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Antisemitism roundup: Nov. 13

A Cleveland Jewish cemetery defaced. Teenagers arrested in France. A third Jewish school shot in Montreal. And Maoris support Israel in New Zealand.

U.S. political activist Linda Sarsour in New York City. Credit: A Katz/Shutterstock.
U.S. political activist Linda Sarsour in New York City. Credit: A Katz/Shutterstock.

In Montreal, shots were fired at a Jewish school for the third time in a week. No one was injured, and police are investigating whether the incidents are connected.

Seann Pietila, 19, pleaded guilty after vowing on social media to commit a mass shooting of Jews. The North Michigan man faces a maximum of five years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

In France, police arrested eight teenagers for making antisemitic chants on the Paris metro.

Vandals painted swastikas on tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in Cleveland. Rep. Shontel Brown (D-Ohio) wrote that she was “saddened and outraged” that a Jewish cemetery was desecrated. “Antisemitism is clearly on the rise, and we must speak out,” she wrote. “Antisemitism and all forms of hate have no place in Northeast Ohio or anywhere.”

Outside Chicago’s Israeli consulate, 106 people were arrested during a Jewish Voice for Peace protest. (The consulate is in the Ogilvie Transportation Center.)

Political activist Linda Sarsour declared at a Nov. 7 rally that “there are provocateurs all across the city” who were waiting for people to tear down “their little posters.” In video footage that the watchdog Canary Mission posted recently, she added: “They are everywhere. They are on your college campus. They are outside the supermarket.” (“Contemptible beyond words,” wrote Rabbi David Wolpe.)

More than a dozen anti-Israel protesters interviewed by the New York Post said videos on Instagram and TikTok had influenced them.

On campus

Tara Tarawneh, a University of Pennsylvania student who praised Hamas, stole an Israeli flag, prompting her arrest.

A group of 1,600 Harvard alumni called on its alma mater to more effectively combat antisemitism. Elom Tettey-Tamaklo, one of the Harvard students identified in a recent alleged assault of an Israeli student caught on video, has lost his position as a proctor at the school.

Elsewhere stateside and in Canada

In Boca Raton in Southeast Florida, thousands rallied for Israel.

Some 10,000 people protested in Austin in what “is believed to be the largest pro-Palestinian rally in Texas since the war began Oct. 7,” according to the Austin American-Statesman.

In Santa Fe, N.M., protesters called for a ceasefire. “What is happening in Palestine is colonialism,” said Destiny Ray, 21, the co-founder of the RISE Youth Collective in Santa Fe. “The results from climate change have also been from colonialism, from stealing people’s land and not respecting that land.”

In Washington, D.C., at the National Mall in front of the Washington Monument, the Israeli embassy set up a display of red balloons and shoes for the 139 human beings held captive by Hamas.

Former Canadian Sen. Linda Frum shared images of graffiti in Toronto stating “Punch Zionists” and “No mercy for Zionists.” She predicted: “It’s only a matter of time before the pathological anti-Jew movement otherwise known as the pro-Palestinian movement boils over into physical violence here in Canada.”

On Sunday in Toronto, two rallies took place—one anti-Israel and one pro-Israel—that brought out tens of thousands of protesters.


In the United Kingdom, a woman in a London underground metro station yelled “Death to all Jews” as her group waved a Palestinian flag. The Metropolitan Police wrote that “this behavior is clearly unacceptable,” referring the post to the British Transport Police. (The latter is investigating.)

Also in the UK, authorities charged Hanin Barghouti, 22 with supporting Hamas in a speech at a rally.

Criminals vandalized a monument in Copenhagen dedicated to efforts to save Danish Jews.

In New Zealand, a group of Maori people disrupted a pro-Hamas protest by performing a traditional dance. “The Haka is a ceremonial Maori war dance. Very powerful and very beautiful,” Arsen Ostrovsky, a human-rights attorney and CEO of the International Legal Forum, told JNS.

“There is also a particular symbolism here, in that the Haka is performed by the Maoris, who are the indigenous people of New Zealand, and directed here in respect and honor to the Jewish people, who are indigenous to the Land of Israel,” Ostrovsky added. “I think that connection—from one indigenous people to another—is incredibly powerful and meaningful.”

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