Weekly Report – June 15
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.
Following the release of the White House’s new National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, the Biden administration defended its move to include the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in the plan. Considering CAIR’s extensive history of antisemitic rhetoric and activities, this sparked debate among stakeholders in the fight against antisemitism regarding the standards for partnerships and coalition building.
This week, a group of neo-Nazi demonstrators waved swastika flags outside the entrance to the Walt Disney World Resort, in Orlando, Florida. During the debut of his new Twitter show, recently fired Fox News host Tucker Carlson called Ukraine’s Jewish president “rat-like” — repeating an age-old slur used against Jews. In Oklahoma City, police were investigating after a swastika was found cut into a man’s front lawn.
In the UK, Roger Waters resumed his fascist dictator act at concerts in London, after briefly dropping the routine following the controversy that erupted over his recent performances in Germany that were widely condemned for featuring displays of antisemitism. Also in London this week, a man gave a middle finger to a woman and yelled, “F*** Jewish… f*** Jews, f*** Jews.” In Spain, a politician affiliated with the Socialist Workers’ Party resigned from her post after calling a rival a “Jewish Nazi.” In Belarus, a known Holocaust denier was appointed to the position of director of the country’s national library.
In Algeria, Palestinian National Council President Rawhi Fattouh claimed Jerusalem belonged “exclusively to the Palestinians, the Arabs and the Muslims.” He also claimed that Arabs had inhabited Jerusalem for over 1.5 million years, while Jews had only been in the region for around 6,000.
The UN Human Rights Council’s “Commission of Inquiry” accused Israel of pursuing an “intentional strategy” of “delegitimizing and silencing” Palestinian “civil society” groups. The report whitewashed Palestinian terrorism and ignored the systemic antisemitism being propagated by Palestinian leaders in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo voted unanimously to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. This move follows the adoption of the definition by the country’s executive branch in 2020. Across the globe, the definition has been adopted by 41 countries, and more than 1,100 other entities, including international institutions and organizations, governmental bodies at all levels, NGOs, universities, athletic clubs, and corporations. Read CAM’s “The IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism 2022 Adoptions and Endorsements Report” here.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 39 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 21 (53.8%) from the far-right, 10 (25.6%) from the far-left, 4 (10.3%) with Islamist motivations, and 4 (10.3%) unidentifiable in nature.
NEO-NAZIS WAVE SWASTIKA FLAGS OUTSIDE DISNEY WORLD IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA
A group of neo-Nazi demonstrators waved swastika flags outside the entrance to the Walt Disney World Resort, in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday. A similar occurrence took place at the same location last May. In response to that incident, the Florida Holocaust Museum issued a statement, saying, “It’s a sad day for humanity when even Disney World — the ‘happiest place on earth’ — is not immune to blatant antisemitism.”
TUCKER CARLSON CALLED UKRAINE'S JEWISH LEADER ZELENSKYY 'RAT-LIKE' ON HIS TWITTER SHOW, REPEATING A WELL-WORN ANTISEMITIC TROPE
By HAVEN ORECCHIO-EGRESITZ
During the debut of his show, the recently ousted Fox News host called Ukraine's Jewish president "rat-like" — repeating an age-old slur used against Jews. Carlson kicked off the first episode of his show Tuesday suggesting that the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in Southern Ukraine was an act of terrorism carried out by Ukrainians — and that US media is instead wrongfully claiming Vladimir Putin may be behind it.
NEW JERSEY: SHOCK AS HATE SYMBOLS SPRAYED ACROSS RIVERVIEW PARK NAMED FOR TEEN WHO LED KINDNESS CAMPAIGN
NEW JERSEY: ANTI-BLACK, ANTI-GAY AND ANTISEMITIC MESSAGES SCRAWLED ON NEW FOOTBRIDGE AT FANWOOD NATURE CENTER
ROGER WATERS RESUMES NAZI ACT IN LONDON THAT HE’D DROPPED FOLLOWING GERMANY UPROAR
By CANAAN LIDOR
Roger Waters resumed his fascist dictator act during concerts this week in London, after briefly dropping the stunt over allegations it was connected to his record of making statements and gestures deemed antisemitic. Waters wore the leather outfit and red armband, which is meant to resemble a Nazi or Waffen-SS uniform, at concerts Tuesday and Wednesday night in the O2 Arena in northern London.
JEWISH WOMEN AND CHILDREN REPORTEDLY CHASED AND ASSAULTED BY MAN YELLING ANTISEMITIC SLURS IN STAMFORD HILL
SEVERAL STUMBLING BLOCKS DOUSED WITH CORROSIVE LIQUID IN ASCHAFFENBURG
Several stumbling blocks were doused with an unknown, apparently corrosive liquid. The exact number of stones and whether property damage had occurred was still unclear on Monday. The Aschaffenburg criminal police are now investigating, the police headquarters in Lower Franconia announced on Monday.
POLICE INVESTIGATING AFTER OGDEN HOME TARGETED BY ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI THREE WEEKS STRAIGHT
By BILL MACFARLANE
After the first incident left a Nazi symbol on his election lawn sign, Jordan Barrett thought it was just someone upset about his voting intentions. That was May 20th - a week later on the 27th - it happened again. "I'm certainly not taking it lightly, three weeks in row on our property specifically," Barrett says. "We do feel threatened, we don't feel safe in our own home right now."
NEW UN ‘COMMISSION OF INQUIRY’ REPORT SLAMMED FOR ‘SLANDER’ AND ‘LIES’ AGAINST ISRAEL
Israel has rejected a new report published this week by the UN Human Rights Council’s “Commission of Inquiry” that accused the Jewish state of pursuing an “intentional strategy” of “delegitimizing and silencing” Palestinian “civil society” groups.
BELARUS: A MAN WHO USES ANTISEMITIC MOTIFS AND HOLOCAUST DISTORTED, HAS BEEN APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY
The authorities in Belarus have decided to appoint a holocaust denier and antisemite to the position of director of the National Library of Belarus. In the context of the Holocaust, Gigin often omits facts so that it does not emerge from his narrative that the Jews are victims. For example, Gigin referred to the visit of the thinker of the “Final Solution” Heinrich Himmler to Minsk and the fact that he felt bad when he watched the mass execution of Jews.
ANNE FRANK CHARITY SAYS ROGER WATERS ‘NEEDS EDUCATING’ ABOUT ANTISEMITISM AFTER ‘WILDLY INAPPROPRIATE’ LONDON CONCERT
'PALESTINIANS HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 1.5M YEARS, JEWS FOR 3000' CLAIMS SENIOR PALESTINIAN OFFICIAL
By TASH MOSHEIM
At an event in Algeria, the Palestinian National Council President Rawhi Fattouh spoke of Jerusalem belonging “exclusively to the Palestinians, the Arabs and the Muslims.” The Palestinian official also claimed that Arabs have inhabited Jerusalem for over 1.5 million years, while Jews have only been in the region for 6000.
VERMONT: ‘A GENUINE ACT OF HATE’: SWASTIKA FOUND IN GENDER-NEUTRAL BATHROOM AT MONTPELIER HIGH SCHOOL
By THE MONTPELIER BRIDGE
On June 2 — a day before prom and two days into Pride month — someone painted a swastika with feces on the walls of Montpelier High School’s gender-neutral bathroom. The following Monday, those who hadn’t heard about it yet were informed, and the whole school spent the morning at an assembly, processing what to many felt like a hate crime.
CALIFORNIA'S EL CAMINO COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT SPEECH ACCUSES ISRAEL OF “KILLING AND TORTURING PALESTINIANS AS WE SPEAK”
Analysis & op-eds
studies & statistics
500 NEO-NAZI CELLS UNCOVERED IN BRAZIL LAST YEAR
Five hundred neo-Nazi cells were identified in Brazil last year, Latin America’s envoy for fighting antisemitism said Monday. The startling figure was cited in Tel Aviv, at the annual Global Forum of the New York-based America Jewish Committee, which included a plenary with seven international antisemitism envoys, and came weeks after the launch of the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism.
government & policy update
KOSOVO’S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTS IHRA WORKING DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM
The Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo voted unanimously on Thursday to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. Kosovo is among a small group of Muslim-majority nations — including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bahrain — to have officially recognized the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism.
PILLEN MARKS 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF ISRAEL AND RECOGNIZES COMMON BOND
By DON WALTON
Gov. Jim Pillen on Thursday welcomed Israeli Consul General Yinam Cohen to Nebraska with a proclamation celebrating the 75th anniversary of the State of Israel and pointing to "common strategic and economic interests" that the United States and Israel share. "It's a special relationship," Pillen said, which spreads into tourism and trade as well as common strategic interests.
CONGRESSMAN URGES DOJ TO PROBE SUSPECTED IRAN ‘KILL LIST' TARGETING US LAW ENFORCEMENT AND AMERICAN JEWS
Rep. Jack Bergman has raised national security alarm bells by calling on the Justice Department to investigate ongoing efforts of an anti-American website that is allegedly promoted by Iran’s regime and incites assassination attacks against U.S. law enforcement personnel and American Jews.
MOROCCAN FOREIGN MINISTER: THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS PROVIDE “INCREDIBLE MOMENTUM” FOR PEACE IN MIDDLE EAST
NYC JEWISH HATE CRIME VICTIM CAN’T ‘FATHOM’ DA BRAGG’S PLEA DEAL FOR ATTACKER WHO VOWED HE’D ‘DO IT AGAIN’
NEVADA’S U.S. SENATOR JACKY ROSEN HELPS INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO PROTECT HOUSES OF WORSHIP, CONGREGATIONS FROM VIOLENCE
TWO JEWISH MUSEUMS TO OPEN IN ALBANIA IN 2024
“These museums will be a testament to the unique relationship between Albanians and Jews,” Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama stated. “During the Holocaust, when most of Europe was turning its back on Jews, Albania was a safe haven. Albanians risked their lives to protect their Jewish neighbors, and these museums will honor their courage and sacrifice.”
CAM ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR NATAN SHARANSKY MEETS WITH NEW YORK COMMUNITY LEADERS TO FORGE COLLABORATION IN ANTISEMITISM FIGHT
Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) Advisory Board Chair Natan Sharansky recently visited New York City, where he met with a diverse array of cultural, political, and religious leaders to discuss collaboration in the collective effort against all manifestations of rising Jew-hatred and other forms of contemporary bigotry, discrimination, and prejudice.