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Antisemitic Incidents On The Rise In The US And Worldwide

Weekly report highlights a surge in hate crimes against Jews and Jewish organizations globally.
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A JNS report published a weekly listing of antisemitic incidents recorded by Jewish, pro-Jewish, and pro-Israel organizations, as well as international news media. By the Anti-Defamation League’s count, an average of seven instances of varying measures are reported daily in the United States.

On 17th June, An official in the Suffolk County, Mass. district attorney’s office proceeded on leave after prior antisemitic comments came to light. “ The longtime executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations supported the El Camino College graduate who delivered an antisemitic commencement speech,” said JNS

Twitter faced criticism on June 18th for Disney and Microsoft ads appearing alongside neo-Nazi content. Antisemitic fliers were distributed in Chico, Northern California, with the offender reportedly identified on June 20

June 19th, after the defendant in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial was found guilty on all counts, the prosecution sought to limit the defense’s arguments against the death penalty. A more than 770-pound bronze eagle with a swastika recovered from a sunken Nazi ship in Uruguayan waters was to be recast as a dove until criticism scuttled the plan to alter the artifact (albeit a hateful one). Antisemitic fliers were distributed in Southern California and a Georgia neighbourhood. 

A Taunton, Mass. synagogue was painted with a swastika as reported on June 20th. “I consider “wokism” to be more of a danger to all of our societies than Islamism. Especially when it comes to the kids,” said Asra Q. Nomani, a longtime moderate Muslim voice against radical Islam, to a New York Times columnist. 

 A Michigan neo-Nazi was arrested for online threats. Antisemitic fliers were again distributed in Northern California. And there continues to be a series of antisemitic phone calls during town council meetings nearby. Charges in New Hampshire were dismissed against a purported neo-Nazi charged with a hate crime after he died. N.H. police are investigating Hitler salutes outside a drag event.

A swastika is seen outside of Union Station just a block from the U.S. Capitol in the background. Ontario police sought a suspect, who drew a series of swastikas on vehicles, businesses, and signs. BILL CLARK/CQ-ROLL CALL, INC VIA GETTY IMAGES

CasePac launched a digital media campaign called “Lies vs Truth,” designed to expose lies from members of Congress about Israel and Zionism. Swastikas were found at a Calif Synagogue, a N.Y playground, and multiple times at a N.J park and a Fla Beach. Antisemitic vandalism was also found at an Ariz. Children’s gym. After Russian President Vladimir Putin called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a “disgrace to the Jewish people,” the latter called the former KGB operative “the second king of antisemitism after Hitler.”

 “I apologize for appearing at a neo-Nazi rally,” said a Finnish official. On June 22nd, Australia gave Twitter 28 days to reduce hate speech or face daily fines. 

On June 23rd, A recent University of California-Berkeley graduate asked the school to take action against its Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, which aired a pro-BDS documentary. With Australia set to ban selling hate symbols, there is an “avalanche” of interest in purchasing Nazi artifacts. Also, Down Under, an aboriginal flag was vandalized with a swastika in a port. Antisemitic fliers were distributed in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Produced in association with Jewish News Syndicate

Edited by Judy J. Rotich and Virginia Van Zandt

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