Weekly Report – May 4th
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.
Across the United States, government officials at the state and local levels on both sides of the political aisle proclaimed May as Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM). In doing so, they acknowledged and honored generations of Jewish Americans for their innumerable contributions to U.S. history and culture. This bipartisan effort was a manifestation of a broad recognition that antisemitism is once again on the rise, prompting an increased willingness by policymakers around the country to combat Jew-hatred in all its contemporary forms.
As JAHM was celebrated across the U.S., shocking antisemitic incidents were reported. In Florida, a man was arrested after police said he physically attacked a Jewish shopper at a Walmart and a Michigan synagogue was vandalized with swastika graffiti late Friday night. In California, individuals were caught hosting a celebration of Hitler’s birthday near the University of Santa Cruz and the distribution of antisemitic propaganda in Louisiana and Pennsylvania was reported.. In Oregon, an Israeli restaurant was also defaced with far-right antisemitic messaging.
In the UK, The Guardian newspaper faced serious backlash following the publication of an egregiously antisemitic cartoon by Martin Rowson. In it, outgoing BBC chair Richard Sharp is seen carrying a box — with the words “Goldman Sachs” written on it and containing a squid and a puppet head of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. There is also an overturned trash can with the word “Sponsors” written above the crossed-out word “Patrons,” as well as a pig eating off the dirty ground in the background.
In Germany, activists of the Israeli government-designated terrorist NGO Samidoun chanted antisemitic slogans at the far-left “revolutionary May 1st demonstration,” according to a video taken at the rally published on Twitter by the German Jewish organization Jüdisches Forum (JFDA). This occurred despite a number of bans and limitations announced by the Berlin police before the rally meant to prevent such behavior.
In the Middle East, a Kuwaiti man verbally harassed several children waiting for a flight to Tel Aviv at Dubai International Airport, shouting “Free Palestine” at them. Furthermore, more than100 rockets were fired indiscriminately at Israel from the Gaza Strip by Palestinian terrorist groups.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 29 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 13 (44.8%) from the far-right, 4 (13.8%) from the far-left, 7 (24.2%) with Islamist motivations, and 5 (17.2%) unidentifiable in nature.
FLORIDA: MAN FROM LAKE WORTH ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY, FACES POTENTIAL HATE CRIME ENHANCEMENT
A man was arrested after deputies say he physically attacked a Jewish person and robbed a Walmart. Deputies said when they arrived they learned that 34-year-old Daniel Scanlan, hit a man from behind, removed his black yarmulke — an Orthodox Jewish skullcap — and proceeded to call him a slur. Scanlan continued and spat into the yarmulke, threw it on the ground and hit the victim again.
MICHIGAN: ROYAL OAK SYNAGOGUE AND BABY STROLLER VANDALIZED WITH ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI
By DAVE SPENCER
A Royal Oak synagogue and an Oak Park home were vandalized with antisemitic graffiti late Friday evening. A swastika was spray-painted on the front of the Woodward Avenue synagogue in Royal Oak. There was also a report of another swastika spray-painted on a baby stroller in Oak Park. "I think some people think Jews are easy targets," said Rabbi Mendel Polter. "We are not going to allow any of this hate or violence to instill fear or distance from what we do."
FLORIDA: POLICE CAR WINDOW SHATTERED, HATEFUL MESSAGE LEFT DURING VANDALISM AT CHABAD OF HALLANDALE BEACH
THE GUARDIAN TAKES DOWN AND APOLOGIZES FOR CARTOON WIDELY PANNED FOR PROMOTING ANTISEMITIC TROPES
The caricature in question, drawn by Martin Rowson, depicted outgoing BBC Chairman Richard Sharp — who is Jewish — with imagery that the Board of Deputies of British Jews described as “shocking.” Rowson is seen carrying a box — with the words “Goldman Sachs” written on it — containing a squid and a puppet head of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. There is also an overturned trash can with the word “Sponsors” written above the crossed-out word “Patrons,” as well as a pig eating off the dirty ground in the background.
BERLIN RALLY TURNS ANTISEMITIC DESPITE POLICE BAN
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Activists of the Israeli government-designated terrorist NGO Samidoun chanted antisemitic and anti-Israeli slogans at the far-left "revolutionary May 1st demonstration," according to a video taken at the rally published on Twitter by the German Jewish organization Jüdisches Forum (JFDA). This comes in spite of a number of bans and limitations announced by the Berlin police before the rally, meant to prevent such chants from happening again.
RACIST AND ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI PAINTED ON O'LEARY CURLING CLUB
By ATLANTIC BRIEFS DESK
An investigation is ongoing into what police called racist and antisemitic graffiti painted on the O'Leary Curling Club between April 25 and April 26. P.E.I. RCMP media relations officer Const. Gavin Moore said the incident is being treated as hate-motivated mischief. If charges are laid, the courts can consider the hate motivation when determining sentencing, Moore said.
OTHER WORLD NEWS
KUWAITI MAN VERBALLY HARASSES CHILDREN WAITING FOR TEL AVIV FLIGHT IN DUBAI, YELLING ‘FREE PALESTINE’
A Kuwaiti man recently verbally harassed several children waiting for a flight to Tel Aviv at Dubai International Airport, shouting “Free Palestine” at them. A video of the incident was recorded by the assailant himself, identified as Waleed al-Mutairi, who uploaded it to social media on Thursday. In the footage, the man can be heard yelling “Free Palestine!” before adding, “This is a country for Palestinian people, not for all. God gave you to chance to make it yourself as good, but you don’t take it, the good, for yourself…not your country and thank you very much.”
IDF SAYS 22 ROCKETS SHOT AT ISRAEL, 4 DOWNED BY IRON DOME
By EMANUEL FABIAN
The Israel Defense Forces says Palestinians launched 22 rockets from the Gaza Strip. The IDF says four of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system, and 16 landed in open areas. However, police say they are dealing with five separate rocket impact sites in urban areas.
AUSTRALIA: ANTISEMITIC SLURS EXPOSED AT TOP PRIVATE SYDNEY SCHOOL
By AUSTRALIAN JEWISH NEWS
The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBD) has been left “shocked and deeply saddened” by antisemitic and racist remarks made by students at the King’s School in North Parrammatta. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, one student in a WhatsApp group, called Studies of Religion Group Chat, wrote: “I’m cool with muzzlims (sic) and pretty much everyone as long as they aren’t J*wish (sic) or F*ench.”
studies & statistics
NETHERLANDS – MORE ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS REPORTED TO THE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC PROSECUTOR IN 2022
By OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
Antisemitism is growing in the Netherlands and the pile of antisemitic incidents continues to rise, according to the Office of the Public Prosecutor (OM). This is because the number of cases related to antisemitic behavior are higher in 2022 than in previous years, Trouw reported. Each year, the prosecutor’s office records the discrimination cases processed, including the number of cases involving antisemitism. However, this revealed a worrying trend: in 2022, a total of 144 discrimination cases were processed. Although, in contrast to 2021, the number of discrimination cases decreased by 13, the number of antisemitic cases among them increased. Reports range from discrimination in the workplace to an antisemitic mural, as happened in Rotterdam in 2021.
government & policy update
WHITE HOUSE TO HOST JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH RECEPTION AMID ANTISEMITISM TALKS
By JEWISH INSIDER
As the Biden administration prepares to release its national strategy on antisemitism, the White House will host a reception to mark Jewish American Heritage Month on May 16, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by Jewish Insider. The afternoon reception will be hosted by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. The event is “not tied to the strategy release,” a White House official told JI on Tuesday.
REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE START OF JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
The Republican National Committee (RNC) and Democratic National Committee (DNC) both issued statements on Monday marking the start of Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM). “The Republican Party celebrates the many contributions Jewish Americans have made to our great country, and we are proud to stand alongside the Jewish community this month and every month,” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said. DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and DNC Interfaith Council Co-Chairs Nadia Ahmad and Sarah Levin stated, “This May, we honor generations of Jewish Americans for their innumerable contributions to American history and culture."
RICE: WHITE HOUSE HOPES TO RELEASE ANTISEMITISM STRATEGY THIS MONTH
By MARC ROD
Susan Rice, the outgoing director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, said on Monday that the White House is “aiming to release” its national strategy on antisemitism later in May. Rice, speaking at the Anti-Defamation League’s National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., said that the strategy will focus on “actions we all can take throughout society to raise awareness and prevent antisemitism, to protect Jews and to build allyship across communities.”
BERLIN BANS PALESTINIAN TERRORIST FLAGS AT MAY DAY EVENTS
Police in Berlin have announced a ban on Palestinian terrorist flags and violent statements against Israel during Monday’s May Day demonstrations. The move follows a march in the city during the Passover on April 8 co-organized by Palestinian NGO Samidoun where the mainly German Muslim participants chanted “Death to Jews” and “Death to Israel.”
MCCARTHY PLEDGES US WILL ‘FULLY FUND’ SECURITY AID TO ISRAEL
By TIMES OF ISRAEL
In an effusive and enthusiastic speech in the Knesset plenum, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy lauds US-Israel ties and pledges that America will always stand by the Jewish state and defend it. “As long as I am speaker, Congress will continue to fully fund security assistance to Israel,” says McCarthy.
CATALAN LEADERS CONDEMNED FOR LACK OF SOLIDARITY AFTER SECOND SYNAGOGUE IN BARCELONA VANDALIZED WITH ‘FREE PALESTINE’
WASHINGTON: LA CENTER PROCLAIMS MAY AS JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH AFTER HOUSE BEARING SWASTIKAS DRAWS IRE FROM CITIZENS
MICHIGAN: MAYOR JIM FOUTS ISSUES PROCLAMATION DESIGNATING MAY 2023 JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH (JAHM) IN THE CITY OF WARREN
GREEK SUPREME COURT BANS SUCCESSOR PARTY OF NEO-NAZI GOLDEN DAWN GROUP FROM UPCOMING ELECTIONS
A FLORIDA SHERIFF IS ON THE WARPATH AGAINST NEO-NAZI ‘SCUMBAGS’ WHO WANT HIM DEAD
After hate groups in his county on Florida’s East coast projected antisemitic messages onto the Daytona International Speedway, the local sheriff delivered a press conference with one simple message: He’d had enough. “We put up their photos, talked about their arrest records, and let everybody know what a bunch of reprehensible thugs were in our community, and what they were up to,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about the February press conference. Standing with local Jewish, interfaith and minority group representatives, the sheriff had announced he would be coming after the “scumbags” who did this.