Weekly Report – November 23
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.
Incidents of antisemitism around the globe continued to rise this week amid Israel’s ongoing military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. A pro-Palestinian activist group shared a frightening map of New York City newsrooms, businesses, and landmark buildings, and called for “direct action” to “globalize intifada.” In Brooklyn, Congressman Dan Goldman’s district office was vandalized with red paint reading “Blood on your hands.” Also in New York City, a Jewish bakery was defaced, with the message “Free Gaza ” spray-painted on a window.
In the UK, a woman was kicked out of a taxi cab after spouting an antisemitic conspiracy theory about “the Jewish machine.” In Germany, police raided 54 locations across the country as part of an investigation of a Hamburg-based center suspected of supporting the activities of the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group. In France, authorities announced they were investigating damage done to Jewish graves in a German World War I military cemetery.
During a South American tour leg, ex-Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters accused “the Israeli lobby” of getting him barred from hotels. In Armenia, the country’s only remaining synagogue, located in the capital of Yerevan, was set on fire in an act of arson.
Representatives from more than 50 cities came together this week to participate in the Combat Antisemitism Movement’s 2023 North American Mayors Summit Against Antisemitism in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Participants shared best practices and brainstormed action steps for how cities can lead the fight against antisemitism at the municipal level.
As the new wave of antisemitism triggered by the events of October 7th surges worldwide, governments and university administrations are beginning to implement responsive measures. For example, George Washington University suspended Students for Justice in Palestine, making it the third American higher education institution to curtail the group’s activities this month. Meanwhile, Germany’s Bundestag is discussing the drafting of laws on ending the residence of antisemitic foreigners and preventing their naturalization.
THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL ANTISEMITISM REPORT highlights 149 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 25 (16.78%) from the far-right, 73 (49.0%) from the far-left, 16 (10.74%) with Islamist motivations, and 35 (23.49%) unidentifiable in nature.
AT SOUTH FLORIDA SUMMIT, HOSTAGES’ FAMILIES SHARE THEIR FEARS AS LEADERS WRESTLE WITH MEANING OF ANTISEMITISM
By SHIRA MOOLTEN
In the fluorescent light of a Fort Lauderdale hotel meeting room, two grieving families of dead and kidnapped Israelis sat across mayors from South Florida and across the United States, pictures of their loved ones clutched in their hands. They had just arrived from Israel, where Natalia Casarotti’s 21-year-old son, Keshet, was killed at the music festival, and where Diego Engelbert’s sister, husband and their young children had disappeared, he believes, kidnapped into Gaza.
PRO-PALESTINIAN GROUP SHARES ‘REPREHENSIBLE’ ANTISEMITIC MAP OF NYC TARGETS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
By JESSE O’NEILL AND CARL CAMPANILE
A pro-Palestinian activist group shared a frightening map of New York City newsrooms, businesses and landmark buildings — and called for “direct action” to “globalize intifada.” In addition to news buildings, Within Our Lifetime, which describes itself as a Palestinian-led community organization, called for followers to target the offices of technology companies.
X AD BOYCOTT GATHERS PACE AMID ANTISEMITISM STORM
By JAMES CLAYTON
It comes after X owner Elon Musk amplified an antisemitic trope on the platform formerly known as Twitter. The boycott has also been picking up steam in the wake of an investigation by a US group which flagged ads appearing next to pro-Nazi posts on X. Mr Musk has denied his post was antisemitic and has threatened to sue over the advertising investigation.
50 US MAYORS COMMIT TO A 10-POINT PLAN TO COMBAT ANTISEMITISM
By ZVIKA KLEIN
Mayors from more than 50 municipalities across the United States have come together last week to pledge their commitment to a groundbreaking 10-point plan aimed at combating Antisemitism in their cities. This commitment was made at the 2023 North American Mayors Summit Against Antisemitism, organized by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM), held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 15-16.
NEW YORK: SHE LOST A FRIEND IN HAMAS’ ATTACK. THEN NEIGHBORS CALLED FOR A BOYCOTT OF HER ‘UGLY ZIO’ JUICE BAR
CALIFORNIA: SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA ISLAMIC SCHOLAR DR. KHALID SIDDIQI: THE JEWS MAKE UP ONLY 1% OF THE UNIVERSE, YET PROBABLY CAUSE 99% OF THE PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD
CHARLIE KIRK DEFENDS ELON MUSK'S ANTISEMITISM: ‘SOME OF THE LARGEST FINANCIERS OF LEFT-WING ANTI-WHITE CAUSES HAVE BEEN JEWISH AMERICANS’
CALIFORNIA ISLAMIC SCHOLAR, ADJUNCT PROF. AT UC IRVINE, OSMAN UMARJI: ‘ZIONISTS ARE BLOOD-THIRSTY ANIMALS'
GOV. EVERS SAYS ‘NEO-NAZIS, ANTISEMITISM, AND WHITE SUPREMACY HAVE NO HOME IN WISCONSIN' AFTER DEMONSTRATION ON STATE CAPITOL GROUNDS
NORTH CAROLINA: TOP DEMOCRATS CALL FOR PARTY TO RECOGNIZE JEWISH CAUCUS, BUT SOME PROGRESSIVES STILL SAY NO
LONDON CABBIE BOOTS OUT PASSENGER AFTER ANTISEMITIC RAN
By OLIVIA GITTEL
A female passenger in a London cab spouted an antisemitic conspiracy theory about the “Jewish machine” that has been captured in dash cam footage shared widely on X/Twitter. The London cabbie, whose identity is unknown, can be heard kicking the woman out of his cab.
UK PIZZERIA BANS ZIONISTS, ASKS FOR SUGGESTIONS FOR 'ANTI-ZIONIST' TOPPING
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Ecco Pizzeria, in the Headingley suburb of Leeds, posted on its Instagram account that, "Our leaders and millions of others whose hearts are now perfectly possessed by Satan appear to be unaffected by the most graphic images imaginable if the ethnicity and religion is [sic] right," which was followed by "Having said that, someone has suggested creating a [sic] Anti-Z1ion1st pizza. We would appreciate your suggestions for pizza toppings."
TAXI DRIVER WHO KICKED PASSENGER OUT OF HIS CAB AFTER HER RANT ABOUT THE 'JEWISH MACHINE' SAYS HE WOULD DO IT AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT
STUDENT WHO WAS CONVICTED FOR EGGING THE KING BRAGS ABOUT THEIR CRIME BEFORE GOING ON 'ANTI-SEMITIC' RANT COMPARING ISRAEL, US AND UK TO 'NAZI GERMANY'
GERMAN POLICE RAID GROUP OVER ALLEGED TIES TO HEZBOLLAH, AMID ANTISEMITISM CRACKDOWN
By TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
German police raided 54 locations across the country on Thursday in an investigation of a Hamburg-based center suspected of promoting Iranian ideology and supporting the activities of the Hezbollah terror group, the government said, as Berlin moves to stem a rash of antisemitism amid the Israel-Hamas war.
‘THIS IS HATRED’: TORONTO STARBUCKS CAFE TARGETED WITH ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI
By CARYN LIEBERMAN
Toronto police officers were called to a Starbucks in Forest Hill on Eglinton Avenue West early Thursday morning after staff discovered graffiti and signs plastered to the front door and windows. The posters said “Starbucks kills,” “Stop funding genocide” and “Shame.”
SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTER AT CANADIAN UNIVERSITY SIGNS ONTO OPEN LETTER THAT DENIES WOMEN WERE RAPED AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED DURING HAMAS TERRORIST ATTACKS IN ISRAEL
FRANCE PROBES DAMAGED JEWISH HEADSTONES AMID COUNTRYWIDE ANTISEMITISM UPTICK
By TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
French authorities said on Wednesday that they were investigating damage done to Jewish graves in a German World War I military cemetery, as antisemitic acts multiply across the country. In the cemetery, situated in the Oise region north of Paris, 10 Jewish gravestones were discovered damaged, the local prefecture said. Prosecutors said they immediately launched an investigation into the incident, with a racist or religious motive a possibility, they said.
EMPLOYEES OF THE RED CROSS IN FRANCE FILMED WHILE DESTROYING POSTERS OF ISRAELI CIVILIANS KIDNAPPED BY HAMAS
ROGER WATERS BLAMES ‘ISRAELI LOBBY’ FOR ALLEGED ARGENTINA, URUGUAY HOTEL BAN
By TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
Roger Waters on Wednesday accused “the Israeli lobby” of getting him barred him from hotels in South America. The former Pink Floyd frontman, just off several concerts in Brazil as part of his “This Is Not a Drill” tour, is scheduled to perform in Montevideo on Friday, followed by Buenos Aires next Tuesday and Wednesday.
SYNAGOGUE IN ARMENIA SET ALIGHT IN LATEST ATTACK ON JEWISH DIASPORA
By DANIELLE GREYMAN-KENNARD
The Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) claimed responsibility for attacking the synagogue, according to Azerbaijani media. The report continued that ASALA stated their plans to continue attacks against the Jewish community outside of Armenia.
CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY OUTLET: 'ISRAEL'S GOAL, BLOOD FOR BLOOD, REVENGE, THE DESTRUCTION OF HAMAS AND THE DESTRUCTION OF HAMAS'S TUNNEL NETWORK IN GAZA, HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN'
AUSTRALIA: YOUNG ISLAMIST FUNDAMENTALIST DRIVES INTO A JEWISH NEIGHBORHOOD IN AUSTRALIA TRYING TO PROVOKE A FIGHT
SPANISH POLITICIAN WHO ON OCT. 7 SAID PALESTINIANS HAVE ‘RIGHT TO RESIST’ IS MADE A CABINET MINISTER
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF DUBLIN: ‘WE WILL DO TO YOU WHAT HAPPENED ON OCTOBER 7TH AGAIN AND AGAIN. ALLAHU AKBAR.’
FURY IN ITALY AS ANNE FRANK AND 'WARSAW GHETTO BOY' MURALS DESIGNED TO DENOUNCE ANTISEMITISM ARE VANDALIZED WITHIN 24 HOURS ON STREETS OF MILAN
AUSTRALIA: SON SPEAKS OUT AFTER 72-YEAR-OLD JEWISH FATHER TARGETED IN 'SHOCKING' ATTACK IN MELBOURNE
AL JAZEERA CUTS INTERVIEW SHORT AFTER GAZAN SAYS HAMAS CAN ‘GO TO HELL'
By ELIANA JORDAN
An Al Jazeera reporter cut off an interview with a Gazan man who said Hamas can ‘go to hell’. The Qatari-owned broadcaster interviewed an injured Palestinian man at Al-Aqsa hospital in Gaza on Sunday 5 November. However, the Al Jazeera reporter cut the conversation short as soon as the man criticised the terror group for hiding among civilians.
WHOEVER HAS A RIFLE, ‘SHOOT A JEW, OR GIVE IT TO HAMAS!’ - PALESTINIAN STUDENTS IN RAMALLAH SUPPORT HAMA
PALESTINIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS RELEASES STATEMENT ALLEGING ISRAEL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DEATHS AT NOVA PARTY
PAKISTANI COLUMNISTS REACT TO MUSLIM GOVERNMENTS' FAILURE TO UNITE AGAINST ISRAEL: 'ISRAEL RULERS WILL BE NAÏVE AND SHORT-SIGHTED IF THEY FAIL TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD REALITY THAT THEY ARE SURROUNDED BY MUSLIM-MAJORITY COUNTRIES'
SCHOOL STUDENTS CALL TO MURDER JEWS, “STRIKE AND BURN TEL AVIV,” “BLOW UP THE ZIONIST’S HEAD,” “THE ZIONIST IS ALLAH’S ENEMY!”
STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE SUSPENDED AT GW UNIVERSITY – ADDING TO A GROWING TREND
By JACKIE HAJDENBERG
George Washington University has suspended Students for Justice in Palestine for at least 90 days, making it the third US college to curtail the group’s operations this month. George Washington University made international headlines last month when members of the pro-Palestinian student group screened anti-Israel messages including “Glory To Our Martyrs,” “Divestment From Zionist Genocide Now” and “Free Palestine From The River To The Sea” on the outer wall of the Gelman Library, named for two prominent local Jewish figures.
JEWISH STUDENTS SUE NYU CLAIMING UNIVERSITY ALLOWS STUDENTS TO CHANT 'GAS THE JEWS'
By RICHARD PERCIVAL
New York University (NYU) has been sued by three Jewish students for allegedly failing to protect them against "festering Jewish hatred permeating the school." Bella Ingber, Sabrina Maslavi and Saul Tawil accused the university of "egregious civil rights violations" by allegedly allowing students to chant antisemitic phrases like "gas the Jews" and "Hitler was right."
HARVARD PROFESSORS DEFEND PALESTINE'S ‘FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA’ SLOGAN, ASK MANAGEMENT TO DEFINE ANTISEMITISM
4TH YEAR DERMATOLOGY RESIDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE HEALTH SCIENCE IN MEMPHIS CLAIMS 'ZIONISTS ARE SWIMMING IN BLOOD MONEY’
BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY: A CLASSROOM RESERVED FOR THE JEWISH STUDENT ORGANIZATION BUZO WAS PLASTERED WITH PRO HAMAS AND ANTI ISRAEL POSTERS
DURHAM COLLEGE STUDENT GIVES SHOUTOUT TO HAMAS AND WANTS OCTOBER 7TH TO HAPPEN ‘AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN’
A UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA STUDENT BANNED FROM CAMPUS AFTER CUTTING THROUGH A PRO-ISRAEL SIGN AT A JEWISH FRATERNITY
Analysis & op-eds
WHY IS ANTISEMITISM SO RIFE IN UK ACADEMIC SETTINGS? I HAVE NEVER FOUND STUDENT LIFE MORE DIFFICULT
ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS SURGED GLOBALLY SINCE OCT. 7 BUT MOST AREN’T REPORTED. HERE’S WHY
By MATT LEBOVIC
studies & statistics
THE QATARI REGIME, HAMAS, AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: THE GLOBALIZATION OF ANTISEMITISM AND ANTI DEMOCRACY
By THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF GLOBAL ANTISEMITISM AND POLICY
The Report, "The Qatari Regime, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood” is part of a series of papers based on the ISGAP research project entitled "Follow the Money.” This 11-year project exposes a cause of antisemitism, rather than a symptom, which the Jewish community and Higher Education have been grappling with for years.
government & policy update
WHO IS JAVIER MILEI? ARGENTINA'S PRESIDENT-ELECT WHO STUDIES TORAH AND LOVES ISRAEL
By JOSH KAPLAN AND RICHARD PERCIVAL
Milei is a strong supporter of Israel, last year pledging to move Argentina's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, mirroring one of the first moves by President Trump when he took office in early 2017. The economist also has a strong tie to the Jewish faith as well as Israel. According to an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais from earlier this year, Milei reads the Torah every single day and regularly converses on Whatsapp with Rabbi Shimon Axel Wahnish, the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Sephardi Moroccan Community of Argentina.
MP WANTS U OF WINNIPEG TO RECONSIDER PALESTINIAN TALK OVER FEARS OF ANTISEMITISM, ISOLATING JEWISH STUDENTS
VIRGINIA SENATORS URGE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO COMBAT ANTISEMITISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OPENS SEVEN SCHOOL INVESTIGATIONS OVER ALLEGED INCIDENTS OF ANTISEMITISM AND ISLAMOPHOBIA
FRENCH HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS, YOUTH ACTIVISTS RALLY AGAINST SURGING ANTISEMITISM
By TIMES OF ISRAEL
Survivors of Nazi atrocities joined young Jewish activists outside the Paris Holocaust Memorial Saturday to sound the alarm about resurgent antisemitic hate speech, graffiti, and abuse linked to the Israel-Hamas war. The impact of the conflict is drawing increasing concern in France and beyond. Thousands of pro-Palestinian and left-wing activists rallied in Paris and around Britain on Saturday to call for Israel to cease its fire, the latest of several such protests in major cities around the world since the war began.