Weekly Report – November 9
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 Israel deepens its military operation in the Gaza Strip aimed at dismantling Hamas’ terror capabilities following the Oct. 7 massacre and rescuing hostages, levels of antisemitism remain at record-highs worldwide, with Jewish communities under threat and facing relentless harassment and violence.
In the United States, tens of thousands of anti-Israel protesters marched in Washington, D.C., at a demonstration replete with antisemitic signs and chants calling for violence. A building in the city was also vandalized with graffiti reading “Death to Israel” and “Glory 2 the Martyrs.”
Near Los Angeles, California, an elderly Jewish man, Paul Kessler, died a day after falling to the ground when he was hit in the face by a pro-Palestinian demonstrator. In Indianapolis, Indiana, police arrested a woman after she drove a car into a building that she thought was a Jewish school.
In the United Kingdom, the Wiener Holocaust Library in London was vandalized, with the word “Gaza” daubed in red paint. In Germany, chants of “From Dahlem to Gaza, Y’allah intifada!” were heard outside the Free University of Berlin. In the French city of Lyon, a Jewish woman was stabbed by an assailant who also defaced her apartment door with a swastika. In Poland, an obelisk commemorating the Jews of Biłgoraj was vandalized.
Responding to the spike in antisemitism, policymakers and universities have begun to take action. The U.S. Department of Education issued a reminder to schools and colleges that they have a legal obligation to address incidents of discrimination or they risk losing federal funding. In Massachusetts, Brandeis University made history this week by becoming the first private university to ban the notoriously antisemitic Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) organization. The US House of Representatives also approved a resolution condemning the support of terrorist organizations and antisemitism on college campuses.
Great strides have also been made by state and city governments. Last Friday, the City of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. In Florida, state lawmakers are advancing legislation that both uphold Israel’s right to self-defense and provide increased security grants for the Jewish community.
In a show of strength and solidarity, hundreds of thousands of Americans from all walks of life will join forces in Washington, D.C. next Tuesday, November 14, for the “March for Israel” on the National Mall. The march will be an opportunity for Americans to come together in solidarity with the people of Israel, demonstrate a commitment to America’s most important ally in the Middle East, condemn the rising trend of antisemitic violence and harassment, and demand that every hostage held in Gaza be immediately and safely released.
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, which has already distributed more than $1.7 million to organizations making a difference on the ground. 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 157 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 29 (18.47%) from the far-right, 76 (48.41%) from the far-left, 32 (20.38%) with Islamist motivations, and 20 (12.74%) unidentifiable in nature.
CALLS FOR VIOLENCE AGAINST JEWS ROCK DC AMID MASSIVE PRO-PALESTINIAN PROTEST
By SARAH RUMPF-WHITTEN
A building in Washington D.C. was vandalized with graffiti messages reading, "Death to Israel" and "Glory 2 the Martyrs," as thousands of protesters descended on the nation's capital to protest on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. "In our backyard: "Death to Israel" and "Glory to our Martyrs," among other violent antisemitic graffiti spotted in Washington DC. #WhereIsTheOutrage," the Israeli embassy to the United States said in an X post Saturday.
ELDERLY JEWISH MAN DIES AFTER BEING BEATEN BY PRO-PALESTINIAN PROTESTER
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
An elderly Jewish man was allegedly beaten to death at a pro-Israel rally in Los Angeles on Monday in America by a pro-Palestinian demonstrator, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. According to eyewitnesses a confrontation developed between the elderly man and the suspect. The elderly man was then found on the ground bleeding and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead from a cerebral hemorrhage.
INDIANAPOLIS: POLICE ARREST ‘TERRORIST’ FOR PURPOSELY DRIVING HER CAR INTO WHAT SHE THOUGHT WAS A JEWISH SCHOOL
By MAX LEWIS
IMPD officers arrested a woman, who they labeled a “terrorist,” after she drove her car into a building that she thought was a Jewish school. However, the building is used by the Israelite School of Universal and Practical Knowledge which has been labeled and anti-semitic hate group. Ruba Almaghtheh, 34, was arrested on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness.
FLORIDA: NEO-NAZI FOUND GUILTY OF LITTERING FOR DISTRIBUTING ANTISEMITIC MATERIAL IN WEST PALM BEACH
NEW YORK CITY: SHOLEM ALEICHEM CULTURAL CENTER IN THE BRONX VANDALIZED WITH ‘FREE PALESTINE’ GRAFFITI
NEW YORK: BANNER BEARING IMAGES OF MISSING ISRAELIS, AMERICANS VANDALIZED NEAR STATEN ISLAND SYNAGOGUE
‘ALLAHU AKBAR’, ‘FU*K JOE BIDEN’: ISLAMISTS RAISE ANTISEMITIC SLOGANS DURING PRO-PALESTINE RALLY OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE
TEMPE, AZ MAN ARRESTED FOR ANTISEMITIC EMAIL THREAT TO EXECUTE LOCAL RABBI AND 'EVERY OTHER JEW I CAN FIND'
CONNECTICUT: GREENWICH MIDDLE SCHOOLS REPORT SWASTIKA, ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI: 'HURTFUL AND CONCERNING'
CALIFORNIA: ANTISEMITIC WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYER FLASHES NAZI SALUTE, YELLS ‘HEIL HITLER’ AT PRO-ISRAEL RALLY
LONDON POLICE SAY 29 ARRESTED AT PRO-PALESTINIAN RALLY, INCLUDING ANTISEMITIC SPEAKER
By TIMES OF ISRAEL
London’s Metropolitan Police say they arrested 29 people at a pro-Palestinian rally at Trafalgar Square. Police say they used facial recognition technology to track down and arrest a person seen on social media making an antisemitic speech. Two others were arrested for “displaying a banner appearing to support a proscribed organisation,” according to a statement, likely referring to Hamas, which the UK considers a terror group.
‘UTTER DISGRACE’: UJS CONDEMNS UNIVERSITY UNION’S CALL FOR A ‘MASS UPRISING’ AGAINST ISRAELI CITIZENS
MET POLICE SACKS OFFICER AFTER 'ANTISEMITIC' CHANT AT PRO-PALESTINE RALLY AS URGENT PROBE LAUNCHED INTO ANOTHER
ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI IN LUDWIGSBURG
The State Security Service has begun investigations into antisemitic and inciting graffiti on house walls in Ludwigsburg. Unknown people sprayed swastikas and expressions like “Fck Israel” in red and black paint, a police spokeswoman said on Thursday. In addition, slogans such as “Fck Jews and Hamas too”, “AfD in first place” and “White Pride” were sprayed.
ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI PLASTERED ON LOCAL FAMILY'S HOME
By GREG MCGRATH-GOUDIE
A Washago family is deeply concerned after their house was covered in antisemitic graffiti over the past several days. Graffiti reading ‘Jews Die,’ ‘Slaughter,’ and other hateful messages were painted on their garage and the side of Ryan Merovitz’s family home, and a threatening note claiming his family will die was taped to their garbage bin. Merovitz, a Jewish man, said his garage was spray-painted Saturday evening while his family was out for dinner.
SYNAGOGUE AND JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER IN MONTREAL SUBURB OF DDO HIT BY MOLOTOV COCKTAIL
By MATTHEW LAPIERRE
Police are investigating after the remnants of Molotov cocktails were found at a synagogue and Jewish community centre in the Montreal suburb of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., overnight Monday. The Montreal police arson squad and hate crimes unit investigators are on the case and Jewish advocacy organizations are calling out what they say is a worrisome rise in antisemitism. Investigators on the scene Tuesday morning found pieces of a glass bottle and charred markings on the front door of the synagogue, Congregation Beth Tikvah, where a small fire had burned.
FRENCH POLICE HUNT SUSPECT IN STABBING OF JEWISH WOMAN
Police were hunting for a man who stabbed and wounded a Jewish woman in the French city of Lyon on Saturday, while a swastika was found graffitied at her home, police and the city's mayor said. "Such an act of violence is unthinkable. I offer all my support to the victim and her relatives," said Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet on the social media platform X.
PARIS: FRENCH FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY EMPLOYEE TEARS DOWN FLYERS OF HOSTAGES, SAYS 'I SUPPORT THE TERRORISTS'
POLICE IN AT LEAST 3 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ARREST SUSPECTS FOR ALLEGEDLY PLANNING TERROR ATTACKS TIED TO ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR
By PHILISSA CRAMER
Police in at least three European countries (Germany, UK, Belgium) have arrested people they said were threatening or planning terror attacks related to the Israel-Hamas war. The arrests come amid a global spike in antisemitic incidents following Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel that has spurred an ongoing Israeli military response in Gaza. While police have offered widely ranging levels of detail about the threats they said they interrupted, they believe Israelis were possibly the intended targets of multiple plots.
MELBOURNE IS HOME TO NAZIS AND FAR-LEFT ACTIVISTS - LEAVING JEWS FACING A 'TSUNAMI OF HATRED' LIKE THEY'VE NEVER BEFORE EXPERIENCED IN AUSTRALIA
GHAZI HAMAD OF THE HAMAS POLITICAL BUREAU SAID IN AN OCTOBER 24, 2023 SHOW ON LBC TV (LEBANON) THAT HAMAS IS PREPARED TO REPEAT THE OCTOBER 7 'AL-AQSA FLOOD'
Ghazi Hamad of the Hamas political bureau said in an October 24, 2023 show on LBC TV (Lebanon) that Hamas is prepared to repeat the October 7 "Al-Aqsa Flood" Operation time and again until Israel is annihilated. He added that Palestinians are willing to pay the price and that they are "proud to sacrifice martyrs." Hamad said that Palestinians are the victims of the occupation, therefore no one should blame them for the events of October 7 or anything else, adding: "Everything we do is justified."
HAMAS LEADER KHALED MASH'AL TELLS CONFERENCE IN PAKISTAN: 'WE HAVE BEEN CONTINUING JIHAD IN A MORE CONFIDENT MANNER THAN BEFORE'
SENIOR HAMAS OFFICIAL OSAMA HAMDAN: IF WE COULD TURN BACK TIME, WE WOULD CARRY OUT THE OCTOBER 7 ATTACK ON ISRAEL ALL OVER AGAIN
BRANDEIS BECOMES FIRST PRIVATE UNIVERSITY TO BAN STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE ON CAMPUS
By HALEY COHEN
Brandeis University on Monday became the first private university to ban the campus chapter of National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Jewish Insider has learned. SJP’s open support for Hamas, which the U.S. has designated as a terrorist organization, was the driving factor in the decision, according to a source familiar with Brandeis’ plans. The source noted that the National SJP has called on its chapters to engage in conduct that supports Hamas in its call for the violent elimination of Israel and the Jewish people.
BILL ACKMAN SAYS HARVARD COULD FACE FUNDING CONSEQUENCES IF IT FAILS TO TACKLE ANTISEMITISM
By NICOLE GOODKIND
Harvard University, like many campuses across America, continues to struggle in its contention with hate speech, protests and unrest over the Israel-Hamas war. One of its most prominent donors said Harvard needs to take urgent action to fix the problem, or it could risk a massive donor exodus.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA: SPEAKER AT SJP RALLY CALLS OCTOBER 7TH MASSACRES PALESTINIANS ‘MAKING A PEEP’
Analysis & op-eds
WE MUST REDRAW THE LINES OF MORAL CLARITY WITHOUT DELAY
By EPHRAIM MIRVIS, CHIEF RABBI OF THE UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATIONS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THECOMMONWEALTH
studies & statistics
LEFT-WING ANTI-HIERARCHICAL AGGRESSION EMERGES AS THE STRONGEST PREDICTOR OF ANTISEMITISM, STUDY FINDS
By DANIEL ALLINGTON, DAVID HIRSH, AND LOUISE KATZ
The desire for an extremely authoritarian political system, as measured by the Totalitarianism scale, was also a strong predictor of antisemitism. Those who scored high on this scale agreed with statement such as “To bring about great changes for the benefit of mankind often requires cruelty and even ruthlessness.”
government & policy update
‘NEVER AGAIN IS NOW!’: ANTISEMITISM SPECIAL ENVOYS FROM ACROSS GLOBE CALL FOR ACTION AGAINST RISING JEW-HATRED
Nearly three dozen national-level special envoys and coordinators combating antisemitism from countries around the world issued an urgent joint statement on Monday calling for concerted action against the surge of Jew-hatred that has swept across the globe following the Hamas massacre in southern Israel last month.
HOUSE PASSES RESOLUTION DISAVOWING ANTISEMITISM, SUPPORT FOR HAMAS ON CAMPUSES
By BIANCA QUILANTAN
House lawmakers approved a resolution condemning the support of terrorist organizations and antisemitism on college campuses on a 396-23 bipartisan vote Thursday. The resolution — H. Res. 798 — is Congress’ latest response to the rise in pro-Palestinian student demonstrations on campuses around the Israel-Hamas conflict that started Oct. 7. Senators last week passed a similar resolution, S. Res. 418, by voice vote.
EDUCATION SECRETARY SAYS FEDERAL FUNDS ARE AT STAKE IF SCHOOLS FAIL TO COMBAT ANTISEMITISM AND ISLAMOPHOBIA
By RENE MARSH AND KATIE LOBOSCO
The Department of Education is reminding schools and colleges that they have a legal obligation to address incidents of discrimination – including against those who are Jewish, Israeli, Muslim, Arab or Palestinian – and that they could ultimately lose federal funding if they fail to do so. On Tuesday, the Department of Education is sending guidance to colleges, universities and K-12 schools regarding their legal responsibility to provide all students with an environment free from discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
HOUSE PASSES STEFANIK, OWENS' RESOLUTION CONDEMNING ANTISEMITISM AND SUPPORT FOR TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS ON AMERICAN COLLEGE CAMPUSES
ISRAEL AMBASSADOR CALLS FOR ACTION AGAINST RISE IN ANTISEMITISM, THOSE WHO ALLOW IT: 'DON'T IGNORE IT'
BILL MAHER PUMMELS LEFTWING ANTISEMITISM AMID ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR: 'YOU’RE THE ONES WITH THE TIKI TORCHES NOW!'
By JOSEPH A. WULFSOHN
"What do you make of this level of just gut-wrenching antisemitism?" Maher asked during a panel discussion on Friday. "I must admit, I don't think of myself as a naive person [but] I've been surprised. It was like a volcano that blew. I mean, just the people in the United States who [are like] ‘F--- Israel!' You know, the 'Any means necessary!' I just, I don't know where this comes from. I guess it's ancient. Obviously, the hatred of the Jews goes way back. But I was taken aback by this."