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.

The AJC wants ‘Saturday Night Live’ to apologize for vaccine joke

“Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population, and I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half,” Michael Che, the co-host of SNL’s news parody, “Weekend Update,” said.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
23/02/2021
A MEMBER of a neo-Nazi party gives a salute outside a speech by Richard Spencer on the campus of Mic

Polish historian resigns over 2007 photos of him performing Nazi salute

Last week, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily published the pictures from 2007 of Greniuch extending his right arm in a gesture similar to the Nazi salute during a meeting of the far-right ONR group. which

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/02/2021

Far-right, white supremacist Internet culture explored in new book

This book could serve as a literary wake-up call, smack in the face

By AARON LEIBEL
21/02/2021

European tribunal: Bulgarian courts failed to punish Holocaust denier

Among the remarks by Siderov was his assertion in a book from 2002 about “the great hoax called the Holocaust — the account that 6,000,000 Jews were gassed and burned.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/02/2021

Gabe Plotkin says he received antisemitic messages after GameStop saga

The number of Jews involved in the saga made the situation ripe for antisemitic exploitation.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
20/02/2021
Antisemitic graffiti near a London Underground station. The graffiti reads “dirty f***ing Jew”

Hate mail to French-Jewish lawmaker tells her to ‘prepare for the camps’

Earlier this month, pig meat was left at two other synagogues in Switzerland.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/02/2021

Assailant who beat up Jewish man near German synagogue will not go to jail

Dozens of members of the Jewish community protested the ruling in front of the Hamburg prosecutor’s office earlier this week.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/02/2021
A view of Romania's Holocaust Memorial, unveiled in 2009.

Ex-intel officer convicted in 1st use of Romania's Holocaust denial law

“It is the first conviction for Holocaust denial and it is a strong message from the legal system, one that shows significant progress,” said Alexandru Muraru.

By FRANK ELBERS/JTA
19/02/2021
This 2017 billboard in Budapest was part of a Hungarian government campaign to “demonize Soros.

How Poland, Hungary, Russia & UK Labour Party use antisemitism in politics

On Russia, the report states that the country under President Vladimir Putin weaponized antisemitism by exaggerating its prevalence in Ukraine.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
18/02/2021
Apartheid Week

Legal firm offers to represent Zionist organizations across US campuses

It will request that universities provide students with equal rights and an environment free of racism.

NFL star Zack Banner to host virtual Athletes Against Antisemitism event

Co-hosting will be Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell and Israeli-American Washington Mystics basketball player Alysha Clark.

Portuguese politician implies Jewish finance behind Israel vaccine success

His tweet prompted an unusual repudiation several days later by the country’s second-largest party.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
13/02/2021

Argentine Jewish leader gets police protection after antisemitic threats

He also previously received anonymous messages urging DAIA to remove itself from the complaint that accused former president and current vice president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

By JTA STAFF
13/02/2021

Holocaust survivor and her rabbi son punched on London bus

Witnesses said the woman told the alleged victims, “I hate you Jews. It’s not your place. You took our money” before striking them.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
13/02/2021

Holocaust memorial in Yerevan, Armenia vandalized

“The desecration of any memorial is extremely unacceptable, moreover the kind of memorials which are related to the minorities living in the city," said the mayor of the city.

Winston Churchill

COVID conspiracies fuel antisemitic incidents in UK - report

Despite the decrease, the CST said it was still the third-highest number they had reported since the data was first collected in 1984.

By REUTERS
11/02/2021
TEACHER AND Zionist youth movement leader Fredy Hirsch, who ran the children’s block in Auschwitz-Bi

Google Doodle honors Fredy Hirsch, Zionist educator who saved Holocaust youth

He saved the lives of many Jewish children and provided many others with a glimpse of confidence and dignity in the hardest circumstances the world had ever known.

Portugal hero of 1974 revolution shares antisemitic theories on Twitter

"The Jews, as they dominate global finance [...] bought and have the vaccines they wanted. It's a kind of historical revenge."

A Jewish librarian spied on New York Nazis in the 1930s

Pretending to be a Nazi sympathizer herself and working under various aliases, she’d gather names, take notes and collect pro-Nazi and antisemitic material for the American Jewish Congress.

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL / JTA
11/02/2021

Pig meat left outside 2 Swiss synagogues

Far-right activists in Europe place pig meat, parts and carcasses at mosques, and more rarely at synagogues, as pigs are considered unclean in both Islam and Judaism.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ
11/02/2021

German prosecutors charge 100-year-old former Nazi camp guard

Prosecutors and court officials in Neuruppin, where the charges were brought, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

By REUTERS
10/02/2021
Swastika on a wall (illustrative)

Washington synagogue, Holocaust memorial vandalized with swastikas

The suspect was wearing a red mask and sunglasses, blue jeans, black boots, a dark hooded jacket, black gloves and a dark beanie-style stocking cap.

The IDF West Bank Courts continues to be disrupted by political and legal battle.

Polish court: Holocaust scholars must apologize ‘for inexact information’

Warsaw District Court rules Prof. Barbara Engelking and Prof. Jan Grabowski ‘violated honor’ of Holocaust era Polish mayor for citing testimony he betrayed 22 Jews hiding near his village to Nazis.

Oxford student officials condemn invitation of anti-Israel filmmaker

Van der Zyl called the decision to invite the filmmaker "entirely unacceptable," and called for the event to be cancelled.

Swastika on a wall (illustrative)

Swastikas painted in front of California campus’ Jewish fraternity house

“We awoke to multiple swastikas and antisemitic statements spray-painted on and in front of our house,” the fraternity wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
08/02/2021

Marilyn Manson accused of being antisemitic, racist by Evan Rachel Wood

Wood accused Manson of having tattoos of Nazi imagery and that when he was mad at her, he would "draw swastikas over my bedside table."

'Death Gate' at Stutthof Concentration Camp

Nazi secretary at Stutthof camp charged for role in 10,000 murders

As the woman was under 18 when she served at the camp, she will be charged at a juvenile court.

07/02/2021
MK Gilad Erdan, 2019.

Erdan: Israel coronavirus vaccination success used to spread blood libel

the ambassador chalked up some of the success to Israel's experience at dealing with emergencies.

Aerial view of Paris, France and the Eiffel Tower

Paris adopts the IHRA definition of antisemitism

Criticizing Israel in its essence and existence falls under the definition of antisemitism, it is a new form of antisemitism," Paris' Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.

Elan Carr in Jerusalem.

Ex-US Envoy Elan Carr joins Combat Anti-Semitism Movement Advisory Board

"Antisemitism threatens the future of every decent society and of civilization itself."

Rep who made antisemitic comments, backed QAnon: 'I am a sinner'

The US House of Representatives voted on Thursday to strip Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of two high-profile committee assignments.

05/02/2021
Northwestern

Neuroscientist who wrote antisemitic and racist tweets dies by suicide

Bart van Alphen, a postdoctoral fellow who studied sleep patterns, appears to have maintained multiple social media accounts.

By BEN SALES/JTA
05/02/2021

Baby Ariel releases message urging followers to combat hate, antisemitism

Baby Ariel currently has 34.5 million TikTok followers, 9 million Instagram followers, 1 million Twitter followers and her YouTube channel has 3 million subscribers.

US mayors team up with AJC to combat antisemitism

110 US mayors from more than 30 states signed on to a new program to combat antisemitism in the US.

04/02/2021

Building a unique Holocaust museum at Babyn Yar

Despite its notoriety, no museum or substantive memorial exists to mark Babyn Yar.

UK arrests two over leaflets comparing COVID vaccinations to Holocaust

The men, aged 73 and 37, are accused of circulating the leaflet in south London in late January.

By REUTERS
04/02/2021

K-pop star apologizes after posting photo pictured next to Nazi imagery

Sowan is a member of the all-female k-pop group GFriend, and took the photos in November. She currently has over 800,000 followers on InstagramSowan is a member of the all-female k-pop group GFriend,

Israeli Jewish Antifa hacks KKK website, doxxes members

The hackers identified themselves as an anti-fascist collective by the name Hayalim Almonim - Hebrew for Anonymous Soldiers, in an exclusive statement to The Jerusalem Post,

04/02/2021
Miami Dade Police car, illustrative

After video, ex-Miami-Dade police employee swears she's not antisemitic

In the video, she is wearing a black Miami-Dade Police homicide jacket.

By TNS
04/02/2021

Turkey state media marks Jews in Biden administration with Israeli flag

Turkey’s regime is increasingly pushing hate speech against minorities, singling out gay rights activists as “deviants” and sounding more and more like Iran’s regime in anti-gay rhetoric.

AJC executive director David Harris.

US accepts IHRA's definition of antisemitism, Biden official says

AJC CEO David Harris called McDonald’s remarks “a solid reaffirmation of American leadership in the global fight against antisemitism.”

Canadian sailor discharged from army due to neo-Nazi ties

Vice-Admiral Craig Baines said that the administrative review of the soldier culminated in the termination of Sailor 1st Class Boris Mihajlovic.

Lawmaker who blamed Jews for Holocaust quits parliamentary commission

Valdas Rakutis faced criticism over his comments, made during a speech in parliament on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, including a rare rebuke from the US ambassador.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
01/02/2021

How can blockchain preserve Holocaust testimonies from manipulation?

"Historical memories of atrocities like genocide are important to preserve so we do not repeat those same mistakes."

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel arrives with wife, Marion Erster Rose

Netanyahu, Clinton, Clooney celebrated Elie Wiesel's wife 90th birthday

To honor her living legacy and visionary work alongside her husbands, a virtual event was organized by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and the WIZO.

Jewish groups condemn Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

Among Greene’s critics are right-wing and centrist Jewish groups that do not frequently criticize Republican lawmakers or elected officials at all.

By BEN SALES/JTA
30/01/2021
A yolka tree in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia (Yelena VereshchakaTASS via Getty Images)

Russian university fires lecturer who denied Holocaust

In a statement that same day, the state-owned university, known as RANEPA, said it “cannot accept” the lies told by the professor.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
30/01/2021
An ethnic Uighur demonstrator wears a mask as she attends a protest against China in front of the Ch

Graffiti equating Holocaust with Uighur persecution painted on monument

Some of the graffitis read “Uighurs 2021=Jews 1941.”

Erdan calls on UN to fight threats for Jews: Antisemitism and Iran

“Just as the world has fought the virus of COVID-19, so must it commit to eradicating all forms of the virus that is antisemitism.”

Biden recalls Charlottesville march on Holocaust Remembrance Day

“The horrors we saw and heard in Charlottesville in 2017, with white nationalists and neo-Nazis spewing the same antisemitic bile we heard in the 1930s in Europe, are the reason I ran for president”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
28/01/2021
Hanneke Rozema greets visitors at the De Duikelaar museum in Nieuwlande, the Netherlands on Jan. 25,

Dutch village is finally ready to tell its unique Holocaust rescue story

In 1985, Nieuwlande became one of only two locales honored collectively by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum for rescuing Jews, alongside Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in France.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
28/01/2021
Yellow badge Star of David

Lithuanian lawmaker says Jews and communists share blame for Holocaust

"There was no shortage of Holocaust perpetrators among the Jews themselves, especially in the ghetto self-government structures."

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
28/01/2021

Is COVID-19 mutating into antisemitism?

Using themes taken straight out of the medieval playbook of European antisemites, various extremist groups have been blaming the Jews and Israel for the virus.

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the KKL-JNF Memorial to the Deportation of Jews from France.

Antisemitic acts drop by 50% in France, physical assaults almost unchanged

In one incident of physical violence last year, a 29-year-old man was beaten by two men in the elevator of a Paris building where his parents live and called him a “dirty Jew.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
28/01/2021

Building a unique Holocaust museum at Babyn Yar

On September 28th, 1941, the Nazis ordered all of the city’s Jews to gather on the following day, together with their money, documents, and valuables, near the city’s cemetery.

An UNRWA-run school in Rafah, Gaza

Canada probes UNRWA funds over textbooks for promoting hate

Australia also announced an investigation into UNRWA and the UK has raised the issue with the organization.

Bahrain commemorates Holocaust, combats antisemitism

This is part of a larger regional outpouring of commemoration on International Holocaust Memorial Day.

Chelsea FC to commemorate Holocaust anniversary during Wednesday's match

The match and Chelsea's special tribute coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Twitch receives highest mark for efforts toward removing Holocaust denial

Twitch received a B, while Twitter, YouTube and TikTok earned a C. Facebook, Discord and Reddit "barely passed" with a D. No platform was awarded an A.

Facebook directs users to Holocaust education when searching for denial

Directing users to the online educational resource is the most recent example of Facebook's efforts to eliminate Holocaust denial from its platform.

Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary virtually amid pandemic fears

Other virtual ceremonies will also take place to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.

By REUTERS
27/01/2021
Pope Francis holds weekly audience at the Vatican, December 2, 2020.

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Pope warns against new nationalism

Speaking at his general audience, held inside the papal library because of coronavirus restrictions, Francis said it was imperative that the world did not forget.

By REUTERS
27/01/2021
Orthodox Jews in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2012

Antwerp mayor: Haredi ignoring COVID measures triggered antisemitism

Antwerp police have tolerated minyans, the minimum 0f 10 men needed for Orthodox worship, but have intervened when the requirement was exceeded.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
27/01/2021
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech at the lower house of parliament

UN's Guterres: COVID-19 created antisemitism spike, as neo-Nazism rises

"Antisemitism continues to blight our world. It is sad... that the pandemic has triggered yet another eruption of this poisonous ideology" • "There is no vaccine for antisemitism and xenophobia"

Argentina Jewish family attacked by people shouting ‘Death to Jews’

The children ran to help their father and also were beaten amid epithets.

By JTA
26/01/2021
Participants in a Jewish solidarity march across New York City's Brooklyn Bridge, Jan. 5, 2020. The

Major American Jewish coalition adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

What that means may vary for its members?

By BEN SALES/JTA
26/01/2021
A picture posted on Twitter shows a man holding an anti-Semitic poster.

As social networks clamp down, antisemitism moves to the darknet

Amid pandemic, extremist groups connect on fringe websites that are nearly impossible to monitor, experts warn.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
26/01/2021

IHRA definition of antisemitism helpful but shouldn't be part of law

The statement also cautions that the IHRA definition’s examples could divert attention from the threat of far-right antisemitism.

By BEN SALES/JTA
26/01/2021
U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

Turkey pro-government media: ‘Jews overrepresented in Biden Cabinet’

The latest claim comes on the heels of a conspiracy theory spread by a high-level AKP official that said US president Joe Biden is “Kurdish.”

Antisemitism is expected to rise significantly around the world in 2021

Ministry decries ‘first institutional threat to Jewish religious freedom in Europe since the Holocaust'.

Head of Belgium’s Aalst carnival has made antisemitic comments online

The 2019 edition of the annual event featured several floats deemed antisemitic, including ones of Jews depicted as insects.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/01/2021
National Holocaust Museum Amsterdam 2016

Speaker for Dutch Holocaust memorial after uproar over antisemitic comment

"I didn’t mean it," Benali said. "I distance myself from those remarks, they weren’t meant literally. I also have Jewish friends and interview Jewish authors.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
23/01/2021

Nazi memorabilia at Paraguay art fair prompts call for new law

The fair’s organizer removed the Nazi objects from display on Wednesday but added that showing the items did not break any laws.

By JTA
23/01/2021

American-Israeli basketball star shares thoughts on antisemitism in sports

He then addressed antisemitism in sports, and additionally the Abraham Accords signed just recently between Arab-Muslim countries and Israel.

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

Nazi collaborators included in Ukrainian memorial project

Individuals included in the online ‘Virtual Necropolis’ are ultra-nationalists and senior auxiliary police unit officials that collaborated in the massacre of Jews

New Austrian national antisemitism strategy presented to ministers, EU officials

Measures will triple budget for security of Jewish institutions and coordination platform for nationwide govt coordination to combat antisemitism.

After the Shoah: Honoring International Holocaust Remembrance Day

In an amoral world, political expediency eclipsed justice and reason.

By MONTY NOAM PENKOWER
20/01/2021
Presidential candidate Kais Saied speaks after the announcement of results of presidential election

Tunisian president sorry for antisemitic remarks, rabbi says

"The President of Tunisia a few minutes ago called up the chief rabbi of Djerba, Rabbi Haim Bitan and apologized for his diatribe against the Jews, faulting them for unrest in the country."

Holocaust scholars sued for claiming mayor who saved Jew helped kill 22

The late mayor, Edward Malinowski, was acquitted in a trial after World War II of collaborating with Nazis in the town of Malinowo

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/01/2021

Fake letter attributed to VP Harris warns DC synagogues they must close

“Myself and President Joe Biden, will shut down your Synagogue of worship and place heavy fines upon your religious institution,” said the letter,

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
20/01/2021
Islamic Relief Worldwide

US State Department cuts ties with IRW due to antisemitism allegations

Israel has designated IRW as a supporter of terrorist organizations.

US, Moroccan NGO sign deal to fight all forms of antisemitism

“Agreement comes a dedication not only to honor the Jewish past in Morocco but to create a future of harmony and tolerance for all generations to come."

Antisemitic graffiti on a Jewish family house in the city center of Lyon in France.

Why are people fighting the IHRA definition of antisemitism?

Here’s what the IHRA definition says, why its supporters see it as a key for fighting Jew-hatred and why its critics are fighting it.

By BEN SALES/JTA
16/01/2021

US Jews on edge from warnings of neo-Nazi violence ahead of inauguration

An FBI memo warned of armed protests at all 50 state capitol buildings starting this weekend to protest Biden becoming president.

By BEN SALES/JTA
16/01/2021

US Army discharges officer who made Holocaust joke on TikTok

Nathan Freihofer, a second lieutenant, has millions of followers on TikTok, where he posted a joke about the Holocaust last August.

By BEN SALES/JTA
16/01/2021

UC Riverside professor says Zionism ‘politically toxified our schools’

“A number of Zionist organizations want to convince us that Arab American Studies is ‘antisemitic.’ This is not only intellectually insulting but is also an inherently racist position,” he wrote.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
16/01/2021

‘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.”

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