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Anti-Semitism Monitor 2019

Anti-Semitism Monitor 2019

January 14, 2019 in Jewish World
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Anti-Semitism Monitor

BY IRA N. FORMAN   2019  |  in Jewish World

The Anti-Semitism Monitor reports anti-Semitic incidents around the world by country and date on a weekly basis. View incidents from 2018 here.

About the project

The list is compiled by using internet search engines as well as consulting a handful of news aggregation sites. The choice of linked articles is based on a number of criteria: The list largely leaves out links to insignificant incidents or false charges of anti-Semitism except in a few cases where false charges are so egregious that they illustrate the danger of misuse of charges of anti-Semitism; multiple links to the same incident are not included except where there are further developments to the story; a handful of overview stories which illustrate the nature of anti-Semitism in a specific country, region or worldwide are also included. Incidents listed are not necessarily anti-Semitic in nature, but all incidents raise questions of anti-Semitism. In compiling this list attempts have been made to use the most credible news sources and have largely avoided websites where news coverage has a strong ideological slant.

While this site is meant to serve as a resource, readers are cautioned not to use this site to assess where anti-Semitism is the most severe. For example: In 2018, there are more articles on anti-Semitism in the U.S. and UK than in other countries, even though many Jewish communities face larger threats.

—Ira N. Forman

About Ira N. Forman

Ira N. Forman is a senior fellow at the Moment Institute and a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Jewish Civilization. He is the former U.S. Special Envoy of the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. He also serves as the senior advisor for combating anti-Semitism at Human Rights First.

RECENT INCIDENTS

Ukraine, February 15: Jewish memorial at site of destroyed cemeteries is vandalized

Poland, February 15: Polish President rejects notion that there is any type of crisis between Poland and Israel over Netanyahu’s quote on Poles who collaborated with Nazis

United Kingdom, February 13: Conviction upheld for blogger who wrote and broadcasted grossly antisemitic songs

Spain, February 12: Award winning filmmaker calls Israel “apartheid state” during acceptance acceptance speech

Argentina

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Australia

January 4: Neo-nazi group leaves swastika stickers on Jewish nursing home (Daily Mail)

January 22:  Civil rights group calls for banning anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist David Icke from entering the country (Algemeiner)

January 30:  Anti-Semitic road rage against rabbi in Melbourne captured on video (ABC)

February 2: Jewish teens harassed with anti-Semitic taunts on Melbourne bus (The Age)

February 4: Israeli President, Rivlin, thanks Austrian President for fighting anti-Semitism (Jerusalem Post)

February 10: Swastikas found spray-painted on beach near Sydney (Times of Israel)


Austria

January 22: Austrian Chancellor says Malaysian anti-Semitism is unacceptable (Jerusalem Post)

 

 


Belgium

January 9: Leading Belgium Imam prays for Allah to burn all Zionists in the blood of martyrs in 2009 video (JTA)

January 11: Jewish communal leader charges lawyers for defendant in Jewish Museum killings are peddling conspiracy theories as part of their defense (JTA)

February 6: Overview of recent Belgian anti-Semitism (Algemeiner)

 


Bosnia Herzegovina

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 

 


Brazil

January 21:  Jewish community sues over cartoon showing Brazilian president and Netanyahu hugging and their arms forming a swastika (JTA)

February 4: Samba school dancer wears Nazi uniform in protest of new president (Times of Israel)

 

 


Bulgaria

January 20: Stones thrown into Central Synagogue in Sofia (JTA)

 

 


Canada

January 7: Hate crime suspect ordered to stay away from Jewish institutions as a requirement of bail (Algemeiner)

January 17: Trudeau blasts BDS movement as anti-Semitic (Times of Israel)

February 3: Jewish owned café in Winnipeg vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti (Winnipeg Free Press)

 


Chile

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 

 


 

Colombia

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 

 


Croatia

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 

 

Denmark

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

Eritrea

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 

 

 


Egypt

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 


European Union (EU)

January 15: European Soccer Federation opens disciplinary action against Chelsea football club over anti-Semitic chants (Times of Israel)

January 21: Eurobarometer survey on anti-Semitism in Europe and summary of activities the EU is undertaking against anti-Semitism (European Commission)

January 23: European Parliament President says anti-Semitism must be stopped (Jerusalem Post)

 

 


France

January 2: World Jewish Congress and CRIF applaud French restaurant which suspended staff members photographed doing anti-Semitic, quenelle salute (Algemeiner)

January 4: Star of ‘yellow vests’  viral video denies lyrics of her song is anti-Semitic (The Telegraph)

January 4: Jewish family’s car is filled with trash and mezuzah (stolen from their house) is glued to car (JTA)

January 10: Concern among French Jews over anti-Semitism within parts of Yellow Vest movement (JTA)

January 17: French far-right author sent to prison for anti-Semitic incitement (Times of Israel)

January 24: Security guard stopped attack against Jewish Agency’s Herzog and other Israelis in Paris (Jerusalem Post)

February 1: Twice excommunicated ex-Catholic Bishop loses appeal of hate speech conviction (Catholic News Agency)

February 10: Paris bagel shop defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti (DW)

February 12: Registered incidents of anti-Semitism up 74% as Interior Minister says anti-Semitism is spreading like a poison (CBS News)

 


Germany

January 2: Israeli born rapper is quitting German hip-hop scene because of increasing anti-Semitism (Algemeiner)

January 3: Large increase in violent anti-Semitic attacks in Berlin in 2018 (The Local)

January 11: New far-right party adopts anti-Semitic symbol as its logo (Fox News)

January 12: German city honors cartoonist who was fired earlier in the year for allegedly anti-Semitic, Netanyahu cartoon (Jerusalem Post)

January 22: Sixty-six percent of Germans—as opposed to one half of all Europeans—see anti-Semitism as a problem in their country (Jerusalem Post)

January 26: Chancellor Merkel calls for zero tolerance for anti-Semitism and xenophobia (Reuters)

January 26: Far left socialist party withdraws grim reaper cartoon with anti-Semitic symbols (DW)

January 25:  Buchenwald Memorial bans German AfD party from Holocaust ceremony (Times of Israel)

February 4: City of Frankfurt develops campaign to express solidarity with the Jewish community and fight anti-Semitism (Arutz Sheva)

February 13: Crime data release shows 10% jump in incidents related to hatred of Jews (BBC)

February 13: German bank to determine if Jewish Voices for Just Peace is anti-Semitic based on its BDS support (+972 Mag)


Greece

January 27:  Israeli Ambassador calls out Greek Orthodox church for anti-Smitism two days after Holocaus monument vandalized in Thessaloniki (Jerusalem Post)

January 28: Israeli President thanks his Greek counterpart for condemnation of vandalism of Holocaust monument in Thessaloniki at the same time condemns silence of Greek Orthodox church (Arutz Sheva)

 

 


Hungary

January 29: The dispute over Holocaust distortion and the House of Fates in Budapest (Moment Magazine)

January 28: Head of Yesh Atid party, Lapid, criticizes antisemitism of governments of Hungary and Poland and calls out Netanyahu for his relationship with these governments  (see also Israel and Poland) (Times of Israel)

February 13: Hungary’s Ambassador to UK tells Board of Deputies to mind their own business when it comes to anti-Semitism in Hungary (see also UK) (The Guardian)


Iceland

February 6: Popular singer in Iceland compares Jews to Nazis (JTA)

 

 


Indonesia

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

Ireland

January 4: Swastika painted on Irish synagogue (JTA)

 

 

Israel

January 27: Diaspora Ministry issues report on global anti-Semitism that finds 70% of anti-Semitic attacks tied to anti-Israel sentiment (Ynet)

January 27:  Prime Minister plays down right-wing anti-Semitism in Europe and argues left-wing and Islamic anti-Semitism more pertinent, only hours after government report highlights threat from extreme right (Times of Israel)

January 28: Head of Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid criticizes anti-Semitism of governments of Hungary and Poland and calls out Netanyahu for his relationship with these governments (see also Poland and Hungary) (Times of Israel)

January 30:  Amnesty International reacting to charges that they support anti-Semitism say Israel uses anti-Semitism to deflect from the country’s war crimes (Jerusalem Post)

January 31: Israel’s UN envoy calls on Eastern European leaders to confront anti-Semitism (Times of Israel)

February 3: Israeli government report links terrorist organizations and 13 NGOs supporting BDS (JTA)


Italy

January 10: Italian police probe anti-Semitic posters aimed at soccer clubs (Times of Israel)

January 16: Stumbling stones in Rome honoring victims of the Holocaust vandalized in December are now replaced (JTA)

January 22: Italian Senator apologizes for antisemitic tweet referencing the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Star Tribune)

 

 

Japan

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 


Latvia

January 22: Only 14% of Latvians see antisemitism as a problem in Latvia (LSM.LV)

 

 


Lithuania

January 16: Judge postpones trial where government is defending the inclusion of an alleged Nazi collaborator in Museum (JTA)

January 24:  Lithuanian church removes Jewish headstones used to construct church stairs (Times of Israel)

January 29: Lithuanian PM in Israel calls for zero tolerance of anti-Semitism (Baltic Times)

Macedonia

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 

 


 

Malaysia

January 18: Malaysia will ban Israeli athletes from 2020 Paralympics and vow to not let Israelis enter the country for any athletic competition (The Guardian)

January 19: Prime Minister of Malaysia says his country has a right to ban Israelis and denies his anti-Semitism (Times of Israel)

January 27: Malaysia loses right to hold 2019 World Para Swimming Championship over Israeli participation (JTA)

 


Moldova

January 18: Moldova adopts IHRA working definition of antisemitism (Cleveland Jewish News)

 

 


Netherlands

February 5: Football fans chant “Jews burn best” against rival Ajax club (Times of Israel)

 

New Zealand

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 

 


 

Norway

January 11: Anti-Semitic hate speech case against rapper is dismissed (Jerusalem Post)

 

 

 


Palestinian Territories

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 


Poland

January 2: Former ADL head Foxman says appointment of new extreme right-wing parliamentarian to Polish cabinet is a new low (Algemeiner)

January 27: Far right activists demonstrate at Auschwitz decrying emphasis on Jewish suffering and not Polish suffering at Auschwitz (JTA)

January 28: Polish government investigating incident of anti-Semitism by far-right nationalists at Auschwitz (ABC News)

January 28: Head of Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid criticizes antisemitism of governments of Hungary and Poland and calls out Netanyahu for his relationship with these governments (see also Israel and Hungary) (Times of Israel)

February 14: Prime Minister of Israel sparks row over comments about Polish collaboration during WW II (Times of Israel)

February 15: Polish President rejects notion that there is any type of crisis between Poland and Israel over Netanyahu’s quote on Poles who collaborated with Nazis (JTA)

 


 

Romania

January 26: Elie Wiesel Institute of Holocaust Studies asks Romanian authorities not to rehabilitate war criminal who killed Jews and Roma (Times of Israel)

 

 


Russia

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 

Scotland

January 6: Two Scottish legislators speak out against anti-Semitism in response to Jewish community comments that they are considering emigrating (Times of Israel)

 

 

 

 

 

Slovakia

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 


South Africa

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 


Spain

February 4: Spanish priest blames “powerful Jews” for cancelation of his film on Gaza (Times of Israel)

February 12: Award winning film maker calls Israel apartheid state during acceptance acceptance speech (JTA)

 


Sweden

February 7: Government plan to combat antisemitism and increase security (Government Offices of Sweden)

 

 

 

 


Switzerland

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 


Taiwan

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

Tunisia

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Turkey

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 


Ukraine

January 19: Analysis of the level of antisemitism in Ukraine (Jerusalem Post)

February 15: Jewish memorial at site of destroyed cemetaries is vandalized (JTA)

 


United Kingdom

January 4: Long standing anti-Zionist sues Jewish organization over charge of antisemitism (The JC)

January 4: Corbyn filmed in 2011 applauding speaker who calls for dismantling Israel (JTA)

January 5: Jewish groups ask Tottenham Hotspurs to take action to stop fans from using the Y-word in support of the club (BBC)

January 9: Three fans arrested for alleged anti-Semitism at Tottenham-Chelsea match (The JC)

January 9: Local Labour organization considers barring the long-recognized organization representing Jewish community in Labour Party, the Jewish Labour Movement, from running anti-Semitism training (Times of Israel)

January 9: Internal party dispute over whether referring to the “Jewish Lobby” is anti-Semitic (Times of Israel)

January 9: Gameshow co-host, Rachel Riley, in social media tiff with anti-Israel former MP Galloway over charges of antis-Semitism (Times of Israel)

January 9: Suspended Scottish councilor who accused Mossad of colluding with Jewish papers to attack Corbyn is readmitted to the Labour party (The JC)

January 10: J.K. Rowling fires back on Twitter against apparent anti-Semitic comment (Jerusalem Post)

January 11: Britons make 170,000 antisemitic Google searches a year (The Guardian)

January 13: Labour branch suggests that Israel is behind funding IHRA definition campaign and charge it with attempting to stop all criticism of Israel (The JC)

January 15: London Mosque secretly agrees to host exhibition on Albanian protection of Jews in WW II after another Mosque backs out of hosting the exhibit (JTA)

January 22: Antisemitic graffiti turns up in Norwich (Bristol Herald Courier)

January 23: TV presenter says attacks on critics of Labour anti-Semitism is a national scandal (The JC)

January 25: Former Labour MP reinstated in party after investigation for comments made about the Jewish community (BBC)

January 25: Deputy Green Party leader apologizes for sharing anti-Semitic cartoon she thought was merely anti-imperialist (The JC)

January 27: Jewish Agency Head Herzog extremely distraught by Labour’s and Corbyn’s anti-Semitism (Jerusalem Post)

January 28: Former Archbishop of Canterbury attacks Corbyn’s handling of antisemitism in Labour party (Express)

January 31: Fear of a perfect storm as radical right anti-Semitism and radical left anti-Semitism threatens Jewish community (Times of Israel)

February 1: Labour MPs will debate a motion to give Corbyn seven days to explain how he will deal with endemic anti-Semitism in the Labour party (The Independent)

February 2: Wales has highest proportion of anti-Semitic Google search in UK (BBC)

February 4: Labour accused of ignoring the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism in dismissing complaints against two party members (The JC)

February 5: Labour MPs pass resolution demanding Labour leadership produce written details on how they are handling complaints of antisemitism in the party (Jerusalem Post)

February 7: Community Security Trust finds record levels of anti-Semitic incidents in 2018 (CNN)

February 7: Another Labour MP faces no-confidence vote from Labour party members for criticism of Corbyn policy on anti-Semitism (Daily Mail)

December 10: Vandals damage Manchester Jewish cemetery (JTA)

February 10: Tony Blair says Labour not doing enough to confront anti-Semitism (Times of Israel)

February 10: Corbyn ally says must go further and faster in combatting antisemitism in its own ranks (Times of Israel)

February 11: Labour party receives 673 complaints of anti-Semitism in 10 months  (BBC)

February 12: Seven Labour MKs say report of hundreds of incidents of anti-Semitism,  dozens of expulsions still don’t adequately cover extent of party’s anti-Semitism problem (Times of Israel)

February 13: Hungary’s Ambassador to UK tells Boare of Deputies to mind their own business when it comes to antisemitism in Hungary (see also Hungary) (The Guardian)

February 13: Conviction upheld for blogger who wrote and broadcasted grossly anti-Semitic songs (BBC)

 


United States

January 1: Beverly Hills police chief accused of anti-Semitism and racism amid $2.3 million settlement (Fox News)

January 1: Two swastikas drawn outside apartment of elderly Jewish woman in Brooklyn (JTA)

January 2: New Orleans chapter quits Women’s March and cites anti-Semitism charges against national leadership as one of the reasons (JTA)

January 2: Simon Wiesenthal Center call for sanctions against Ohio doctor who threatened online to give Jews “wrong meds” (Algemeiner)

January 3: SF Café protested because of Zionist owner is hit with graffiti (The Forward)

January 3: DeKalb, Georgia teacher accused of anti-Semitism a year ago is still employed by the school system (Atlanta Jewish Times)

January 4: Bi-partisan bill reintroduced in Congress to upgrade status of State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism (Cleveland Jewish News)

January 4: Arizona synagogue vandalized (JTA)

January 5: University of North Carolina Asheville defends decision to invite Mallory as MLK speaker despite antisemitism controversy (Citizens Times)

January 5: Swastika painted on door of Catholic church in Bridgeport draws condemnation of anti-Semitism by local bishop (CTPost)

January 6: Fake bomb with anti-Semitic message left at UC Berkeley (JTA)

January 6: Swastika on Ventura, CA, Reform Synagogue (JTA)

January 7: Michigan synagogue vandalized for the second time in two months (JTA)

January 8: US Jewish groups denounce new Palestinian-American congresswoman for allegedly implying supporters of anti-BDS legislation have dual loyalties (Haaretz)

January 10: Former porn star and convert to Judaism, Jenna Jameson, quits Twitter over anti-Semitic content (Times of Israel)

January 10: Passengers accuse Spirit Airlines of anti-Semitic harassment by crew members (Fox News)

January 10: Local Brooklyn officials denounce anti-Semitic stickers (Greenpoint Post)

January 11: US House passes bill elevating status of anti-Semitism envoy position (Times of Israel)

January 11: Vanderbilt University investigating anti-Semitic vandalism in classroom (WKRN)

January 11: Birmingham Mayor partially retracts his charge that Jews were responsible for the rescinding Angela Davis award (JTA)

January 12: Fairfax, VA police investigating swastika vandalism in local park (Local DVM)

January 13: Jewish man assaulted in Crown Heights and police investigating as a hate crime (Algemeiner)

January 13: Newton police investigating anti-Semitic flyers (Boston Globe)

January 14: Tamika Mallory refuses to criticize Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism (JTA)

January 15: Newsweek reporter says that Israel, Mossad, Chabad are among the third rails of American journalism (JTA)

January 15: Democratic National Committee pulls out of sponsoring Women’s March over anti-Semitism controversy (USA Today)

January 17: Anti-Semitic literature left in Little Free Library box (Toledo Blade)

January 17: FBI arrests man who wanted to attack White House and blow up a synagogue (JTA)

January 18: DC Police investigate anti-Semitic graffiti outside an auto shop as possible hate crime (WJLA)

January 18: Swastika found inside bathroom in Maryland school (WJLA)

January 18: Minnesota School superintendent promises more Holocaust education after social media post of students with Nazi salutes and references to Hitler (Kare 11)

January 18: Tamika Mallory refuses to state whether Israel has a right to exist (JTA)

January 21: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez says Jewish community must be protected from antisemitism coming from White House (JTA)

January 22: Congresswoman admits to unknowingly using anti-Semitic trope (Haaretz)

January 23:  Republican representatives introduce resolution condemning anti-Semitism and BDS and at the same time singling out two Democratic congresswomen and Louis Farrakhan (Daily Caller)

January 23: Seattle private school teacher is fired for allegedly distributing anti-Semitic letters (770 KTTH)

January 24:  Republican state legislator introduces bill adding working definition of antisemitism language to law on discrimination in state educational system (Forward)

January 25: College professor fired for giving Nazi salute to his colleagues in the days after Pittsburgh shooting (JTA)

January 28: Church members on walk to remember Holocaust are interrupted by a driver shouting anti-Semitic slogans (JTA)

January 30: Los Angeles synagogue defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti (CBS Local)

January 31: Jewish family sues Colorado school district over charges that reporting of anti-Semitic incidents led to retaliation (Denver Post)

February 1: Two new Muslim-American women elected to Congress are target of GOP attacks and partisan split over what can be considered anti-Semitic remarks (New York Times)

February 1: Dearborn Museum protests firing editor over article covering Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism (Detroit News)

February 3: Another Orthodox man in Crown Heights hospitalized from vicious beating (The JC)

February 4: After praising UK’s Corbyn, Ocasio-Cortez notes concerns over anti-Semitism (Times of Israel)

February 5: Trump administration appoints new Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Elan Carr (Jerusalem Post)

February 6: Trump condemns anti-Semitism and calls out Iran for threatening genocide of Jewish people in State of the Union (Times of Israel)

February 6: US Embassy in Cairo closes booth at International Book Fair over anti-Semitic material (Jerusalem Post)

February 6: Bipartisan group of House members introduce legislation to fund Holocaust Education in schools (Times of Israel)

February 7: Daily Caller White House correspondent apologizes for 2012 anti-Semitic tweets (Daily Beast)

February 8: House Minority Leader McCarthy challenges Democratic leadership to denounce alleged anti-Semitism (San Francisco Gate)

February 8: Anti-Semitic flyers found in University of Montana student parking lot (KPAX)

February 10: Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and Jewish Federations of North America developing hotline for students to report incidents of anti-Semitism on college campuses (Jerusalem Post)

February 10: Congresswoman Omar criticized for associating AIPAC with anti-Semtic trope of Jewish buying political support (Daily Beast)

February 11: Congresswoman Omar criticized by fellow Democrats over anti-Semitic tweet (Haaretz)

February 11: Community forum held after Atlanta area high school defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti (Fox 5)

February 11: Lima, Ohio synagogue reports dozens of bullet holes (JTA)

February 12: Rep. Omar apologizes for anti-Semitic posts (Star Tribune)

February 12: Human Rights Network finds antisemitism more common in Missoula than other parts of Montana (Missoulian)

February 12: Minority Leader, McCarthy rebuffs charges of anti-Semitism in since-deleted attack on Soros, Bloomberg and Steyer (Politico)

February 13: Democratic candidate for open Virginia legislative seat apologizes for anti-Semitic social media posts earlier this decade (Haaretz)

February 13:  Anti-Semitic flyers found at Tufts Hillel (Jewish Journal)

February 15:  NY Mayor calls BDS unacceptable at rally against anti-Semitism (JTA)

 

 

Uruguay

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 


Vatican City

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

 

 

 


 

Yemen

No incidents yet reported for 2019. View last year’s list here.

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