Weekly Report – September 7
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.
An uptick in white supremacist activities across the United States was monitored by the CAM Antisemitism Research Center this week. In Orlando, Florida, a group of neo-Nazis displayed hateful antisemitic messages outside the entrance to Disney World. Far-right propaganda leaflets propagating conspiracy theories about Jews were distributed in California, Texas, New York, and Wisconsin, in a continuation of a nationwide trend.
Antisemitic incidents in Germany continued to draw headlines, with two Dutch tourists being physically attacked in Berlin by assailants shouting bigoted remarks about Jews. In Hanau, Germany, a man approached a group of students and began spewing antisemitic remarks while performing the Nazi salute. In the UK, ex-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised Finsbury Park Mosque as a “place of peace, hope and solidarity” only a few days after the tax-funded institution was exposed as having hosted several antisemitic imams.
In Belgium, Development Minister Caroline Gennez claimed Israel was “wiping entire Palestinian villages from the map.” In Russia, President Vladimir Putin asserted the West had put Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who he called an “ethnic Jew,” in power to cover up the country’s “glorification of Nazism.” This remark marked a continuation of a steady line of rhetoric from the Kremlin distorting the Holocaust to justify Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
In the Middle East this week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas posited that Jews were targeted for extermination by the Nazis because of “money lending and usury, not antisemitism.” A total of four Israelis were wounded in two Jerusalem terror attacks, which the Palestinian Authority did not denounce.
This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 38 new reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 25 (65.80%) from the far-right, 1 (2.63%) from the far-left, 9 (23.68%) with Islamist motivations, and 3 (7.89%) unidentifiable in nature.
NEO-NAZI GROUPS SPEW HATE OUTSIDE DISNEY WORLD AND NEAR ORLANDO, OFFICIALS SAY
By JULIANNE MCSHANE
Groups of neo-Nazis and white supremacists spread antisemitic, white supremacist and anti-LGBTQ messages outside Disney World and in the nearby Orlando, Florida, area Saturday in the latest examples of rising antisemitism in the U.S., officials said. About 15 people wearing clothing and bearing flags emblazoned with Nazi insignia demonstrated outside the entrance to the Disney Springs shopping center, said the Orange County Sheriff's Office, which said deputies were dispatched around 10:40 a.m.
ANTISEMITIC LONDON MOSQUE IS A 'PLACE OF PEACE,' JEREMY CORBYN CLAIMS
By DANIELLE GREYMAN-KENNARD
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised Finsbury Park Mosque on X as a “place of peace, hope and solidarity” only a few days after the Jewish Chronicle exposed the tax-funded mosque as having hosted a number of antisemitic imams and other Muslim officials.
DUTCH TOURISTS WERE INSULTED AND BEATEN IN AN ANTISEMITIC MANNER IN BERLIN
Two tourists were insulted and attacked in an antisemitic manner in Neuklen on Thursday night. According to preliminary information from the police headquarters, the two men aged 38 and 49 from the Netherlands were riding bicycles in the northern district of Berlin.
ORGANIZER OF ANTISEMITISM SUMMIT IN OTTAWA WANTS TO FACE HATRED AND FIGHT IT
By CHRIS KNIGHT
“What starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews.” It’s a well-worn phrase, but a good fit for an upcoming antisemitism conference to be hosted in Ottawa by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and Canada’s Jewish Federations. That’s because the gathering aims to address, engage and overcome not just Jew-hate, but hatred and intolerance more generally.
BELGIAN MINISTER: ISRAELIS ARE 'WIPING PALESTINIAN VILLAGES OFF THE MAP'
By DANIELLE GREYMAN-KENNARD
The situation in the West Bank is "untenable" as “entire villages are being wiped off the map by the Israelis in a “forgotten crisis,” Belgium’s Development Minister Caroline Gennez said in an interview with De Morgen earlier this week. The minister later defended her comments, which were later welcomed and celebrated by Palestinian terror group Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Minister Gennez said that 2023 is considered the “bloodiest year in a long time in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
PUTIN CLAIMS THE WEST INSTALLED JEWISH VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY AS PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE 'TO COVER UP THE GLORIFICATION OF NAZISM': KYIV CONDEMNS HIS 'MANIACAL ANTISEMITISM'
POLISH NEO-NAZIS AND WHITE SUPREMACISTS USE YOUTUBE TO HOST PODCASTS, LIVESTREAMS, AND OTHER VIDEO CONTENT; SPREAD HOLOCAUST DENIAL NARRATIVES AND ANTISEMITISM
PALESTINIAN STABS MAN NEAR JERUSALEM’S OLD CITY, IS SHOT DEAD
By RON KAMPEAS
A Palestinian assailant used a kitchen knife to stab a man at a light rail station next to Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday, in the latest in a surge in violence in the West Bank and Israel. A policeman who was on board the light rail car saw the stabbing and exited the train before shooting the assailant dead. First responders said the stabbed man was conscious and suffered moderate injuries. “I provided initial treatment to a man who was stabbed in his back, after which he was transported to Shaare Zedek hospital,” said Shlomo Gensler, a physician with the United Hatzalah volunteer group.
PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS: HITLER FOUGHT THE EUROPEAN JEWS BECAUSE OF THEIR USURY, MONEY DEALINGS, IT WAS NOT ABOUT ANTISEMITISM
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY: THE ‘COVETOUS” JEWS “DEFILE’ THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE, HAVE BEGUN PREPARING FOR ‘BUILDING THE ALLEGED TEMPLE’
A SWISS UNIVERSITY IS HIRING ITS NEXT JEWISH STUDIES PROFESSOR, JEWS NEED NOT APPLY
By JACKIE HAJDENBERG
A public university in Switzerland is looking for its next Jewish studies professor, and one requirement on the job posting has drawn scrutiny from local Jews: all applicants to the position must be Catholic. Even though the university is public, that academic department is officially affiliated with the Catholic Church — which prohibits non-Catholic professors from teaching “doctrinal” courses such as philosophy, liturgy, scripture, Catholic theology, and fundamental theology.
CALIFORNIA PROFESSOR LEADING PUSH FOR MANDATORY ETHNIC STUDIES CLASSES A STAUNCH ANTI-ZIONIST, ACTIVISTS WARN
By DION J. PIERRE
Analysis & op-eds
ANTHROPOLOGY BOYCOTT OF ISRAELI UNIVERSITIES IS MISGUIDED AND DISCRIMINATORY
By CYNTHIA SALTZMAN AND GEOFFREY E. BRASWELL
studies & statistics
STUDY SHOWS MARKED RISE IN RELIGION-BASED HATE CRIMES IN US
By DANIEL EDELSON AND GILAD MEIRI
Record-breaking spike in hate crimes targeting Jews seen in in-depth study; the acts are fueled by IDF operations, white supremacy and online conspiracy theories; New York City is where most attacks recorded. The latest California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) study shows that hate crimes in major U.S. cities are the highest that they have been in a decade, with Jews being the victims of 78% of all attacks. This is a 28% rise from the previous year with a total of 470 incidents.
government & policy update
AFTER LEADING MINISTER JOKED ABOUT NAZIS, FINLAND MOVES TO CRIMINALIZE HOLOCAUST DENIAL
By ANDREW LAPIN
The government of Finland agreed on a policy to combat racism and Holocaust denial on Thursday in the wake of multiple racism and neo-Nazi scandals that have rocked the administration in its early months. The governing coalition’s parties agreed on the content of a statement submitted to Finnish parliament that calls for “non-discrimination in Finnish society,” according to a press release, and for new legislation to work toward that goal.
OLIVIER KLEIN APPOINTED AS INTERMINISTERIAL DELEGATE FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST RACISM, ANTISEMITISM, AND ANTI-LGBT HATRED
HOW TEENS IN MISSOURI ARE EXPERIENCING ANTISEMITISM — AND WHAT THEY’RE DOING ABOUT IT
By GABRIELLE HAYS
Missouri saw a 59 percent spike in hate crimes in 2021 — a record high, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. A look at the FBI’s hate crime data, released in December 2022, shows Missouri saw more anti-Jewish hate crimes in 2021 than the two previous years combined. At nine incidents, it was the highest number since 2015, according to voluntary reports by the state’s police departments.