Antisemitism

Antisemitism is hostility towards or prejudice against the Jewish people. Since biblical times, Jews experienced periods in which they were persecuted for refusing to adopt the religion and culture of the ruling societies in which they lived. The rise of Christianity and perception of Jews as rejectors of Jesus led to a rise in antisemitism.

'Revenge of the Elders of Zion': Fighting antisemitism meets dark humor

Imaginative and entertaining is an apt description of the novel as a whole. It does not fit neatly into any standard genre. It is essentially a fast-moving thriller.

Urban Dictionary tweets allegedly antisemitic definition of 'anti-Zionism'

Many Twitter users were outraged with the retweet of anti-Zionism and accompanying definition given by Urban Dictionary, many deeming it antisemitic.

Orthodox Jews arrive during the 13th Siyum HaShas, a celebration marking the completion of the Daf Y
NJ man pleads guilty to threatening Orthodox Jews in March

A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to threatening the Jewish community of Lakewood over violations of the state’s lockdown rules that took place there in March.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
12/08/2020
Nazis who killed children ran German children’s homes after the war

After World War II, both Werner Scheu and Albert Viethen were among a group of former Nazi officials who ran children’s homes in West Germany where torture, abuse and malnourishment were commonplace.

By BEN SALES/JTA
12/08/2020
HolocaustFaceMasks.com stops selling the masks and plans to shut down

A website dedicated to selling face masks featuring images of the Holocaust has stopped selling the masks and said it would shut down on Aug. 11.

By BEN SALES/JTA
12/08/2020
Stephen Jacobs has designed two Holocaust memorials in Europe.
Architect designed a memorial honoring Albanians who saved Jews

Jacobs, 81, agreed to work on the memorial after learning that Albania was the only country in Europe that had more Jews after World War II than it did before.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
12/08/2020
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French Jewish man assaulted in a violent antisemitic attack in Paris

“Dirty Jew! Dirty Jewish son of a whore, you’re a dead man! We will kill you! Dirty Race!”

By SARAH CHEMLA
13/08/2020
Facebook updates policy on antisemitism, moving closer to IHRA definition

"We’re updating our policies to more specifically account for certain kinds of implicit hate speech or stereotypes about Jewish people controlling the world," Facebook said.

Elderly patient hit by UK hospital worker after being identified as Jewish

“We can confirm that we recently received a complaint about an alleged assault that is said to have occurred a few weeks ago on one of our wards,"

Billionaire investor George Soros speaks to the audience at the Schumpeter Award in Vienna, Austria
Bulgaria's Jews slam deputy PM for George Soros conspiracy comment

The backlash against these comments come on the 32nd day of the ongoing protests in Bulgaria, calling on the government to step down.

11/08/2020
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators carrying a sign reading "DBS" (Divestment, Boycott, and Sanctions) mar
How to stop antisemitism during a pandemic

The blatant bigotry against Jews has relentlessly risen on campuses.

By AVI D. GORDON
10/08/2020
Jewish student verbally assaulted in English pub

The man, claiming he was German, said that the student "looks like a Jew" and that "we should have f**king gassed the lot of you."

Douglas Macgregor
Jewish groups take aim at Trump’s pick for ambassador to Germany

Jewish groups have put the man under fire for his past statements about Muslim immigrants and for downplaying the importance of Nazi history.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
08/08/2020
British rapper Wiley
British rapper Wiley's MBE, honor award, under review by UK Cabinet

Wiley was appointed The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire award in the the 2018 New Years Honours for his services to music.

USC Bovard Auditorium
SWC exhorts USC to 'take action' after student resigned over anti-Zionism

“When students are hounded out of elected positions in student government, in whole or part, because they identify as Zionists, that constitutes pernicious and ugly acts of hatred."

By SARAH CHEMLA
07/08/2020
NAACP PHILADELPHIA Chapter president Rodney Muhammad
Philadelphia Jewish Federation won’t cooperate with local NAACP

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia said it will not work with the local chapter of the NAACP over “an alarming amount of bigoted and anti-Jewish sentiments”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/08/2020
Dallas prayer service ‘Zoom bombed’ with antisemitic messages

The incident took place on July 30, the Jewish fast day of Tisha B’Av.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/08/2020
Polish-language newspaper in Toronto blames Jews for the pandemic

B’nai Brith Canada, an organization that fights antisemitism, has filed a police complaint over the article published twice by the Głos Polski weekly.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
07/08/2020
USC student gov't head quit because she was harassed for being pro-Israel

She said the USC student government “has failed to be an inclusive space for numerous communities on campus.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/08/2020
When celebrities, antisemitism and Israel collide

A quick review of comments made by predominantly black actors, athletes and musicians reveals that the time-tested tradition of blaming the Jews when things get tough has not gone out of style.

06/08/2020
Shabbat packages preparation and distribution at the Jewish community of Irkutsk in Siberia, Russia,
Jews in Russia fear low levels of antisemitism are temporary

A new study comparing Jewish life in Russia 30 years ago and today finds anxiety about the future

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
06/08/2020
THE UNICORN Rarity displays a Black Lives Matter sign.
Nazis infiltrate ‘My Little Pony’ fandom

How did the fanbase around a children’s show preaching kindness and acceptance become a home for White Supremacists and the far Right?

07/08/2020
The Twitter application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017
NCYI calls on social media to adopt international antisemitism definition

Both Twitter and Facebook have been criticized for allowing antisemitic content to remain on their sites.

TikTok skips Knesset meeting on antisemitic online content

"We are happy to meet with members of the Knesset to address their questions and look forward to engaging with them at the earliest opportunity," TikTok told 'The Jerusalem Post' on Wednesday.

06/08/2020
Holocaust curriculum designed by survivor goes live

The curriculum is the first designed and developed by a living Holocaust survivor, and includes six lesson plans designed by a living Holocaust survivor.

Premiere of Netflix’s 'The Umbrella Academy' season 1 held at the ArcLight Hollywood - Arrivals Feat
'Umbrella Academy' under fire for alleged use of antisemitic tropes

Mainly for their depiction of an underground society of "lizard people" who control the world from the shadows, and a Yiddish-speaking handler who was implied to be Jewish in the series.

Youtube to 'Post': Wiley's channel taken down for 'repeated violations'

The rapper published a series of tweets last month asserting that Jews systematically exploited Black artists.

Former Kansas City Chiefs star tweets Jews involved in pedophilia

Johnson played for the Chiefs until 2009, when he was suspended for “conduct detrimental to the club” for a series of tweets using gay slurs. He was later waived by the team.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
05/08/2020
Comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala
French Holocaust denier Alain Soral arrested, his ally Dieudonne banned

Police in France have again arrested Alain Soral, one of the country’s most prominent purveyors of anti-Semitic sentiment.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
05/08/2020
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Jewish, Black historical Virginia cemeteries vandalized with Nazi symbol

The triskele, or triskelion, looks like three interlocking sevens and was one of many ancient European symbols appropriated by the Nazis and later by white supremacist groups.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
05/08/2020
BDS ‘Jew-hater’ convicted for violent assault in Germany

Conviction appears to be the first criminal penalty for violent BDS activity

Biden to hold fund raiser focusing on fighting antisemitism

The videoconference event will feature a conversation on the subject between two Jewish lawmakers – Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nevada, and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
04/08/2020
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn reacts at a launch event for the Labour party
Corbyn's local Labour Party to debate rejecting IHRA antisemitism meaning

The motion calls to debate rejecting the IHRA definition of antisemitism as well as the Board of Deputies' "Ten Pledges."

04/08/2020
Antisemitic French comedian Dieudonne banned by Facebook and Instagram

"Facebook and Instagram are 'better later than never', but now the Courts must enforce justice against the leading hatemonger of France.”

By SARAH CHEMLA
05/08/2020
British music stars blast antisemitism, resurrect Rock Against Racism

The letter comes amid a growing global movement to tackle racism following the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in police custody in the United States.

By REUTERS
04/08/2020
New Labour Party leader Keir Starmer
Unite union to review donations following Labour antisemitism lawsuit

The Labour Party apologized and agreed to pay damages to seven whistleblowers who sued the party for defamation after they were denounced for telling the BBC about antisemitism in the party.

Black British paper pulls Wiley’s remarks on Jews, defends publishing them

“The Voice has not, and makes it clear again, supported or in any way condoned the outbursts by Wiley that the Jewish community finds offensive,” the statement said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
01/08/2020
Nick Cannon reviews Bari Weiss’ ‘How to Fight Anti-Semitism’

Today, he posted his review on Instagram, calling the book “an insightful and powerful read.”

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
01/08/2020
Twitter permanently bans former KKK leader David Duke

Duke’s final tweet included a link to an interview he had conducted with Germar Rudolf, who was convicted of Holocaust denial in Germany.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
01/08/2020
A CHILD plays in New York City during the pandemic
Shomrim volunteer assaulted with a knife by assailants in New York

Police claim that three of the four suspects were detained by officers, with the fourth still at large within the area.

United Nations appoints first 'UN Focal Point' to monitor antisemitism

High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Ángel Moratinos, will now be tasked with "enhancing a system-wide response" to combat antisemitism.

British rapper Wiley
UK rapper Wiley says 'I'm not racist' after antisemitic posts

The rapper’s Twitter account, which had half a million followers, published a series of tweets last week asserting that Jews systematically exploited Black artists in the music industry.

By REUTERS
29/07/2020
Survivors appeal to Facebook to remove Holocaust denial posts

In digital campaign, message to Zuckerberg is “Holocaust denial posts on Facebook are hate speech and must be removed!”

30/07/2020
Ice Cube agrees to support condemning antisemitism with ZOA president

Abdul-Jabbar wrote an op-ed in The Hollywood Reporter taking celebrities to task for posting antisemitic statements on social media.

Swastika, other graffiti spray-painted on Jewish buildings in Cleveland

Graffiti also was discovered on a supermarket across the street that has been vandalized previously.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
28/07/2020
Swastika on a wall (illustrative)
Florida man to be charged with vandalism of 2 synagogues in Sarasota

Victor Martinez, 21, was named by the Sarasota Country Sheriff’s Office as the previously unidentified man who spray-painted swastikas and hate messages on both Sarasota synagogues.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
28/07/2020
1936 Berlin Summer Olympics
IOC removes video tweeted celebrating 1936 Berlin Olympics

The apology did not note the substance of the objection to the inclusion of the video.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
28/07/2020
Boycotting Twitter to protest its handling of antisemitism could backfire

First, there’s the issue of this boycott catalyzing around a Black man.

By RABBI EMILY COHEN/JTA
28/07/2020
French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy
Bernard-Henri Levy called ‘Jewish dog’ during visit to Libya

Controversy over French intellectual’s visit sparks protest, government denials that they hosted him in the war-torn country.

Nazi Swastika
Walmart shoppers wear swastika face masks to protest Biden – watch

“If you vote for [Joe] Biden, you’re going to be living in Nazi Germany,” the woman told Mueller.

Mass grave of Holocaust victims in the Ukraine.
Bodies of 286 Jews murdered in Holocaust found in Ukraine basement

The basements were opened after the war, but they were left open without moving the bodies with a sign marking it as the place of a mass murder.

26/07/2020
Jay Electronica
Jay Electronica joins fellow rappers in tweeting antisemitic tirade

Electronica's tweets come in the same week as both Nick Cannon and Wiley were dropped by their management companies for claiming blacks are the true Jews.

Jewish leaders call on NAACP leader to resign over antisemitism

"To call the Jewish people oppressors with everything that we had to overcome over all these years is wrong in every level."

People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo
Twitter users call for 48 hour boycott of site due to antisemitism

The campaign was sparked over the lack of action taken against British rapper Wiley, who made several antisemitic comments on the platform.

26/07/2020
Star of David
Germany's antisemitism czar calls to investigate German celebrity chef

Vegan chef Atilla Hildmann has used the his Telegram account as a platform to attack Jews and Zionists, calling them "parasites" and "subhumans."

25/07/2020
British rapper Wiley
Police probes UK rapper Wiley after antisemitic Twitter tirade

"Antisemitic? Are u stupid? Do you know what these people do to the world?" Wiley wrote.

26/07/2020
Islamic Relief Worldwide
Charity leader calls Jews 'grandchildren of monkeys, pigs', resigns

Khalifa resigned on Wednesday after The Times, which initially revealed the social media posts, approached IRW.

26/07/2020
German rapper Farid Bang poses during a photocall upon arrival for the 2018 Echo Music Award ceremon
German city enlists rapper who joked about Holocaust for COVID-19 PSA

The municipality of Düsseldorf posted a public service announcement featuring Farid Bang on its Facebook page Wednesday.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/07/2020
THOUSANDS OF New Yorkers gather in Foley Square last week at the No Hate. No Fear. solidarity march
Vaccinating against the virus of antisemitism

Reaching out to others may help in fight against anti-Semitism, Wiesenthal Center official says

By JOSHUA ROBBIN MARKS/THE MEDIA LINE
25/07/2020
An Orthodox Jewish man wears a mask while talking on a cellphone in the Orthodox Jewish community of
Orthodox man assaulted in Brooklyn

On Thursday, police released pictures taken from a surveillance video of the three suspects and asked the public for help in identifying them.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/07/2020
Austria drawing up legislation to ban antisemitism on social media

On Thursday, Karoline Edtstadler, Austria's minister for the EU and the constitution strongly condemned TikTok for allowing antisemitic messages to be spread via its platform.

University of Southampton, England
British lecturer fired for making both racist and antisemitic claims

Lamonby, an engineer, made the remarks during a meeting with fellow academic Dr. Janet Bonar, who is Jewish.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/07/2020
US Reps Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) hold a news conference after Democrats in the US
Ilhan Omar criticized for mailer that names solely Jewish donors

Rep. Ilhan Omar has come under fire for a campaign mailer that names three donors to her Democratic primary opponent, and they are all Jewish.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
24/07/2020
Star of David
Twitter says it accidentally closed accounts for posting Star of David

The Star of David in the profile pictures of the locked accounts ranged from artistic images to the yellow stars worn by Jews during the Holocaust.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/07/2020
"No Hate, No Fear" rally against anti-Semitism, New York City, Jan. 5, 2020.
Vaccinating Against the Virus of Anti-Semitism - analysis

Described as the world’s oldest disease, anti-Semitism is increasing along with COVID-19.

By JOSHUA ROBBIN MARKS/THE MEDIA LINE
24/07/2020
German Foreign Ministry hires Islamist who defends Israel’s destruction

"So she can promote more antisemitic al-Quds marches and justify hatred of the Jewish state.”

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn reacts as he speaks about Labour's environmen
UK Labour apologizes, pays damages in antisemitism lawsuit

Corbyn and allies pressed to keep their names out of apology.

Emmanuel Macron looks at a grave defaced with a swastika during a visit to the Jewish cemetery
New York Senate passes legislation to mandate education on symbols of hate

Kaminsky spearheaded the bill after Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas noted than many youth arrested for "hate graffiti" have no knowledge of the meaning behind the symbols they illustrate.

The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz is pictured during
Auschwitz museum employees discover inscription in children's shoes

One inscription identified a shoe as belonging to Amos Steinberg, who was born in Prague in 1938 and imprisoned with his parents in the Theresienstadt ghetto in 1942. He was later sent to Auschwitz.

By KATARZYNA MARKUSZ / JTA
22/07/2020
Stellan Skarsgaard, left, as Hans in "The Painted Bird."
Gruesome adaptation of Holocaust novel 'The Painted Bird’ now on demand

In the 1960s, the author Jerzy Kosiński’s suggested that the novel — about a Jewish boy who witnesses sexual deviance and violence during World War II — was autobiographical

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
22/07/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda walk to a joint news conference in the
Poland has antisemitism problem. Trump administration could fight it.

There is no better illustration of the relationship between rising authoritarianism and antisemitism than the recent presidential campaign in Poland.

22/07/2020
Kantor addresses the ‘An End to Antisemitism’ conference in Vienna in 2018
European Jewish Congress urges German MPs to stop their ‘hate crimes’

German MPs are part of a group calling for Israel's destruction

Magen David set on fire in protest [illustrative].
Star of David taken down by Twitter, citing 'hateful imagery'

Twitter users found themselves locked out of their accounts after using the Star of David in their profile images.

Amar’e Stoudemire offers to bridge the gap between Blacks and Jews

“I do think, I know with me being in the position where I am where being an African-American Jew who’s learning at a high level, I think there’s a narrative shift that’s happening,” he said.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
21/07/2020
Swastika on a wall (illustrative)
Wisconsin neo-Nazi pleads guilty to vandalizing Racine synagogue

Barasneh spray-painted a swastika and other Nazi imagery, as well as the word “Jude,” German for Jew, on the building of the Beth Israel Sinai Congregation in Racine in September.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
21/07/2020
Jewish Museum of Maryland on the left and the Chizuk Amuno Synagogue on the right, Baltimore city
Man robs 4 teens at Baltimore mall, calls them ‘dirty Jews,’ gets arrested

The teens said Rice told them they were “dirty Jews” and took one of their kippahs. They also said he took their shopping bags, cellphones and wallets.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
21/07/2020
Singer Madonna speaks to guests after receiving the Advocate for Change award
Madonna posts part of Louis Farrakhan's July 4th speech

It has yet to be made public as to whether Madonna posted the video aware of the ties to antisemitism, however, in the past Madonna has shown a strong affiliation with the Jewish people.

21/07/2020
The ruins of the Second Temple that sit next to a part of the Western Wall
Christians to repent online for antisemitism on Tisha Be'av

While Jews will be reading Lamentations in and out of synagogues, Christians will participate in a nine-hour online vigil of prayers.

21/07/2020
A man wearing a Swastika [Illustrative]
Calls made for Canadian auction house to drop the sale of Nazi memorabilia

"Our position is that it's disgusting and unacceptable that people should be buying and selling relics of murder and genocide."

Charles Barkley
Ex-NBA star Charles Barkley slams antisemitism from Black celebrities

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson slammed Barkley for his remarks, stating "I know what I said, so keep my name out of your mouth. However you feel, I honestly don't give a f**k."

19/07/2020
Nick Cannon talk show pushed to 2021 over host's antisemitic comments

"Lionsgate and Debmar-Mercury condemn antisemitism, racism and hate speech," the statement continued. "It runs counter to everything we stand for."

By REUTERS
18/07/2020
Minister of Strategic Affairs and member of the National Security Cabinet, MK Orit Farkash-Hacohen
Farkash-Hacohen: 2020 is the 'Year of Delegitimization' against Israel

The UNHRC blacklist, the ICC ruling, rising antisemitism and the coronavirus outbreak have all contributed to ongoing delegitimization efforts against Israel, the minister said.

17/07/2020
A neo Nazi attends a rally in Budapest October 23, 2009
Far-right German activist to be jailed for insulting Jewish leader

According to German news reports, Krolzig had called Matitjahu Kellig an “insolent Jewish functionary” and demanded a boycott of Jewish organizations.

By TOBY AXELROD/JTA
17/07/2020
Rapper Ice Cube
Ice Cube slams Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for calling out antisemitic posts

Abdul-Jabbar’s latest column named Ice Cube among various figures from the entertainment world he cited for perpetuating antisemitic canards.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/07/2020
Swastika on a wall (illustrative)
Two synagogues in Sarasota, Florida vandalized on same day

“We will be ever vigilant in looking after the safety and security of our members and our children. But we will not allow hate to distract us from the holy work that defines our temple missions.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/07/2020
Young Israel praises ViacomCBS over Nick Cannon, asks FOX to follow suit

"Nick Cannon demonstrated a callous disregard for basic human decency and religious tolerance."

16/07/2020
CIJA responds to 'Post' article after CNP called for removal of Jews from Canada

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, an agency of the Jewish Federations of Canada, responded directly to the 'Post's July 14 article surrounding Patron's tirade.

Amid coronavirus and protests, celebrities are promoting antisemitism

In a society that is determined to fight racism, it’s strange and alarming to notice that even in these times, antisemitic celebrity behavior is at an all-time high.

By MOHAMAD TAWHIDI
15/07/2020
ViacomCBS fires Nick Cannon following release of antisemitic podcast

ViacomCBS said in a statement: “We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread antisemitic conspiracy theories.

16/07/2020
Nick Cannon walks back on video containing antisemitic statements

Cannon was responding to the release late last month of his interview with Richard “Professor Griff” Griffin, who performed with the rap group Public Enemy, But did not apologize for its content.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
15/07/2020
Jewish Museum of Maryland on the left and the Chizuk Amuno Synagogue on the right, Baltimore city
4 Jewish Baltimore teens robbed, say they were targeted for religion

The assailant told the teen that they were “dirty Jews” and stole one of their kippahs, police told the newspaper.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
15/07/2020
Jewish man beaten by 3 men after he responded to their antisemitic slurs

His finger was broken and he needed stitches to his face following the attack on Saturday afternoon.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
15/07/2020
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