMANY – UNDER “ALLAHU-AKBAR” SHOUTS: ANTISEMITIC ATTACK AT HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL IN FRANKFURT
By ANTISEMITISM MONITORING INTERNATIONAL CENTER
The verbal attack came from a group of young people. According to the police, one of the perpetrators shouted “Allahu akbar” and threw a filled plastic bottle, narrowly missing the head of a visitor.
ANTISEMITIC FLYERS DISTRIBUTED ALONG 24 STREETS IN PETERBOROUGH OVER LONG WEEKEND
Antisemitic flyers were distributed to homes throughout Peterborough over the Canada Day long weekend, with city police receiving reports from 19 residents from about 24 streets in the community.
MEMORIAL TO HOLOCAUST VICTIMS, WWII RESISTANCE DEFACED DURING RIOTS IN FRANCE
By TIMES OF ISRAEL
A memorial to Holocaust victims and members of the French resistance was defaced with graffiti during widespread rioting after police fatally shot a teenager in a Paris suburb. The Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation et de la Résistance (Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation and the Resistance) in Nanterre honors the 200,000 deported to Nazi concentration camps from France during World War II, as well as those who fought against fascism.
ATTEMPTED STABBING OF TWO JEWISH TEENAGERS IN FRONT OF THE MERKAZ HATORAH SCHOOL
By ANTISEMITISM MONITORING INTERNATIONAL CENTER
RUSSIA DECLARES FORMER MOSCOW CHIEF RABBI A ‘FOREIGN AGENT’
Russia has designated Pinchas Goldschmidt, the former chief rabbi of Moscow, as a “foreign agent,” according to the Russia Ministry of Justice department website. The ministry’s statement accuses Goldschmidt of disseminating “false information about the decisions made by public authorities of the Russian Federation and their policies...”
IN ROMANIA, ELIE WIESEL INSTITUTE MET WITH ANTISEMITIC ABUSE BY ROMANIAN FAR-RIGHT FOR ROLE IN RENAMING OF SCHOOL
AT LEAST 7 WOUNDED IN TEL AVIV TERROR ATTACK
By BEN SALES
At least seven people were wounded in a terror attack in Tel Aviv as a Palestinian attacker rammed his car into people waiting at a bus stop. Video from the scene showed the attacker then emerge from his white truck and begin stabbing patrons at a nearby street cafe. According to the Israel Police, he was shot dead by a civilian with a gun. Multiple victims were wounded seriously in the attack, which occurred in the city’s northern district. The attacker killed on site has been identified as a man from the southern West Bank.
MAN LIGHTLY HURT IN SUSPECTED PALESTINIAN TERROR STABBING IN BNEI BRAK
By EMANUEL FABIAN
Police say a 14-year-old Palestinian has been detained for allegedly stabbing and lightly wounding an Israeli man in the central city of Bnei Brak. A suspected terror motive is being investigated, police add.
FATAH: MURDERERS OF 4 ISRAELIS ARE “HEROIC MARTYRS” AND “MEN TRUE TO WHAT THEY PROMISED ALLAH”
By PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Movement honored the Palestinian terrorists as “heroic martyrs” and “men true to what they promised Allah.” The murderers were glorified as “heroic Martyrdom-seekers” while the attack at the Jewish town of Eli was coined “the heroic ‘Eli colony’ operation”
"THE VICTORY OF ALLAH WILL COME… IN SPITE OF THE INFIDELS” - PA MINISTRY OF RELIGION’S INSTRUCTIONS FOR MOSQUE PREACHERS
ABBAS’ ADVISOR: ARAB PARTICIPATION IN JERUSALEM MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IS “BETRAYAL OF ALLAH” AND “A CRIME”
BBC PRESENTER ASKS FORMER ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER NAFATLI BENNETT "SO, IDF FORCES ARE HAPPY TO KILL CHILDREN"?
TIRED OF HIDING: JEWS AT US COLLEGES FACE RISING ANTISEMITISM FROM LEFT AND RIGHT
By DEENA YELLIN
In more than three dozen recent interviews with NorthJersey.com, a member of the USA TODAY Network, Jewish students shared stories of harassment that bring those statistics to disturbing life. They spoke of slurs endured in class, expulsions from campus clubs, and eggs thrown at Jewish fraternities. Of swastikas carved into their dorm walls, Holocaust-denying flyers and a growing feeling that they needed to conceal their Jewish identities to be accepted.
Analysis & op-eds
studies & statistics
REPORT: VIOLENT ANTISEMITISM ON THE RISE IN GERMANY
By TOBY AXELROD
According to the report on “Antisemitic Incidents in Germany 2022” from the Federal Association of Research and Information Centers on Antisemitism (RIAS), while the overall number of incidents dropped slightly from the previous year, nine incidents were categorized as “extremely violent,” up from six in the previous year. It was the highest total on record since 2017, when the annual reporting began.
ON GAB, TWITTER, TELEGRAM, AND FEDIVERSE, NEO-NAZIS AND ANTISEMITES CHEER BOY, 12, FOR HIS CRIMINAL HARASSMENT OF JEWISH TEACHER IN MASSACHUSETTS
government & policy update
SUPREME COURT EXPANDS REQUIREMENTS FOR WORKPLACE RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS
By MARC ROD
Leading Jewish organizations from across the political and denominational spectrum welcomed the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling Thursday in the Groff v. DeJoy case in favor of a former mailman and evangelical Christian who refused to work on Sundays in observance of the Sabbath, a decision that significantly expands the scope of religious accommodations that employers are required to provide.
EUROPEAN UNION: SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS REFUSE TO STATE BLATANTLY ANTISEMITIC CONTENT IS AGAINST HATE SPEECH POLICIES
By EMILY SCHRADER
Legislators from around the world grilled social media platforms on their antisemitism standards during a hearing in the EU Parliament in Brussels; YouTube, Twitter and Meta refuse to acknowledge 'Jews are all white supremacists who support apartheid' is antisemitic, arguing the statement 'needs context'
AUSTRIAN TOWN HONORS JEWISH DOCTOR WHO RETURNED AFTER BEING EXPELLED DURING NAZI ERA
By ROB HYDE
A Jewish doctor who returned to care for the same Austrian townspeople who had expelled him during the Nazi era has been honoured with a plaque. The memorial has been put up in Fischamend, a small town near Vienna airport, in memory of Dr Richard Winter, who was forced to leave the town in 1938 simply because he was a Jew.