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The CAM Antisemitism Research Center collects comprehensive antisemitism data from around the world on a constant basis, and publishes a regular feature on the top ten antisemitic incidents that shook Jewish communities globally during the preceding month.
The ten most shocking antisemitic incidents of December 2023 are as follows:
When New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik asked directly if “calling for the genocide of Jews” was against the codes of conduct of Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania, all three presidents said the answer “depends on the context.”
They say it “depends on the context.” How disgraceful!
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) December 6, 2023
On Dec. 14, German authorities arrested four individuals affiliated with Hamas, suspected of planning attacks on Jewish institutions in Berlin.
This came just hours after reports of a foiled terror attack in Denmark. Danish authorities said they had made several arrests in a coordinated action across the country on suspicion of preparation for an antisemitic terrorist attack.
Denmark and Germany arrest alleged Hamas terrorist cell in network crossing multiple European borders https://t.co/htJIyQfGnl
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 14, 2023
A man who fired a shotgun twice outside Temple Israel in Albany, New York, on Dec. 7 told police “Free Palestine” as he was taken into custody.
No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred just before the start of Hanukkah.
The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Mufid Fawaz Alkhader.
A 28-year-old man was arrested after firing shots outside a synagogue in Albany, New York on Thursday, just before the start of Hanukkah.
He shouted “Free Palestine” while being taken into custody.
Law enforcement must remain on high alert during the holiday season to guarantee… pic.twitter.com/s90QUmxXZR
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) December 8, 2023
The Stark County Sheriff’s Office said it responded to a Plain Township residence on Sept. 7 for a report of a 13-year-old boy engaging in “concerning conversations” on a social media platform. Those conversations included numerous threats toward the Temple Israel on 30th Street NW in Canton.
Canton, Ohio – A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with planning a mass shooting at the Temple Israel synagogue.
When children are planning to murder Jews, it’s clear there are deep-rooted issues in our society that need to be addressed.https://t.co/Ly94Tf8ToG
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) December 14, 2023
A nursery director in Champigny-sur-Marne, a suburb of Paris, was the target of a severe antisemitic attack on Dec. 12. An unknown man armed with a knife broke into the nursery, confronting the director with alarming threats.
The assailant’s words, “You’re Jewish, you’re a Zionist. Five of us will come to rape you, cut you up like they do in Gaza,” caused widespread concern and condemnation.
A nursery director in Champigny-sur-Marne, a suburb of Paris, was the target of a severe antisemitic attack on Tuesday. An unknown man armed with a knife broke into the nursery, confronting the director with alarming threats.
The assailant’s words, “You’re Jewish, you’re a… pic.twitter.com/6Hn4zpBZmB
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) December 15, 2023
A group of Israelis hanging posters on the streets of London of hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza was attacked twice on Thursday, according to footage published by Channel 12 News.
In the first incident, which was not filmed, the group was hanging posters in north London’s Camden Town market area, when a woman began to shout at them. She accused them of spreading lies, and voiced support for the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group.
Later in the day in nearby Chalk Farm, in northwest London, they reported another violent encounter as they were hanging posters.
— Elad Simchayoff (@Elad_Si) December 22, 2023
Jewish groups are calling for more to be done to address hate after the arrest of an Ottawa youth in an alleged plot against the Jewish community.
The RCMP has confirmed that the youth arrested last week on terrorism charges has been charged with three additional offences after… pic.twitter.com/DvzuEl4mOk
— B’nai Brith Canada (@bnaibrithcanada) December 20, 2023
In a Dec. 27 speech in Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the systematic slaughter of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust was not as bad as Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza, and likened Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in the Strip to that of Jews rounded up in concentration and death camps.
“We’ve seen the Nazi camps of Israel. How does this happen? They used to talk about Hitler, but how are you any different than Hitler?” he asked of Israel.
“This is even worse than Hitler,” he added to raucous applause. “What Netanyahu is doing is no less than what Hitler did.”
“Hitler was not as rich as [Netanyahu] is,” Erdogan continued after a short pause. “He is richer than Hitler. He takes support from the West, he receives all kinds of support from the U.S., and with all that support, 20,000 Gazans have been killed.”
Following Hamas’ brutal attack on Israel, anti-Jewish hate in Turkey has unfortunately been on the rise and has not only strained the ties between these two nations, but also dealt a severe blow to their decade-long reconciliation process. https://t.co/dtb5jivtq9 pic.twitter.com/SPtfPF1go8
— Combat Antisemitism Movement (@CombatASemitism) January 11, 2024
As Jewish communities worldwide celebrated Hanukkah, the festivities were clouded by the ongoing global surge of antisemitic incidents triggered by the October 7th Hamas attack in Israel.
Even in calmer times, the annual eight-day Jewish “Festival of Lights” is generally accompanied by a spike of antisemitic incidents worldwide, as the holiday’s high visibility — with menorahs on display in prominent open locations and the windows of private homes — provides an easily-accessible, target-rich environment for Jew-haters.
And unfortunately, this year was no exception.
Yesterday in New Haven, CT, a Menorah, a historic symbol of Jewish heritage, was desecrated by pro-Palestinian demonstrators. Such acts are not legitimate criticisms of Israel. Attacking Jewish symbols directly is antisemitism.
These actions must be recognized for what they are:… pic.twitter.com/aAVIpEszkm
— Sacha Roytman (@SachaRoytman) December 10, 2023
The AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, the site of a 1994 bombing that killed 85 people, was hit with a bomb threat on Dec. 6.
Law enforcement searched the premises and determined that the threat was a false alarm. The building’s operations continued normally during the search, according to the Buenos Aires Herald.
Bomb threat sent to Buenos Aires Jewish center hit in deadly 1994 attack https://t.co/HDtrpicOqa . Click to read ⬇️
— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) December 7, 2023
For more information on CAM’s antisemitism incidents data, please visit: combatantisemitism.org/research