Weekly Report – October 5
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.
The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) was honored to join the Eradicate Hate Global Summit last week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event marked the third annual edition of the summit, an initiative established in the wake of the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue massacre to provide a multidisciplinary forum aimed at reducing hate-fueled violence. CAM facilitated the participation this year of UAE interfaith relations advocate H.E. Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori, who highlighted Jewish-Muslim kinship in his keynote remarks.
The Biden administration announced on Thursday it was instructing eight cabinet departments to extend civil rights protections to victims of antisemitism and other forms of religious bigotry. This expansion of the 1964 Civil Rights Act will help counter manifestations of antisemitism in realms such as federally-funded transit systems, housing, and food programs. The White House also said it was organizing a “listening tour” of schools and colleges this fall to hear from Jewish students about hostility they face on campus.
On Monday, neo-Nazis attended a mayoral candidate assembly in Franklin, Tennessee. Shortly after, journalists who had covered the event were targeted in a seemingly coordinated campaign of online threats. Also this week, in a continuation of a growing nationwide trend in the U.S., at least seven virtual council meetings in California were “Zoom-bombed” by disruptors spewing hateful antisemitic rhetoric.
In Germany, it was revealed a German-Israel Friendship Society activist was violently attacked outside an anti-Israel event in Munich he had been thrown out of in early September. In France, a new survey showed that around 90% of Jewish college and university students had experienced antisemitism at school. The survey also found that more than 75% of Jewish students felt antisemitism was widespread across France’s higher education institutions. In Australia, a string of antisemitic vandalism incidents involving far-right symbols was reported following the conclusion of Yom Kippur.
Also this week, leading American Jewish groups and legal organizations called on law firms across the globe to cut their support for the Outstanding Achievement Award being granted by the American branch of the International Law Association (ILA) to former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who is notorious for her long record of whitewashing terrorism, downplaying antisemitism, and holding Israel solely responsible for the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 38 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 31 (81.58%) from the far-right, 1 (2.63%) from the far-left, 5 (13.16%) with Islamist motivations, and 1 (2.63%) unidentifiable in nature.
JEWISH LEADERS ON RIGHT AND LEFT CALL ON TECH COMPANIES TO BOYCOTT MUSK OVER X/TWITTER ANTISEMITISM
By THE ALGEMEINER
A cross section of 100 Jewish leaders and influencers drawn from both the political left and right have published an open letter calling for an end to antisemitism on Twitter, the social media platform recently rebranded as “X” following its takeover last year by the controversial billionaire Elon Musk.
‘YOU BETTER RUN’: NEO-NAZIS TARGET VIOLENT THREATS AT JOURNALISTS COVERING TENNESSEE MAYORAL RACE
By JORDAN GREEN
Neo-Nazis attended a mayoral candidate forum Monday in Franklin, Tenn. – and what quickly followed was a spray of online threats against journalists from a racist gas-station owner linked to one of the candidates. The neo-Nazis milled outside the forum in the wealthy, small city outside of Nashville, as supporters of their favored candidate — Gabrielle Hanson — reportedly attempted to prevent a TV journalist from entering the room.
FLORIDA: MAN ARRESTED FOR DISRUPTING SYNAGOGUE SERVICE IN SUNNY ISLES BEACH
By HEATHER WALKER
A man is behind bars for allegedly making antisemitic threats to people walking to their Sunny Isles Beach temple during the Jewish holiday over the weekend. Sunny Isles Beach Police said 47-year-old Yudel Antonio Herrero was arrested in the case. He’s being charged with disturbing a religious assembly.
CALIFORNIA: EL DORADO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING TARGETED BY ANTISEMITIC HATE SPEECH, PHONE CALLS
CALIFORNIA: SANTA ROSA COUNCIL LATEST TO LIMIT PUBLIC COMMENTS AFTER RACIST AND ANTISEMITIC ONLINE COMMENTS
MEMORIALS TO UKRAINIAN NAZI ALLIES IN DETROIT, PHILADELPHIA ENTER SPOTLIGHT AFTER CANADIAN PARLIAMENT SCANDAL
SUSAN HALL: TORY MAYORAL CANDIDATE REFUSES TO APOLOGIZE AFTER SUGGESTING JEWISH PEOPLE ARE 'FRIGHTENED' BY SADIQ KHAN
By JENNIFER SCOTT AND ALEXANDRA ROGERS
The Conservative Party candidate for London mayor has refused to apologize after she claimed Jewish communities were "frightened" by Sadiq Khan. According to the Community Support Trust (CST) - a Jewish charity which monitors antisemitism - there were 447 incidents in Greater London between January and June 2023, which was a fall of 4% from the same period last year.
ANTISEMITISM LEVELS REMAIN HIGH IN GERMANY AMID FEARS OF RIGHT-WING SURGE
By CANAAN LIDOR
A German watchdog on antisemitism documented 2,480 incidents nationwide in 2022, constituting a nine percent decrease in comparison to the 2021 statistics. Separately, in the Netherlands, Jewish community professionals recorded a 15% decrease in antisemitic incidents in 2022 over the previous year, down to 155 incidents last year. “That is nearly seven incidents per day. Antisemitism in Germany remains at a high level,” Germany’s Federal Association of Research and Information Centers on Antisemitism, or RIAS, wrote in a statement about its annual report published Tuesday.
AUSTRALIA: HATE ON YOM KIPPUR EVE
By CARLY ADNO
A concerned motorist spotted a car with a neo-Nazi number plate, while NSW Police confirmed a report was made after antisemitic and neo-Nazi graffiti was located at an address in Kensington. “This graffiti has appeared in the eastern suburbs, which is home to a substantial Jewish community and occurred on the eve of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. The intent is to instill fear in our community, but they will fail," said Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) co-CEO Alex Ryvchin following a string of antisemitic incidents on the eve of Yom Kippur.
RUSSIA’S SECURITY COUNCIL DEPUTY CHAIRMAN DMITRY MEDVEDEV DRAWS COMPARISON BETWEEN NAZI GERMANY AND UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT
RUSSIAN FIRST DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UN DMITRY POLYANSKY SAID BLINKEN IS A NAZI APOLOGIST
IRANIAN ARMED FORCES CHIEF OF STAFF GEN. MOHAMMAD BAGHERI DELIVERS SPEECH WHILE SOLDIERS STAND IN FORMATION OVER A SURFACE EMBLAZONED WITH THE INSCRIPTION: “ISRAEL SHOULD BE ERASED”
Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Mohammad Bagheri Delivers Speech While Soldiers Stand in Formation Over a Surface Emblazoned with the Inscription: “Israel Should Be Erased.”
RICE UNIVERSITY LGBTQ GROUP CUTS TIES WITH HILLEL OVER SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL
By JACKIE HAJDENBERG
An LGBTQ student group at Rice University has cut ties with the school’s Hillel, in the latest instance of backlash from a progressive group against the Jewish campus organization’s support for Israel. The LGBTQ group, Rice Pride, announced the split last week in a statement on Instagram that said Hillel’s international umbrella group was “not reflective of the values of inclusion upheld by Rice Pride.”
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ATHLETES DISCIPLINED FOR GRAFFITING ANTISEMITIC MESSAGES OUTSIDE JEWISH CENTER
studies & statistics
ALMOST ALL JEWISH FRENCH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS EXPERIENCE ANTISEMITISM
By SAM HALPERN
Over 9 of 10 (91%) Jewish students at French universities say they experienced a minimum of one antisemitic antisemitic act during their time as a university student, according to a Thursday article from the French news outlet, Le Parisien. The survey reported by the French news organization was commissioned by the Union of Jewish Students in France (UEJF) and conducted by leading French pollster, the French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP).
government & policy update
BIDEN TASKS 8 CABINET DEPARTMENTS WITH EXTENDING CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS TO VICTIMS OF ANTISEMITISM
By RON KAMPEAS
The Biden administration is aiming to counter antisemitic discrimination in federally-funded transit systems, housing, food programs and other areas — one of the most major actions the White House has taken since it unveiled a far-reaching strategy to combat antisemitism in May. The administration announced that it is instructing eight cabinet departments to extend civil rights protections to victims of antisemitism and other forms of religious bigotry. The decision marks a broad expansion of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
NEW BLACK-JEWISH CAUCUS CHAIR DISCUSSES TRIP TO ISRAEL AND RWANDA
By MARC ROD
Rep. Nikema Williams (D-GA) said that, on a recent trip to Israel and Rwanda with fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus, she saw connections to and took inspiration for work she’s aiming to do as a new co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations.
MINNESOTA'S ATTORNEY GENERAL SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ANTI-JEWISH CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR ROSEVILLE'S SCHOOL BOARD
ISRAEL AMBASSADOR WARNS UN 'CONTAMINATED' BY ANTISEMITISM, SAYS PEACE WITH SAUDIS CAN 'TRANSFORM' REGION
TORAH SCROLL ON DISPLAY AT SAME SAUDI BOOK FAIR THAT USED TO FEATURE ANTISEMITIC LITERATURE
By ALL ISRAEL NEWS STAFF
This year’s annual Riyadh International Book Fair in Saudi Arabia had a highly unusual display of a 16th century Torah scroll, according to the Saudi Sabq news site. The text written on the scroll exhibition, simply read: “A scroll of leather, containing explanations and texts of the Torah in Hebrew. It dates back to the 16th century AD, according to estimates.” The presence of a Torah Scroll at the the Saudi International Book Fair in Riyadh is extraordinary and perhaps, unprecedented.