Weekly Report – September 28
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.
With the Jewish High Holiday season underway, far-right antisemitic propaganda leaflets were distributed this week in the U.S. states of Georgia, California, South Carolina, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Following the start of the fall semester, multiple antisemitic incidents were reported on college campuses across the U.S. At the University of Texas in Austin, neo-Nazi symbols were graffitied outside a sorority house. At the University of Pennsylvania, the Hillel building was vandalized by an assailant shouting hateful obscenities, a day before the “Palestine Writes” literature festival featured several speakers with long records of antisemitic rhetoric.
Also this week, Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan addressed the Lithuanian Parliament on the 80th anniversary of the liquidation of the Vilna Ghetto and called on Lithuanian government officials to stop glorifying Nazi war criminals who were involved in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust.
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.
ADIDAS CEO: KANYE WEST DIDN'T MEAN ANTISEMITIC REMARKS
Adidas CEO Bjorn Gulden has defended the artist formerly known as Kanye West, saying he didn't think the divisive celebrity meant the antisemitic remarks that led to his lucrative Yeezy collaboration with the German sportswear giant being axed. Commenting on the scandal which has cost Adidas tens of millions in lost sales, Gulden told the In Good Company podcast that Ye had made some statements that weren't "that good."
100 JEWISH LEADERS CALL OUT ELON MUSK FOR ANTISEMITISM ON X, FORMERLY TWITTER: 'WE HAVE WATCHED IN HORROR'
By KERRY BREEN
A group of 100 Jewish leaders, including some prominent rabbis and academics, released a public letter criticizing X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, and its owner Elon Musk for enabling a "new stage of antisemitic discourse." According to the letter, the group's concerns began with Musk's takeover of the site in October 2022. Musk has been criticized for allowing previously banned users back onto the platform, including Andrew Tate, Kanye West and some notorious neo-Nazi figures, and for reducing content moderation on the site. Musk — who has said he wants to promote "free speech" — has also floated the idea of removing the site's "block" feature.
MARYLAND: ANTISEMITIC GRAFFITI AND WHITE SUPREMACIST FLYERS SURFACE IN BALTIMORE COUNTY AHEAD OF YOM KIPPUR
'STOP THE STEAL' ORGANIZER ALI ALEXANDER: FOX'S MARK LEVIN IS 'INHERENTLY A FOREIGNER' BECAUSE 'HE'S JEWISH'
ISLAM CHANNEL FINED £40,000 OVER 'ANTISEMITIC' CONSPIRACY THEORY DOCUMENTARY
By FELIX POPE
A UK-based TV channel for British muslims has been fined £40,000 after airing an "antisemitic" documentary that claimed Israel was trying to take over part of Argentina and Chile. The conspiracy theory first appeared in a magazine published by a group of Argentinian neo-Nazis led by the sons of Holocaust architect Adolf Eichman. Sparked by a suggestion by political activist Theodore Herzl that a future Jewish state could lie in Argentina, it typically involves the belief that there is an international plot to promote Jewish migration to the country, take control of its economy, and eventually seize its land.
MORE THAN 40 JEWISH GRAVES DESECRATED IN GERMANY
By I24 NEWS
More than 40 graves at a Jewish cemetery were vandalized in Germany, officials said on Wednesday. The crime occurred sometime between September 15 and 19, according to a joint statement by police and prosecutors in Dessau-Rosslau, part of eastern Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt state. Authorities became aware of the incident on Tuesday.
AUSTRALIA: VILE GRAFFITI SHOWS UP AS NEO-NAZIS GATECRASH ‘NO’ RALLY
Neo-Nazis have taken to an underpass in Melbourne’s west to scrawl disturbing anti-Semitic slurs ahead of the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.
RUSSIAN SECURITY COUNCIL SECRETARY NIKOLAY PATRUSHEV LABELS UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT AS ‘NAZI-TERRORIST REGIME’
PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS DEFEND PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS' REMARKS ON HOLOCAUST AND JEWS
Many Palestinian officials rushed to defend Abbas and to justify his statements about antisemitism and the Jews. They asserted that his claims were "historical facts" documented in books by Jewish, Israeli and American writers and researchers. At the same time they claimed that his comments had been deliberately taken out of context or distorted in order to undermine Abbas' efforts to promote the Palestinian cause.
ROGER WATERS ACCUSES STUDENT PAPER OF ‘DIVERSIONARY TACTICS’ AFTER US CAMPUS BAN
By KATIE GRANT
Roger Waters commented in the video that he is “struck” how the newspaper article is “all about how I might be an antisemite”. He claimed this is a “diversionary tactic” so this becomes “the big news story”. This is because, he says, the newspaper wanted to “play down” that a festival about Palestinian literature is taking place. “If they can get you thinking and talking about antisemitism then you won’t be thinking about the fact that Palestinians have no human rights in the occupied territories,” Waters said.
MARYLAND: GROUP OF STUDENTS PERFORMED ANTISEMITIC ‘SALUTE’ AT MONTGOMERY BLAIR HIGH SCHOOL, PRINCIPAL REPORTS
Analysis & op-eds
FROM A ZIONIST STORM TO MOSSAD SHARKS: WHAT ARE THE MOST INVENTIVE ANTISEMITIC THEORIES?
By ORLANDO RADICE
studies & statistics
NEARLY ONE-FIFTH OF GERMANS THINK JEWS WANT TO 'TAKE ADVANTAGE' OF THE HOLOCAUST
By FRIEDRICH EBERT FOUNDATION
The study, commissioned by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a political organization associated with the Social Democratic party, surveyed 2,000 Germans at the beginning of this year asking them a wide range of questions about their views on society. According to the foundation, the study’s purpose is to “provide information about the spread, development and background of right-wing extremist, misanthropic and anti-democratic attitudes in Germany.”
SURVEY: 73% OF UK JEWS FELT HELD RESPONSIBLE ‘IN SOME WAY’ BY NON-JEWS FOR GAZA CONFLICT
By INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH POLICY RESEARCH
government & policy update
US ENVOY DISCUSSES ANTISEMITISM AND DIPLOMACY WITH I24NEWS
By MIKE WAGENHEIM
Deborah Lipstadt, the U.S. State Department's Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combatting Antisemitism, sat down with i24NEWS Tuesday evening on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York. In a wide ranging conversation, Lipstadt spoke on many topics, from the recent meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Elon Musk to the U.S. State Department's involvement in the UN's plan to combat antisemitism.
LABOUR CONFIRM 40% OF DISCIPLINARY CASES HEARD BY NEC PANEL INVOLVE ANTISEMITISM CLAIMS
By LEE HARPIN
Newly published statistics confirm that 40 per cent of disciplinary cases handled by a panel on Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) involved allegations of antisemitism during the first two quarters of this year. The new report confirmed that in contrast to 40 percent of complaints concerning claims of anti-Jewish racism, 18.67% of cases involved allegations of bullying, harassment or intimidation while 9.33% involved allegations of homophobia.
ISRAEL’S NEW ANTISEMITISM ENVOY PRIMED FOR BATTLE IN ‘ONGOING WAR’
By LAHAV HARKOV
“People are congratulating me and I want to cry,” she told Jewish Insider during an interview in Jerusalem this week. “It’s 2023 and countries need to appoint special envoys for combating antisemitism… It’s not something we should be celebrating. It’s a testament to the rise and mainstreaming of antisemitism.”
CANADA HOUSE SPEAKER RESIGNS AFTER CELEBRATING UKRAINIAN VETERAN WHO FOUGHT FOR NAZI UNIT IN WORLD WAR II
AMERICAN-ISRAELI HOOPSTER JARED ARMSTRONG SEEKS TO BUILD BLACK-JEWISH TIES THROUGH SPORTS
On the hardwood, Jared Armstrong is the point guard for a hungry Elizur Ashkelon squad seeking promotion to the Israeli Basketball Premier League. Off the court, the 27-year-old Slippery Rock University graduate who grew up in Maryland before moving to Philadelphia as a teen is looking to leverage sports as a platform to combat antisemitism and racism globally and foster closer ties between the Black and Jewish communities in the United States. “I’m both Black and Jewish, and American and Israeli,” he said. “I want people to realize it is possible for communities to come together, I’m living proof of this, and the way I do it is with sports.”
FREEPORT HOLDS ANTI-HATE RALLY AFTER RECENT RACIST, ANTISEMITIC VANDALISM
By LUNA SOLEY
Over 50 people gathered in front of Freeport Town Hall Friday to show support for targeted minority communities after a series of recent incidents of racist and antisemitic vandalism. “Hatred and oppression thrive in darkness and flourish through inaction,” Dan Piltch, Councilor for District 1, said at the rally. “It’s our shared responsibility to bring them to light.”