Weekly Report – June 22
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, white supremacist gunman Robert Bowers was found guilty of all federal charges stemming from the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, in which 11 Jewish worshippers were murdered in the deadliest act of antisemitic violence in U.S. history. Next comes the penalty phase of the trial, when the jury will decide if Bowers will receive the death penalty for his crimes. Meanwhile, in Michigan, a 19-year-old suspect was charged with threatening a mass killing at a synagogue, and in New York’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a man interrupted a wedding at Oheli Torah, threatening to “machine gun down” all the celebrants. Also this week, a Massachusetts synagogue and New Jersey cancer center were vandalized with antisemitic graffiti.
In the UK, a Durham University student who called Jews “apex predators in capitalism” in far-right group chats was allowed back on campus to pursue a PhD. There were also multiple reports in London of Jews being harassed in public spaces. In Italy, police arrested two individuals for propagating antisemitic content, including Holocaust denial, on Facebook. In Germany, a military cemetery was vandalized with swastikas. In France, four men face trial over accusations they conspired as a neo-Nazi terrorist group to attack mosques and Jewish sites in 2017 and 2018.
In Israel, four civilians were killed in a horrific shooting perpetrated by a pair of Palestinian terrorists at a gas station in the community of Eli. This was followed by reports of Palestinians celebrating the attack with the public distribution of candies. In the Iranian capital of Tehran, Ayatollah Ali Khomeini hosted a visiting delegation of Hamas officials and declared the West Bank to be a “major battleground for Palestinian factions against Israel.”
”This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 35 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 23 (65.71%) from the far-right, 4 (11.43%) from the far-left, 4 (11.43%) with Islamist motivations, and 4 (11.43%) unidentifiable in nature.
PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE SHOOTER FOUND GUILTY IN TREE OF LIFE ATTACK
By JORDAN FREIMAN
Robert Bowers has been found guilty on all counts in the 2018 shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 worshipers and left seven people wounded. Next will come the penalty phase of the trial, where the jury will decide if he should receive the death penalty or serve life in prison.
MICHIGAN MAN CHARGED WITH THREATENING SYNAGOGUE MASSACRE
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
A 19-year-old Michigan man has been charged with threatening a mass killing at a synagogue on the fifth anniversary of the massacre at two New Zealand mosques by a white supremacist gunman. He allegedly made threats on social media, including Instagram, that included comments about neo-Nazi ideology, antisemitism and glorifying mass shootings, most notably the 2019 shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, The Detroit News reported.
NEW YORK: A MAN INTERRUPTED A WEDDING THREATENING TO “MACHINE GUN DOWN” THE ENTIRE EVENT
A man interrupted a wedding at Oheli Torah in Crown Heights, NY threatening to “machine gun down” the entire event last night. Once a woman started recording, the man went into an antisemitic tirade - “these f*cking European ... you not real Jews ... you f*cking imitators ... you f*cking European bastards.”NYPD was called and the man was removed via ambulance, possibly being taken for a psych evaluation per witnesses.
FLORIDA: ‘YOU’RE ON THE PATH TO SIN’: A FLORIDA RABBI FACED ANTISEMITIC HARASSMENT AFTER SPEAKING UP AT A SCHOOL BOARD VOTE
ANGER AS STUDENT WHO CALLED JEWS ‘APEX PREDATORS IN CAPITALISM’ LANDS RESEARCH ROLE AT DURHAM UNIVERSITY
By TASH MOSHEIM
A Durham University student who called Jews “apex predators in capitalism” in far-right group chats has been allowed back to study for a PhD, prompting calls for a formal probe. Messages shared by former Durham undergraduate Hugo Lunn included one post which said, “Hitler would be more efficient if he privatised his death factories” and another that referred to “the Jewishtocracy”.
STAMFORD HILL: JEWISH RESIDENTS REPORTEDLY HARASSED WITH “HITLER” AND “FREE PALESTINE” COMMENTS IN COMMUNAL GARDEN
ANTISEMITIC SYMBOLS AT THE WAR MEMORIAL IN MEINERZHAGEN
By ANTISEMITISM MONITORING INTERNATIONAL CENTER
The former cemetery on Hochstraße is where the soldiers who died in World War I and World War II are commemorated. Swastikas and stars of David were carved into a memorial stone.
ANTISEMITIC PAMPHLETS ONCE AGAIN DISTRIBUTED TO PETERBOROUGH NEIGHBORHOODS
By THE PETERBOROUGH EXAMINER
Police say over the weekend of June 17 and 18, officers were made aware of two more incidents in which people located antisemitic pamphlets in neighbourhoods.
FOUR MEN GO ON TRIAL IN PARIS ACCUSED OF CONSPIRING TO PLOT NEO-NAZI ATTACKS
By ANGELIQUE CHRISAFIS
Four men are going on trial in Paris accused of conspiring as a neo-Nazi terrorist group to plan attacks on mosques and Jewish targets in France in 2017 and 2018. An investigation was opened in 2018 after Alexandre Gilet, a 22-year-old volunteer deputy gendarme in Grenoble, allegedly ordered products that could be used in explosive devices.
OTHER WORLD NEWS
BULGARIAN BEER SHOP TARGETED BY FAR-RIGHT PARLIAMENTARY PARTY FOR DISPLAYING INTERNATIONAL FLAGS
By GEORGI A. ANGELOV
The reappearance of the word "Jude" alongside a Star of David in downtown Bulgaria has alarmed the country's Jewish community and the owner of a local store following a stormy weekend scrape with supporters of a parliamentary party whose fortunes have risen alongside scapegoat populism.
ITALY: TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR ANTISEMITIC PROPAGANDA, INCITEMENT TO RACIAL, ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE
WEST BANK PALESTINIAN TERROR ATTACK KILLS 4
A terror attack was reported in the West Bank at a gas station, with eight victims, four were killed and four wounded, according to Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that one terrorist was neutralized, while additional suspects were being pursued. Israel's Home Front Command instructed civilians near the Eli village of the West Bank to stay inside, to lock their doors and windows, and not to leave until the incident is over. They have closed roads in the area.
SAUDI DAILY: ISRAEL WILL REMAIN A FOREIGN ELEMENT IN THE REGION, DESPITE THE PEACE AGREEMENTS IT HAS SIGNED, UNTIL IT CHANGES ITS CONDUCT AND AGREES TO PAY THE PRICE OF PEACE WITH THE PALESTINIANS
CUNY FACULTY UNION ENDORSES BROOKLYN COUNCILMAN WHO CALLED GAZA STRIP ‘DEATH CAMP’
The sole public sector union representing City University of New York (CUNY) professors has endorsed the reelection campaign of New York City Council member Charles Barron (D), who for years has been accused by lawmakers and advocacy groups from across the ideological spectrum of promoting antisemitism and associating with antisemitic hate groups.
Analysis & op-eds
HOW THE FAR-LEFT THREATENS BIDEN’S ABILITY TO COMBAT ANTISEMITISM
By DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN AND SAUL MANGEL
HOW AMERICA’S FAR RIGHT FOUND ITS ANTISEMITIC VOICE AND FIGURED OUT ITS TRUE IDENTITY
By TAMARA BERENS
studies & statistics
UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL COI REPORT: DEFAMATION AND DISINFORMATION
By NGO MONITOR
The COI engages in tokenism, claiming that it “heard from both Israeli and Palestinian civil-society actors,” masking the fact that such organizations are ideologically aligned – and aligned with the COI’s political agenda. The COI refused to meet with key witnesses, or with any stakeholders who did not promote anti-Israel or anti-Zionist viewpoints.
2022 ANTISEMITISM REPORT IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
By FEDERATION OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
government & policy update
ATTORNEY GENERAL UNVEILS GROUNDBREAKING ANTISEMITISM TASK FORCE IN VIRGINIA
By EZRA HERCYK
Attorney General Jason Miyares unveiled the members of his groundbreaking antisemitism task force today. This group was selected through a rigorous application process that included individuals from various backgrounds such as the Office of the Attorney General, law enforcement personnel, educators, and prominent figures in Virginia's Jewish community.
‘UNPRECEDENTED STEP FORWARD’: UN SECURITY COUNCIL EXPLICITLY CONDEMNS ANTISEMITISM FOR FIRST TIME IN UAE-UK RESOLUTION
By ANDREW BERNARD
The UN Security Council last Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution that for the first time explicitly condemns antisemitism in the 77-year history of the body, according to officials with the United Arab Emirates, which drafted the resolution along with the United Kingdom. The resolution, officially numbered Security Council resolution 2686 on “Tolerance and International Peace and Security,” was introduced during the UAE’s month-long presidency of council and is intended to condemn violence, hate speech, and extremism, and to encourage the promotion of tolerance, according to its language.
IN FIRST, EU TO FINE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS FOR FAILURE TO REMOVE ANTISEMITIC CONTENT
By ITAMAR EICHNER
The European Union will impose fines on social media and internet companies that will fail to remove antisemitic and defamatory content, according to the new EU Digital Services Act which will come into effect on August 25th.
HUNTINGTON CITY COUNCIL APPROVES RESOLUTION ADOPTING INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE ALLIANCE DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM
A GERMAN MUSEUM CURATOR IS PERSONALLY RETURNING ART LOOTED BY THE NAZIS TO THE DESCENDANTS OF HOLOCAUST VICTIMS
By JACKIE HAJDENBERG
For descendants of Jews persecuted by the Nazis, reclaiming art that was allegedly looted from their families can involve years-long court battles or negotiations with European officials. But one museum curator in Germany, Matthias Weniger, is devoting his energy to restituting stolen art at his institution.