Week of Weekly Report – May 11
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 in the U.S., nine people, including the perpetrator, were killed in a mass shooting at a shopping center in Allen, Texas. The assailant appears to have posted antisemitic, homophobic, and misogynistic messages on a social media account. In New York, a bigot in a graffiti-covered van chucked a rock at a Jewish man as he entered a Queens synagogue. On Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib planned to host a “Nakba Day” event to commemorate the “catastrophe” of the State of Israel’s founding in 1948.
In Europe, alarming antisemitic incidents unfolded. In the UK, two men claiming to be affiliated with the Hezbollah terror group filmed themselves harassing a group of Jewish children near a north London day school. In Germany, a 21-year-old German man was found guilty of attempting to form a neo-Nazi terrorist group inspired by the U.S.-based Atomwaffen Division, in addition to planning attacks with guns and explosives. In the Netherlands, Dutch police arrested more than 150 soccer fans in Amsterdam after they chanted antisemitic slogans while on their way to a match.
In the Middle East, the mother of the Palestinian terrorist responsible for the murder of Lucy Dee and her two daughters Maia and Rina praised her son’s actions: “The Jews are our enemies, we should fight them, devour them with our teeth.” In Tunisia, at least five people were killed in a shooting attack near a synagogue in Djerba. The attack was carried out during an annual Lag Ba’Omer pilgrimage that draws hundreds of Jews from Europe and Israel.
Meanwhile, members of both houses of the U.S. Congress announced that they were introducing bipartisan Jewis American Heritage Month resolutions to honor the accomplishments of Jewish Americans and denounce rising antisemitism. Also, High Representative Miguel Moratinos, the UN’s point man for monitoring antisemitism, announced a meeting in Cordoba, Spain, on June 20th, to examine an action and response plan.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 53 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 24 (45.3%) from the far-right, 9 (17.0%) from the far-left, 13 (24.5%) with Islamist motivations, and 7 (13.2%) unidentifiable in nature.
GUNMAN IN TEXAS MALL SHOOTING REPORTEDLY POSTED ANTISEMITIC RHETORIC ON SOCIAL MEDIA
By BEN SALES
The suspect in the shooting Saturday at a mall in Texas appears to have posted antisemitic, anti-LGBTQ and misogynist messages to a social media account. According to researchers at the Anti-Defamation League, as well as a report in NBC News, the gunman, a 33-year-old who killed eight people at an outlet mall in Allen, a suburb of Dallas, had an account at OK.RU, a Russian social media platform. On the account, he cited sites popular with white supremacists, such as 4chan, and white supremacist figures such as Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes. His posts repeated antisemitic conspiracies, using an abbreviation for the “Zionist occupied government” and claiming that Jews have “engineered society so that men cannot mate with a woman.”
BIGOT CHUCKS ROCK AT JEWISH MAN OUTSIDE NYC SYNAGOGUE IN DRIVE-BY ATTACK
By AMANDA WOODS
A bigot in a graffiti-covered van chucked a rock at a Jewish man as he entered a Queens synagogue over the weekend, police said early Monday. The 23-year-old victim – wearing traditional religious garb – was walking into the Bais Yosef D’Ulem on 72nd Road near 141st Street in Kew Gardens Hills just after 9 a.m. Saturday when the hate crime suspect flung a small rock at him, striking his leg, cops said.
RASHIDA TLAIB SOUGHT TO HOST ‘NAKBA DAY’ EVENT IN US CAPITOL
By LAHAV HARKOV
US Rep. Rashida Tlaib plans to hold an event in the Capitol opposing Israel’s establishment this week. “Nakba Day” events portray the Palestinians as victims, rather than parties to a conflict with Israel. In 1948, five Arab armies attacked the fledgling Israel, with support from Palestinian leadership.
CONNECTICUT: MIDDLETOWN SCHOOL INVESTIGATES ALLEGED RACIST, ANTISEMITIC INCIDENT INVOLVING BASEBALL PLAYERS
WYOMING: MORE WHITE SUPREMACIST PROPAGANDA FOUND IN MAIL; ANTI-SEMITIC FLYERS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION
‘WE’RE HIZBULLAHI’: JEWISH CHILDREN HARASSED NEAR DAY SCHOOL IN UK
By DION J. PIERRE
Two men filmed themselves harassing a group of Jewish children near a day school in north London, according to footage shared on Wednesday by StandWithUs UK, an educational nonprofit. “Drove past the Zionist school on full blast,” a caption to the video reads, as they loudly play an Arabic song with lyrics extolling Hezbollah: “We’re Hizbullahi [members of Hezbollah] and I bear witness.”
COMMUNITY CENTRE IS TRASHED IN ‘RACIST AND ANTISEMITIC’ ATTACK
By LEE HARPIN
As community centre in Lancashire has been completely trashed with swastikas and antisemitic sketches being drawn on walls. Photographs of the Spring Hill Community Centre in Accrington showed the extent of the vandalism, which also saws doors smashed, furniture broken, paint emptied on to the floor, and a selection of Islamic children’s books thrown to the floor.
TONY GREENSTEIN: THE ZIONIST MOVEMENT COLLABORATED WITH THE NAZIS; THE ZIONISTS HAD “NO PROBLEM” WITH ANTISEMITISM
GERMAN NEO-NAZI JAILED FOR PLOTTING ATOMWAFFEN-INSPIRED RACIST TERROR ATTACKS
By TIMES OF ISRAEL
A 21-year-old German man was found guilty on Monday of attempting to form a neo-Nazi terrorist group inspired by the US-based Atomwaffen Division and planning attacks with guns and explosives. The young man, named as Marvin E., was sentenced to three years and ten months in jail, the higher regional court in Frankfurt said in a statement. Marvin E. had taken steps to found a branch of Atomwaffen Division, known for its racist and antisemitic ideology, in the German state of Hesse.
ONTARIO: SWASTIKAS FOUND PAINTED ON TREES IN BARRIE INVESTIGATED AS HATE CRIME
By IAN DUFFY
Authorities are investigating a hate crime in Barrie after residents found swastikas spray-painted on trees in a local forest. Thomas Messenger was walking his dog when he noticed the disturbing markings on trees throughout Lackie's Bush in the city's south end. "I was angry at first, then there's the disappointment," he said.
HUNDREDS OF NEO-NAZIS MARCHING IN PARIS
Hundreds of neo-Nazis marched in Paris on May 6, 2023.
OTHER WORLD NEWS
OVER 150 DUTCH SOCCER FANS ARRESTED OVER ANTISEMITIC SONGS ON WAY TO GAME
By TIMES OF ISRAEL
Dutch police arrested more than 150 soccer fans Saturday after they chanted antisemitic slogans while on their way to a game in Amsterdam. Police did not identify the supporters’ club, but Ajax, currently third in the Eredivisie standings behind Feyenoord and PSV, was facing fourth-lying AZ Alkmaar.
AT LEAST FIVE KILLED IN ATTACK NEAR SYNAGOGUE IN TUNISIA
By EYAD KOURDI AND HANDE ATAY ALAM
At least five people were killed in a shooting attack near a synagogue in Tunisia, Tunisian state news agency TAP reported on Wednesday, citing the country’s interior ministry. The attack, which took place in Djerba, killed three security officers, one of whom died in hospital after sustaining a serious injury, the ministry said, according to TAP. Two visitors, a 30-year-old Tunisian and a 42-year-old French national, were also among the victims of the shooting, the Tunisian foreign ministry said in a statement Wednesday.
40 ROCKETS FIRED AT ESHKOL REGION, ONE LANDS ON KINDERGARTEN ROOF
By TIMES OF ISRAEL
A spokesman for the Gaza border communities of Eshkol says that so far some 40 rockets have been fired at the region. One rocket landed on the roof of a kindergarten, causing minor damage. There were no reports of injuries.
STABBING IN HUWARA, WEST BANK – KNIFE ATTACK CARRIED OUT BY A FEMALE TERRORIST
By i24 NEWS
A stabbing took place in Huwara, West Bank, with one wounded from the terror attack. Paramedics at the Magen David Adom (MDA) said the victim was lightly wounded in the shoulder. The female terrorist was reportedly shot and wounded, and later died in hospital. This attack comes a short time after the terrorists responsible for the murder of Dee family members were killed in a Nablus raid. Two of the terrorists were members of Hamas.
PREGNANT JEWISH WOMAN’S CAR FLIPS OVER IN PALESTINIAN ROCK-THROWING ATTACK
A pregnant woman’s car flipped over around midnight as she sought to evade rocks that terrorists threw at her on the road between Huwara and Yitzhar. The Israel Defense Forces arrived on the scene and rescued the woman, whom they sent to the hospital, but were unable to find the attackers.
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY, FATAH SLAM EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT FOR VIDEO MESSAGE CONGRATULATING ISRAEL ON ITS 75TH INDEPENDENCE DAY
FRIDAY SERMON IN IDLIB, SYRIA BY SHEIKH MAHMOUD AL-HUBEISH: THE JEWS ARE TREACHEROUS, DESCENDANTS OF APES, THE ENEMIES OF ALLAH
FRIDAY SERMON IN YASUJ, IRAN BY KHAMENEI’S REPRESENTATIVE NASSIR HOSSEINI: IF YOU CAN AFFORD TO GO ON HAJJ BUT DON’T, YOU MIGHT DIE AS A JEW
MOTHER OF HAMAS TERRORIST WHO MURDERED BRITISH-ISRAELI MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTERS: THE JEWS ARE OUR ENEMIES, WE SHOULD FIGHT THEM, DEVOUR THEM WITH OUR TEETH
“FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA” CHANTS AT UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY’S STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING
University of Sydney Student Council meeting - Jewish students are being obstructed from speaking or displaying Israeli flags on Israel’s Independence Day by fellow council members while shouting "From the River to the Sea" - a Hamas chant for the removal of the Jewish state.
THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA CRUZ IS CONDEMNING RECENT ANTISEMITIC AND ANTI-LGTBQ ACTIONS, INCLUDING AN EVENT TO CELEBRATE HITLER’S BIRTHDAY
Analysis & op-eds
studies & statistics
ANTISEMITIC MESSAGES? A GUIDE TO HIGH-QUALITY ANNOTATION AND A LABELED DATASET OF TWEETS.
By INDIANA UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF CONTEMPORARY ANTISEMITISM
The study proposes a labeling procedure that addresses some of the common weaknesses of labeled datasets. The study focuses on antisemitic speech on Twitter and create a labeled dataset of 6,941 tweets that cover a wide range of topics common in conversations about Jews, Israel, and antisemitism between January 2019 and December 2021 by drawing from representative samples with relevant keywords. The dataset includes 1,250 tweets (18%) that are antisemitic according to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.
government & policy update
LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE FIRST-EVER BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL RESOLUTION HONORING JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
By MARC ROD
Senate and House members announced on Tuesday that they are introducing resolutions honoring the accomplishments of Jewish Americans and calling out antisemitism in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, which is observed each May. The resolution honors the “the rich history of Jewish people in the United States and the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to society in the United States” and recounts the growth and accomplishments of the Jewish community in the United States since 1654, such as Jews who have won Nobel Prizes and served on the Supreme Court.
UNITED NATIONS TO HOLD MEETING IN SPAIN TO EXAMINE INTERNAL ANTISEMITISM
By MIKE WAGENHEIM
Miguel Moratinos, charged with monitoring antisemitism and enhancing a system-wide response with the United Nations, told JNS that an intergovernmental group would hold a meeting in Cordoba, Spain, in June to discuss an action and response plan for antisemitism, including within the world body’s ranks. Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, told JNS that “The E.U. aims to be on the forefront of the global fight against antisemitism. Close cooperation with our international partners is key, so I plan to attend.”
US, GERMANY ANNOUNCE PROGRESS IN INITIATIVE TO BOOST HOLOCAUST EDUCATION
By JACOB MAGID
The United States and Germany announce that their governments have made significant progress in their joint initiative to boost Holocaust education, combat Holocaust denial and countering the so-called rehabilitation of those who took part in Holocaust crimes.
BIPARTISAN LAWMAKERS GATHER ON CAPITOL HILL TO BACK NEW BILL FOR MINTED COINS HONORING FORMER ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER GOLDA MEIR
By SHIRYN GHERMEZIAN
Bipartisan American lawmakers as well as business and community leaders gathered for an event on Capitol Hill last week in support of a bill that would have the United States Treasury mint coins bearing the image and name of former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, the country’s first and only female premier.
GOVERNOR NEWSOM PROCLAIMS JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
By OFFICE OF GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM
California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring May 2023, as Jewish American Heritage Month. Earlier, the Governor visited the Museum of Tolerance, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.
NORFOLK, OTHER VIRGINIA CITIES TO HOLD EVENTS AS STATE RECOGNIZES MAY AS JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
‘WE NEED TO USE EVERY TOOL WE HAVE’: TED CRUZ CALLS FOR EXTRADITION OF PALESTINIAN TERRORIST AHLAM TAMIMI
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR IS NOW THE 7TH PROVINCE TO ADOPT THE IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM: DOES IT MATTER?
ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTER TO SOON INAUGURATE “JEWISH TRAIL” IN MUMBAI.
By TOOBA SHAIKH
There is a silent but significant Jewish population living in India. Maharashtra, especially Mumbai has a lot of landmarks commemorating their presence. India and Israel are soon said to sign a number of bilateral trade agreements. For that, the Foreign Minister of Israel, Eli Cohen, will be travelling to India for three days. During his visit, he plans on inaugurating what is being called a “Jewish Trail.”