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The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) publishes a regular feature highlighting “good news” in the fight against the world’s oldest hatred.
Here are five such stories from December 2023:
Two and half months after the October 7th attack, the largest “Bring Them Home Now” street mural in the world — calling for the release of the nearly 130 hostages still held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip — was unveiled on Dec. 20 near Los Angeles, California, in an initiative co-organized by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) and Artists 4 Israel.
More than 100 communal leaders and activists gathered outside the Ample Entertainment headquarters on Washington Boulevard in Culver City for the event.
Imagine being held hostage by terrorists for 75 days. How would you want the world to react?
The #BringThemHomeNow mural in Culver City, the largest of its kind in the world, features posters with mirrors, allowing those passing by to envision themselves as hostages.
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) December 21, 2023
Natalie Sanandaji, survivor of the Nova music festival massacre in southern Israel, returned to the scene of the attack on on Dec. 18, and was reunited with the previously-unidentified man who saved her as she and her friends fled the Hamas terrorists.
Natalie transformed her life and career post-October 7th, and the 28-year-old Long Island native now works as a public affairs officer for CAM.
An American at the Nova Music Festival believed she was about to die under a tree, as a strange truck approached. Then, a stranger rescued her. She never got a chance to thank him. She didn’t know his name. We were with her when she tracked him down. @mtawfeeqCNN @NatSanandaji pic.twitter.com/2RUINGwrdC
— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) December 21, 2023
Municipal leaders from more than 50 cities gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in mid-November for the 2023 North American Mayors Summit Against Antisemitism, organized by CAM, and among them was Mayor Jeremy Levi, representing Hampstead, Quebec, an independent Montreal suburb known for its large and vibrant Jewish community.
Several weeks after his return home to Canada, Mayor Levi spoke with CAM Editor-in-Chief Barney Breen-Portnoy to reflect on his experience at the summit and discuss the important role cities have to play in the collective effort to counter rising antisemitism across the globe, particularly in the wake of the October 7th Hamas attack in Israel.
— Mayor Jeremy Levi (@jerlevi) December 27, 2023
Dozens of ambassadors and diplomatic officials from across North and South America gathered at the Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 14 for a special forum — “Human Rights in Crisis: The Inter-American Role in Combating the Global Rise of Antisemitism” — organized by CAM.
At the @OAS_official headquarters, dozens of diplomatic officials from North and South America, including H.E. Ambassador @turkabdala, Spanish journalist @RaholaOficial, and Hector Shamis, advisor to OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro, gathered for a special forum on the… pic.twitter.com/tw6Dpl1Xhi
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) December 14, 2023
Following her keynote remarks at the third annual Latin America-Israel Forum hosted by CAM in Montevideo, Uruguay, in November, well-known Spanish journalist and former politician Pilar Rahola embarked on an international speaking tour to share her insights on the Israel-Hamas war and the global fight against antisemitism.
“Fighting against Hamas is fighting for humanity. Fighting against Hamas is fighting for the Palestinians,” said Spanish journalist and former politician Pilar @RaholaOficial who recently embarked on an international speaking tour to share her insights on the Israel-Hamas war and… pic.twitter.com/6xXlIwdv3c
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) December 12, 2023