Weekly Report – June 1
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.
As the White House unveiled its national strategy to combat antisemitism, anti-Jewish incidents were recorded across the United States. Antisemitic propaganda was found in the Atlanta and Detroit suburbs, as well as the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, where the Tree of Life synagogue massacre occurred in 2018. Also, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is seeking the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination, expressed support for Roger Waters amid a controversy that arose after ex-Pink Floyd frontman was accused of dressing as an SS officer at a Berlin concert. At a subsequent Waters concert in Frankfurt, a pro-Israel demonstrator was aggressively apprehended by security guards who reportedly threatened to “break his neck.”
Meanwhile, the City University of New York (CUNY) continues to face backlash over the antisemitic remarks of a speaker at its law school commencement ceremony earlier this month. In her speech, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) activist Fatima Mousa Mohammed urged graduates to join “the fight against capitalism, racism, imperialism, and Zionism around the world.” Mohammed’s diatribe has drawn widespread condemnation from national and local elected officials on both sides of the political aisle, as well as Jewish organizations.
In the northern West Bank, an Israeli father of two was murdered by Palestinian terrorists, while preschoolers in the Gaza Strip were filmed on stage dressed in military uniforms and armed with toy guns performing the “liberation of Palestine.” In the Qatari Al-Watan newspaper, a Palestinian columnist called for increased terror attacks against Israelis.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 27 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 14 (51.9%) from the far-right, 2 (7.4%) from the far-left, 7 (26.0%) with Islamist motivations, and 4 (14.8%) unidentifiable in nature.
This week, CAM’s Antisemitism Research Center in partnership with the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) released a new report that provides an overview of the weaponization of the “apartheid” claim by anti-Zionists, its role in fueling antisemitism on campuses, and the manner in which it negatively impacts Jewish students. Read the full report here.
WHITE SUPREMACIST WANTED TO 'SET UP COMMUNITY WHERE CHILDREN WOULD BE TAUGHT ANTISEMITIC CURRICULUM'
By THE JEWISH CHRONICLE
A white supremacist who was obsessed with guns wanted to establish a 'private' community where young children would be taught an 'antisemitic curriculum by military style personnel', a court filing says. Chad Edward Keith, who described himself as a Nazi who would die for his believes, wanted to establish the community in Colorado, it is alleged.
LAUREN BOEBERT SAYS PRESIDENT BIDEN'S PLAN TO FIGHT ANTISEMITISM IS A PLOT 'TO GO AFTER CONSERVATIVES'
By BETHANY DAWSON
The Biden administration announced the National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism to protect Jewish communities across the US this week. Biden released a video about the new strategy, saying hate has been "given too much oxygen" in recent years and has fuelled a "record rise in antisemitism." But Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert denounced the plan in a tweet to her 2.5 million followers: "When they say stuff like this, they mean they want to go after conservatives."
FORMER KKK GRAND WIZARD DAVID DUKE DEFENDS JEW-BAITING MUSICIAN ROGER WATERS IN POST ABOUT “JEWISH POWER”
By CAMPAIGN AGAINST ANTISEMITISM
David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, took to the social media platform Gab where he appeared to defend the Jew-baiting musician Roger Waters. Duke said: "Waters is accused of antisemitism but denies it. In truth Waters needs to go on the offensive. He should point out: Antisemitism today actually is nothing more of vile smear against anyone who dares to expose the UltraRacist Jewish Globalists behind both the Palestinian Nakba but also the insane Ukraine War."
CAM APPRECIATES WHITE HOUSE STRATEGY TO COUNTER ANTISEMITISM, SAYS ‘IHRA DEFINITION MUST BE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE GLOBAL STANDARD FOR DEFINING ANTISEMITISM’
ILLINOIS: JUVENILE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY FOR ANTI-SEMITIC VANDALISM ON TRASH CAN IN HIGHLAND PARK (V)(R)
FLORIDA: AT NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS CONVENTION, CAM FOSTERS CHRISTIAN SOLIDARITY WITH JEWISH PEOPLE AND STATE OF ISRAEL
ROBERT F KENNEDY JR DEFENDS ROGER WATERS AGAINST ‘HIGH PRIESTS OF TOTALITARIANISM’ IN BERLIN ANTISEMITISM ROW (H)(U)
PRO-ISRAEL STAGE PROTESTER SAYS ROGER WATERS’ GUARDS THREATENED TO BREAK HIS NECK
By TIMES OF ISRAEL
A pro-Israel protester who rushed the stage with an Israeli flag during a Roger Waters concert in Frankfurt on Sunday told Israeli media Monday about the aftermath of his act, including that security guards had threatened to break his neck.
CANADIAN PARLIAMENT EVENT TO HOST ANTI-ISRAEL WHO’S WHO
Three members of the Canadian Parliament—Alexandre Boulerice, Elizabeth May and Mario Beaulieu—will host “Embracing Responsibility: Canada’s responsibility towards Palestine under international law.” The announcement refers to the “chilling” effect of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.
A GRENOBLE RESIDENT WAS A VICTIM OF ANTISEMITIC THREATS AND HARASSMENT
By THE DAUPHINÉ LIBÉRÉ
A resident of the Grands Boulevards district in Grenoble was the victim of an antisemitic attack on Sunday evening. According to our information, the victim, who is of Jewish faith, surprised three men tagging his garage with swastikas and antisemitic inscriptions. Before fleeing, the attackers gave him Nazi salutes, shouting “Sieg Heil”.
OTHER WORLD NEWS
RUSSIA – NAVALNY DESCRIBES PRISON ‘RE-EDUCATION’ INCLUDING PRO-WAR, ANTISEMITIC SONGS
By THE MOSCOW TIMES
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Tuesday that he and other inmates in his prison colony are forced to listen to pro-war and anti-Semitic songs several times a day as part of the prison’s “re-education” efforts. Navalny is serving his jail term in the IK-6 prison in the Vladimir region east of Moscow, a facility known for its harsh conditions and which has been linked to numerous cases of torture and abuse of inmates.
ISRAELI FATHER OF TWO KILLED IN NORTHERN WEST BANK TERROR SHOOTING
By EMANUEL FABIAN
An Israeli man was shot and killed in a shooting attack near the settlement of Hermesh in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, the military and medics said. In a statement carried by Palestinian media, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group, loosely linked to the Palestinian Authority’s ruling Fatah party, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
NAKBA DAY EVENTS AT WEST BANK SCHOOLS ASSERT PALESTINIAN REFUGEES' RIGHT TO RETURN TO HOMES INSIDE ISRAEL
On May 15, 2023 the Palestinian Authority (PA) marked the 75th anniversary of the Nakba with an array of activities, chief among them an unprecedented high-level event at the UN General Assembly. The event included a speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud 'Abbas, in which he called for the return of the Palestinian refugees to their homes and stated that he himself is a refugee.
JORDAN: VIRULENTLY ANTISEMITIC ARTICLE IN JORDANIAN DAILY AL-DUSTOUR: THE JEWS, THE DESCENDANTS OF APES AND PIGS
CUNY FACES BACKLASH OVER ANTISEMITIC REMARKS BY LAW SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
By COMBAT ANTISEMITISM MOVEMENT
The City University of New York (CUNY) continues to face backlash over the antisemitic remarks of a speaker at its law school commencement ceremony earlier this month. In her May 12 speech, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) activist Fatima Mousa Mohammed said, “I want to celebrate CUNY Law as one of the few, if not the only, law school to make a public statement defending the right of its students to organize and speak out against Israeli settler colonialism.
‘IRREVERSIBLE IMPACT’: OVER 100 ORGANIZATIONS URGE UNIVERSITIES TO REJECT ACADEMIC ASSOCIATION BDS RESOLUTION
Analysis & op-eds
HISTORY’S OLDEST HATRED: ANTISEMITISM IS ALIVE AND THRIVING IN THE UNITED STATES
By DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL BOARD
studies & statistics
NEW REPORT OFFERS FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION AGAINST ANTI-ZIONIST MANIFESTATIONS OF ANTISEMITISM ON US COLLEGE CAMPUSES
By COMBAT ANTISEMITISM MOVEMENT
A new report released by the CAM Antisemitism Research Center and the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) on Wednesday examines the “Israel Apartheid Week” phenomenon and other anti-Zionist manifestations of Jew-hatred at U.S. colleges and universities in 2023. The study provides an overview of the weaponization of the “apartheid” claim by anti-Zionists, its role in fueling antisemitism on campuses, and the manner in which it negatively impacts Jewish students.
government & policy update
CAM’S RESERVATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS AHEAD OF IMPLEMENTATION OF WHITE HOUSE’S NATIONAL ANTISEMITISM STRATEGY
By COMBAT ANTISEMITISM MOVEMENT
The White House’s new National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism — which was unveiled last Thursday — is a welcome and timely initiative that is deeply appreciated by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) for the serious and comprehensive way it lays out the many avenues to address rising bigotry targeting the U.S. Jewish community. However, CAM points out several reservations and suggestions as the Biden administration tries to implement this plan.
IN SWEEPING ANTISEMITISM STRATEGY, WHITE HOUSE CALLS MAINSTREAM IHRA DEFINITION ‘MOST PROMINENT’ BUT ‘WELCOMES’ PROGRESSIVE ALTERNATIVE
By GABBY DEUTCH AND MARC ROD
The White House on Thursday released the first-ever U.S. national strategy to counter antisemitism, presenting a whole-of-society approach that includes more than 100 policy commitments across the executive branch and a call to action for ordinary Americans to stand together with the Jewish community in fighting antisemitism. But the White House sidestepped an increasingly heated debate over how precisely to define antisemitism — avoiding a unilateral endorsement of the mainstream International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition while also welcoming an alternative preferred by progressives who argue that the IHRA definition does not allow sufficient space for critiques of Israel.
NEW YORK CITY MAYOR ERIC ADAMS HOSTS JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION AT GRACIE MANSION
Referring to rising Jew-hatred in New York City and across the U.S., Adams said, “We must raise our voices. We must send a loud message that our secret weapon is our ability to live among each other.” Adams also commented on the controversy over the recent CUNY Law School commencement ceremony at which Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) activist Fatima Mousa Mohammed delivered antisemitic remarks. The mayor spoke at the same event, but left before Mohammed took the stage. “I will tell you, if I was on that stage, when those comments were made, I would have stood up and denounced them immediately,” Adams said. “Because we cannot allow it to happen.”
‘WHAT HAPPENS ONLINE DOESN'T STAY ONLINE’: CAM HIGHLIGHTS REAL-WORLD DANGERS OF SOCIAL MEDIA HATRED AT SOUTH FLORIDA ANTISEMITISM SUMMIT
WATCH: JEWISH AMERICAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE JAZZ TRADITION
By COMBAT ANTISEMITISM MOVEMENT
As Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) draws to a close, the Omni-American Future Project — in partnership with the Combat Antisemitism Movement, American Sephardi Federation, and Jazz Leadership Project — presented on Tuesday a groundbreaking online webinar highlighting “Jewish American Contributions to the Jazz Tradition.”