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.

‘Zoom bombers’ shout ‘Jews to the ovens’ at Holocaust book launch in Italy

The Anti-Defamation League recorded at least 11 antisemitic Zoom bombings in the United States and Canada in March and April alone alone.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/01/2021

Complete Nuremberg Trials recordings online for the first time

This week, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum placed online more than 700 hours of audio recordings from the trials, as well as 37 reels of film introduced as evidence.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/01/2021
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US July

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer has painful associations from ‘Camp Auschwitz’ T-shirt

“I’m happy that they’re [his parents] not seeing what’s going on now in the United States.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/01/2021

Top Biden civil rights nominee erred in inviting antisemitic author

Kristen Clarke says she erred in inviting an antisemitic author to speak while at Harvard.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
15/01/2021
Swastika on a wall (illustrative)

Man arrested after swastikas spray-painted on doors of Montreal synagogue

The synagogue is known internationally for nurturing, and burying, the legendary singer and poet Leonard Cohen.

By DAVID LAZARUS/JTA
15/01/2021

'Jenin, Jenin': A modern day blood libel

MIDDLE ISRAEL: Weapons that were aimed for centuries at our forebears had been unearthed, and were now being aimed at us.

Ashkenazi, Lithuania FM slammed for not addressing ‘Holocaust distortion’

“This is like saying to Ku Klux Klan that they improve race relations in the US.”

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn reacts at a launch event for the Labour party

Ex-Labour head Jeremy Corbyn fights to overturn suspension

Corbyn to “unequivocally, unambiguously and without reservation” apologize for the comments he made, so far he has not.

File photo of a Microsoft logo on an office building in New York

Microsoft's GitHub fires Jewish employee who posted about ‘Nazis’ at the Capitol

The Jewish employee allegedly posted on a company channel on Slack, that colleagues in the Washington, DC area should “stay safe homies, Nazis are about."

By BEN SALES/JTA
14/01/2021
Restaurants switch from in-house eating to food delivery due to the coronavirus.

Food courier in France arrested for allegedly refusing to serve Jews

allegedly told staff from two kosher restaurants that he does “not serve Jews” and thus is canceling their order

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
14/01/2021

Irwin Colter: Canada's special envoy for combating antisemitism

This article does not do justice to the remarkable achievements of this man.

By SIMONE COHEN SCOTT
13/01/2021
Republican Rep. Steve King (R-IA) speaks during a town hall in Primghar, Iowa, U.S.

Steve King, Jeanine Pirro compare crackdown on far Right to Kristallnacht

Amazon, Apple and Google have all decided to ban the social media app Parler, which is popular among the far-right, from their platforms.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
12/01/2021
The Cantinho do Avillez restaurant in Porto, Portugal following vandalism attributed to BDS activist

Restaurants in Portland vandalized with 'free Palestine' graffiti

Ironically, neither of the restaurants vandalized considers itself exclusively Israeli.

Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey

Jewish activists yell out Holocaust denial tweets at home of Twitter CEO

“Why does Jack Dorsey continue to give Holocaust deniers and Jew-haters a bigger platform today than Hitler had in his time?”

Food courier in France refuses to serve Jews, kosher restaurant owners say

Later in the day, a second kosher restaurant was also declined service by a Deliveroo employee, DNA reported.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/01/2021
Left: a noose hung by rioters on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Right: a man wearing a "Camp Au

Photo of antisemitic shirt at Capitol siege goes viral. Why was it wrong?

Each got one thing wrong: The picture wasn’t from that day.

By BEN SALES/JTA
12/01/2021

Could America today face a similar fate to that of Nazi Germany?

Growing up, I always wondered how Germany, an epicenter of European culture in the 1930s, could become such a dark, hateful place.

By JULIAN VOLOJ/JTA
12/01/2021

Swastika graffiti painted on wall of Jewish cemetery near Auschwitz

The Nazis murdered three million non-Jews in Poland, in addition to three million Jewish Poles — half of all the Jews they had murdered throughout Europe.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/01/2021
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Yellow Star of David worn in Prague to protest the coronavirus vaccine

"The use of the Yellow Star of David in an anti-vaccination protest is a disgrace and an insult to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust."

Left: a noose hung by rioters on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Right: a man wearing a "Camp Au

Capitol rioter in ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt identified as Virginia man

Some people who stormed the Capitol, including a West Virginia lawmaker, have been arrested.

By BEN SALES/JTA
11/01/2021
A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Decem

European Commission publishes IHRA antisemitism definition handbook

The European Commission began using the IHRA definition in 2017 and the European Parliament adopted it for use in the same year.

AOC condemns Confederate flag raised outside Jewish Heritage Museum

Within her statement, the Democratic representative called out white supremacists directly for the crimes committed on Thursday, while firming a call to stand by her Jewish constituents and neighbors

Scottish minister condemns antisemitic abuse directed at Celtic's Bitton

He said that “antisemitism deserves the same contempt as Islamophobia and any other prejudice.”

Adolf Hitler

‘Hitler was right on one thing’ - Congresswoman apologizes for antisemitism

Miller issued an apology that said she was an ally of the Jewish community as well as pro-Israel.

By BEN SALES/JTA
10/01/2021

Turkey pro-government media claims 'Jews' control America

Turkey’s ruling regime has slammed Biden frequently last year and also bashed his choice of Brett McGurk last week, a former anti-ISIS envoy.

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Biden Homeland Security nominee discusses antisemitism with Jewish group

White supremacists were among the marauders who raided and looted the Capitol on Wednesday in a bid to overturn Joe Biden’s defeat of President Donald Trump.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
09/01/2021
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Johns Hopkins University TA suggests penalizing pro-Israel students

The TA asked in a Twitter poll if he should give a pro-Israel student their points in an exam "even though they support your ethnic cleansing."

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
09/01/2021

Rise in German antisemitism, extremism has Jews questioning their future

Several reports have shown that right-wing extremism has even seeped into the country’s police forces, including one elite squad that the government disbanded over its “toxic leadership.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
09/01/2021
Left: a noose hung by rioters on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Right: a man wearing a "Camp Au

Capitol riots: What far-right hate symbols were on display?

Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who said he quit the group in 2018, was spotted in the DC crowd.

By LAURA E. ADKINS/JTA , EMILY BURACK/JTA
08/01/2021
Activists of the National Corps political party take part in a rally to mark the 110th anniversary o

Far-right protesters in Ukraine demand Israel apologize for communism

The far-right activists called on Israel and the Jews to assume responsibility specifically for Holodomor, a famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
08/01/2021
German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler doing a Nazi salute

‘Hitler was right on one thing,’ US congresswoman says at pro-Trump rally

Speaking in view of the Capitol building, Miller was discussing her emphasis on family values and the importance of convincing voters to elect Republicans when she invoked Adolf Hitler.

By BEN SALES/JTA
07/01/2021

Anti-Israel vaccine narrative catches on with left-wing MPs

false accusations were spread mostly by activists in the past month, but an article published on Sunday in the UK's 'Guardian' exposed them to a wider audience.

Media adopts canard Israel denies vaccine to Palestinians - analysis

Major media outlets are playing a role in promoting the lie that Israel is somehow barring Palestinians from getting vaccinated against coronavirus.

Participants of an annual event in honor of Stepan Bandera march through Kyiv, Ukraine on Jan. 1.

Hundreds march with torches in tribute to Nazi collaborator in Ukraine

Many participants waved banners carrying the symbol of the far-right Svoboda party, whose leaders have often made antisemitic comments.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
04/01/2021

French man receives jail time for threats against TV host Valerie Benaim

He receive a two-month suspended prison sentence for his wrongdoing.

House passes bill to promote antisemitism envoy to ambassador

The bill was introduced by New Jersey Rep. Christopher H. Smith to promote more awareness to the rise in antisemitism across the globe.

The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz is pictured during

Polish rapper under fire for calling COVID-19 ‘modern Holocaust’

“Outside the window, a modern Holocaust,” Quebonafide raps.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
01/01/2021
UC Merced Professor Abbas Ghassemi tweeted images calling out "IsraHell" and the "Zionist brain."

UC Merced opens inquiry into professor’s antisemitic tweets

The account, launched in 2019, had tweeted over 2,220 times before it was deactivated.

By GABRIEL GRESCHLER/JTA
01/01/2021

KKK recruitment flyers hit Northern California town

In a tweet, the ADL’s Central Pacific regional office in San Francisco lauded Ebinger “for rejecting the expression of hate” and commended Ross for investigating.

By SHIRA FEDER/JTA
01/01/2021

London university accused of fostering 'antisemitic,' 'toxic' environment

The appeal, spearheaded by UK Lawyers for Israel, presented evidence of the dismay of Jewish SOAS students' within the overall environment and the school's handling of the situation.

Anti-Jewish COVID theories top list of worst antisemitism outbreaks

"Antisemites have blamed Jews for the medieval Black Plague to the WWI Spanish Flu" – and now they blame Jews for COVID-19, too.

French cemetery desecrated in Fontainebleau, by swastikas, but not in the Jewish quarter

French cemetery desecrated by swastikas, but not in the Jewish quarter

Only the Christian Quarter of the cemetery was desecrated by the graffiti, creating a debate on social media whether the incident could be classified as antisemitic.

UK Labour leader Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria Starmer applaud for healthcare workers outside t

Zoom prayers and Jewish kids: UK Labour leader Keir Starmer tells all

Starmer reiterated his criticism of how Jeremy Corbyn handled the proliferation of anti-Semitic hate speech in the party’s ranks under his four years as Labour leader.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
29/12/2020

German NGOs, MPs make Wiesenthal list of top 2020 antisemitism outbreaks

Warning about 're-legitimization' of dangerous antisemitic BDS movement in Germany.

Jewish leaders respond to antisemitic cyberattack on NY Jewish school

DIASPORA AFFAIRS: One Jewish school’s logo was recently replaced with a swastika on its homepage.

26/12/2020

Takoma Park mayor says swastika vandalism is 'deeply disturbing'

Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart said that Takoma Park "strongly denounces [antisemitism], Holocaust denial, and distortions about Judaism."

Members of Bulgarian Jewish community stand in silence during a service in the Sofia synagogue

Bulgarian synagogue and Halle memorial targeted by antisemitic vandals

In Bulgaria, the words “Free Palestine Israel=Nazis Antifa Bulgaria” were spray-painted Wednesday on the gate to the synagogue of Plovdiv.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/12/2020

AMIA bombing suspect acquitted by Argentina court, Jewish org. outraged

The association and the Jewish political umbrella DAIA rejected the acquittal and announced that they will appeal the decision.

Jewish orgs. urge House to pass bill to raise status of antisemitism envoy

“It’s critical that this legislation makes its way to the president,” Weinman told the Jerusalem Post.

UC Merced Professor Abbas Ghassemi tweeted images calling out "IsraHell" and the "Zionist brain."

Uni. of California professor deletes Twitter account full of antisemitism

On June 14, Ghassemi tweeted “… reality bites!!!!!!” along with a photo of a “Zionist brain” with labels such as “frontal money lobe,” “Holocaust memory centre” and “world domination lobe.”

By GABRIEL GRESCHLER/JTA
23/12/2020
Activist Nerdeen Kiswani speaks out for Palestinian rights while taking part in a rally on Internati

Antisemite of the year: A law student from New York

“Too many antisemites like Kiswani are spreading their radical hate through mainstream sectors by disguising it as criticisms of Israel."

By SARAH BEN-NUN
23/12/2020

Simon Wiesenthal Center supports Puma, JCDecaux amid BDS campaign

The group Collectif Palestine Vaincra has targeted Puma, the equipment provider for the Israeli soccer team, and has hacked JCDecaux's billboards to display pro-BDS messages.

Henri Meyer

On this day, 126 years ago, Alfred Dreyfus was sentenced to life in prison

As one of the most controversial cases of the 20th century in France, the political scandal created by this affair upset France for almost 12 years.

German court sentences Halle synagogue gunman to life in prison

Stephan B., who live-streamed the shooting in the city of Halle on the internet, had confessed to the crime and to a far-right, antisemitic motivation.

By REUTERS
21/12/2020
A sign stands at the edge of the campus of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S., Novembe

Tufts U passes referendum reminiscent of 'antisemitic blood libel'

The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) group at Tufts forwarded the legislation due to the Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) alleged links to Israel.

Orthodox Jews in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2012

WATCH: Belgian Jewish students take action after antisemitic message in train

“Attention, attention,” the men then said in Flemish, “the cancer Jews need to leave the train now or we’ll blow you all up,” witnesses said.

Pedestrians walk past a yeshiva in the South Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, April 9, 2019.

Two men spray swastika onto Brooklyn yeshiva

The antisemitic image, along with the men’s tags, or graffiti signatures, were found on the side of Mesilas Bias Yaakov in the South Slope neighborhood last Sunday.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
21/12/2020
Miss Provence April Benayoum

Miss France runner-up attacked online for saying her father is Israeli

"Uncle Hitler forgot to exterminate you Miss Provence," one wrote on Twitter.

Still from the 'Dismantling Antisemitism: Jews Talk Justice' panel, December 16, 2020.

Sharanksy calls out 'progressive' antisemitism panel for anti-Zionism

"It is so harmful to feel that our identity is being challenged, that we must choose between our progressive values and the fight against anti-Semitism," said Hen Mazzig.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
20/12/2020

Dutch gov't to appoint national coordinator on tackling antisemitism

The move was welcomed by leaders of leading Jewish communities and organizations in the Netherlands and Europe.

Jeremy Corbyn's brother compares COVID-19 vaccines to Nazi atrocities

“Vaccines are usually a gateway to morbidity and mortality. This cynical newspaper headline is in the tradition of the Nazi slogan Arbeit Macht Frei (work sets you free)."

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Menorah at Dartmouth shot with pellets, in latest Hanukkah attack

“Dartmouth is pretty quiet when it comes to things like this. It was pretty shocking to come to the realization that somebody, on purpose, shot the menorah,” said Rabbi Moshe Gray

By BEN SALES/JTA
18/12/2020

Senate passes bill elevating antisemitism monitor to ambassador

The US House of Representatives passed a similar bill last year, meaning it is almost certain to become law before the year ends and the current Congress lapses.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
18/12/2020
Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer attend a general election campaign meeting in Harlow, Britain Novembe

UK Labour launches plan to combat antisemitism

The party will "change the way complaints of antisemitism and all other forms of racism are handled."

Paris court convicts 4 for Charlie Hebdo, kosher store terror attacks

The four men were among 14 people on trial in connection with the terrorist assaults in January 2015, whose actual perpetrators were killed after jointly planning the attacks.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
17/12/2020
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) participates in a House Financial Services Committee hearing with Facebook

Antisemitism panel speakers hosted by anti-Zionist group: We don't hate Jews

"I don’t hate you. I absolutely love you."

By BEN SALES/JTA
16/12/2020
White supremacists clash with counter protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., Augu

Online antisemitism peaks in national tension, helped by Russian trolls

To the Network Contagion Research Institute, which studies how hate manifests on social media, the tweet was a perfect encapsulation of how antisemitism is now showing up online.

By BEN SALES/JTA
16/12/2020

SAJBD accepts apology from Mcebo Dlamini over antisemitic comments

Mediation was coordinated with the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre.

15/12/2020

Ukranian shouts 'Jews to the graves,' topples Hanukkiah

The man posted the video of his actions on Facebook, adding: “How to treat foreigners who are engaged in usurpation of power, occupation of territories, genocide.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
14/12/2020

Assault reported at Chabad menorah-lighting in Kentucky

A driver who was using antisemitic language dragged the community member with his car and ran over his leg.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
14/12/2020

Norway again cuts PA funding over Palestinian hate education

Norway's aid budget to the PA was slashed by 30 million krone.

Polish diplomat in Istanbul rescued hundreds of Jews from the Holocaust

Rychlewicz never applied for recognition for his actions or advertised them, according to the report.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/12/2020

The table used to stop Monsey attacker is turned into a menorah stand

Emblazoned on its sides are the Hebrew words marked on dreidels typically in Israel — “A big miracle happened here.”

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
11/12/2020
Orthodox Jews in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2012

Four passengers threaten to blow up train unless ‘cancer Jews’ get off

“Attention, attention,” the men said in Flemish, “the cancer Jews need to leave the train now or we’ll blow you all up,” witnesses said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
11/12/2020
Anne Frank at her writing table in 1940; how many Anne Franks were lost in the Holocaust?

Anne Frank memorial in Boise, Idaho, vandalized with swastika stickers

The memorial, until recently the only statue of Anne Frank in the United States, was toppled by vandals in 2007 and vandalized again in 2017.

By BEN SALES/JTA
11/12/2020

NY Jews take sides over whether leaders’ policies are antisemitic

DIASPORA AFFAIRS: Issue threatens to further divide community already estranged over Trump-Biden battle

10/12/2020

French man who stabbed neighbor to ‘kill a Jew’ unfit to stand trial

He is the latest French defendant who has successfully used an insanity defense for an alleged antisemitic crime.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
10/12/2020
The damaged door of a synagogue is seen in Halle, Germany October 10, 2019, after two people were ki

Halle synagogue shooter denies the Holocaust in trial closing statement

The verdict on Balliet as well as his sentence are due to be given on Dec. 21.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
10/12/2020

Chelsea launches exhibition about Jewish athletes and the Holocaust

Spearheaded by soccer club owner Roman Abramovich, '49 Flames' features poignant profiles and statements from prominent figures from around the sports world and beyond.

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
09/12/2020
JEWISH CEMETERY in Chernivtsi, Western Ukraine

Farmers desecrate Jewish cemetery in Ukraine

The desecration happened three years ago in Hulyaipole, a town situated about 300 miles southeast of Kyiv, according to the TCN report Tuesday.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
09/12/2020

Coronavirus halted New York Jews' plans to unite after two deadly attacks

The number of hate crimes in New York City has dropped in 2020 but, officials acknowledge, it’s probably not just because of all the initiatives.

By BEN SALES/JTA
09/12/2020

Argentinian rugby players suspended over antisemitism, reinstated later

The messages, also against Black people and immigrants from neighboring countries, were made in 2011-12 by Pablo Matera, the team’s captain.

By JTA STAFF
09/12/2020

Germany to remove antisemitic Nazi-made changes to its phonetic alphabet

Nazis decided to get rid of Hebrew first names from this alphabet during the Second World War out of antisemitism.

Holocaust memorial in Athens, Greece

‘Jesus Wins’ spray-painted on synagogue and Holocaust monument in Greece

Police are looking for the man, who witnesses described as middle-aged, and said was holding up a sign with Christian religious symbols.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
05/12/2020

English Premier League adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

"Our adoption of the IHRA's working definition will enable us to be more effective in dealing with any antisemitic behavior targeting our clubs or personnel."

Parents of Halle Synagogue shooter share responsibility - lawyer

The parents of the alleged killer were silent as he became radicalized, a lawyer for the survivors said.

A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Decem

EU body calls for ‘mainstreaming fight against antisemitism’ in Europe

The Council of the European Union calls on member states to adopt a series of policies to combat the antisemitism in Europe.

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Germany bans far-right 'Wolf Brigade 44'; finds weapons, Nazi symbols

"There is no place in our country for a group that sows hate and propagates the re-establishment of a Nazi state," Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said.

By REUTERS
01/12/2020
An inflatable pig with a Star of David painted on it was displayed during a Roger Waters performance

Dead pig found outside rabbi’s door in heavily Orthodox New Jersey town

The New York-New Jersey office of the Anti-Defamation League linked the incident to previous acts of antisemitism in Ocean County, which includes Lakewood.

By BEN SALES/JTA
01/12/2020
Business magnate George Soros arrives to speak at the Open Russia Club in London, Britain June 20, 2

Hungarian official retracts op-ed dubbing George Soros ‘liberal Fuhrer’

Jewish groups from across the globe condemned Szilard Demeter, one of Hungary’s 32 “ministerial commissioners” and the director of a literary museum, for the comparison.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
01/12/2020

Union members call on King's College to let them criticize Zionism, Israel

"I am so exhausted with having to emotionally respond," a Jewish member said.

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Woman threatens rabbi with a knife on street in Vienna, steals his kippah

The assault happened after several minutes in which the woman shouted antisemitic slogans at the rabbi as multiple passersby looked away, he said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
28/11/2020

German troops suspected of running antisemitic chat group

Many of the 26 soldiers belong to a logistics unit in Neustadt am Ruebenberge in northern Germany.

By REUTERS
27/11/2020
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