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Anti-Semitism Monitor

BY IRA N. FORMAN   2021  |  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 2020, 2019 and 2018.

Anti-Semitism Monitor

The Anti-Semitism Monitor reports anti-Semitic incidents around the world by country and date on a weekly basis.
View incidents from 2020, 2019 and 2018.

BY IRA N. FORMAN  |  2021

Belgium, January 15: Belgium Jewish leaders criticize Flemish parliament for honoring two known Nazi-era collaborators 

Italy, January 15: Zoom bombers crash the launch of a new book on the Holocaust and shout “Jews we’ll burn you in ovens” 

Canada, January 17: The University of Toronto to form a working group to tackle anti-Semitism on campus 

Morocco, January 17: U.S. State Department and Moroccan NGO, Mimouna, sign memorandum of understanding to fight anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of Israel 

Greece, January 18: Greek Jewish community leaders criticize newspaper for editorial cartoon trivializing the Holocaust 

Spain, January 18: Spanish court exonerates activists who forced boycott of “Zionist artist,” Matisyahu 

Founded in 2018, Moment’s Anti-Semitism Monitor is a carefully fact-checked website of anti-Semitic incidents around the world. It is curated by one of the world’s top anti-Semitism experts—Ira N. Forman, the former U.S. Special Envoy of the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, who now teaches at Georgetown University and is a senior fellow at the Washington, DC-based Moment Institute. At a time of rising anti-Semitism and the proliferation of disinformation, the Anti-Semitism Monitor is a critical resource used by government officials, Human Rights NGOs, the public, academics, students and the media, including The Wall Street Journal and the Times of Israel. “Understanding the different ways anti-Semitism manifests itself is absolutely essential if you’re going to learn to counter it,” says Forman.

Moment’s Anti-Semitism Monitor is unique because:

  • It is curated by experts, not algorithms.
  • It is updated on a weekly basis.
  • It provides thoughtful, balanced monthly findings and analysis.
  • It is based on credible news sources and news stories that do not have a strong ideological slant.
  • It illustrates the different nature of anti-Semitism in specific countries and regions.
  • It includes incidents that are not necessarily anti-Semitic in nature but that raise questions of anti-Semitism.
  • It is provided as a public service on a free, easy to use platform that is accessible to all.

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.

Anti-Semitism Monitor

BY IRA N. FORMAN   2021  |  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 2020, 2019 and 2018.

▾ About the project

Founded in 2018, Moment’s Anti-Semitism Monitor is a carefully fact-checked website of anti-Semitic incidents around the world. It is curated by one of the world’s top anti-Semitism experts—Ira N. Forman, the former U.S. Special Envoy of the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, who now teaches at Georgetown University and is a senior fellow at the Washington, DC-based Moment Institute. At a time of rising anti-Semitism and the proliferation of disinformation, the Anti-Semitism Monitor is a critical resource used by government officials, Human Rights NGOs, the public, academics, students and the media, including The Wall Street Journal and the Times of Israel. “Understanding the different ways anti-Semitism manifests itself is absolutely essential if you’re going to learn to counter it,” says Forman.

Moment’s Anti-Semitism Monitor is unique because:

  • It is curated by experts, not algorithms.
  • It is updated on a weekly basis.
  • It provides thoughtful, balanced monthly findings and analysis.
  • It is based on credible news sources and news stories that do not have a strong ideological slant.
  • It illustrates the different nature of anti-Semitism in specific countries and regions.
  • It includes incidents that are not necessarily anti-Semitic in nature but that raise questions of anti-Semitism.
  • It is provided as a public service on a free, easy to use platform that is accessible to all.
▾ 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 

Belgium, January 15: Belgium Jewish leaders criticize Flemish parliament for honoring two known Nazi-era collaborators 

Italy, January 15: Zoom bombers crash the launch of a new book on the Holocaust and shout “Jews we’ll burn you in ovens” 

Canada, January 17: The University of Toronto to form a working group to tackle anti-Semitism on campus 

Morocco, January 17: U.S. State Department and Moroccan NGO, Mimouna, sign memorandum of understanding to fight anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of Israel 

Greece, January 18: Greek Jewish community leaders criticize newspaper for editorial cartoon trivializing the Holocaust 

Spain, January 18: Spanish court exonerates activists who forced boycott of “Zionist artist,” Matisyahu 

Albania

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here. 


Algeria

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Argentina

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Australia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Austria

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Azerbaijan

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


Bahrain

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Belarus

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Belgium

January 15: Belgium Jewish leaders criticize Flemish parliament for honoring two known Nazi-era collaborators (Algemeiner) 


Bosnia Herzegovina

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Brazil

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Bulgaria

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Canada

January 14: Man arrested after vandalizing Montreal synagogue with anti-Semitic graffiti (Montreal Gazette

January 17: The University of Toronto to form a working group to tackle anti-Semitism on campus (The Varsity)


Chile

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


China

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Colombia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Croatia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Cyprus

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Czech Republic

January 10: Czech Jewish community condemns us of yellow star worn by anti-vaccination protestors (Algemeiner


Denmark

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Egypt

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Eritrea

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Estonia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Ethiopia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



European Union (EU)

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Finland

January 3: French man convicted of attempted assault against TV host who criticized the anti-Semitism of a rapper (Jerusalem Post) 


France

January 5: Imam in Toulouse to be prosecuted for an anti-Semitic sermon (Algemeiner) 

January 11: Two kosher restaurants file a complaint as delivery service refuses to serve Jews (JTA)

January 13: Police arrest Algerian man who is a food courier for refusing to deliver food from Kosher restaurants (JTA) 


Georgia

January 7: Georgian Orthodox clergy under fire after accusation of anti-Semitic sermons and statements (OC Media)



Germany

January 5: Rabbi in Offenbach confronted by anti-Semite shouting abuse but onlookers intervene and track the abuser (Algemeiner

January 7: Man in Berlin assaulted by an attacker shouting anti-Semitic insults (JTA) 

January 8: JTA analysis of rising anti-Semitism in Germany (JTA)

January 10: German anti-Semitism commissioner calls for the removal of Nazi law leftovers (Deutsche Welle)



Greece

January 18: Greek Jewish community leaders criticize newspaper for editorial cartoon trivializing the Holocaust (Algemeiner)



Hungary

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Iceland

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


India

January 1: Report that Pakistan has arrested a key leader of 2008 Mumbai Terrorist attack (Algemeiner) Also see Pakistan



Indonesia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Iran

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Ireland

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Israel

January 4: Some major media outlets report the false narrative that Israel is denying coronavirus vaccines to  Palestinians (Jerusalem Post) Also see the Palestinian Territories

January 4: Israeli soccer star Nir Bitton and family subjected to anti-Semitic abuse following match defeat (Algemeiner) Also see Scotland 

January 7: Israeli reporter harassed by anti-Semitic rioter at U.S. Capitol (Jewish Journal) Also see the U.S.



Italy

January 15: Zoom bombers crash the launch of a new book on the Holocaust and shout “Jews we’ll burn you in ovens” (JTA)



Japan

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Jordan

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Latvia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Lebanon

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Lithuania

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Luxembourg

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Malaysia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Mauritania

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Mexico

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Moldova

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Montenegro

January 8: Chief Rabbi of Montenegro claims there are no public manifestations of anti-Semitism in the country (Balkan Insight) 


Morocco

January 17: U.S. State Department and Moroccan NGO, Mimouna, sign a memorandum of understanding to fight anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of Israel (Jerusalem Post) Also see the United States



Netherlands

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



New Zealand

January 8: Green Party MP criticized for an Instagram post promoting a false narrative of Israel denying coronavirus vaccines to Palestinians (Newshub)



North Macedonia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Norway

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Pakistan

January 1: Report that Pakistan has arrested a key leader of 2008 Mumbai Terrorist attack (Algemeiner) Also see India



Palestinian Territories

January 4: Some major media outlets report the false narrative that Israel is denying coronavirus vaccines to Palestinians (Jerusalem Post) Also see Israel



Poland

January 10: Nazi symbols spray-painted on the wall of Jewish cemetery in Oswiecim (Twitter)

January 19: Two scholars on trial for suggesting a WW II era Polish mayor may have had responsibility for the killing of 22 Jews (Times of Israel) 


Portugal

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Qatar

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Romania

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Russia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Saudi Arabia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Scotland

January 4: Israeli soccer star Nir Bitton and family subjected to anti-Semitic abuse following match defeat (Algemeiner) Also see Israel



Serbia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Slovakia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Slovenia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



South Africa

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Spain

January 18: Spanish court exonerates activists who forced boycott of “Zionist artist,” Matisyahu (Algemeiner



Sweden

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Switzerland

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Taiwan

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Tunisia

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Turkey

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Ukraine

January 4: Hundreds march with torches to honor 1940s Ukrainian nationalist whose followers killed Jews and Poles (Jerusalem Post)

January 7: Ukrainian far-right protesters demand Israel apologize for communist oppression (JTA) 


United Arab Emirates

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


United Kingdom

January 6: A limping man with stick chases Jewish parents and children walking to synagogue (Daily Mail)

January 7: Two Conservative MPs agree to undergo training on how to recognize anti-Jewish racism (Jewish Chronicle

January 13: Jewish homes vandalized with red crosses (JTA) 

January 15: British man shouts anti-Semitic and racist rhetoric on a plane flight from Warsaw to Liverpool (Algemeiner

January 17: Half of British Jews will not wear any sign of their Judaism because of concern for anti-Semitism (The Guardian) 

January 17: Forty-five percent of United Kingdom adults agree with at least one of six anti-Semitic tropes when asked by researchers (Independent) 



United States

January 4: State of Pennsylvania awards $1.1 million grant to upgrade the security of Pittsburgh Jewish community (The Jewish Chronicle)

January 5: Jewish community in Lexington, KY was shaken by the third set of anti-Semitic stickers found over recent weeks (Algemeiner)

January 7: Mayor of two New York state villages decry anti-Semitic stickers in their jurisdictions (The Hudson Independent) 

January 7: Guide to hate symbols, including anti-Semitic ones at the Capitol riots (JTA) 

January 7: Israeli reporter harassed by anti-Semitic rioter at U.S. Capitol (Jewish Journal) Also see Israel

January 8: Johns Hopkins teaching assistant writes about possibly flunking Zionist student (JTA) 

January 8: President-elect, Joe Biden, calls Capitol rioters, thugs, insurrectionists and anti-Semites who should be prosecuted (JTA) 

January 8: Confederate flag tied to the door of the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City (JTA) 

January 8: Jewish Federation leader reflects on rising anti-Semitism in New Hampshire after second Republican state legislator is accused of anti-Semitism (Eagle-Tribune)

January 10: White supremacist flyers featuring swastika distributed in Virginia neighborhood (NBC 29) 

January 11: Three Israeli themed restaurants in Portland, Oregon are vandalized with “Free Palestine” slogans and other graffiti (JTA) 

January 11: Jewish family on Upper West side of Manhattan harassed by a man shouting anti-Semitic slurs (New York Post) 

January 12: American Jewish organizations split over the use of the IHRA working definition (Algemeiner) 

January 12: Staten Island politician yells “Heil Hitler” at a protest (JTA) 

January 12: High ranking NYPD who is being investigated for posting racist and anti-Semitic remarks retires (Times of Israel) 

January 14: Kristen Clarke, top Biden DOJ nominee says she was wrong to invite an anti-Semitic author to speak at Harvard 26 years ago when she was a student (JTA) 

January 15: Right-wing Twitter accounts claim without any evidence that a Jewish individual, Aaron Mosotofsky, was an Antifa agitator instead of a prominent supporter of the right-wing attack on the Capitol (JTA)

January 15: Jewish fraternity at University of Texas vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti (Kxan) 

January 15: SUV in La Mesa, California spotted with swastika flag draped over it (CBS 8) 

January 15: Speaker Pelosi singles out for scorn “punk” who wore “Camp Auschwitz” hoodie during the attack on the Capitol (New York Post) 

January 15: U.S. Army removes officer who made a Holocaust joke on Tik Tok (JTA) 

January 15: University of California, Riverside professor says Zionism politically toxifies our schools (JTA) 

January 17: Mimouna, sign a memorandum of understanding to fight anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of Israel (Jerusalem Post) Also see Morocco

January 17: Github reverses firing of Jewish employee who called out Nazis at Capitol riot (Mashable) 

January 17: Known neo-Nazi who peddles anti-Semitic conspiracy theories is arrested for involvement in Capitol riot (Times of Israel) 

January 18: Signs criticizing Trump for Israel support which have been used in ongoing anti-Semitic protests against Ann Arbor synagogue appear at pro-Trump rally in state capitol protests (The Jewish News



 Uruguay

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Vatican City

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.


Venezuela

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.



Yemen

No incidents yet reported for 2021. View last year’s list here.

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