Ahead of the High Holiday season, the rise in antisemitic incidents have Jewish communities concerned about security. A new FBI report revealed that 58% of all religiously-motivated hate crimes in the U.S. in 2020 targeted Jews, and an Alums for Campus Fairness study found that nearly half of U.S. Jewish college students have been threatened for being Jewish. The CAM Information Hub’s August update tracked a surge of far-right Jew-hatred globally, driven largely by neo-Nazi vandalism and Holocaust trivialization tied to Covid-19 health measures. France in particular has seen rapid growth in the explicitly antisemitic “Qui?” movement.
In London, a Jewish journalist was assaulted twice on his way to synagogue, while in Brisbane, Australia, a Jewish man was attacked by a man shouting “Heil Hitler” while on his way to synagogue with his son.
In Massachusetts, a family came home to discover swastikas scrawled on their garage, and in New Mexico, a Jewish couple is fearful after a cross was burned in their yard. Back in the UK, swastika graffiti was found outside a retirement home for Jewish veterans, and in Rouffach, France, “Death to the Jews” was written on a cemetery wall.
Dutch Jews filed a legal complaint after a military memorabilia fair offered for sale a yellow ‘Jews star’ with the bio of its original owner, alongside busts of Adolf Hitler. US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib drew backlash for pressuring Israel to release the body of a Palestinian terrorist who attempted to kill Israelis. At the U.S. State Department, 70 employees called for the firing of a virulently antisemitic colleague.
Meanwhile, amid the global resurgence of antisemitism, the European Union announced it would publish its new blocwide strategy for combating antisemitism in October. In a call more than 1,000 rabbis, US President Joe Biden shared Rosh Hashanah greetings and spoke at length about the urgency of addressing rising antisemitism and bigotry in the U.S.