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Antisemitic incident report: Oct. 28-Nov. 3

From the Hadid family of fashion models comparing Israel to the Nazis and the Goyim Defense League founder sentenced to 30 days for littering antisemitic fliers.

After a hiatus following the Oct. 7 attacks, JNS has resumed publishing 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, however, the group recently noted incidents have surged 400% last month. (Dates refer to when the news was reported, not when the events took place.)

Oct. 28

Bella Mohamed Hadid
Bella and Mohamed Hadid attend the Ismael’s Ghosts screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals in France, on May 17, 2017. Credit: Bakounine/Shutterstock.

Real estate developer Mohamed Hadid, father of models Gigi and Bella Hadid, compared Israel to the Nazis in a since-deleted Instagram post. In Parkland, Fla., detectives are searching for five minors who yelled antisemitic slurs outside a synagogue. Adidas reportedly knew that Ye (Kanye West) drew a swastika on a shoe at a meeting and told a Jewish manager at the company to kiss a portrait of Hitler.

Oct. 29

In Old Lyme, Conn., campaign signs for both Democrats and Republicans were defaced with swastikas. At Columbia University, a swastika was found drawn onto a bathroom wall.

Oct. 30

“This land is our land, heil Hitler and the GDL,” a reference to the Goyim Defense League, was projected on an overpass in Cobb County, Ga. The Palestinian BDS National Committee accused Israel of genocide and called for “a comprehensive military embargo on Israel, as was done against apartheid South Africa.”

Oct. 31

A swastika was found spray-painted on Mechanicsville High School’s football field in Hanover, Va. In Connecticut, students reported finding a swastika drawn on a tennis court at the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering in Stamford—the second act of antisemitic vandalism since Oct. 7. In Darien, Conn., a swastika was found drawn at a train station. Two swastikas were drawn in a high school classroom in East Meadow, N.Y.

Nov. 1

In Washago, Ontario, a Jewish family’s home was vandalized with multiple antisemitic slogans and they received a note on the trash can that said, “You and your Jewish family are going to die!” In Champaign Ill., authorities found a swastika affixed to a tree. In Riverview, New Brunswick, police arrested a 19-year-old who allegedly spray-painted swastikas at a playground.

Nov. 2

In Greenwich, Conn., someone carved a swastika into a lab table at a high school. The 2nd Ave Deli on New York City’s Upper East Side was vandalized with a swastika. Jon Minadeo II, the founder of the Goyim Defense League, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for littering in his distribution of antisemitic fliers. In Ottawa, police charged three people for antisemitic vandalism and investigated a bomb threat made against a Jewish school.

Nov. 3

In Pennsylvania, vandals drew swastikas in residence halls at Millersville University in the Lancaster County borough of the same name, and Bucknell University in Lewisburg. Attorneys for Robert Bowers, who killed 11 Jews at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue and now awaits execution, have submitted the murderer’s request for a new trial. The Combat Antisemitism Movement has compiled a list of 237 antisemitic incidents, which have occurred since Oct. 7 which it will regularly update.

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