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Antisemitic incident report: Sept. 23-29

From antisemitic Zoom calls at community meetings in Northern California and a Holocaust denier running for school board to “Yids” being scrawled in London near the Emirates Football Stadium.

The words “Neuremburg 2.0” (sic), next to a hangman noose, and “Covid is Jew” were spray-painted on an underpass in Melbourne, Australia.
Source: Screenshot.
The words “Neuremburg 2.0” (sic), next to a hangman noose, and “Covid is Jew” were spray-painted on an underpass in Melbourne, Australia. Source: Screenshot.

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.

Sept. 23

A probe into alleged antisemitism in his office promised by Eric Gonzalez, the district attorney of Brooklyn, N.Y., “has so far gone nowhere,” the New York Post reported. Police in Montgomery County, Md., investigated antisemitic salutes made by students, and school officials on the north shore of Long Island, N.Y. are looking into swastikas carved into desks at Riverhead High School.

Sept. 24

Antisemitic fliers were distributed in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and at a gun show in Allen, Texas. In Maine, the Hallowell City Council muted an antisemitic rant 45 seconds after it began on Zoom. Also in Maine, 50 people attended a rally in Freeport protesting recent antisemitic incidents in the town. The words “Neuremburg 2.0” (sic), next to a hangman noose, and “Covid is Jew” were spray-painted on an underpass in Melbourne, Australia.

Sept. 25

Racist fliers were distributed in a neighborhood in Prosper, Texas. A student at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md., performed a Nazi salute. In Beachwood, Ohio, a high school football coach resigned after the repeated use of the word “Nazi” as a play call. In Sydney, Australia, a home was vandalized with swastikas and strange messages. On New York’s Upper West Side, someone spray-painted obscenities and threats against Jews on a newsstand. In Minnesota, Vaughn Klingenberg, a Holocaust denier, has decided to run for the Roseville Area Schools board. On Yom Kippur, two men held up antisemitic signs with their arms in a Nazi salute in front of the Dallas Holocaust Museum.

While Jews were observing Yom Kippur, this man and another younger man stood in front of the Dallas Holocaust Museum holding antisemitic posters, Sept. 25, 2023. Source: StopAntisemitism.

Sept. 26

In Covington, Ky., someone has been posting antisemitic and racist stickers. The Anti-Defamation League published a summary of its efforts to monitor and counter the neo-Nazi group the Goyim Defense League after an incident in Georgia where they yelled slurs and waived swastika flags outside a synagogue. In Mount Pleasant, S.C., someone distributed antisemitic fliers in multiple neighborhoods. In a hip-hop podcast, rapper Malik Yusef suggested that Ye’s (Kanye West) hatred of Jewish rapper Drake may have influenced the mogul’s series of antisemitic remarks. In Pembroke Pines, Fla., someone spray-painted a swastika on a wall near a synagogue. At Carmel High School in Carmel, N.Y., near tony Westchester, a swastika and the name “Adolf Hitler” were chalked on a tennis court. The Combat Antisemitism Movement released a video debunking the stereotype that Jews are greedy. In Cleveland, two people disrupted a town hall meeting with antisemitic and homophobic comments. Joshua Wahl, an antisemitic Alaska man who already faces two homicide charges and has previously threatened online to kill Jews, was arrested for threatening to murder Mike Chitwood, the Florida Sheriff who has vocally challenged neo-Nazi agitators, prompting previous death threats from men in three other states and Canada. In London near the Emirates Football Stadium, someone graffitied the word “Yids” on a nearby pub.

While Jews were observing Yom Kippur, this man and another older man stood in front of the Dallas Holocaust Museum holding antisemitic posters, Sept. 25, 2023. Source: StopAntisemitism.

Sept. 27

Former Ye political operative Ali Alexander said that even though Nazis committed “a little bit of genocide,” it would be wrong for them to be “painted as supervillains.” At Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, someone carved a swastika into a table. The ADL presented a new report on how social-media platforms are potentially profiting from ads placed next to extremist content. In Berkeley, Calif., the city council received a burst of antisemitic and racist slurs during a Zoom open comment at a meeting, as did the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, prompting the group to consider doing away with the Zoom open comment feature altogether. (To that end, the JCRC Bay Area and the Bay Area Network of Jewish Officials worked with the Jewish Community Federation to create a guide for officials to help curb the trend.) In Phoenix, police arrested a man in connection with a spree of antisemitic vandalism. On this date in 1938, the Nazis banned Jews from all legal practices. On this date in 1941, the mass killing of 23,000 Jews began at Kamenets-Podolsk, Ukraine, continuing through the next day.

Sept. 28

Germany has banned another neo-Nazi group, Artgemeinschaft, and raided member homes in a move comparable to a similar crackdown last week on Hammerskins Deutschland. Law enforcement in Pennsylvania charged a man from Peru, Eddie Manuel Nunez Santos, 33, with making fake bomb threats to area schools and Jewish organizations. In Ladera Heights, Calif., cars were vandalized with swastikas. A gun arrest from 2021 has led the FBI to uncover a neo-Nazi, Satanic, pedophile extortion criminal group that targets children. Luxembourg presented its action plan against antisemitism.

Sept. 29

In Rotterdam, England, a neo-Nazi went on a rampage, killing three people, two of whom he allegedly targeted for reporting him to police for animal cruelty. A new study has found that 90% of Jewish college students have experienced antisemitism during their time at school. The furor surrounding the honoring of a Ukrainian-Canadian Nazi collaborator has renewed calls for the removal of a monument in a cemetery outside Toronto honoring his unit. Video out of Germany shows attendees of an Oktoberfest event performing Nazi salutes during the performance of a song associated with Adolf Hitler’s genocidal regime. In Greece, police confiscated more than half a ton of cocaine labeled with swastikas. Sharon Osbourne, the Jewish wife of legendary heavy-metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne and a music manager, commented on Roger Waters’s recent antisemitic controversies, saying he “must have really lost the plot” and should go “live in an old people’s home … That is where he belongs.” On this date in 1941, a massacre of 34,000 Jews started in Babi Yar outside Kyiv, continuing on through the next day. On this date in 1933, the Nazi Party barred Jews from buying land. 

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