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.

New PBS documentary examines antisemitism as social virus

The film includes former president Bill Clinton, former British prime minister Tony Blair, Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt, and journalists Fareed Zakaria, George Will and Yair Rosenberg

By LAURA PAULL/JTA
26/05/2020
Antisemitism spreads amid coronavirus pandemic in Turkey, group warns

An organization of Jewish Turks says commentators have used the coronavirus outbreak to promote antisemitic conspiracy theories.

By KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI / THE MEDIA LINE
25/05/2020
Russian chief rabbi wants Moscow to urge Iran to repair Esther's Tomb

Lazar said, “I will speak to the Russian government, and ask that they ask urge the Iranian authorities to mend the tomb of Esther and Mordechai."

One in five English people believe COVID is a Jewish conspiracy - survey

Preliminary data shows many Britons believe Jews created the coronavirus. This is a developing story.

BDS activists play IDF soldiers, stage mock execution in Vienna

The Austrian news outlet 'Heute' first reported on the anti-Israel stunt that took place Saturday at Viktor Adler Square in the Austrian capital.

The Whitney Museum of American Art's building at 99 Gansevoort Street between Washington Street and
Ex-Nazi hunter slams Whitney Museum's anti-Israel ‘smear campaign’

In the letter, Sher argued that the museum had “orchestrated and acquiesced in a concerted smear campaign against Warren Kanders,” the law enforcement supplier’s owner, who is Jewish.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
24/05/2020
Ukrainian police suspend officer who asked for a city’s list of Jews

Internal Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov announced the suspension in a letter he sent to the head of the Jewish community of Kolomyya, in the country’s west.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
22/05/2020
Orthodox Jews arrive during the 13th Siyum HaShas, a celebration marking the completion of the Daf Y
Lawsuit accuses NJ of discriminating against Jews using zoning laws

Eric Dreiband, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, called it “antisemitic conduct.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/05/2020
Davi Alcolumbre, from the Democratas party is congratulated by his colleagues after being elected fo
Jewish president of Brazilian Congress victimized by antisemitic slurs

The slurs against Sen. Davi Alcolumbre were published this week on the Facebook profile of a user called Jota Junior, which was removed after the comments were made public.

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
22/05/2020
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Australian golf course vandalized with swastikas

The green on the fourth hole at the Cranbourne Golf Club also was sprayed on Tuesday night with homophobic images.

By HENRY BENJAMIN/JTA
22/05/2020
A CAPTURED Taliban insurgent is presented to the media after he was detained with car explosive devi
Antisemitism and religious groups: The blame game

If terrorism were a tree, antisemitism would be its biggest branch.

By MOHAMMAD TAWHIDI
21/05/2020
Jonathan Greenblatt
Jonathan Greenblatt: Extremists exploit coronavirus crisis to spread hate

“Virus-related conspiracy theories are proliferating,” noted the Anti-Defamation League CEO.

Demonstrators attend an 'al-Quds Day' protest rally in Berlin, Germany, July 11, 2015
Calls for 'Quds Day' ban after speakers label Zionism as 'satanic'

B’nai Brith Canada, a Canadian Jewish organization, has called to ban 'Quds Day' after an online video event in Canada featured antisemitic content.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/05/2020
The BDS movement seeks to destroy Israel’s image in the eyes of the world.’
Spanish gov't cancels tolerance seminar by group accused of antisemitism

The government did not explain its decision to cancel the seminar, which had provoked international protests by Jewish groups and ACOM, a pro-Israeli organization in Spain.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
20/05/2020
FILE PHOTO: British rock star Roger Waters walks along the Israeli barrier in Bethlehem
Roger Waters sings: 'We'll take back the land, from the Jordan to the sea'

In collaboration with British filmmaker Ken Loach, an ardent critic of Israeli policies, Waters spoke at the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign's (PSC) Nakba Day 2020 event.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/05/2020
Olive Tree Planting Ceremony in Memory of Lori Gilbert
Olive trees planted in Israel in memory of Poway Synagogue shooting victim

25 olive trees were planted at a ceremony in southern Israel in memory of Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was tragically shot and killed in an antisemitic attack just over a year ago.

By TOBIAS SIEGAL
19/05/2020
Orthodox Jews arrive during the 13th Siyum HaShas, a celebration marking the completion of the Daf Y
New Jersey House Rep. advocates for COVID-19 antisemitism protection

Antisemitism hit a new all-time high in the US in 2019 and continued on an upward trajectory for the sixth straight year, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual report.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/05/2020
Protests during the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in California
Lawmaker says Hitler not supremacist, compares COVID-19 rule to Holocaust

'People want to say Hitler was a white supremacist. No. He was fearful of the Jewish nation, and that drove him into some unfathomable atrocities.'

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/05/2020
Red tape police seals and a photograph are seen on the appartment of Mireille Knoll
Paris prosecutors say Holocaust survivor’s slaying was antisemitic murder

The charred body of Mireille Knoll, 85, was discovered in her apartment on March 23, 2018

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
17/05/2020
UK Jewish organization asks Facebook to use IHRA antisemitism definition

This was done in response to a violent comment written to one of the members of the organization and was subsequently reported to Facebook’s new Oversight Board

By OMRI RON
15/05/2020
A participant burns an Israeli flag mockup during a protest to condemn Washington's decision to reco
Burning of Israeli flag leads to German law to ban torching of all flags

The new law also criminalizes the desecration of the EU flag and EU anthem.

American Jewish Committee applauds passage of Missouri anti-BDS bill

The new bill will prohibit Missouri and its associate subdivisions from forming contracts worth over $100,000 with companies that employ more than 10 employees.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
15/05/2020
Attendees walk past a Twitch logo in Los Angeles
Twitch announces safety advisory board following Halle synagogue shooting stream

Though the video did not remain on Twitch for long, it was captured and shared on other platforms.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , REUTERS
15/05/2020
The pandemic - like others before it - has incubated antisemitism

Curbing anti-Jewish expression on the Internet by suspending individual posts is about as realistic a proposition as curing corona by donning a surgical mask.

14/05/2020
The SS and the Vatican

What role did Erich Priebke play? The Pope Pius XII Archives may tell us.

Bosnian Catholic cardinal plans to honor Nazi collaborators in memorial

In recent years, commemorations of Nazi collaborators, including state and church officials, have become commonplace in Eastern Europe, where many regard them as patriots who fought Soviet domination

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
14/05/2020
A 1,000-year-old Hebrew Bible,was unveiled at the Museum of the Bible on November 8, 2019.
Danish Bible that removed Israel 'not antisemitic' argues columnist

The Danish Bible society took too many liberties with the translation but, Mosaic Magazine's Philologos argued, was not antisemitic in its motives.

Palestinians, far-right groups incite against Jews over COVID-19 pandemic

The report juxtaposed the use by these ideologically diverse groups of similar antisemitic messages.

Brazil's Bolsonaro slammed for using Nazi slogan as coronavirus motto

“The use of the expression ‘the work sets you free’ attacks the memory of Holocaust victims and offends the sensitivity of the survivors,” said Rabbi Michel Schlesinger

By MARCUS M. GILBAN / JTA
13/05/2020
Frankfurt am Main Synagogue burning during Kristallnacht
German synagogue destroyed on Kristallnacht uncovered by archaeologists

The excavation team is also hopeful of finding other relics such as coins and documents buried in the foundations.

A man wearing a Swastika [Illustrative]
2 tombstones with swastikas seen at Texas military graveyard

The tombstones are marked with a swastika inside a German cross, and are inscribed, “He died far from his home for the Führer, people, and fatherland.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
13/05/2020
Police officers stand guard in front of the entrance to the Neue Synagoge in Berlin
Berlin Jewish rep against antisemitism rebukes diplomat for BDS support

Im Tirzu slams Israeli and Jewish academics for urging the discharge of the German government’s antisemitism commissioner, Felix Klein.

Ukrainian Jews
Ukrainian police official requests list of Jews in the city of Kolomyya

The letter was signed by Myhaylo Bank, a high-ranking officer in the national police force who handles organized crime. The letter did not explain his unit’s particular interest in Kolomyya’s Jews.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
10/05/2020
Republican Rep. Steve King
Republican Jewish Coalition supports primary challenger to Rep. Steve King

King was removed from two House committees in 2019 after he told a New York Times reporter that he wondered why the term “white supremacist” had become offensive.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
10/05/2020
General view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Coronavirus: French Jews see rise in antisemitism, increased solidarity

“We see a lot of conspiracy theories against Jews, especially on social media,”

WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS President  Ronald Lauder holds a #WeRemember sign
WJC President supports decision to postpone Malmo forum on antisemitism

The event had been scheduled to take place in October of this year, marking 75 years since the end of the second world war, but will now take place in 2021.

A man wearing a Swastika [Illustrative]
San Diego man walks around stores wearing swastika medical mask

The incident is currently being investigated by the local sheriff's department.

09/05/2020
Wiesenthal Center: Paris mayor, remove antisemitic stickers

In a letter to the mayor, Dr. Shimon Samuels said that there is “a growing pandemic of antisemitic stickers in and around the Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est area.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
09/05/2020
People lay flowers outside the synagogue in Halle, Germany October 10, 2019, after two people were k
German monitor: Antisemitic incidents up since Halle shooting

In the Halle attack, two people were killed near the synagogue when the alleged gunman could not enter the building.

By JOE BAUR/JTA
09/05/2020
Paris man suspected of spitting on influential Jewish intellectual

Spitting on people is illegal and violates France’s emergency measures to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
09/05/2020
Syrian man vandalizes Amsterdam kosher restaurant for second time

The attack was the fifth case of vandalism or intimidation in 2 ½ years.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
09/05/2020
Antonio Guterres‏
Guterres: Antisemitic conspiracies increased due to COVID-19

'The pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering'

German Jewish leader warns not to forget past on eve of WWII anniversary

Schuster also said he was worried that a certain amount of antisemitism appeared to have become an accepted fact of life in Germany

By REUTERS
08/05/2020
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner listens to Chief Rabbi Harold Abraham Weill (R) as they
When vitriolic tales become ‘news’

‘Blood Libel’ presents a cogent account of the persistence of hate.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
07/05/2020
Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Alexander Gauland raises his arm during a plenum session at the
Far-right German leader: Victory over Nazis ‘day of absolute defeat’

Gauland delivered his comment ahead of the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe started by Nazi Germany.

The medieval Charles Bridge in Prague
Paving stones in Prague tourist district were cut from Jewish gravestones

The discovery confirmed Jewish community suspicions that communist authorities in the 1980s used Jewish grave markers for building materials.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
07/05/2020
The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau
Did Hans Calmeyer send a Jewish woman to Auschwitz?

In 1992, Yad Vashem posthumously recognized Calmeyer, who died in 1972, as a Righteous Among the Nations, Israel’s title for non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
07/05/2020
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Valencia's BDS stance 'incites hatred' - deemed illegal, unconstitutional

The 2018 motion promoted by the local fraction of the Podemos far-left party on the City Council of Valencia was passed, declaring a boycott of Israel and Valencia an “Israeli apartheid-free zone.”

Shiloh Wineries
Morningstar acquires Sustainalytics, known for their anti-Israel bias

Within Sustainalytics' analyses, companies who operate in Israel are tagged with higher negative controversy ratings.

Amid coronavirus celebs' 'Mean Tweets' video combats antisemitism

The video, a spin on Jimmy Kimmel’s 'Mean Tweets' video, features celebrities reading antisemitic posts at a time of increasing coronavirus-related anti-Jewish sentiment.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
14/05/2020
Nazi Swastika
Pennsylvania lawmaker compares handling of COVID-19 data to Nazi Germany

It is another incident of the use of Holocaust imagery and rhetoric to express opposition to coronavirus regulations.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
06/05/2020
Amnesty International
Finnish Amnesty Int'l board member says Israel worse than Hezbollah

This is not the first time that Amnesty International has faced allegations of being biased.

06/05/2020
‘Antisemitic’ academic pushed for boycott of Israeli professors in 2018

Mbembe and another academic took the lead to boycott Prof. Shifra Sagy, a psychology professor at Ben-Gurion University, who was disinvited from the South African Stellenbosch University’s conference in 2018.

Elan Carr in Jerusalem.
US will push countries to love their Jews more, antisemitism monitor says

“The opposite of antisemitism is not tolerance,” Carr said. “The opposite of antisemitism is Philo-Semitism, the appreciation, respect, and affection for Jewish values and the Jewish community."

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
05/05/2020
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Dutch king acknowledges Jews felt ‘abandoned’ by his great-grandmother

Queen Wilhelmina, whose reign ended in 1962, referenced the persecution of Jews only three times in 48 radio speeches made during her exile in the United Kingdom.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
05/05/2020
Jonathan Greenblatt
Jonathan Greenblatt warns of post-pandemic antisemitism

We shouldn’t kid ourselves: Antisemitism is still alive and well. The oldest hatred has persisted so long because it insidiously adapts and adjusts to situations like these.

By JONATHAN A. GREENBLATT
05/05/2020
Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer attend a general election campaign meeting in Harlow, Britain Novembe
New Labour leader failing to crack down on antisemitism - UK Jewish groups

Starmer’s vow has quickly been put to the test, and after a controversial call involving two Labour lawmakers, leading British Jewish organizations now say he is failing it.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
05/05/2020
World Zionist Organization condemns recent antisemitic incidents in Europe

"Unfortunately, for worldwide governments, the window of time to build a plan to eradicate antisemitism is running out... antisemitic events will escalate and become even more violent and physical."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
04/05/2020
German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (
‘Merkel worse than Hitler, envoy Israeli spy,' says antisemitic Iran paper

German commissioner to combat antisemitism tells 'Post': "There is no space for Iran-backed terror in our country'

Russian director Ilya Khrzhanovsky smiling at a press conference for the film "Dau: Natasha" screene
Russian film director's plans for a ‘Holocaust Disneyland’ in Ukraine

Khrzhanovsky, who is not Jewish, wants to bring his hyper-realistic cinematic style to the museum and make it, in the words of a former director of the project, a “Holocaust Disneyland.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
03/05/2020
Protesters rally outside of the state capitol building before the vote on the extension of Governor
Institutions, public figures slam Nazi slogans at US anti-lockdown rally

The phrase, which translates from German into "work makes you free," is the the same phrase that infamously adorned the gate at the entrance to Auschwitz.

04/05/2020
B’nai B’rith Int'l slams German diplomat for defending pro-BDS academic

"Mr. Görgen has posted multiple times on his official twitter feed in defense of Achille Mbembe, a Holocaust-minimizer and denier of Israel’s right to exist,“ the organization wrote.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks in Brooklyn synagogue, declaring war on antisemitism
Jewish groups slam NY Mayor de Blasio for 'scapegoating' Jewish community

The signatories requested a meeting with the mayor “to discuss constructive approaches to respond to the pandemic.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
01/05/2020
Dutch right-wingers share image of Anne Frank snorting cocaine

The meme uses a well-known portrait of Anne, a Jewish teenage diarist who died in a German Nazi camp in 1945 after spending two years in hiding in Amsterdam with her family

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
29/04/2020
NYC Mayor de Blasio criticized for tweet calling out 'Jewish community'

De Blasio was responding to a funeral that had drawn hundreds of Orthodox Jews to the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to mourn a rabbi who died of the coronavirus.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
29/04/2020
French police officers in Paris, France, April 28, 2020.
Paris ramming attacker may have been inspired by Palestinian cause

The attacker told police that he wanted to commit an act of terror having watched videos relating to Gaza and Palestine.

Wiesenthal may list German diplomat for antisemitism on its top 10 list

Exclusive: Cooper said that “there must be a price to pay by support of people who want to get rid of Israel” and say it is “worse than apartheid.” Cooper said this is “over the top antisemitism.”

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British history textbook withdrawn over anti-Israeli bias

Conflict in the Middle East, 1945-95 has been withdrawn by Hodder after UK Lawyers for Israel found a number of inaccuracies and biases within the text.

UK Labour launch inquiry into findings of antisemitism probe

A UK Labour party spokesperson said: “The NEC has today agreed the terms of reference for the independent investigation into the circumstances, contents and release of an internal report."

Cambridge graduate who said Jews should be exterminated stands trial

Oliver Bel has been charged with posting "grossly offensive" messages online.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/04/2020
Yaakov Hagoel: Antisemitic victims should be added to Remembrance Day

In 2019, according to WZO, a record number of antisemitic events occurred to diaspora Jews.

28/04/2020
Demonstrators attend an 'al-Quds Day' protest rally in Berlin, Germany, July 11, 2015
German Jew sues Berlin to stop antisemitic Quds Day rally

Iranian regime-sponsored rally attracts neo-Nazis, members of Hezbollah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Hanukkah observance in Washington
Biden releases plan to combat hate crimes on anniversary of Poway shooting

Biden’s three-point plan would increase the $90 million the Department of Homeland Security now hands out for securing nonprofit institutions by “multiples.”

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
28/04/2020
Jewish school in Antwerp
Belgian police charge 3 for gathering to commemorate Holocaust

“This was not, and should not be treated as, an illegal party,” he told Belga. “This was an essential action out of respect for the resistance fighters, Holocaust victims and family members.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
28/04/2020
German Jewish head opposes BDS speaker, anti-Israel director

Schuster criticized Mbembe’s writings which argue that Israel’s interactions with the Palestinians in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is worse than the Holocaust.

Democratic US congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib before Election Day in Michigan, 2018.
Tlaib slammed for not mentioning Jews in Holocaust Remembrance Day tweet

US Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who has faced accusation of antisemitism and is known as a fierce critic of Israel, was strongly criticized for the tweet.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/04/2020
German drugstore chain shows ad with antisemitic conspiracy rapper

German and Israeli Jews say they will no longer shop at Rossmann

A FBI officer arrives at the scene of an active shooting in Jersey City, N.J., Dec. 10, 2019.
Antisemitism trackers watch for threats as nationalists driven online

A Massachusetts man was arrested for trying to set off a firebomb near the entrance of a Jewish home for the elderly.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
24/04/2020
A militia group from Ohio protests against the state's extended stay-at-home order to help slow the
Jewish health chief’s support for reopening plan compared to Nazi Germany

“You don’t issue people certificates to be able to function … This actually feels like Hitler’s Germany where you had to have blonde hair and blue eyes to be able to function anywhere."

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/04/2020
New York Police officers wear protective masks, New York, U.S., April 18, 2020
NY man claimed Jews responsible for coronavirus, charged with harassment

A New York City man has been charged with bias intimidation and harassment following two confrontations with a Jewish man.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
24/04/2020
KYIV 2020: Babyn Yar today
New Holocaust center shows the time has come to commemorate Babyn Yar

It is perhaps not surprising that a fitting museum has not yet been constructed in Babyn Yar, because the story of Babyn Yar has been somewhat neglected for many years

DR. KARL TICHO, now an eye surgeon
One family's story of survival in the Holocaust

The story of this miracle was related to me by Gisela Rooz, my mother’s oldest sister.

By CHARLES TICHO
23/04/2020
German festival with speaker for Israel’s isolation canceled

The event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Antisemitic graffiti found in the German town of Heidelberg. April 22, 2020.
Nazi-inspired graffiti found in German town on Holocaust Remembrance Day

On one building, which appeared to be a small rural outhouse, the words "Jew," "Zion," and "Death" were spray painted in red.

German intel agency probes anti-Israel magazine for ‘right-wing extremism’

Editor-in-chief welcomed by former antisemitic Iranian president Ahmadinejad

Firebombing damages JCC and synagogue in Ukraine

The building, which functions as a synagogue and a JCC, has been closed to most activities due to the coronavirus crisis.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
22/04/2020
German Jews urge festival to disinvite ‘antisemitic’ pro-BDS academic

The open letter by the NGO Values Initiative takes the South African-based academic Achille Mbembe to task for allegedly inflammatory rhetoric.

A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL is held at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church for victims of the atta
Two-thirds of US Jews say they are less safe than a year ago, ADL finds

Results come following severe violence against Jews in American in America, including Poway, Jersey City, and Monsey attacks

The Idaho House of Representatives Room in Idaho State Capitol Building
AJC demands US lawmaker who compared stay-at-home order to Nazis apologize

"Scott's comparison of stay-at-home orders during the pandemic to Nazi death camps is unfathomably offensive," the AJC tweeted.

Police officer in Nice
Muslim politician tweets Jewish yellow star to protest surveillance

“Remove that star, Arnoud. You have no right to reference it,” wrote de Nooijer, who represents the pro-Israel Christian SGP party.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
21/04/2020
A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR holds the hand of his granddaughter during the annual ‘March of the Living’ at
Robert Kraft to 'Post': Committed to combating antisemitism

The March of the Living is the manifestation of generations of Jews remembering and acknowledging our responsibility to ensure that the atrocities that occurred will never be forgotten or repeated.

By ROBERT KRAFT/GENESIS PRIZE LAUREATE 2019
21/04/2020
German city of Dortmund to get first Jewish school since 1942

The Jewish community in Dortmund today numbers some 3,000 people, about the same as in 1938.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
20/04/2020
Minnesota students mock Jews being sent to Auschwitz in TikTok video

The video contains humorous music whose lyrics include “Tell everybody I’m on my way.”

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
20/04/2020
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