Weekly Report – June 8
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.
Throughout the month of May, 38 governors and 135 mayors across the United States officially recognized Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) — an indication of the growing awareness of the critical importance and timely relevance of this annual opportunity to highlight and celebrate Jewish contributions to U.S. society and educate the general public about Jewish culture, traditions, and history.
Under the sinister slogan “Resistance until reclamation, generation after generation, until total liberation,” a “Nakba Day” protest was held in downtown Portland, Oregon, with demonstrators chanting vicious antisemitic slogans. In addition, an Amnesty International USA board member shared content on Twitter indicating support for Palestinian terrorism and the elimination of Israel.
In the UK, several reports highlighted the growing antisemitic harassment Orthodox Jews in London’s Stamford Hill neighborhood face. In Germany, prosecutors charged a prominent member of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party for using a banned Nazi slogan in an election campaign. In France, antisemitic graffiti was discovered on a synagogue in the Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux.
In South Africa, the leader of the Al Jama-ah political party called on police to “arrest Zionist bodies in Cape Town,” claiming they were “after our students at University of Cape Town.” In Poland, a lecture by historian Jan Grabowski on the history of antisemitism in the country before and during the Holocaust was canceled after a far-right lawmaker stormed the podium.
In the Middle East, Libyan TV show host Afaf Abdel Mohsen praised Palestinians for having so many children and pushing them toward death and martyrdom. She said that Palestinian mothers raised their children on “resistance” and the “honor of returning to this land, using their blood, by sacrificing them.”This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 40 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 20 (50.0%) from the far-right, 2 (5.0%) from the far-left, 11 (27.5%) with Islamist motivations, and 7 (17.5%) unidentifiable in nature.
AMNESTY BOARD MEMBER SHARES SUPPORT FOR WAR CRIMES, TERRORISM, AND ERASING ISRAEL
An Amnesty International USA board member shared content on social media indicating support for deadly terrorist attacks, war crimes, and the elimination of Israel. In June 2013, Latif herself wrote on Twitter, “There is NOTHING called ‘Israel,’ it is ‘Palestine territory.'” A June 2021 post by Latif includes the hashtags #freepalestine, #return, and #27027km—a reference to the land area of a Palestine that subsumes all of Israel.
PORTLAND FOX AFFILIATE SANITIZES RADICAL ANTI-ISRAEL RALLY, CALLS NAKBA AND ‘DESTRUCTION OF PALESTINE’ A ‘HISTORIC EVENT’
By AKIVA VAN KONINGSVELD
Under the sinister slogan “Resistance until reclamation, generation after generation, until total liberation,” crowds of students gathered in downtown Portland, Oregon, on May 21, as they commemorated the 75th anniversary of the “Nakba” — what Palestinians regard as the “catastrophe” of Israel’s rebirth in 1948. Yet the event was whitewashed by KPTV FOX 12 Oregon, a local Fox-affiliated television station.
ALASKA GOVERNOR'S 'PRO-FAMILY' ADVISER RESIGNS AFTER PRO-HITLER AND PRO-RAPE COMMENTS RESURFACE MATTHEW CHAPMAN
U.S. DIPLOMAT WITH ANTISEMITIC, RACIST BLOG ‘CANNOT CONTINUE TO SERVE’: FOREIGN SERVICE UNION PRESIDENT
WAVE OF HARASSMENT TOWARDS LONDON ORTHODOX JEWS CONTINUES
By DION PIERRE
Orthodox Jews in the Stamford Hill section of London continue to face an onslaught of antisemitic harassment, according to a slew of reports by a neighborhood watch group. There have been 211 antisemitic hate crimes in London so far in 2023, according to data reported by MPS. Members of the city’s Orthodox Jewish community, one of the largest in Europe, were victims in a substantial portion of the 3,280 antisemitic hate crimes that MPS has recorded since 2018. 853 were tallied in 2021 alone.
CONTROVERSIAL ACTIVIST BLAMES “ZIONIST INSTITUTIONS” FOR CHARITY COMMISSION INVESTIGATION INTO ISLAMIC CENTRE OF ENGLAND
GERMAN PROSECUTORS CHARGE FAR-RIGHT POLITICIAN OVER NAZI SLOGAN
German prosecutors charged a prominent member of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party Monday with using a banned Nazi slogan in an election campaign. Bjoern Hoecke, the party’s regional leader in Thuringia, allegedly used the motto of the Nazi’s Stormtroopers SA paramilitary wing (the Sturmabteilung), “Everything for Germany,” the Halle prosecutor’s office said.
CANADIAN IMAM YOUNUS KATHRADA: DISBELIEVERS LIVE LIKE ANIMALS
During a May 26, 2023 Friday sermon delivered at the Muslim Youth Victoria Islamic Center, Canadian Imam Younus Kathrada said that Allah has commanded the Muslims to hate the disbelievers. He qualified that hating someone does not "indicate violence" against them, saying: "Hatred might lead to violence, but not necessarily."
ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI ON THE SYNAGOGUE OF ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX
By PRÉFET DES HAUTS-DE-SEINE
Antisemitic graffiti was discovered on the synagogue of Issy-les-Moulineaux. Numbers, letters and inscriptions made with a red spray paint were found outside the place of worship on Boulevard Gallieni. A continuous line with a length of about 30 meters was drawn and a small plaque “in memory of the victims of Nazism” was covered. A triangle with the words “+ 1” was also drawn.
OTHER WORLD NEWS
SOUTH AFRICA: AL JAMA-AH LEADER CALLS FOR ARREST OF JEWISH LEADERS
By TALI FEINBERG
The leader of South African political party Al Jama-ah has called on the South African Police Service (SAPS) to “arrest Zionist bodies in Cape Town”, claiming they are “after our students at UCT [the University of Cape Town].” The call was made by Ganief Hendricks, a founder member of the extremist Al Jama-ah party and member of parliament (MP). He made the comments on a Facebook post, which was later deleted.
LECTURE ON HOLOCAUST IN POLAND CANCELED AFTER FAR-RIGHT LAWMAKER STORMS PODIUM
By ASAF ELIA-SHALEV
Polish-Canadian historian Jan Grabowski was about to deliver a lecture in Warsaw Tuesday related to his battle against efforts by Polish leaders to suppress uncomfortable truths about the history of antisemitism in the country before and during the Holocaust. But before Grabowski could get started, a far-right Polish lawmaker with a record of antisemitic statements stormed the speaker’s podium, smashing the microphone, knocking over loudspeakers, and yanking cables.
IRANIAN QODS FORCE COMMANDER IN LETTER TO PALESTINIANS: IRAN WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOU WITH ALL ITS ABILITIES UNTIL THE ZIONIST ENTITY IS ELIMINATED
POLAND: THE POLICE DETAINED VANDALS WHO DESTROYED HISTORIC TOMBSTONES AT THE JEWISH CEMETERY IN ZABRZE
LIBYAN TV SHOW HOST AFAF ABDEL MOHSEN PRAISES PALESTINIANS FOR HAVING MANY CHILDREN, PUSHING THEM TO BECOME MARTYRS
In a May 19, 2023 show on Libya Mostakbal TV, Libyan show host Afaf Abdel Mohsen praised the Palestinian people for having so many children in order to "push" them towards death and martyrdom. She said that Palestinian mothers raise their children on resistance and the "honor of returning to this land, using their blood, by sacrificing them."
UNIVERSITY STUDENT UNION OFFICER SLAMMED AFTER SAYING 'I’D BACK HAMAS IN A CONFLICT WITH ISRAEL'
By FELIX POPE
A students’ union leader at a London university that has launched an investigation into antisemitism on its campus has said she would support terror group Hamas in a conflict with Israel. Islam Alkhatib, a student official at Goldsmiths, University of London, whose role is to “dismantle the barriers between our members”, also recently said she mourned the death of a prominent Palestinian terrorist leader.
Analysis & op-eds
studies & statistics
A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF US HISPANIC VOTERS AGED 18 TO 35 ABOUT ANTISEMITISM
By FUENTE LATINA
With antisemitism at an all-time high, Fuente Latina recently commissioned two focus groups with US Latinos to test the effectiveness of popular Jewish messaging styles and storytelling formats among this increasingly influential demographic. Results are striking and present fresh perspectives on how to communicate with young Hispanics on this critical issue.
GERMANY: NUMBER OF ANTISEMITIC CRIMES IN RHINELAND-PALATINATE DECREASED RHINELAND-PALATINATE REPORT FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE CONSTITUTION 2022
government & policy update
JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH RECOGNIZED BY MORE THAN 150 GOVERNORS AND MAYORS ACROSS COUNTRY
Throughout May, 38 state governors and 135 mayors of cities across the U.S. officially recognized Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) — an indication of the growing awareness of the critical importance and timely relevance of this annual opportunity to highlight and celebrate Jewish contributions to U.S. society and educate the general public about Jewish culture, traditions, and history.
BIDEN’S ANTISEMITISM STRATEGY FACES EARLY TEST AMID CUNY CONTROVERSY
By MATTHEW KASSEL
Just a week after the Biden administration unveiled a sweeping national strategy for combating antisemitism, its proposed plan for handling alleged incidents of anti-Jewish prejudice on college campuses is facing a key early test. The City University of New York drew an outcry this week when its law school released video of an incendiary address in which a student-selected speaker, Fatima Mohammed, accused Israel of “indiscriminate” killings and called for a “fight against capitalism, racism, imperialism and Zionism around the world.” Mohammed also claimed that CUNY was “committed to its donors, not to its students,” among other statements echoing anti-Jewish tropes.
BREAKING DOWN THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S ANTISEMITISM PLAN
By TORI BERGEL
In a first for Jewish Insider’s podcast, co-hosts Rich Goldberg and Jarrod Bernstein are joined by three experts in the field of antisemitism policy — Elana Broitman, senior vice president for public affairs of the Jewish Federations of North America; Stephanie Hausner, chief operating officer of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; and Ken Marcus, the founder of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law — for a roundtable on the first-of-its-kind strategy, which takes whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches to fighting antisemitism.
CROSS-PARTY CAUCUS IN SUPPORT OF THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS TO BE LAUNCHED IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
By YOSSI LEMPKOWICZ
US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES RESOLUTION CONDEMNING ANTISEMITISM AS PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING TRIAL CONTINUES
GOTTHEIMER STATEMENT ON CUNY SCHOOL OF LAW’S ANTI-ISRAEL, ANTISEMITIC COMMENCEMENT SPEECH & ANTISEMITIC LAW FACULTY
SPANISH MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RECEIVES AN AWARD FROM HEZBOLLAH-AFFILIATED ORGANIZATION IN BEIRUT
‘THE REAL NUMBER OF ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS IS FIVE TIMES WHAT IS REPORTED’: FEDERAL COMMISSIONER FELIX KLEIN ON COMBATING JEW-HATRED IN GERMANY
THE 'UNWINNABLE' VIDEO GAME THAT LIGHTS A PATH FOR SHOAH EDUCATION
This is The Light in the Darkness, a video game about the Holocaust — and there is no sugar-coated ending. The words “Holocaust” and “game” do not sit well together, and video games that use the genocide either as a backdrop or for the key storyline have been given short shrift by serious reviewers and Shoah educators alike. Until now.