Weekly Report – November 2
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.
As the IDF steps up its ground operations against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, incidents of antisemitism continue to proliferate across the globe, with a disturbing 1180% increase reported. While we continue to monitor the incidents, we know there are many more that have not been publicized, and Jewish communities around the world on edge from the hateful reverberations triggered by Hamas’ October 7th attack on Israel.
In the United States, a Nevada man was arrested for directing antisemitic messages at Senator Jacky Rosen. Among the messages was a threat to “finish what Hitler started.” At a New York City playground, a teen threatened a nine-year-old boy with a knife and yelled “I will kill you, Jew.”
In the UK, a man was charged after shouting insults at an Orthodox Jew in London, where cases of antisemitism have increased by almost 1400%. Across France and Germany, Jewish homes have been branded with Stars of David; a despicable reminder that antisemitism remains vibrant on the European continent less than eight decades after the Holocaust. In Dagestan, Russia, a pogrom was launched by an antisemitic mob that seized control of the Makhachkala airport and inspected passengers from an arriving flight from Tel Aviv “to find Jews.”
In the Middle East, national leaders fueled regional tensions with antisemitic rhetoric demonizing Israel. Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan egregiously claimed that “Hamas is not a terrorist organization, it is a liberation group.” The Jordanian government recalled its ambassador to Israel in protest of the “humanitarian catastrophe” in the Gaza Strip and Jordan’s Queen Rania had claimed “there is no verifiable evidence” that Hamas terrorists beheaded children, a nefarious manifestation of denialism intended to distort the horrific scope and nature of the October 7th atrocities.
On college campuses, Jewish students continued to be targeted and harassed. At Harvard University, a Jewish student was surrounded by individuals yelling “shame, shame.” At Columbia University, the leader of an LGBTQ group decided to exclude any supporters of Israel from an upcoming film event. At Cornell University, threatening online statements about Jews prompted officials to send police to guard a Jewish center and kosher dining hall on campus.
To combat the worrying rise of antisemitism on college campuses, some American policymakers have begun to take proactive steps. New York Governor Kathy Hochul ordered a review of antisemitism at CUNY schools. Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin issued an executive directive creating a plan to coordinate with law enforcement agencies and educational institutions to combat antisemitic threats.
The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) is proud to stand with all Israelis and Diaspora Jews at this perilous moment in history. To support Israel in this hour of dire need, CAM has launched an Israel Emergency Support Fund, raising more than $764,000 so far. Your donations are being matched by CAM donors and will have a powerful impact in providing urgent aid to those affected by Hamas’ assault on Israel.
THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL ANTISEMITISM REPORT highlights 227 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 26 (11.45%) from the far-right, 132 (58.15%) from the far-left, 50 (22.03%) with Islamist motivations, and 19 (8.37%) unidentifiable in nature.
HOME INVASION SUSPECT SHOUTS 'FREE PALESTINE!' AND THREATENS TO KILL STUDIO CITY JEWISH FAMILY
By AARON BANDLER
A home invasion suspect reportedly shouted “Free Palestine!” and threatened to kill a Jewish family in Studio City Wednesday morning. According to various local reports, a man broke into a home on the 3000 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard sometime around 5 a.m. The suspect, who was armed with a kitchen knife, allegedly threatened to kill the family “because you are Jewish… Israel kill people,” per KTLA. The homeowner is reportedly from Israel. All the doors to the house are also reportedly adorned with mezuzot.
NEVADA MAN CHARGED WITH THREATENING U.S. SENATOR IN ANTISEMITIC MESSAGES
By CBS NEWS
A Nevada man was arrested and charged with leaving threatening and antisemitic messages on the office voicemail of a U.S. senator and traveling to a federal courthouse in Las Vegas where the senator has an office, according to court records unsealed Monday. Charging documents alleged that John Anthony Miller, a 43-year-old Las Vegas resident, left numerous menacing voicemails for an unnamed senator between Oct. 17 and Oct. 19, in which he is accused of calling the senator "vermin" and threatening to "finish what Hitler started."
SOUTH CAROLINA: MOUNT PLEASANT HATE CRIMES ORDINANCE BEING PROPOSED AFTER DISTRIBUTION OF ANTISEMITIC FLYERS
NYC TEEN FILMED CARRYING ANTI-SEMITIC SIGN IS IDENTIFIED - AS HER HIGH SCHOOL CONDEMNS HER 'SERIOUS ERROR IN JUDGMENT' AND VOWS TO HEAL THEIR COMMUNITY WITH 'RESTORATIVE JUSTICE'
IMAM OF D.C. AREA DAR AL-HIJRAH MOSQUE FARHAN SIDDIQI: CLAIMS OF HAMAS ATROCITIES ARE LIES; MUSLIMS WERE ACCUSED OF TERRORISM POST 9/11
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION RESPONDS TO MAN FINDING ANTISEMITIC GOLF BALLS AT GREYNOLDS PARK
DRIVER OF CAR COVERED IN PRO-HAMAS WRITING ILLEGALLY HAD GUN BLOCKS FROM PLANNED PRO-ISRAEL RALLY: POLICE
LABOUR MP: TO CLAIM ‘FROM THE RIVER’ CHANT IS ANTISEMITIC IS TO MISINTERPRET
By LEE HARPIN
Labour’s John McDonnell has claimed that it is “a complete misinterpretation” to say the chant “from the river to the sea” is antisemitic. In comments on Times Radio that will infuriate many in the Jewish community, the former shadow chancellor also appeared to suggest Israel would have been “wiser” to pursue a strategy of “negotiation” after the Hamas terrorist atrocities of October 7th “rather than a large scale attack.”
‘AGGRESSIVE’ MAN CHARGED AFTER SHOUTING INSULTS AT ORTHODOX JEWISH MAN AS ANTISEMITISM RISES 1,400 PER CENT
By TARA COBHAM
An “aggressive” man has been charged after shouting insults at an Orthodox Jewish man as cases of antisemitism have surged by 1,400 per cent across London. The 21-year-old was also wanted over allegations of being verbally abusive and threatening to kill a man for being in a mixed relationship earlier in the year. The suspect is accused of shouting insults at a man in Orthodox Jewish clothing in an “aggressive manner.”
'BY SOUL AND BLOOD, WE WILL SACRIFICE OURSELVES FOR YOU, OH AQSA' CHANTS OUTSIDE HISTORIC WESTMINSTER ABBEY
ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI ON THE BONN TOWN HALL
By GENERAL ANZEIGER
Since Friday morning, the Bonn police have received several reports of graffiti symbols showing the Star of David and the word Nazi. As police spokesman Michael Beyer said when asked, the same signs were always reported in different places: four at the town hall, one in front of the Rewe supermarket on Heerstrasse and another at the Aldi on Kölnstrasse.
ANTI-ISRAEL BIKE RIDE WILL TAKE PLACE IN TORONTO
By NATIONAL POST
The poster circulating online says, “Bikers for Hamas planning to ride through the Toronto Jewish community” on Saturday Oct. 28. But the organizers said Friday that the poster was manipulated and they do not plan to drive through Jewish neighborhoods. The “Car Ride for Palestine” will head from Pickering Town Centre in Durham Region to a Toronto4Palestine rally in Nathan Phillips Square.
JEWISH SCHOOLS ACROSS PARIS EVACUATED DUE TO A BOMB THREAT
By ZVIKA KLEIN
According to senior sources in the organized Jewish community, who spoke to The Jerusalem Post, "there was a bomb threat towards many Jewish schools. Some of these schools have been evacuated. In most schools, parents were asked to take their children home."
FLIGHTS TO DAGESTAN FROM ISRAEL TO BE REDIRECTED AFTER ANTISEMITIC RIOTS
Russia's aviation watchdog Rosaviatsiya said on Monday that flights from Tel Aviv to Makhachkala and Mineralniye Vody, both in Russia's heavily Muslim North Caucasus, would be temporarily redirected to other cities. The interior ministry said earlier that 60 people had been arrested after an antisemitic mob stormed Makhachkala airport in the Dagestan region on Sunday as a plane arrived from Israel.
PALESTINIAN ARRESTED IN BRUSSELS FOR TALK ABOUT PLANNING A SUICIDE BOMBING
By TIMES OF ISRAEL
A Palestinian asylum seeker was arrested in Brussels on Wednesday, a day after he visited a migrant aid organization, where he allegedly talked about planning a suicide attack, a source close to the case told AFP. According to the same source, the man, in his twenties, was visibly “desperate” about his family’s situation in the war-torn Gaza Strip amid Israel’s war against Hamas, launched after the terror group massacred over 1,400 Israelis on October 7.
AUSTRALIA: VICTORIAN EDUCATION OFFICIAL TO APOLOGIZE IN PERSON FOR ANTISEMITIC BULLYING AT BRIGHTON SECONDARY COLLEGE
CZECH REPUBLIC: THE POLICE ARE PROSECUTING A SALESMAN WHO PASSED AN ANTISEMITIC POSTER ON A KEBAB SHOP IN PILSEN
HAMAS LEADER ISMAIL HANIYEH: WE NEED THE BLOOD OF WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND THE ELDERLY OF GAZA – SO IT AWAKENS OUR REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT
Hamas leader Isamil Haniyeh called in an October 26, 2023 address upon all the "free people of the world" to stop the bombing of Gaza, which he referred to as the "new holocaust." He said: "The blood of the women, children and elderly […] we are the ones who need this blood, so it awakens within us the revolutionary spirit, so it awakens with us resolve." He said that the demise of the Israeli occupation is "inevitable," and therefore, preparations must be made for the post-occupation phase. The address was aired on Mayadeen Network (Lebanon), and other TV networks.
IRANIAN JOURNALIST ALI-AKBAR ABDOLALIZADEH: ONE OF THE GREATEST GENOCIDES IN HISTORY IS THE MASSACRING OF IRANIANS BY ESTHER; JEWS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR MASSACRING NATIVE AMERICANS, BLACKS, AND IRISH; THE HOLOCAUST – A BIG LIE
JEWS ARE 'HUMAN WASTE,' EUROPE AND THE US WILL DO ANYTHING TO KEEP THEM IN ISRAEL, SAYS PALESTINIAN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR
ARTICLE IN QATARI DAILY 'AL-WATAN': THE WAR IN GAZA IS A WAR TO END THE ZIONIST STATE; ISRAEL IS ATTEMPTING TO DELAY THE ELIMINATION OF THE JEWS, BUT ALLAH'S SERVANTS WILL BE VICTORIOUS
HAMAS LEADER KHALED MASHAL'S ADDRESS TO ANTI-ISRAEL RALLY AND CONFERENCE IN INDIA DRAWS ATTENTION TO RADICAL ISLAMISM OF THE 'SOLIDARITY YOUTH MOVEMENT'
100+ COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE NATION FORM COALITION STANDING WITH ISRAEL AGAINST HAMAS
By YESHIVA UNIVERSITY
A broad coalition of more than 100 institutions of higher education, including public and private, faith-based, and historically Black colleges and universities today issued a statement standing with Israel, the Palestinians who suffer under Hamas' cruel rule in Gaza and all people of moral conscience. Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, President of Yeshiva University and convener of the coalition, said "The massacre in Israel put a spotlight on campuses and the role university presidents have in articulating the values that higher education represents. There is unparalleled strength in presidents joining together to lay the moral groundwork on which all civil dialogue is naturally based. I am honored to stand with the signatories of this statement who are committed to bringing clarity and truth to these tumultuous times, and protecting our campus communities from violence and hate."
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, BARNARD COLLEGE SILENT AFTER FACULTY LETTER CALLS HAMAS TERRORIST ATTACK A LEGITIMATE ‘MILITARY ACTION'
By HALEY COHEN
Columbia University declined to comment to Jewish Insider after 144 members of its faculty signed an open letter on Saturday that called Israel an apartheid state while referring to Hamas’ terrorist attacks as a legitimate “military action.” The professors wrote that they are uneasy about students being deemed antisemitic if they “express empathy for the lives and dignity of Palestinians, and/or if they signed on to a student-written statement that situated the military action begun on Oct. 7 within the larger context of the occupation of Palestine by Israel.”
COOPER UNION JEWISH STUDENTS ATTACKED BY PRO-PALESTINIAN STUDENT GROUP
By JERUSALEM POST
A security team at Cooper Union College in the United States locked Jewish students in the library on Wednesday night to protect them against a pro-Palestinian group, which tried to break down the door. Video taken by one of the students shows several Orthodox Jewish students trapped in the library as a mob gathered behind the door and chanted "Free Palestine."
CORNELL UNIVERSITY SENDS POLICE TO JEWISH CENTER AFTER VIOLENT, ANTISEMITIC MESSAGES POSTED ONLINE
By BRIAN P. D. HANNON
government & policy update
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MEASURES TO COMBAT ANTISEMITISM ON U.S. CAMPUSES
By NANCY CORDES
President Biden, who on Monday told reporters that he was "very concerned" about the rise in antisemitism, announced new steps to combat the problem. The White House said it would send dozens of cybersecurity experts to help schools examine antisemitic and Islamophobic threats. The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security are also working with campus police departments to track hate-related rhetoric, which includes rising Islamophobia as well.
VIRGINIA’S ATTORNEY GENERAL LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO PRO-HAMAS CAMPUS GROUP
By HALEY COHEN
Announcing a charities fraud probe, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares wrote Tuesday on X, “My office has launched an investigation into the nonprofit American Muslims for Palestine for fundraising without proper registration and for potentially violating Virginia’s charitable solicitation laws, including benefitting or providing support to terrorist organizations.”
ANTISEMITISM IS DEEPLY INGRAINED IN EUROPEAN SOCIETY, SAYS EU OFFICIAL
By JASON BURKE
Antisemitism is a “deeply ingrained racism in European society” that poses an existential threat to the continent’s Jewish community and the fundamental aims of the European Union, an EU official has warned. Michael O’Flaherty, the director of the bloc’s agency for fundamental rights, said it was worrying that only a third of the general population considered antisemitism a big problem, when there was no doubt “dramatic moments in our societies trigger antisemitic responses”.
GOVERNOR ABBOTT RALLIES STATE'S JEWISH COMMISSION TO COMBAT RISING ANTISEMITISM, REINFORCE TIES WITH ISRAEL
THESE BRONX 8TH-GRADERS TRAVELED 4 HOURS TO PAY A SHIVA CALL TO THE FAMILY OF 2 ISRAELIS MURDERED BY HAMAS
By JULIA GERGELY
“After I heard what happened, I just thought it would be a good thing to go,” Halpert told the New York Jewish Week. “He’s going through a really hard time. If we went and made him happy for even two seconds, it’s worth it.”