During the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the parliament of Ukraine passed a new law criminalizing antisemitism, and the U.S. states of New Jersey and Florida initiated steps to divest from Ben & Jerry’s parent company Unilever over support for the antisemitic BDS movement.
Thirty-four countries abstained this week from the UN’s Durban IV conference over its antisemitic legacy – double the number of nations that pulled out of Durban III. Meanwhile, as the Los Angeles teacher’s union unsuccessfully debated a pro-BDS resolution, three French education unions condemned the return of the “filthy beast” of antisemitism. Yesterday, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) slammed his colleague Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for trafficking in antisemitism after a fiery speech in which she urged members to not support Israel’s life-saving Iron Dome missile defense system.
Amidst these positive developments, CAM monitored an alarming increase in physical threats directed at Jews this week. This week’s global antisemitism report highlights 51 new media reports of antisemitic incidents. The total includes 20 (39.2%) from the far-right, 10 (19.6%) from the far-left, 7 (13.7%) with Islamist motivations, and 14 (27.5%) unidentifiable in nature.