Weekly Report – October 12
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.
Early Saturday morning, Hamas launched a surprise invasion of southern Israel by air, land, and sea. In an unprecedented moment in Israel’s history, nearly two dozen southern communities were overrun with terrorists, suffering unfathomable losses, with women, children, and the elderly, as well as entire families, brutally slaughtered by their bloodthirsty assailants. The death toll is still rising, but as of now, it is known that more than 1,000 Israelis were murdered and at least 150 others taken captive to the Gaza Strip.
Evidence of the rapes of women, beheading of infants, and kidnapping of civilians of all age made this attack a blatant crime against humanity. It is the worst tragedy to befall the Jewish people since the Holocaust.
Following this Iran-backed pogrom, Israel officially declared war against Hamas. Countries around the world, from Japan to Canada, have denounced the ISIS-style atrocities perpetrated by Hamas, and the Biden administration in the U.S. and a majority of European nations not only expressed solidarity with Israel but also adamantly supported its right to self-defense.
The Israeli military has begun to mobilize along the borders with the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. Reservists are returning to Israel from abroad to join their units and a growing number of Israeli civilians are volunteering with emergency response groups, such as Magen David Adom. In the wake of this horrific tragedy, Israel has been transformed with spirit of unity as it embarks on what will likely be a lengthy and complicated military campaign on multiple fronts.
Since Saturday’s attack, Jewish communities worldwide have faced a wave of antisemitic acts incited by events in the Middle East. From San Francisco to New York. and Paris to Vienna, thousands of demonstrators have celebrated Hamas’ barbaric actions and called for violence against Jews.
Governments and law enforcement agencies across the globe are monitoring a significant rise in antisemitism and are seeking to protect Jewish populations. This only confirms the intrinsic relationship between anti-Zionism and Jew-hatred, a clear sign that policymakers must urgently adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s Working Definition of Antisemitism.
The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) is proud to stand with all Israelis and Diaspora Jewry at this perilous moment in history. To support Israel in this hour of dire need, CAM has launched an Israel Emergency Support Fund. Your donation will be matched by CAM donors and have a powerful impact in providing urgent aid to those affected by Saturday’s horrors and their aftermath.
This Week’s Global Antisemitism Report highlights 102 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 28 (27.45%) from the far-right, 23 (22.55%) from the far-left, 44 (43.14%) with Islamist motivations, and 7 (6.86%) unidentifiable in nature.
REPS. TLAIB, BUSH FACE CONDEMNATION FROM SEVERAL CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS — AND THE ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S.
By MARC ROD
Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Cori Bush (D-MO) blamed U.S. military aid to Israel for contributing to the massive Hamas terror attack on Israel yesterday, which has left more than 700 Israelis dead. Tlaib also described Hamas’ actions as “resistance” to Israeli “apartheid.” The comments come as most U.S. lawmakers have offered strong support to Israel in the conflict, without many of the typical calls for cease-fires and de-escalation by both sides in the hours following the onset of the attack. The exception to this has been members of the far-left Squad and a handful of other lawmakers aligned with them.
‘ISRAEL GO TO HELL’: PRO-PALESTINIAN ACTIVISTS RALLY IN NEW YORK FOR 2ND DAY
By TIMES OF ISRAEL
Hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered in New York on Monday to denounce Israel and demand that the United States stop its support for the Jewish state, two days after Hamas terrorists broke into Israeli communities and slaughtered hundreds. With signs reading “Israel go to hell!” and “NYC stands with Gaza,” people of all ages stood in front of the Israeli consulate general waving Palestinian flags.
PRO-PALESTINE SUPPORTERS IN FRONT OF WHITE HOUSE CHANT, 'THERE IS ONLY ONE SOLUTION: INTIFADA, REVOLUTION!'
JEWS MURDER CHRISTIANS, TRAFFIC CHILDREN, FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN SHARES ON X
By DANIELLE GREYMAN-KENNARD
ISRAEL ATTACK: LONDON POLICE PATROLS INCREASE AMID CELEBRATION CLAIMS
By YASMIN RUFO AND JORDAN REYNOLDS
Police patrols have increased across London after videos emerged of what appears to be people celebrating the Hamas attack on Israel. Home Secretary Suella Braverman has said she expects the police to "use the full force of the law" against displays of support for Hamas. People have shared videos on social media showing Palestinian flags being waved, beeping car horns and clapping.
AT A "PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN" PROTEST IN MANCHESTER PEOPLE CALLED FOR THE ANNIHILATION OF ISRAEL
GERMAN POLICE BREAK UP CROWD CELEBRATING HAMAS TERROR ATTACKS ON ISRAEL
By JAMES JACKSON
German police broke up pro-Hamas celebrations in Berlin on Saturday night as the country’s antisemitism commissioner warned of attacks on Jewish sites
JEWISH GROUPS CALL FOR END TO 'HEINOUS' PRO-HAMAS RALLIES IN CANADA
By JOE WARMINGTON
In an open letter to the police chiefs in four of Canada’s largest cities, Jewish leaders called for a zero-tolerance approach in halting these victory-style parties. “Hamas is a listed terrorist entity that is currently murdering, assaulting, and kidnapping dozens of children and civilians,” said the strongly worded letter. “These rallies are showing material support for a terrorist organization that has no respect for Canadian values. We, the undersigned, demand that these rallies in support of these heinous crimes be stopped. This is a matter of public safety.”
FAR LEFT FRENCH MP ACCUSED OF ANTISEMITISM OVER PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION TARGETING IDF PARTICIPATION
By BEN COHEN
A far left member of the French parliament has been accused of spreading antisemitism by calling on the French authorities to take measures against French citizens who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). In a question on Tuesday directed at the Ministry of Justice, Sylvie Ferrer — elected to the French parliament in June 2022 as a representative of the far left La France Insoumise (LFI — “France Rising”) — called on the government to take action against the “direct and indirect participation of French citizens in illegal acts.”
ANTISEMITIC DEMONSTRATORS CALL FOR ‘INTIFADA’ AT PROTEST OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE
Since Saturday, October 7th, when Hamas launched a coordinated surprise terrorist assault against Israel from the Gaza Strip, brutally massacring at least 700 people and kidnapping at least 150 others, Jewish communities worldwide have faced a wave of antisemitic acts incited by events in the Middle East. These incidents have included violent attacks, hateful conduct and speech, and vandalism.
UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL OBSERVED A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THE LOSS OF INNOCENT LIVES IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
YOUNG PEOPLE TAKE DOWN THE ISRAELI FLAG AND HANG A PALESTINIAN ONE IN ITS PLACE IN THE CENTER OF ANTWERP
VLADIMIR ROGOV, LEADER OF THE WE ARE TOGETHER WITH RUSSIA MOVEMENT, COMPARES UKRAINIAN MILITARY TO NAZIS
RUSSIAN SECURITY COUNCIL (SC) DEPUTY CHAIRMAN DMITRY MEDVEDEV CLAIMS US IS SUPPORTING NEO-NAZIS IN UKRAINE
ANTHONY ALBANESE REBUKED FOR NOT CONDEMNING ANTISEMITISM IN 'ABSOLUTELY APPALLING' PRO-PALESTINE SYDNEY PROTESTS
COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT PETRO COMPARES RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE TO ISRAELI OCCUPATION AMID HAMAS TERROR ATTACK
NETANYAHU SAYS ISRAEL IS ‘AT WAR’ AFTER HAMAS LAUNCHES SURPRISE AIR AND GROUND ATTACK FROM GAZA
By IBRAHIM DAHMAN, HADAS GOLD, LAUREN ISZO, AMIR TAL, ABEER SALMAN, KAREEM KHADDER, RICHARD ALLEN GREENE AND HANDE ATAY ALAM
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the country was “at war” on Saturday, after Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a deadly barrage of rockets and sent gunmen into Israeli territory in a major escalation of the long running conflict between the two sides. The Israeli military said about 2,200 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel, while armed terror groups infiltrated into Israel by land, sea and air in paragliders. Multiple explosions were heard over Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and in southern Israel – some blasts likely the interceptions of incoming rockets – while air raids sent Israelis pouring into underground shelters. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Hamas had taken “hostages and prisoners of war” but did not give a figure. At least 200 Israelis had been killed and 1,452 have been wounded, according to Israel’s emergency rescue service and health ministry.
QATAR-BASED EX-HAMAS LEADER KHALED MASHAL CALLS FOR GLOBAL JIHAD AGAINST ISRAEL AND JEWISH PEOPLE
Former Hamas chief Khaled Mashal delivered a speech on Tuesday calling on Muslims across the globe to engage in jihad against Israel and the Jewish people. “We are asking for your blood and souls [to be sacrificed for Palestine],” he said. Mashal, currently based in Doha, Qatar, stated, “[We must] head to the squares and streets of the Arab and Islamic world on Friday,” which he referred to as the “the Friday of Al-Aqsa flood.”
PA: ISRAEL IS A ‘BASTARD STATE’ ESTABLISHED TO ‘REALIZE THE WILL AND STRATEGY OF ITS LORDS FROM THE COLONIALIST CAPITALIST WESTERN STATES’
ABBAS EULOGIZES AS “LOYAL FIGHTER SON” SINGER OF BAND THAT URGED TO “PULL THE TRIGGER TO REDEEM THE COUNTRY"
IN AFGHAN TALIBAN VIDEO, BOY NARRATES ANTISEMITIC STORY: 'LONG LIVE ISLAM, LONG LIVE; DEATH TO THE UNBELIEVERS! DEATH, DEATH TO AMERICA!'
QATAR-BASED AND FUNDED INTERNATIONAL UNION OF MUSLIMS SCHOLARS (IUMS) CALLS 'AL-AQSA STORM' OPERATION A 'MANDATORY DEVELOPMENT OF LEGITIMATE RESISTANCE'
‘JEWISH ETHNONATIONALIST’: NATIONAL ANTI-ZIONIST CAMPUS GROUP ISSUES CALL FOR ‘DAY OF RESISTANCE’
By DION J. PIERRE
The National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) organization has called for a “Day of Resistance” on college campuses across the US, distributing propaganda aimed at re-framing the conversation surrounding Hamas’ terrorist invasion of Israel. As part of the efforts to promote its campaign, SJP has issued a “Day of Resistance toolkit” that includes counsel on how to describe Israel’s existence as “settler colonialism” and “imperialism.” One document, titled “What Is Zionism: A Short Introduction on the Colonization of Palestine,” equates the migration of Jews to their ancestral homeland after World War II to the Nazi’s invasion of Poland in 1939.
DOZENS OF HARVARD STUDENT GROUPS BLAME ISRAEL FOR BEING ATTACKED
The Harvard Divinity School student group Jews for Liberation doesn’t mince words in its description on the school’s site. The group “offers warm, creative spiritual and political space for anti-Zionist and non-Zionist Jews, as well as Jews questioning their relationship with Zionism,” it states. Student groups must register annually with the school’s Office of Student Life, which “prioritizes anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices” and “reflects the rich diversity and plurality of our community,” but evidently doesn’t consider avowed anti-Zionists to be oppressive or racist.
ELECTED STUDENT PRESIDENT OF THE NYU LAW SCHOOL BAR ASSOCIATION JUST SENT OUT A MESSAGE REFUSING TO CONDEMN HAMAS'S MASS SLAUGHTER
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'WE STAND WITH ISRAEL': BIDEN VOWS U.S. SUPPORT IN FACE OF 'VICIOUS ATTACKS'
By PETER NICHOLAS, SUMMER CONCEPCION AND PETER ALEXANDER
President Joe Biden strongly condemned Hamas’ terrorist attacks in remarks Tuesday from the White House, three days after Hamas fighters launched a surprise attack on Israel, prompting all-out war between the two sides. "In this moment, we must be crystal clear," Biden said. "We stand with Israel." In his remarks, the president made clear he was sickened by the brutality of the "vicious attacks," which he said led to 1,000 Israeli and 14 American deaths.
EU PUTS ALL PALESTINIAN AID UNDER REVIEW: ‘THERE CAN BE NO BUSINESS AS USUAL’
The European Union has put all of its development funding to the Palestinian territories on hold following Hamas’s offensive against Israel. “All payments immediately suspended. All projects put under review. All new budget proposals, including for 2023, postponed until further notice,” said Olivér Várhelyi, the European commissioner for the E.U. neighborhood.
GOVERNMENTS IN EUROPE BOLSTER SECURITY AMID RISE IN ANTISEMITISM ONLINE
By ASHIFA KASSAM
Governments across Europe said they had bolstered security as Jewish groups warned that the surprise attacks by Hamas had led to a rise in antisemitic rhetoric online. In France, the interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, called on regional officials across the country to urgently put in place heightened security at synagogues and Jewish schools. “At a time when terrorist attacks from Gaza are hitting Israel, I ask you to immediately step up vigilance, security and protection of Jewish community sites in France,” he wrote in a message seen by AFP.
US ANTISEMITISM ENVOY: BARBARIC ATTACK MOST LETHAL ASSAULT ON JEWS SINCE HOLOCAUST
By JACOB MAGID
Weighing in on the Hamas terror attacks on Israel for the first time after the Simchat Torah holiday, US antisemitism envoy Deborah Lipstadt says, “No one has the right to tell Israel how to defend itself and prevent and deter future attacks.” “Yesterday’s heinous, barbaric terrorism against Israeli civilians is the most lethal assault against Jews since the Holocaust. There is no justification whatsoever for this mass murder. None,” Lipstadt tweets. Show less
VARIETY TO HOLD HOLLYWOOD SUMMIT ON ANTISEMITISM WITH THE STARS
By JACKIE HAJDENBERG
Variety magazine is holding a star-studded Hollywood summit focused on addressing antisemitism through “inclusive storytelling, thought leadership, and advocacy.” Actor, producer and SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher will deliver an opening keynote address at the daylong event on Oct. 18. Subsequent panel discussions will cover topics ranging from the history of Jews in Hollywood to combating antisemitism through comedy and social media.