May 27, 2020

Germany sees rise in antisemitic, political crimes

The number of antisemitic attacks in Germany surged in 2019, reaching the highest level since 2001, German authorities announced Wednesday.

According to the official data, which Interior Minister Horst Seehofer unveiled, last year saw a total of more than 41,000 instances of politically-motivated crimes and offenses, ranging from verbal abuse to arson and murder,  a 13-percent increase over 2018.

Out of those, 2,032 attacks were antisemitic in nature, the data revealed, representing a 13-percent year-on-year increase over 2018. On a more worrying note, the number is also the highest since 2001, the year when the authorities started keeping such a tally.

According to Seehofer, most of the antisemitic attacks come from the German far-right circles, which account for 93.4 percent of the incidents.

The German authorities have described one-in-three cases of far-right antisemitic attacks as hateful "propaganda," about 14 percent include verbal abuse, and in approximately five percent of instances, things have turned violent.

The uptick in politically-motivated crime and attacks, including not just antsemitic incidents, but also Islamophobic attacks, also largely attributed to the far-right, contrasts a decline in the total number of criminal offenses in the country, which has been going down for three consecutive years.

Source: i24news

Antisemitism and the Radical Anti-Israel Movement on U.S. Campuses, 2019


Executive Summary

In recent years, criticism of Israel has become endemic on college campuses across the U.S. While it is very likely that most of that criticism is a legitimate form of political discourse, some of the more radical expressions of anti-Israel sentiment can create an environment in which Jewish students, many of whom say they have a personal or religious connection with Israel, may feel besieged or threatened. Radical expressions of anti-Israel sentiment may include Israeli flags being removed from their displays, calls by student activists to boycott all pro-Israel groups on campus, the heckling of pro-Israel speakers and calling Israel a settler-colonial state. 

Radical anti-Israel activism on campus is driven primarily by Students for Justice in Palestine, a network of pro-Palestinian student groups across the U.S. that disseminate frequently inflammatory anti-Israel propaganda. These groups sometimes ally with campus chapters of Jewish Voice for Peace, a radical anti-Israel activist group, whose Jewish origins and membership help shield its activism and rhetoric from charges of antisemitism. 

Radical anti-Israel rhetoric and activities on campus often emerged from Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaigns against Israel; the implementation of annual Israeli Apartheid Week programs; the convening of conferences and lectures featuring all or almost all pro-BDS speakers; and events featuring Israeli or pro-Israel speakers, to which activists sometimes responded with heckling. Such activities can undermine efforts to normalize relations between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian movements and can contribute to broader efforts to delegitimize Israel as a sovereign state. 

Anti-Israel rhetoric on campus can become antisemitic when it demonizes Zionism, thereby implicitly demonizing many American Jews. Throughout 2019, claims that Zionists are racists or white supremacists were expressed by radical anti-Israel activists in a variety of forums, including anti-Israel exhibits, social media and official student newspapers. 

Antisemitism can also manifest in the radical anti-Israel movement when Zionist or pro-Israel students are targeted or excluded from elements of campus life. Such targeting, which took place on a number of campuses in 2019, inevitably results in discrimination and disenfranchisement directed at significant numbers of Jewish students. 

Some radical anti-Israel groups expressed support for terrorism against Israelis in 2019. Sometimes this support took the form of promoting the terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, applauding convicted terrorists Leila Khaled and Rasmea Odeh, condoning violent tactics of the terrorist group Hamas, or honoring Palestinians who were killed in clashes with Israel despite the fact that many of them were members of terrorist groups. 

Funding for radical anti-Israel groups came from a number of prominent charitable foundations. Most notable is the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), an ostensibly mainstream charity but one that knowingly provides significant funding and symbolic support to Jewish Voice for Peace, a radical anti-Zionist organization. RBF also donates to the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, the Institute for Middle East Understanding and Grassroots Jerusalem, all of which have engaged in radical anti-Zionist rhetoric. Another notable funder is the Westchester Peace Action Committee (WESPAC), which provides significant funding to Students for Justice in Palestine. WESPAC’s own website includes antisemitic content. SJP is also funded by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), some of whose members have a history of making antisemitic remarks.

Source: ADL

Maccabi coach Max Brym was insulted by a vaccination opponent and corona denier

Max Brym
Munich - On May 20., 2020 Max Brym, who coaches a football C youth team at Maccabi Munich, walks his dog in the English Garden in Munich like almost every day. Not far from the Chinese tower, the little terrier Richy is just snooping between the trees as a few meters away a mountain biker stops next to a bridge.
A man at the age of forty shouts to Brym: " You Jewish pigs are to blame! You Jews made this Corona! You Jewish scum!". Brym was wearing a training jacket of his club TSV Maccabi München e.V., which is also have a star of David printed on the front and back. Brym gets angry, walks towards the cyclist who wears a t-shirt with the inscription "Corona Leugner" and " vaccination opponent. Then the man drives away.

Source: RIAS

2019 Antisemitism report in Austria

According to this, 550 antisemitic incidents were counted in 2019, 47 more than two years earlier. The report contains six assaults on Jews, including attacks on children in Viennese public transport.
Although the number of reported threats fell to a total of 18 reports, the number of property damage increased by more than half. A total of 78 such incidents were reported, including swastika smearing and damage to the former cemetery attendant's house of the Jewish cemetery in Göttsbach, Lower Austria.

For the first time, the authors of the report classify the incidents ideologically. Accordingly, most incidents (268) have an extreme right-wing background, followed by Muslim (31) and left (25) anti-Semitic motives. No assignment was possible for 226 incidents. In order to enable international comparability, the categorization of the incidents is based on that in Germany and the United Kingdom.

The majority of the incidents concern antisemitic verbal abuse, in addition there are anti-Jewish emails, letters, calls and postings as well as posts in social media. What you have to imagine: A Palestinian cultural forum from Vienna, for example, posted a photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which shows him with a red eye, blood in the corners of his mouth and a Star of David on his forehead, how he sets out to do a howling, blood-soaked one and eat severely injured toddler.

Source: ikg-wien

Texas synagogue vandalized

Temple Emanuel synagogue in McAllen experienced vandalism 
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 / (Dina Arévalo | The Monitor)
McAllen, TX - An arrest has been made in at least one of the three cases of vandalizing at places of worship in Hidalgo County. According to Lt. Joel Morales of the McAllen Police Department, a woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with the vandalism involving at least one of the three locations, a synagogue in McAllen.

Morales did not reveal much more, other than she’s in custody and charges are pending. The arrest comes after the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle was vandalized during the wee hours of early Tuesday morning with several references of the occult and with antisemitic imagery.

The front doors of the basilica were defaced with spray-painted words including “WITCH,” “HADES,” “RAPEST,” “NEW YORK KILLER” and other random phrases and words, and a swastika.

Nearly identical markings were also spray-painted at the Temple Emanuel synagogue in McAllen and the Shri Nanak Center & Shiv Shakti Temple in Edinburg.

The Temple Emanuel synagogue in McAllen experienced vandalism Tuesday, May 26, 2020, similar to what was seen at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle: the words “WITCH,” “HADES,” and other references to the occult spray-painted along with a swastika. (Dina Arévalo | The Monitor)

The Shri Nanak Center & Shiv Shakti Temple in Edinburg was one of three places of worship that experienced vandalism Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Dina Arévalo | The Monitor)
Source: The monitor

May 26, 2020

“All Jews must die!”, man shouts at Jewish pedestrian in London

Stamford Hill, London - A male suspect shouted “All Jews must die!” at a visibly Jewish pedestrian in Stamford Hill.

The incident took place at 5:35pm on 24th May on St Ann’s Road and was reported by Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer neighbourhood watch patrol.
Source: CAA

Antisemitic tags in downtown Angoulême

Angoulême - A wave of antisemitic tags appeared this weekend in Vauban parking lot, in the Vieil-Angoulême. The town hall has just been alerted.

A swastika and insults against Simone Veil. Antisemitic caricatures of Emmanuel Macron and Edouard Philippe. Dirty and also antisemitic remarks on Brigitte Macron. And a signature, ZOG, for "Zionist Occupation Government", an antisemitic theory of the Jewish conspiracy that was particularly widespread in American Nazi circles in the 80s.

Source: charentelibre

Antisemitic banner in London removed after community outrage

An antisemitic banner was removed from a London building on Monday, leading to praise from local politicians.

The banner, reading “Welcome to the Zionist police state” — was hung below a window of a home overlooking a Jewish cemetery in Mile End, a neighborhood in East London, according to reporter Gabriel Pogrund of The Sunday Times.
Labour MP Wes Streeting, the shadow exchequer secretary to the treasury, tweeted that the banner had been taken down by the Metropolitan Police and the local council, to whom he offered “big thanks.”
Local Councillor Kevin Brady tweeted, “Very pleased at how rapidly the team leaped into action” and praised other councillors who “swooped right in.”
Source: algemeiner

Police: Aryan Brotherhood member sought to target Kent State University Jews

  Matthew Slatzer | Photo / Canton Police Department
Matthew Slatzer, The man who carried an antisemitic sign at a Columbus protest – showing the image of a rat with a star of David – walked into a Stow convenience store May 3 with a hatchet and a machete, asking where the Jews were, then said he was heading to Kent State University in Kent to find Jews.

Jackie Congedo, director of the Cincinnati Jewish Federation’s Jewish community relations council, revealed the information at a May 21 webinar, “Hate and Antisemitism in Ohio During COVID-19,” where she was a panelist and co-host.

“Fast forward several weeks after this protest and law enforcement is actually investigating a subsequent incident where we know that he entered a convenience store around the anniversary of the Kent State shooting in that area wearing a black T-shirt with a Nazi symbol and swastika, black tactical pants and boots, a Nazi tattoo on the back of his head,” Congedo told attendees on the webinar.

Michael Patrick Slatzer of Canton, Ohio, right, 
confirmed in an interview he is the person on
 the right holding the antisemitic poster
“And he had a hatchet and a machete, and he was asking where he could find Jews. He told the clerk he was an Aryan Brother, for those of you who may not be familiar with the Aryan Brotherhood, which is a Nazi organization, and he said that he intended to go to Kent State to find Jews.”

The man has a history of antisemitic activity and white supremacist activity, Congedo said, including attending a National Socialist rally in Michigan. He was photographed with Timothy Wilson, who planned to bomb a hospital with COVID-19 patients and was shot in a firefight with FBI agents in March, she said.

Stow police would not confirm the name of the person because he has not been charged in the incident, although police did release an incident report regarding the May 3 call.

In the report, the offense was listed as disorderly conduct and “physically risk of harm” with a motivation or bias as “anti-Jewish intimidation.”

Stow Police Capt. Bryan Snavely told the CJN his department is working with federal and state law enforcement agencies regarding the incident.

The 50th anniversary of shootings of four students at Kent State Univesity by the Ohio National Guard was marked May 4. Three of the students killed in the 1970 shootings were Jewish.

Lt. Dennis Garren of the Canton Police Department confirmed to the CJN that Matthew Slatzer, 36, of Canton was involved in the Stow incident. He said he was not surprised.

“I work very closely with our local synagogue, and we’re very aware of the threat that Mr. Slatzer poses to the Jewish community, and are in constant communication with the synagogue about the safety and security of their congregation,” he said.

Slatzer is being held in Stark County Jail following a Feb. 2 arrest in Canton. He was arrested for using a weapon while intoxicated, aggravated menacing and possession of a firearm inside Fast Times Pub on Harrison Avenue.

Slatzer, according to the police narrative from that arrest, had a firearm inside the pub and “later threatened to kill officers.”

His pretrial conference is listed as June 5 for the February arrest. It was postponed from May 22.

State Rep. Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, who publicized images of Slatzer at the Columbus protest, said he was concerned about the Stow incident.

“When you see people take that next step of making threats and action toward violence, it’s very sobering,” he said. “And it reminds me of the stakes of the fight we’re in right now.”

Brazilian Jewish groups slam German comedian for Holocaust joke

Lea Maria Jahn in a performance in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in February, 2020.
Sao Paulo - Brazilian Jewish groups slammed a German stand-up comedian who made a Holocaust joke followed by a Nazi salute during a performance in Sao Paulo in February.

“On Christmas, we ask for a friend as a gift. Once I got it, but it only lasted a day. He escaped. He was Jewish. I said he escaped, not that he died. He was very fast. You know, if I do this joke in Germany, I’ll be arrested. Letting a Jew escape like this?” Lea Maria Jahn said on stage.

“Who here thinks that Germans are Nazis? Please raise your hand,” she continued, raising her own hand in a Nazi salute.

The performance was uploaded to YouTube in February, where it has garnered nearly 1 million views. But it gained additional attention on Tuesday, when the Organized Jewish Youth organization criticized it.

“This is 2020 and a German woman makes jokes against Jews in Brazil,” the group wrote on Facebook. “Does this ‘comedian’ have an exact idea of how dangerous the words that she considers a joke are?”

The Brazilian Israelite Confederation demanded an apology on Thursday.

“When referring to her German origin and to anti-Semitism in an inappropriate and vulgar way, she brought up sad situations from the Holocaust era as the topic of jokes, which can hurt the victims,” the confederation said.

Marcos Susskind, a popular Brazilian Israeli political analyst, said Jahn had crossed the line.

“You call it humor, I call it horror,” he wrote in an open letter.

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Source: JTA