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.

Christiane Amanpour poses on the red carpet at the 2019 Variety's Power of Women event in New York,
Israel demands Amanpour apologize for comparing Kristallnacht and Trump

On November 13 CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour compared Kristallnacht to President Trump's term.

By LAHAV HARKOV , SARAH BEN-NUN
25/11/2020
High-level panel launches to fight religious extremism, Islamism in Europe
High-level panel launches to fight religious extremism, Islamism in Europe

The debate featured some of Europe’s leading politicians, thinkers, and policymakers, including former French prime minister Manuel Valls.

synagogue
German far-right activists wish to protest ‘Zionism’ in front of synagogue

The event is scheduled for Tuesday in Brunswick, 120 miles west of Berlin, the Braunschweiger Zeitung reported Friday.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
24/11/2020
COVID restrictions protester compares herself to Nazi resistance fighter

The following day, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted that such comparisons are unacceptable.

By BEN SALES/JTA
24/11/2020
The Instagram application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.
San Francisco Jewish students face antisemitic harassment online again

Police are investigating and trying to find who is behind the harassment of the kind that took place in September.

By BEN SALES/JTA
24/11/2020
Dutch right-wing politician resigns following party’s antisemitism scandal

He has said that assuming responsibility for the antisemitism scandal was not the immediate reason for stepping down.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
24/11/2020
Rashida Tlaib
Non-Jews, anti-Israel activists dominate ‘antisemitism’ panel - analysis

“We will explore how to fight back against antisemitism and against those that seek to wield charges of antisemitism to undermine progressive movements for justice.”

German synagogue's window shattered in alleged antisemitic attack

A suspect was caught over the weekend on security footage throwing the block at the synagogue after being seen by Jewish community members wandering the area.

Former hammer-workshop of the German concentration camp Neuengamme.
Former Nazi concentration camp guard removal order from the US upheld

Friedrich Karl Berger, a Tennessee resident, served as an armed guard in the Neuengamme prisoners' concentration camp during the winter of 1945.

Toronto suburb to rename street named after Nazi naval officer

The vote to change the name came after a Holocaust survivor testified at the town council meeting.

By BEN SALES/JTA
20/11/2020
The Nuremberg Trials - 75 years on

After six years of war, the Allied powers came together to deliver justice on Nazi leaders who had caused the deaths of millions of people.

At 100, last Nuremberg prosecutor still yearns for justice

"My job was to get into the concentration camps as they were being liberated, with the dead bodies all over the floor and with people waiting to be burned because the crematorium was so overcrowded."

By REUTERS
20/11/2020
Antisemitic graffiti in UK city blamed on Labour Party activists

'Jewish lies matter' was daubed on walls as Labour Party in turmoil over readmission of Jeremy Corbyn.

Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer attend a general election campaign meeting in Harlow, Britain Novembe
Corbyn reinstated into Labour without whip, will sit as independent MP

“Withholding the whip from Jeremy Corbyn is offering the Jewish community crumbs," wrote Campaign Against Antisemitism CEO Gideon Falter.

18/11/2020
BDS calls to boycott those involved in normalization

BDS activitsts are also instructed to "not deal with any product or activity of a person or institution that has previously been involved in normalization and has not withdrawn from it.”

18/11/2020
Jeremy Corbyn with Rabbi Pinter, former Labour Labour councillor
Corbyn says he didn’t mean to downplay antisemitism, UK Jews not swayed

Jeremy Corbyn's Tuesday's comments didn’t sway the British Jewish community, which called his statement a “pathetic non-apology.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
18/11/2020
UIUC
Federal investigation opened following complaint of antisemitism at UIUC

The good news comes as a relief to many on campus, who claim to have experienced antisemitic and anti-Zionist harassment in alarming increasing rates over the past five years.

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
UK Labour to readmit Corbyn after antisemitism suspension - report

The Equality and Human Rights Commission said in October it had found evidence of failure to adequately train people investigating alleged antisemitism.

By REUTERS
17/11/2020
Christiane Amanpour
CNN’s Amanpour apologizes for comparing Trump-era to Kristallnacht

“I should not have juxtaposed the two thoughts. Hitler and his evils stand alone, of course, in history,” she said. “I regret any pain my statement may have caused.”

UIUC
UIUC declared its commitment to fighting antisemitism on campus

The university has also expressed its commitment to complying with applicable federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws.

By OMRI RON
17/11/2020
Former US colonel Dr. Douglas MacGregor.
Top Pentagon adviser says ‘Israeli lobby’ funds officials who want war

Douglas Macgregor blamed pro-Israel policy for driving the United States into the Iraq conflict after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
16/11/2020
Dutch Protestant Church apologizes to Israel for role in Holocaust

Dutch Protestant Church spokesman Peter de-Boer said “unfortunately, Christian theology contributed much to the antisemitic discourse that led to the events of the Holocaust.”

Tayeb Abdoun, former interim-CEO of the Islamic Relief Worldwide, resigned on October 14.
Islamic aid director resigns after getting called out for antisemitism

Tayed Abdoun, veteran employee at Islamic Relief Worldwide, posted a photo on Facebook calling for the murder of Jews after a 2015 gun and knife attack in Jerusalem.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
15/11/2020
SCN develops training program in case of attacks on synagogues, schools

The plan was designed by a team consisting of law enforcement and security professionals.

Ice Cube to speak at ZOA’s gala

Ice Cube, Jon Voight and Miriam Adelson are just a few of the speakers set to headline the annual gala of the Zionist Organization of America in December.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
14/11/2020
Food Network star Alton Brown makes antisemitic tweet, then apologizes

"Do you think the camp uniforms will be striped, like the ones at Auschwitz or will plaid be in vogue?”

SLU student government calls to adopt IHRA definition of antisemitism

The IHRA formally adopted the working definition in 2016 as a means of identifying all forms of antisemitism.

A photo of Josef Mengele taken by a police
Greek newspaper likens Pfizer’s Jewish CEO with the Nazi doctor Mengele

The front-page article, with graphics including a picture of Albert Bourla and the Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele, appeared Tuesday in the daily Makeleio.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
13/11/2020
NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind speaking at the rally
Dov Hikind releases a book that trolls Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s book

Hikind’s book debuted just a month after Cuomo’s and is meant to mock the governor’s volume.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
13/11/2020
JEWISH CEMETERY in Chernivtsi, Western Ukraine
Hryhoriy Arshynov, restorer of Jewish cemeteries across Ukraine

Damaged during the Holocaust, the magnificent 17th-century Maharsha synagogue was used as a warehouse under Soviet rule and endured decades of neglect.

By PENNY SCHWARTZ/ JTA
13/11/2020
AJC presents recommendations to task force on fighting antisemitism online

Chief among these recommendations was to deal with the social media companies, as they have become “breeding grounds for violence and extremism.”

12/11/2020
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo listens during a news conference in Reykjavik
Pompeo expected to announce process for US to label groups, NGOs antisemitic

America wouldn't support the said organizations in any manner, and would urge other governments to do the same • “Targets are not chosen for their actions, but rather for their identity.”

Proud Boys leader trying to rebrand the group as explicitly antisemitic

“We will confront the Zionist criminals who wish to destroy our civilization,” Chapman wrote after using other bigoted language.

By BEN SALES/JTA
12/11/2020
Rabbis, politicians, imam commemorate Kristallnacht in Malmö
Rabbis, politicians, imam commemorate Kristallnacht in Malmö

“It is not only glass that is broken, it is the heart.”

U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN)
Ilhan Omar: Defund Israel over illegal Bedouin homes that were demolished

“If they used any US equipment it also violates US law. An entire community is now homeless and will likely experience lifelong trauma," Omar tweeted.

World Jewish Congress honors UN boss for efforts to end anti-Israel bias

At a virtual gala, WJC President Ronald Lauder said Guterres will receive the Theodor Herzl Award this year for his work to change the “bizarre fixation on the Jewish state” at the UN.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
11/11/2020
JEWISH GRAVES in Ukraine.
Headstones smashed at Jewish cemetery in Ukraine

Last month, headstones were desecrated at Jewish cemeteries in neighboring Moldova and Hungary.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
10/11/2020
'Never Again' rings hollow in 2020

In the 21st century, people are still being murdered, synagogues and Jewish shops are being attacked, and graves in Jewish cemeteries are being defaced.

Egyptian MP calls on all Arabs to teach their children to reject Israel

"Regardless of what happens, the Zionist entity will come to an end,” he said.

Garry Kasparov to receive ADL award at antisemitism summit

As an internationally renowned chess celebrity and human rights activist, Mr. Kasparov has stood forcefully against authoritarianism

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn reacts as he speaks about Labour's environmen
Activists support suspended former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Another claim made at the event was that Corbyn was a victim of a false antisemitism smear campaign, which has also targeted "all progressive movements".

Dutch Protestant Church apologizes for not helping Jews in Holocaust

The comments were made ahead of the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

09/11/2020
Presidents of Israel, Austria, Germany call to end antisemitism

"We will stand together in Vienna, in Jerusalem, in Berlin. Never again means never again. Let there be light.”

ANTI-ISRAEL SIGNS sit on a field after an anti-Israel rally in London
SWC and CAA 'disappointed' Zionism slur ruled 'not antisemitism'

He chanted "Free, free Palestine. From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

By SARAH BEN-NUN
08/11/2020
Kristallnacht was the beginning of much worse to come

Eve Kugler was born in the town of Halle, Germany. At the time of Kristallnacht, she was just seven years old when SS officers stomped into her home

By INTERNATIONAL MARCH OF THE LIVING
08/11/2020
Demonstrators take part in an antisemitism protest outside the Labour Party headquarters in central
Panels clears UK pharmacist who said Zionists responsible for London fire

Dozens of people died in the 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower, low-rent housing complex in London.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
07/11/2020
NYPD anti-discrimination chief allegedly made racist, antisemitic remarks

Kobel denied the charge to the New York Times but has been relieved of his job pending the completion of an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
07/11/2020
Ethics panel clears UK pharmacist blamed ‘Zionists’ for London fire

Dozens of people died in the 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower, low-rent housing complex in London.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
07/11/2020
John Farmer
Countering Antisemitism and the message of hate

A conversation with Professor John J. Farmer Jr.

French President Emmanuel Macron visits Lebanon, September 2020
Palestinian Islamic scholar: Emmanuel Macron promotes 'Zionist agenda'

"It has been said that his wife is 20 years older than him, and that she is a relative of Rothschild, the richest Jew."

Greek newspaper publisher convicted of hate speech against Jewish leader

In addition to defaming Moissis personally, the paper “contributed deliberately to the reproduction of a rhetoric of hate against the Greek Jewry,” the court said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
06/11/2020
No matter who wins the election, American Jews fear bigotry and division

“We are an incredibly divided country, and that was something we knew before yesterday, and something we know today.”

By BEN SALES/JTA
06/11/2020
Keep synagogues safe – from COVID-19 and from terrorism

DIASPORA AFFAIRS: Following 2018’s attack in Pittsburgh, there has been a surge in American Jews being trained to defend their houses of worship

05/11/2020
A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Decem
Following Vienna attack, Antwerp to provide additional protection for Jews

Michael Freilich, a spokesperson for the Jewish community, told everyone to be on "full alert."

By SARAH BEN-NUN
05/11/2020
Outrage over Swiss Green party candidate’s links to BDS

Heidi Mück sought to end work with French company because it helped build Jerusalem light rail.

Jewish groups call out Brazilian Gov. renege of father's Nazi sympathies

Reinehr gave a long answer without taking a position on Nazism.

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
04/11/2020
A general view of Reykjavik, Iceland
Book calling Holocausts a hoax to hit Icelandic book stores for Christmas

Denying the Holocaust is not illegal in Iceland, but the Association of Icelandic Book Publishers has the means to intervene to stop the book’s sales

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
04/11/2020
Headstones smashed at Jewish cemeteries in Moldova and Hungary

The same cemetery has been targeted for vandalism for three years straight, the statement said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
04/11/2020
A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in
The internet and teshuva - how people can change

Communal responsibility is fulfilled through countless individual acts. And I knew that encounters with people from such a polar opposite outlook can be sacred and potentially profoundly impactful.

By RABBI AVRAM MLOTEK/JTA
04/11/2020
'Avoiding another Kristallnacht means standing up for freedom and democracy'

It was exactly 82 years ago on November 9th, 1938 that the Nazi regime launched its brutal, furiously destructive all-out attack against the Jews.

By STEPHAN KRAMER
03/11/2020
'Islamist terrorist' responsible for Vienna attack, five killed - minister

Some "heavily armed and dangerous" attackers could still be on the loose – reports • six crime scenes, possible hostages • "no known injuries or loss of life in the Jewish community"

03/11/2020
Graves are tagged with graffiti reading "TRUMP" at a Jewish cemetery in Grand Rapids.
Jewish cemetery in Michigan vandalized with ‘TRUMP’ and ‘MAGA’ graffiti

The graffiti comes days before the presidential election, in which Michigan is a key swing state.

By BEN SALES/JTA
03/11/2020
"The light of truth shames every form of hate"

Adolf Hitler made his first public antisemitic speech, titled “Why we are against the Jews”

By JOHN FARMER
02/11/2020
Kristallnacht was the beginning of the end

Ruth Zimbler, a Kristallnacht Holocaust Survivor reflection on how that day changed her life forever

By INTERNATIONAL MARCH OF THE LIVING
02/11/2020
No room for Anti-Semitism and Racism

Today we are witnessing the rapid growth of anti-Semitic and racist tendencies all over the world.

By DR. RACHEL HEUBERGER
02/11/2020
German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler doing a Nazi salute
High schoolers find Hitler quotes in Kentucky police training materials

The report sparked outrage from Jewish leaders and Kentucky officials.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
02/11/2020
Marking 82 years since Kristallnacht, making sure we remember

The coronavirus crisis that has befallen the world in 2020, threatens to harm every person on earth - regardless of origin, nationality, gender, religion, or belief.

By CHEMI PERES
01/11/2020
The Swedish flag is seen at Gamla Stan, the Old City of Stockholm, Sweden, May 7, 2017.
Malmo terminates Arab Book Fair amid revelation of antisemitic texts

"The reason is that the association that organizes the book fair has violated the cooperation agreement with Ibn Rushd."

Pace University student gov't adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

Jewish students make up 10% of undergraduates at the New York City-based university, though it isn't free of antisemitic incidents.

A Nazi's salute at a neo-Nazi rally in Kansas City, Missouri.
Two neo-Nazis try to harass antifa podcaster, target wrong house

The two were arrested.

By BEN SALES/JTA
31/10/2020
What I learned from sitting down with a repentant white supremacist

He had never met a Jew before. Our conversation, he said, was the first time he had knowingly spoken to a Jew.

By RABBI AVRAM MLOTEK/JTA
31/10/2020
Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania
Black Hebrew Israelite shouts antisemitic slurs at racial justice protest

Parts of the Black Hebrew Israelites constitute a fringe group that operates independently of racial justice activists, and long predates and is unconnected to Black Lives Matter.

By BEN SALES/JTA
31/10/2020
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
UK Labour Party responsible for discrimination against Jews

Report by the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission says Labour violated 3 components of equality laws in addressing, and often failing to address, repeated and numerous incidents of antisemitism.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque seen from the courtyard with its floral design.
Global Imams Council adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism

"We live in a time of rising antisemitism and terrorist attacks, which makes our responsibility as faith leaders greater, and even greater as Imams," the NGO said.

Dutch firm: Palestinian who vandalized kosher eatery had terrorist motives

He smashed the windows of the HaCarmel restaurant in Amsterdam in 2017 and in May 2020, holding a lighter, Het Parool reported.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
30/10/2020
Teacher made students debate Hitler’s final solution - this happened next

The result is “The Assignment,” which was published this summer by Delacorte Press.

By LIOR ZALTZMAN/JTA
29/10/2020
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn reacts at a launch event for the Labour party
UK Labour to suspend Jeremy Corbyn following antisemitism report

Corbyn: "The scale [of antisemitism in the party] was also dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party, as well as by much of the media."

29/10/2020
Actors in Prague dressed as resistance fighters reenact the uprising in May 1945.
The banality of Nazi evil, concealed in an old chair

The author has assiduously researched this low-ranking Nazi bureaucrat – even locating his daughters who had only sketchy recollections of their long-dead father.

By COLIN SHINDLER
29/10/2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visiting Sudan, 2020.
Balkan countries unite against antisemitism

“The task of combating antisemitism is pressing, especially as we have seen a disturbing uptick during the pandemic," said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The Swedish flag is seen at Gamla Stan, the Old City of Stockholm, Sweden, May 7, 2017.
Malmo suspends Arab Book Fair amid revelation of antisemitic texts

The government was alerted to the antisemitic texts after the Simon Wiesenthal Center penned a letter to Swedish Prime Minister Steafan Lofven, notifying him of their presence.

The IDF West Bank Courts continues to be disrupted by political and legal battle.
First conviction in South Africa for antisemitic abuse

Randburg Magistrates Court found Matome Letsoalo guilty of “crimen injuria” for threatening and abusive messages targeting the Jewish community.

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.

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