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Antisemitic incident report: May 6-12

A neo-Nazi mass murderer in Texas to a revival of Ye’s presidential campaign with updates in the Pittsburgh synagogue mass-shooting trial.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speaks about the Kyrie Irving and Kanye West antisemitism scandals, Nov. 10, 2022. Source: The Collective 9/YouTube.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speaks about the Kyrie Irving and Kanye West antisemitism scandals, Nov. 10, 2022. Source: The Collective 9/YouTube.

JNS publishes a weekly listing of antisemitic incidents recorded and found by Jewish, pro-Jewish and pro-Israel organizations; national and international news; and social media. By the Anti-Defamation League’s count, an average of seven instances of varying measure occur daily in the United States. (Dates refer to when the news was reported, not when the events took place.) Also included are news items detailing efforts to combat antisemitism and research anti-Jewish bigotry.

May 6

In Barrie, Canada, trees were found vandalized with swastikas. In the Netherlands, 154 soccer fans were arrested for engaging in antisemitic chants.

May 7

In Poland, an ice-cream and waffle stand set up near the entrance of Auschwitz is drawing criticism.

May 8

Jury selection in the trial of the Pittsburgh synagogue alleged shooter has entered the third week, with 155 potential jurors interviewed. The gunman who attacked an outlet mall outside of Dallas is now being investigated for possessing neo-Nazi views. In Queens, N.Y., a Jewish man was attacked on his way to synagogue when a stone was thrown at him. A teenager was arraigned for his alleged participation in an assault of a Jewish man in Queens. At the Knotts Berry Farm theme park in California, guests reported neo-Nazi fliers. A former Florida neo-Nazi who has renounced hate, pled guilty to killing his roommates. In Ireland, the country’s lower parliament passed a bill criminalizing the possession of materials that incite violence against minorities.

May 9

New findings in the case of the recent Texas shooting have confirmed the neo-Nazi views of the shooter as photos have been discovered of his swastika and SS tattoos. In Georgia, a swastika was discovered drawn in an elementary-school bathroom while in Florida one was found at a high school. A Jewish professor at the University of Delaware found a swastika drawn near her office door. In Michigan, a woman found a swastika spray painted on a tree visible from her home. Antisemitic fliers in Missouri have prompted community discussion as have fliers distributed in Virginia. At the University of California-Irvine, the Muslim Student Union and Students for Justice in Palestine held a “Palestine Day” event that featured an “apartheid wall.” Canadian politician Danielle Smith apologized after video emerged in which she compared vaccinated Canadians to Nazis. In “Ye” news, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West is apparently “cleaning house” on his so-called presidential campaign with treasurer Patrick Krason resigning after claiming that recently returned advisor Milo Yiannopoulos had broken campaign finance law. Yiannopoulos is accused of misusing Greene’s campaign credit card to pay for the West campaign’s website.

May 10

In the Tree of Life shooting trial, jury selection continued, and the recent mass shooting in Texas came up during questioning. In a University of California-San Diego bathroom someone used human excrement to draw swastikas. The Global Network on Extremism and Technology released a report detailing the revitalization of the racist, antisemitic Christian Identity movement. In Austria, house searches were conducted against individuals accused of illegally distributing Nazi propaganda. Weapons and Nazi memorabilia were seized. In Brussels, an apartment was vandalized with five red spray-painted swastikas.

May 11

In New Hampshire, a neo-Nazi was sentenced to 18 months in prison for possession of two machine guns. In Germany, a German-Iranian was charged with planning to burn down a synagogue. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is 90 years old. A Scottish man has apologized after hanging a Nazi flag at a coronation event. A new report correlates increases in online antisemitic rhetoric with increases in hate crimes.

May 12

A prominent British soccer fan group has been exposed as rife with antisemitism. Former Pennsylvania candidate for governor Doug Mastriano made a Holocaust comparison to describe his recent political defeat. A Jewish Education Center in Elizabeth, N.J., was vandalized again with antisemitic messages in street chalk. Two Oregon elementary schools were vandalized with black marker messages about Hitler. In Brooklyn a man was arrested for the stone-throwing attack reported on May 8.. New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams has accused Rockland County executive Ed Day of being racist and antisemitic. A politician in Lithuania is being criticized for quoting from an antisemitic rhyme in a speech.

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