The New York Times published an article that claimed U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez changed her vote from “no” to “present” for the Iron Dome funding bill because of “still powerful pro-Israel voices in their party, such as influential lobbyists and rabbis.” The Times then retracted this age-old antisemitic trope about Jewish power, without comment. Speaking on the same issue, Osama Abuirshaid, Executive Director of American Muslims for Palestine, engaged in blood libel by saying that “Israel is a parasite that sucks the blood of America,” during a Jordanian TV interview.
A group of churches in Norway is organizing a photo exhibition which states Palestinians experience “daily crucifixions,” evoking a centuries-old Christian antisemitic trope of Jews as Christ-Killers. Meanwhile, the flag of Nazi Germany was raised over the Palestinian town of Beit Ummar, and a swastika was painted at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial in Germany.
Despite party leaders adopting a strong stance against antisemitism, UK Labour party activists managed to pass a motion that defined Israel as an apartheid state. In Canada, York University’s student union has engaged a fringe pro-BDS group to teach an antisemitism training to campus leaders. This week’s incidents demonstrate how classical antisemitic tropes and conspiracies are being prominently recycled and applied to contemporary topics across the ideological spectrum.