Weekly Report – November 16
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.
Israel’s ongoing ground operation in Gaza continues to fuel levels of antisemitism around the globe. Incidents are becoming more aggressive in nature, entailing rising percentages in the number of incidents that involve the threat or use of physical violence. In New York, Jewish woman was assaulted on the Upper West Side, her Star of David necklace ripped from her neck, when she confronted two other women seen tearing down posters of Israelis taken hostage by Hamas. In Los Angeles, outside the Museum of Tolerance, anti-Israel demonstrators physically assaulted individuals that attended a screening of “Bearing Witness to the October 7th Massacre.”
In the United Kingdom, the number of antisemitic incidents reported to CST in the month following October 7 surged by over 500 %, with dozens of assaults and more than 100 threats recorded. In the German city of Mainz, a monument to the victims of Nazi Germany was vandalized. In Canada, Jewish-owned businesses in Montreal are being targeted and vandalized with antisemitic material and Jewish institutions have been growingly targeted by armed assailants. In France, a teen was arrested after assaulting a Rabbi in a Paris metro.
With the rise in antisemitic incidents, the Jewish community has unified with resilience to respond. Nearly 300,000 supporters of Israel and Jews around the globe rallied in Washington DC on Tuesday at the March for Israel, calling for the release of the hostages held by terrorists in Gaza and invoking the memory of the Holocaust while condemning Hamas’s October 7 onslaught with a cry of “Never Again.”
Across college campuses, administrations have begun to take steps to combat the virulent rise of antisemitism. Columbia University is suspending Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) as official student groups through the end of the fall term. The decision was made after the two groups repeatedly violated University policies related to holding campus events.
Officials from the US Department of Education met their own deadline in responding to a spike of antisemitism on college campuses by holding a virtual hourlong briefing on Monday with Jewish organizational leaders. In an astounding diplomatic victory for Israel, the 27 European Union nations have jointly condemned Hamas for what they described as the use of hospitals and civilians as “human shields” in the war against Israel.
THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL ANTISEMITISM REPORT highlights 166 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 23 (13.86%) from the far-right, 100 (60.24%) from the far-left, 23 (13.86%) with Islamist motivations, and 20 (12.05%) unidentifiable in nature.
'MARCH FOR ISRAEL' RALLY TO CONDEMN RISING ANTISEMITISM AT D.C.'S NATIONAL MALL
By ERIK ORTIZ
Tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to gather Tuesday afternoon on the National Mall in a forceful show of support for Israel and to condemn antisemitism in the wake of increased bias incidents across the U.S. A "March for Israel" in Washington, D.C., comes as the war between Israel and Hamas enters its sixth week, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejecting calls for a cease-fire but suggesting Sunday there might be a possible deal to release hostages Hamas took from Israel last month.
DEMONSTRATORS BRAWL OUTSIDE LA’S MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE AFTER SCREENING OF HAMAS ATTACK VIDEO
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Los Angeles Times reported that 150 people attended the private screening of “Bearing Witness to the October 7th Massacre,” that included graphic footage captured by Hamas militants’ body cameras and cellphones and was compiled by the Israel Defense Forces. Outside the museum, demonstrators waved flags and got into shouting matches, before dispersing as the event ended, the newspaper reported. But an hour later, a small group of demonstrators returned and fistfights broke out.
ANTI-ISRAEL PROTESTERS INTERRUPT JEWISH STUDENTS TESTIFYING BEFORE CONGRESS ON COLLEGE ANTISEMITISM
By DANIELLE WALLACE
Right as Connor Ogrydziak, recent graduate of the University of Buffalo, began his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee hearing slated to discuss "freedom of speech on college campuses," a protester stood up in the gallery with sign saying pro Palestine does not equal antisemitism. "Silencing anti-Zionist Jewish and Arab students is not about battling antisemitism," the protester shouted, as Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, gaveled for the committee to remain in order.
NEW YORK CITY: LINDA SARSOUR REFERS TO PEOPLE PUTTING UP FLIERS OF ISRAELI HOSTAGES AS 'PROVOCATEURS’
CONNECTICUT: MAN STARTS YELLING’"F*CK THE JEWS’ AFTER BEING CONFRONTED FOR REMOVING POSTERS OF KIDNAPPED ISRAELIS
ANTISEMITISM IN BRITAIN: REPORTS OF JEW HATE SURGE 500% TO HIGHEST LEVELS ON RECORD
By RICHARD PERCIVAL
The number of antisemitic incidents reported to CST in the month following October 7 surged by over 500 per cent year on year, with dozens of assaults and more than 100 threats recorded. In total 1,124 antisemitic incidents were reported to CST in the month to 7 November according to data released by the group – the largest number since the charity began keeping records in 1984.
MOMENT CROWDS CHANT 'WE WILL HONOR ALL OUR MARTYRS' AT PRO-PALESTINE RALLY OUTSIDE KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
MEMORIAL FOR FRANZISKA SPIEGEL IN HÜCKER-ASCHEN DESECRATED
By ANTISEMITISM MONITORING INTERNATIONAL CENTER
The Bünder “Initiative November 9th” drew attention to the desecration of the memorial on the short message service X. A bronze plaque indicating Franziska Spiegel’s fate was stolen and the enclosure was destroyed. Police spokeswoman Simone Lah-Schnier confirmed that the police had filed a criminal complaint for damage to property.
JEWISH-OWNED BUSINESSES IN MONTREAL TARGETED WITH ANTISEMITIC PROFANITY
By AARON DERFEL
Jewish-owned businesses in Montreal are being targeted and vandalized with antisemitic material, with the owners too scared to speak out publicly or complain to the police, the Montreal Gazette has learned. The owner of a chain of local coffee shops told the Montreal Gazette that “last weekend, they put swastikas on the … menus downtown and they wrote F— THE JEWS.”
MAN ARRESTED FOR CAUSING DISTURBANCE WITH ‘ANTISEMITIC PHRASE’ FOLLOWING CALGARY MIDDLE EAST PROTEST
ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI ON PEDESTRIAN UNDERPASS 'MAKES ME FEEL SAD, SICK': WINNIPEG JEWISH FEDERATION PRESIDENT
TEENAGER ARRESTED IN FRANCE AFTER KICKING A RABBI IN PARIS METRO
By AJEYO BASU
In response to broader worries about a recent rise in antisemitism in France, a prosecutor said on Thursday that a teenager who kicked a rabbi in the back in the Paris Metro has been arrested and is being investigated for assault. The possibility of an antisemitic motive, according to the prosecutor at the Bobigny Tribunal, made the potential charges more serious.
JEWISH MAN IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA ‘VERY LUCKY’ TO BE ALIVE AFTER ALLEGED ANTISEMITIC ATTACK
By TIMES OF ISRAEL
Sydney police are investigating an alleged antisemitic attack against a 44-year-old Jewish man by a crowd of pro-Palestinian supporters late last month, which the victim said he felt lucky to have escaped alive. Sky News Australia reported Wednesday that the unidentified man was at a children’s playground at a suburb in south Sydney and came upon a poster for a pro-Palestinian rally that had already taken place. The poster was half-torn down and the man tore down the rest, according to the report.
MOSSAD HELPS BRAZIL ARREST HEZBOLLAH-LINKED TERRORISTS PLANNING ATTACK ON JEWS
By ZVIKA KLEIN
An Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist cell that planned to carry out attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets in Brazil was thwarted, according to Brazilian news reports on Wednesday that were confirmed by the Prime Minister’s Office. Brazilian Federal Police prevented imminent terrorist attacks within the country against the Jewish community, The Brazilian Report reported Wednesday, adding that the operation was aimed at dismantling groups allegedly “preparing to commit terrorist acts” and “recruiting Brazilians for extreme acts,” targeting Jewish community buildings in Brazil.
DENMARK: DANISH FOREIGN MINISTER, CONFRONTING PRO-HAMAS PROTESTOR, IS TOLD THAT PROTESTOR IS ‘HAPPY’ WITH OCTOBER 7TH MASSACRE
CONTROVERSIAL UN RAPPORTEUR CALLS AUSTRALIA ‘COMPLICIT’ IN ISRAEL-GAZA WAR AND IS ACCUSED OF BIAS BY AUSTRALIAN JEWISH COMMUNITY
ARGENTINA: ‘WE VINDICATE THE ACTIONS OF HAMAS’ STATEMENT FOUND IN THE ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT IN BUENOS AIRES UNIVERSITY
AUSTRALIAN ISLAMIC SCHOLAR ABU OUSAYD: THE JEWS ARE RATS, COWARDS, MISCHIEVOUS, CONTROL THE MEDIA, BANKS, HOLLYWOOD; THE ANTI-ZIONIST ULTRA-ORTHODOX JEWS ARE NOT FRIENDS OF THE MUSLIMS, BUT SPEAKING OUT AGAINST ISRAEL IS GOOD FOR US – ENJOY THE SHOW
HAMAS TERROR INFRASTRUCTURE FOUND IN GAZA UNIVERSITY AND MOSQUE SAYS IDF
By JOSHUA MARKS
Israeli forces on the ground in Gaza continue to find Hamas terrorist infrastructure located within civilian sites, including the Al-Quds University and the Abu Bakr Mosque, the Israel Defense Forces said on Monday. Israeli forces uncovered a section of the mosque housing a large number of explosive devices and flammable materials, according to the IDF. Soldiers also confiscated dozens of weapons, military equipment, and Hamas operational plans.
VIRULENT INCITEMENT BY AL-AZHAR: PRAISE FOR PALESTINIAN JIHAD FIGHTERS; ISRAEL IS DESTINED TO PERISH
SENIOR HAMAS OFFICIAL SAMI ABU ZUHRI: ISRAELIS ARE A BUNCH OF BLOODSUCKERS WHO DERIVE PLEASURE FROM KILLING
KEY PAKISTANI AND AFGHAN ISLAMIC LEADERS TRAVEL ACROSS ISLAMABAD, KABUL, TEHRAN, DOHA, ANKARA, AND CAIRO TO BOLSTER HAMAS AMID THE HAMAS-ISRAEL WAR
HEAD OF IRAN-BACKED SHI'ITE CULTURAL CENTER SAYED ESA HUSSAINI MAZARI, TELLS CONFERENCE IN KABUL: 'THE ZIONIST REGIME IS AFFECTED BY AMERICA'S DEFEAT IN AFGHANISTAN'
IRANIAN CULTURE MINISTER: OCTOBER 7 WILL BE DESIGNATED 'DAY OF THE EPIC VALOR OF THE YOUNG PALESTINIANS'
GAZAN JOURNALIST PARTICIPATED IN HAMAS MASSACRE, ECSTATICALLY DISPLAYED SOLDIER’S ID CARD, HELMET AND MAGAZINE
SCANDAL-PLAGUED LIBERAL COLLEGE FACES NEW PROBE OVER ANTISEMITISM, EMBRACE OF HAMAS
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
The scenic Ohio-based Oberlin College has been rocked again by a major antisemitism scandal with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights investigating the college for failing to stop harassment of Jewish students. The new federal probe is just the latest setback for the liberal arts college, which has been reeling from a 2021 Fox News Digital report that its "Professor of Peace" Mohammad Jafar Mahallati called for the eradication of the Jewish state when he served as the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ambassador to the U.N. in the late 1980s.
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SUSPENDS STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE (SJP) AND JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE (JVP) FOR REST OF FALL 2023 SEMESTER
By COLUMBIA NEWS
Columbia University is suspending Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) as official student groups through the end of the fall term. This decision was made after the two groups repeatedly violated University policies related to holding campus events, culminating in an unauthorized event Thursday afternoon that proceeded despite warnings and included threatening rhetoric and intimidation.
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY: OFFICIALS SUSPEND STUDENT ACCUSED OF TEARING DOWN POSTERS OF ISRAELI HOSTAGES IN GW HILLEL
2 ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS IN UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH’S CAMPU BRING ANNUAL TALLY TO NEARLY TWICE 2022'S FIGURE
PRINCETON: STUDENTS CHANT ‘GLOBALIZE THE INTIFADA’ AND ‘THERE IS ONLY ONE SOLUTION: INTIFADA REVOLUTION!’
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY DISBANDS STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION FOR VIOLATING ITS OWN RULES AND TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS WITH VILE ANTISEMITISM
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN GRADUATE STUDENTS POST A LEAFLET ON THEIR DOOR BLAMING ISRAEL FOR THE MASSACRE IT ENDURED ON OCTOBER 7TH
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MEETING A DEADLINE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BRIEFS JEWISH GROUPS ON NEW EFFORTS TO COMBAT CAMPUS ANTISEMITISM
By RON KAMPEAS
Top Education Department officials met their own deadline in responding to a spike of antisemitism on college campuses by holding a virtual hourlong briefing on Monday with Jewish organizational leaders. Some of those leaders offered praise that the department was sticking to its promise to draft a plan for campus antisemitism within two weeks, while others said they were frustrated by the pace of progress.
EU NATIONS CONDEMN HAMAS FOR WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS USE OF HOSPITALS, CIVILIANS AS ‘HUMAN SHIELDS’
By RAF CASERT
The 27 European Union nations have jointly condemned Hamas for what they described as the use of hospitals and civilians as “human shields” in the war against Israel. EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said Monday that at the same time the bloc asked Israel “for maximum restraint in targeting in order to avoid human casualties.” At a meeting of the bloc’s foreign affairs ministers, Borrell brandished a statement he issued on behalf of the 27 nations as a show of unity following weeks of often contrasting statements on how the group should address the Israel-Hamas war.
GOVERNOR HOCHUL DEPLOYS MORE STATE COPS TO FBI TERRORISM TASK FORCE AMID ANTISEMITISM ANXIETIES IN NYC
NORTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATIC PARTY REJECTS APPLICATION OF JEWISH CAUCUS FOR RECOGNITION; CAUCUS CHAIR RESIGNS, BLAMS 'ANTI-JEWISH LEFT'
MORE THAN 180,000 DEMONSTRATORS MARCH IN FRANCE AGAINST ANTISEMITISM
By RADINA GIGOVA AND EVE BRENNAN
In Paris, an estimated 105,000 demonstrators joined the march, making it the largest mobilization against antisemitism since the protest against the desecration of the Jewish cemetery in Carpentras in 1990, according to CNN affiliate BFM TV. Protesters were joined in the French capital by political figures including Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne and former presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy. Together they held a banner with the words, “For the Republic, against antisemitism.”