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.

Almost half of Americans don't know the meaning of antisemitism - survey

The surveys were taken in September and early October and included 1,010 Americans overall and 1,334 Jews. The margin of error for the general America sample was 3.7% and 4.2% for the Jewish sample.

By BEN SALES/JTA
26/10/2020
Police stand guard during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Tirana, Albania M
Albania to host first ever Balkans Forum Against Antisemitism

The announcement comes days after Albania officially adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism, becoming the first Muslim-majority nation to do so.

US holds conference on combating online antisemitism

State Department calls on social media platforms to adopt IHRA definition.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
26/10/2020
TikTok to update its policy regarding antisemitic content

The app's developers have announced that while content which promotes hate has always been off-limits.

By OMRI RON
24/10/2020
UIUC
Complaint filed with Dept. of Education over antisemitism at US university

The students filed the complaint with the assistance of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP alongside the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, in collaboration with the JNF and Hillel.

Friendship story between a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust and the son of a nationalist and nazi
Holocaust survivor and Nazi sympathizer's son forge friendship in Belgium

Now the two men, both in their 80s, have forged a close friendship that has become a symbol of reconciliation in their native Belgium.

By REUTERS
23/10/2020
Police stand guard during an anti-government protest in front of the Parliament in Tirana, Albania M
Albania first Muslim majority state to adopt IHRA antisemitism definition

Balkan country is first Muslim-majority counties to adopt formally adopt IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Trump administration to declare Amnesty, NGOs antisemitic - report

‘Amnesty International is deeply committed to fighting antisemitism and all forms of hate worldwide,’ NGO responds.

Antisemitism rising in anti-vaxxer movement, UK study finds

The study analyzed 27 of the leading anti-vaccination groups present on Facebook and Twitter, with 79% of them having content that was deemed antisemitic.

22/10/2020
Northwestern University president claims activists antisemitic

Associating Jews with pigs is a centuries-old antisemitic trope traditionally called the “Judensau,” a type of image that depicted Jews engaging in obscene acts with pigs.

By BEN SALES/JTA
22/10/2020
Nazi artifacts at a news conference at the Holocaust museum in Buenos Aires
Munich auction house under fire for offering Nazi memorabilia again

The news comes following the head of Germany's domestic security agency warning of rising levels of antisemitism in the country.

21/10/2020
14-year-old arrested under suspicion of assaulting San Diego rabbi

The suspect was taken in on charges of battery and hate crime charges, and is alleged to have assaulted Rabbi Yonatan Halevy on Saturday, October 10.

Google and Twitter will not attend event regarding antisemitism online

The event, held by the US State Department, will feature US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and will be the first of its kind in the department’s history.

By OMRI RON
21/10/2020
Trade union leader sorry for telling Jewish ex-banker to 'count his gold'

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite the Union, made the remark about Peter Mandelson in an interview aired Monday on the BBC.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/10/2020
Large Hasidic wedding was canceled, a tweet made it look like it happened

The video was taken at the wedding of Satmar Grand Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum’s grandson in 2006.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
21/10/2020
A MAN WALKS past graves desecrated with swastikas at the Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen, near Strasbo
Two Jewish cemeteries, Holocaust memorial vandalized in Greece

Hate crimes are suspected as the cause behind these events.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/10/2020
Jewish teenager lightly wounded in attack in Uman, Ukraine

The incident late Saturday night occurred near the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/10/2020
Debra Messing receiving her Hollywood Star of Fame, October 2017
For Debra Messing, antisemitism never goes away, we simply fight it anew

In her latest podcast episode, Messing reflected on antisemitism's influence on her upbringing and political identity.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
20/10/2020
Swastikas are not antisemitic, according to Paris criminal court

"Something is not right in the functioning of justice," said the League Against Racism and Antisemitism.

Nazi Swastika
Dutch anti-coronavirus restriction protesters shout 'Heil Hitler'

The protest numbered around 200-300 people who began marching throughout the city streets after first gathering outside the stadium of the FC Den Bosch soccer team.

People wearing protective masks walk in a shopping street amid the coronavirus outbreak in Brussels
Brussels Times uses photo of haredi Jew for coronavirus worldwide article

The photo comes as conflict in both New York and Israel was sparked surrounding haredi gatherings in large quantities despite coronavirus regulations.

18/10/2020
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, also known as BDS.
US government slams German MPs for role in antisemitic BDS movement

“The United States strongly opposes boycott campaigns targeting the State of Israel, and regularly engages with governments and other entities to oppose such activities."

A pedestrian walks past a BBC logo at Broadcasting House in central London
Journalist leaves BBC discovered he backed allegedly antisemitic rapper

The Jewish Chronicle of London last month traced the account back to Thaler.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
17/10/2020
Orban says Jewish groups give his opponents 'a pass' on antisemitism

But now, in an unusual reversal, Orban is trying to level that same accusation at the country’s largest Jewish group, Mazsihisz.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
17/10/2020
View of San Diego.
San Diego rabbi assaulted outside his synagogue

Halevy was the victim of the latest incident, in which a teenager riding a bicycle hit him on the head and yelled a racial slur at him outside the synagogue in University City.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
17/10/2020
Antisemitic graffiti found in the German town of Heidelberg. April 22, 2020.
Germany: Fraternity where Jewish member assaulted has far-right ties

According to the ministry, the fraternity, which was founded in 1890, is linked to the Identitarian movement, a far-right political movement active in many European countries.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
17/10/2020
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Anti-hate groups call on Tufts U. to oust antisemitic dental student

The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Canary Mission have been tracking the student's remarks.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
16/10/2020
NY congressional candidate’s signs vandalized with antisemitic graffiti

At least one sign supporting Josh Eisen’s campaign was tagged with the words “Nazi lover,” according to News12, a local station in Westchester County.

By BEN SALES/JTA
16/10/2020
White supremacist pleads guilty in plot to blow up Colorado synagogue

Holzer faces up to 40 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in January, prosecutors said.

By REUTERS
16/10/2020
Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog
Jewish Agency welcomes Facebook's ban of Holocaust denial content

Chairman Isaac Herzog offered his further cooperation in combating antisemitism on the platform.

German MPs must know they ‘support antisemitic BDS movement’ - official

BDS uses the same language once used by Nazis to express: ‘Don't buy from Jews!’ Today, this means: ‘Do not buy from Israel!’

‘Banners of Hate’ placed by US white supremacist groups
Ex neo-Nazi calls for solidarity with Jewish, Muslim women

One of the first conspiracy theories she engaged with was that “Jewish people had control over the media and society as a whole."

Danish Jewish cemetery vandalism was allegedly ordered by Swedish neo-Nazi

According to information presented in court, Lindberg called for a major action against Jews last year on Nov. 9, the anniversary of the 1938 rampage against Jews in Germany known as Kristallnacht.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
15/10/2020
Ginni Thomas: George Soros’ family ‘is really running the Democrat Party’

Ginni Thomas shared a meme on Facebook Wednesday claiming that Soros’ family is “evil” and “really running” the Democratic party.

By BEN SALES/JTA
15/10/2020
Demonstrators take part in a protest against Chile's government, in Santiago, Chile October 9, 2020.
Chilean protest against a new constitution was filled with antisemitism

Israel’s Ambassador to Chile and other Jewish organizations have condemned the march.

By MARCUS M. GILBAN / JTA
15/10/2020
A woman wearing a Ukrainian flag performs an ultranationalist gesture while marching at an event hon
Nationalist marchers in Kyiv say Ukraine is under ‘occupation’ by ‘Jewish clan’

Symbols on display at the march included the logo of the ultra-nationalist Azov Battalion and a banner that read “White Lives Matter.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
15/10/2020
A 13th century Belgian Manuscript illustrating the dialogue between the jew "Moyses" and the Christi
What is a ‘moser’? The ugly history of Judaism’s most dangerous accusation

Moser literally means “one who hands over,” in the sense of one who informs or turns over a Jew to the secular authorities.

By HENRY ABRAMSON/JTA
15/10/2020
TikTok to Knesset: We will fight antisemitic content on our platform

Renewed discussions also came in the context of Facebook's recent announcment banning all forms of Holocaust denial and distortion.

14/10/2020
Outrage over armed neo-Nazi protest in Santiago, Chile

"Chile did not end its military dictatorship to accept these challenges to its democracy."

14/10/2020
BBC broadcast report supporting terrorist; victim's family demands apology

The family of Malka Roth, who was killed in 2001, has called on the BBC to apologize for a report on the mastermind of the bombing which glossed over the details of that deadly attack.

Jewish cemetery in Timișoara, Romania
Rain reveals remains from Romanian Jewish cemetery destroyed by fascists

In 1941, Iasi was the site of one of the most infamous pogroms of the Holocaust, in which about 15,000 Jews died.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
14/10/2020
Was McConnell calling Schumer 'somebody from NY' antisemitic?

Or did he just find a way to describe his rival’s liberal political views in a way that happened to raise eyebrows?

By BEN SALES/JTA
14/10/2020
Frankfurt mayor Uwe Becker and Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations Shimon
Lebanon, Syria named worst offenders for antisemitic books at world fair

The Frankfurter Buchmesse, the world's largest publishers' trade fair, prohibits antisemitic materials, yet each year such books are found.

Facebook to remove Holocaust denial content from social media platform

Mark Zuckerberg said he has long struggled with finding the balance between freedom of speech and the harm of Holocaust denial.

13/10/2020
Enrico Macias will leave France for Israel if Le Pen becomes president

Le Pen, leader of the National Rally party, wrote on Twitter on Sunday that Macias’ pledge is “a good additional reason” to vote for her, adding a winking emoji.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
13/10/2020
Israel slams German art college for ‘embracing antisemitism’

‘School for Unlearning Zionism’ is the name of a Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin program.

Niels Annen
Pro-Iranian regime German MP who agitates for BDS urged to be banned

"Niels Annen acts as a door opener for the Iranian mullahs" and shows "hostilities against Israel.”

Antisemitic graffiti spray-painted in Paris, suspect arrested

A 31-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is suspected of spray-painting the 20 red swastikas on walls and columns in Place de la Concorde and Rue de Rivoli.

11/10/2020
UK minister gives universities deadline to adopt IHRA definition

"The repugnant belief that antisemitism is somehow a less serious, or more acceptable, form of racism has taken insidious hold in some parts of British society," said the Minister.

11/10/2020
Hofstra University, statue of Thomas Jefferson, in front of Student Center building
Antisemitic graffiti found in Hofstra University dorm

According to the report, the first incident occurred in mid-September and the second within the past week - both in the same dorm.

CANDLES LIGHT the scene of the fatal shooting outside a synagogue in Halle, Germany, in October 2019
Swastikas painted over tributes to synagogue attack victims in Halle

Some of the stencils were painted over with a red swastika earlier this week, the Bild newspaper reported.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
10/10/2020
‘IN THE mid-12th century, Judah moved from Granada in Muslim Spain and settled in Lunel in Provence.
Spanish politician vilifies ‘the Jews’ for how Israel treats Palestinians

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, which Spain adopted in July, includes holding Jews collectively responsible for Israeli actions.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
10/10/2020
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visits the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Who Saved Jews dur
Poland's education minister once called Holocaust memorial a ‘scandal’

“You do not need scientific evidence to say that in a gay relationship, only kidney stones can be born, not children,” the politician also said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
10/10/2020
A MAN WALKS past graves desecrated with swastikas at the Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen, near Strasbo
US cemetery company quotes Nazi Heinrich Himmler in its calendar

Keith Trost, the company’s spokesman, told the Inquirer that the inclusion of the Himmler quote was likely a mistake by an outside vendor.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
10/10/2020
Federations, Orthodox groups want quadruple security funds for nonprofits

The letter, also signed by Christian, Sikh and Muslim groups, says the $90 million available has run out.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
10/10/2020
The damaged door of a synagogue is seen in Halle, Germany October 10, 2019, after two people were ki
German Jews thrive despite ongoing antisemitism a year after Halle attack

Even post-Holocaust, there is a continuity of antisemitism and hate in Germany over the past decades, and Halle is another link in the long chain of antisemitic attacks and rhetoric.

By DALIA GRINFELD/JTA
09/10/2020
new york synagogue
Brooklyn synagogue defaced, Sukkot symbols destroyed

The assailant, Osman Butt, 25, allegedly grabbed an Israeli flag from outside the synagogue and smashed it through the synagogue’s windows.

British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh is surrounded by armed police as he leaves cou
Jewish leaders welcome continued detainment of Daniel Pearl's killer

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was sentenced to death in 2002 for the killing of Pearl, but his conviction has recently been overturned, and is now being re-examined by the appeals courts.

A neo Nazi attends a rally in Budapest October 23, 2009
Pittsburgh Jews urged to be vigilant as neo-Nazi released into community

Hardy Lloyd was sentenced to two years for inciting violence against Jews last year, but has now been released.

CoE appoints new representative on antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred

Buric explained the creation of the position saying "Freedom from discrimination, including on grounds of religion or belief," is at the core of the Council of Europe’s mission.

Rykestrasse Synagogue, Berlin
Berlin synagogue mezuzah vandalized with swastika

German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, noted his frustration with this “disgusting” crime.

By JOE BAUR/JTA
08/10/2020
German student, 14, accused of planning attack on synagogue or mosque

The boy had allegedly carried out at least one trial with explosives in preparation for the attack.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
08/10/2020
Stickers with ‘malicious blood libel’ posted in Nova Scotia

Stickers reading “The Bug That Backfired COVID-19,” flanked by a Star of David and a symbol of the Freemasons were posted in downtown Halifax.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
08/10/2020
A Google search page is seen through a magnifying glass in this photo illustration taken in Berlin,
Online giants are getting better at taking down antisemitism in Spanish

Watchdog Observatorio Web identified 500 videos in Spanish espousing Holocaust denial, which YouTube has now taken down.

By JTA STAFF
08/10/2020
Jewish lawmaker calls out New Mexican Republican for Nazi comparison

Rep. Daymon Ely called out Michael Hendricks for what Ely explains as comparing the philosophy of the Democratic Party “with an organization that killed 6 million Jews.”

07/10/2020
Oxford
UK universities must adopt IHRA antisemitism definition, minister says

Among the most notable institutions unwilling to adopt the IHRA definition were Cambridge and Oxford.

UK minister under police protection after receiving antisemitic threats

Opponents towards the planned Holocaust memorial sent various threats to the minister, including threatening to murder his family and set his home on fire.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan
YouTube removes Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam channel

YouTube said it removed the channel on Oct. 2, citing its policies against hate speech.

By BEN SALES/JTA
07/10/2020
Man arrested for allegedly vandalizing Orthodox synagogue in Brooklyn

Osman Butt, 25, was charged with burglary and criminal mischief in the early Monday morning vandalism against the Shore Parkway Jewish Center.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/10/2020
GRAVES DESECRATED with swastikas are seen at the Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen, France.
Antisemitic graffiti painted on Jewish cemetery fences in Greece, Germany

In a statement Monday, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece called them “shameful slogans.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
07/10/2020
(From right to left) Congressman Gregory Meeks; Governor Andrew Cuomo, UJA CEO Eric Goldstein; Senat
Jewish Congress members face wave of antisemitic tweets ahead of elections

A new report by the Anti-Defamation League has found that Jerry Nadler and Chuck Schumer bore the brunt of the antisemitic content.

An empty classroom
Florida principal who made Holocaust comments may be rehired this week

William Latson was fired from his position in October 2019, and the Palm Beach County School Board on Wednesday will vote whether to reinstate him and if he's eligible for back pay.

By AUSTEN ERBLAT/SUN SENTINEL/TNS
06/10/2020
Dutch Fox channel adds antisemitic chants to soccer match soundtrack

The network added a recording from a past game that featured the popular chant “Whoever doesn’t jump is a Jew.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
06/10/2020
Sweden may ban ‘racist organizations’ after neo-Nazi Yom Kippur campaign

The Nordic Resistance Movement, a neo-Nazi group, targeted Jews in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland with antisemitic harassment during the week before Yom Kippur.

German police arrest suspect after assault near synagogue in Hamburg

The victim suffered serious head injuries after the suspect assaulted them with a shovel.

By REUTERS
05/10/2020
Swastika on a wall (illustrative)
Swastikas found etched into New York playground equipment

Town officials in Hempstead, which oversees the park, expressed frustration and disappointment over the incident, which took place just days after Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism.

Montana Police call on community to help stop antisemitic vandalism

Antisemitic vandalism was spotted on a billboard off Highway 93, as well as on silos by downtown Kalispell, as well as on signs, doors and private buildings.

UK Police: Yom Kippur swastika did not target 'on basis of race, religion'

Police removed the swastika from public view, but are still attempting to find the one responsible.

Antisemitic graffiti found at site of Wisconsin house fire

The fire was described as a possible arson attack, and was allegedly started after a failed break-in.

Attendees of the "No Hate No Fear" rally against antisemitism, Jerusalem, January 5, 2020
US college presidents urged to do more to combat campus antisemitism

30 Jewish organizations have penned a letter detailing a range of recommendations

Antisemitic stickers seen making rounds around downtown Halifax

The stickers read "The Bug That Backfired COVID-19," printed in black and white, and feature a Star of David and a Freemasonry-like symbol.

A ball used for the "Super LOTO", a lottery game draw, by the French lottery company FDJ
Swiss lottery scratch card uses the phrase ‘gassed Jew’

Lotterie Romande, the company that issued the card, said in a statement that the phrase’s appearance was “an unfortunate and unintentional coincidence.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
03/10/2020
NYU
NYU adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism, settles antisemitism lawsuit

Adela Cojab says she is "excited to see NYU take on these new policies" and that "I love NYU with all of my heart, but I want to see it be a better school."

03/10/2020
Jewish senator blasts Republicans for burying anti-white supremacy bill

The bill authorized the creation of new offices and training within the Justice Department to tackle domestic terrorism.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
03/10/2020
Russian police
Russian authorities stage rabbi’s death to nab alleged terrorists

An undercover counterterrorism agent approached the suspects and offered to kill Rabbi Aryeh Leib Tkatch, chairman of the Jewish Community of Krasnodar, if they accepted him into their ranks.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
03/10/2020
Paris kosher restaurant torn apart, vandalized with antisemitic graffiti

The phrases spray painted on the walls of Mac Queen hamburger restaurant on Manin St. of the 19th district of Paris included “Hitler was right,” “Jewish homos,” “Jews get out” and “Free Palestine.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
03/10/2020
A man uses a smartphone in New York City, in this picture taken November 6, 2013
Berlin police investigated for racist, neo-Nazi messages on chat

German police are under pressure to take tougher action against those in its ranks with far-right sympathies.

By REUTERS
01/10/2020
Belgium’s new justice minister has spoken of Jewish lobby

In February, when Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne was the Mayor of Kortrijk he tweeted that the “Jewish lobby is working extra hours. After Aalst, now Washington."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vlad
Merkel’s government is ‘undermining solidarity with Israel’

‘Germany strengthens Israel's enemies at the UN,’ says rep to combat antisemitism

CAMERA calls out Evangelical publishers for anti-Israel propaganda

It is books like these that lay the groundwork for anti-Israel activism growing in more mainline Protestant churches.

Diaspora Affairs Ministry pens letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

The ministry notes that the materials they are most concerned over are those that promote Holocaust denial or conspiracies involving Jews.

CUNY Graduate Center
In response to viral video, CUNY Law denounces antisemitism then retracts

In the video, a man wearing an IDF sweatshirt is being confronted by a woman holding a lit lighter and in the background is a female voice saying “I hate your shirt. I’m gonna set it on fire."

01/10/2020
The Swedish flag is seen at Gamla Stan, the Old City of Stockholm, Sweden, May 7, 2017.
Sweden allocates $1.1 million to start work on Holocaust museum

Lawmakers are debating whether the museum should be located in the capital, Stockholm, or in Malmö, a city that has seen intense antisemitism in recent years.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
30/09/2020
Jews on TikTok face rampant antisemitism – here is how they fight back

Three women joined TikTok to watch funny videos. Once other TikTok users realized they were Jewish, the women were bombarded by antisemitic reactions – from ‘flag spam’ to death threats.

30/09/2020
Int'l project combats online antisemitism through artificial intelligence

Studies have shown that the majority of antisemitic defamation is expressed in implicit ways – through the use of codes and allusions to certain conspiracy narratives through images.

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