Anti-Semitism Monitor 2020

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Anti-Semitism Monitor

BY IRA N. FORMAN   2020  |  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 2019 and 2018.

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.

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RECENT INCIDENTS

Canada, January 7:  University of Toronto union is condemned for calling Jewish groups foreign agents

United States, January 8: Rising anti-Semitism weighs on U.S. Jewish youth

France, January 13: Muslim man convicted of hate crime for assaulting Jewish optician in Marseille 

Australia, January 14: Australian woman of German heritage flies Nazi flag in front of her house

Germany, January 14: German police raid Islamists planning attacks that may have included one on a Berlin synagogue 

Argentina

January 2: Newly elected Peronist President, Fernandez, changes his position post-election and now claims there is not good evidence that Prosecutor Nisman was killed (Algemeiner) 

Australia

January 14: Australian woman of German heritage flies Nazi flag in front of her house (JTA)


Austria

January 2: New Austrian coalition government commits to fight both  anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism (Jerusalem Post 

Azerbaijan

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Belgium

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Bosnia Herzegovina

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Brazil

January 7: Non-Jewish governor of Rio de Janerio participates in Jewish pride day to highlight fight against  anti-Semitism (JTA)


Bulgaria

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Canada

January 7:  University of Toronto union is condemned for calling Jewish groups foreign agents (Algemeiner) 

Chile

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Colombia

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Croatia

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

Cyprus

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Czech Republic

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

Denmark

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

Eritrea

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Egypt

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


European Union (EU)

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


France

January 5: Hundreds from Jewish community and their allies rally in Paris for Sarah Halimi in the wake of court findings that her killer was not criminally responsible for his actions (France 24)

January 7: Jewish cemetery in southwest France vandalized  (JTA)

January 13: Muslim man convicted of hate crime for assaulting Jewish optician in Marseille (JTA) 


Germany

January 2: German Jewish pianist Igor warns of anti-Semitism in Germany after being threatened by anti-Semitic death threat before a November concert (JTA)

January 8: Two more violent anti-Semitic incidents investigated in Berlin (JTA) 

January 14: German police raid Islamists planning attacks that may have included one on a Berlin synagogue (JTA)

January 14: Jewish Councillor in Munich who was disinvited to yearly anti-war conference charges organizers anti-Semitic (Algemeiner) 

Greece

January 7: Star of David stolen from holocaust monument (JTA)


Hungary

  • January 7: Anti-Semite Beatrix Siklosi named head of Hungarian national radio (Hungarian Spectrum)

Iceland

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


India

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

Indonesia

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

Iran

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

Ireland

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

Israel

January 3: Campaign to take anti-Semitic posts off social media sites (Jerusalem Post)

Italy

January 2: Italian politician who tells fascist youth to stop public  anti-Semitic rants is physically assaulted (JTA) 

Japan

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Latvia

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Lebanon

January 2: Lebanese Foreign Minister describes Israel as a theocracy similar to ISIS and Al Qaeda at conference on Christian persecution and is called out for anti-Semitism by Trump Administration from AID (JTA)


Lithuania

January 14: Lithuania follows Poland’s lead and proposes controversial Holocaust law (JTA)

Luxembourg

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

Macedonia

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Malaysia

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Maurtania

January 15: Mauritanian official resigns after posting an anti-Semitic tweet (Times of Israel)


Moldova

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

Netherlands

January 9: At a rally protesting Soleimani assassination, two women hold sign blaming Hassidic Jews for terrorism (JTA) 

New Zealand

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Norway

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Palestinian Territories

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Poland

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Qatar

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Romania

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Russia

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

Scotland

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

Slovakia

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Slovenia

January 14: Slovenian court voids Nazi collaborator’s treason conviction (JTA) 


South Africa

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Spain

January 10: Spain names politician who called Israel an “illegal state” as Deputy Prime Minister (JTA)


Sweden

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

Switzerland

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Taiwan

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

Tunisia

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Turkey

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Ukraine

January 2: Israel and Poland Ambassadors to Ukraine condemn glorification of Nazi collaboration (JTA)

January 7: Jewish student’s dorm room vandalized in suspected anti-Semitic incident (JTA)

January 10: Ukranian diplomat tells Israel to stay out of debate over honoring Nazi collaborators (JTA) 

January 13: Jewish NGO releases report saying anti-Semitic incidents were lower in 2019 (Unian Information Agency) 


United Arab Emirates

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


United Kingdom

January 5: Labour shows “breathtaking” lack of humility for failing to understand internal anti-Semitism says London’s Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan (Jewish Chronicle)

January 6: British government to hold tech giants for anti-Semitism online (Jerusalem Post)

January 6: Jewish 13 year-old boy punched on bus by attacker spewing anti-Semitic speech (JTA) 

January 6: Professional soccer player investigated after comments about Rothschilds and banks (Times of Israel) 

January 7: Labour leadership contender and Corbyn ally says the party did not do enough to counter anti-Semitism (Jewish News)

January 8: Crown Prosecution Service considering prosecuting of five Labour party members on charges of distribution or publishing anti-Semitic material likely to stir up racial hatred (Sky News)

January 8: Community Security Trust releases its 2018 anti-Semitic discourse report (Jewish Chronicle) 

January 11: Candidates for Labour leader are asked to sign a pledge to implement 10 point program to root out anti-Semitism (Mirror) 

January 14: UK Labour member says he was allegedly attacked as “foreign agent” for opposing motion condemning British Board of Deputies (Algemeiner) 

United States

January 1: Reports of anti-Semitic flyers in Georgia are false but there were anti-Muslim flyers (JTA) 

January 1: Hasidic man attacked by two women and Jewish teen confronted by two men with a knife in Brooklyn in two anti-Semitic incidents (JTA)

January 1: ADL and others analyze data on anti-Semitic hate crimes and perpetrators (Jerusalem Post)

January 2: Suspect in Monsey Hanukkah attack is being eyed as suspect in November brutal assault against a Hasid in Monsey (New York Times) 

January 2: Massachusetts Council of Churches condemns recent rise in anti-Semitism and call on Christians to remember Christianity’s historical responsibility for anti-Semitism (Boston Globe) 

January 2: Seattle area Imam criticized for sermon on why Jews were turned into apes and pigs (770 KTTH) 

January 3: Two GOP leaders in Delaware face backlash over homophobic and anti-Semitic comments (CNN)

January 3: Improving collection of hate crime data is a first step in fighting anti-Semitism in U.S. (New York Times

January 3: Presiding Episcopal Bishop joins AJC social media campaign against anti-Semitism (Episcopal News Service) 

January 3: In wake of anti-Semitic attacks NYC School Chancellor roles out new anti-hate crime curriculum (New York Post) 

January 4: In another anti-Semitic incident in NYC man shouting anti-Semitism is accused of spitting on a woman in front of a Queens yeshiva (CBS Local New York)

January 5: New Jewish security tsar warns against politicizing anti-Semitism (Times of Israel)

January 6: Cuomo, Schumer, de Blasio join 25,000 in solidarity march against anti-Semitism (Jewish Insider) 

January 6: Acting Homeland Security Secretary orders implementation of recommendations of internal panel to protect religious communities (JTA)

January 6: Democratic Majority for Israel issues a report on how anti-Semitism played a role in Corbyn defeat and warns against any trend toward adopting Corbynism in the Democratic party (Jewish Insider)

January 6: Ex-NBA star Amar’e Stoudmire calls on African-Americans to refrain from any anti-Semitism (JTA)

January 6: DC Jewish community rallies against anti-Semitism (dcist)

January 7: The school board member who spoke of Jewish brutes in the wake of the killings at a Jersey City kosher market has not responded to calls for her to resign (Jerusalem Post)

January 7: Across U.S. citizens and police rally around Jewish communities (JTA)

January 7: Calls for changes in New York’s new law outlawing bail for lower-level crimes in the wake of hate crimes perpetrated against Orthodox Jews  (JTA)

January 7: Radio personality hosts FL gun rights forum amid charges of anti-Semitism (Florida Today) 

January 7: Across U.S. police and communities rally around Jewish communities to demonstrate opposition to anti-Semitism (JTA) 

January 7: U.S. Department of Education agrees to investigate UCLA over anti-Semitism harassment complaint (Algemeiner) 

January 8: New Jersey NAACP official is suspended after complaining about the unfriendliness of “Hasidics” who are trying to gentrify black neighborhoods (JTA)

January 8: Senator Cotton calls out think tank funded by Koch and Soros of fomenting anti-Semitism (Jewish Insider) 

January 8: Ann Arbor city councilman denounces anti-Semitism of group protesting outside of local synagogue (m live) 

January 8: Rising anti-Semitism weighs on U.S. Jewish youth (AP News) 

January 9: Brooklyn councilman takes colleagues to task for spreading anti-Semitism (Jewish Insider) 

January 9: Former student at University of Pennsylvania files a lawsuit against the university and food service for failure to respond to anti-Semitic harassment and vandalism by roommate (JTA) 

January 9: NJ pizzeria manager goes on an anti-Semitic rant when employees ask for time off for Jewish new year (nj.com)

January 9: Civil Rights complaint accuses University of Georgia of failing to protect rights of Jewish students (Algemeiner)

January 9: Mexican restaurant in Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn vandalized with swastikas (Brooklyn Eagle)

January 9: Fake news and anti-Semitic blood libel growing out of Jersey City terrorism (Arc) 

January 9: Brooklyn religious leaders mobilized for efforts to confront anti-Semitism (Bklyner) 

January 10: Spotify to remove playlist titles deemed to be anti-Semitic (JTA) 

January 11: Anti-Semitic graffiti found at Brooklyn high school (NBC New York)

January 11: NYPD installing 100 cameras in three Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods (Haaretz) 

January 13: New Jersey bias crimes up 65% in 2019 (JTA) 

January 13: Car vandalized with homophobic and anti-Semitic graffiti in Queens neighborhood (Queens Eagle)

January 14: Jersey City attackers had a large bomb and were targeting Jews and police (JTA) 

January 14: Virginia teen charged by FBI for calling in false emergency calls is linked to neo-Nazis (Times of Israel)

Uruguay

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Vatican City

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.


Yemen

No incidents yet reported for 2020. View last year’s list here.

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