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Antisemitic incident report: June 10-16

Neo-Nazis protest outside Disney World, Mel Gibson returns to Hollywood respectability, and vandals used chemicals to burn a giant swastika on a church lawn in Alaska.

Mel Gibson at the Los Angeles premiere of “Daddy's Home 2” held at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif., on Nov. 5, 2017. Credit: Tinseltown/Shutterstock.
Mel Gibson at the Los Angeles premiere of “Daddy's Home 2” held at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif., on Nov. 5, 2017. Credit: Tinseltown/Shutterstock.

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.

June 10

Prosecutors say that the man who crashed a U-Haul truck near the White House last month had Nazi ideology and planned other attacks. Neo-Nazi fliers were distributed in Grays Harbor, Wash. Gene Simmons—frontman of the band Kiss, who was born Chaim Witz in Israel—told Piers Morgan that Roger Waters is a “well-meaning guy.” Waters’s recent concerts and prior statements have drawn widespread criticism as antisemitic.

June 11

Some protesters outside Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., displayed Nazi flags. In Connecticut, a Black Lives Matter mural was vandalized with a swastika. Members of the Goyim Defense League stuffed antisemitic propaganda into mailboxes on Long Island, N.Y.

June 12

The “darkly humorous retelling of ‘The Merchant of Venice,’” a play called “The Shylock and the Shakespeareans,” finishes its run at New Ohio Theater in Manhattan on June 17. The next and final season of Netflix’s “The Crown” will feature Prince Harry’s infamous decision to wear a Nazi costume to a 2005 party. Swastikas were spray-painted on a playground in New Brunswick, Ontario, Canada.

June 13

The ADL identified those protesting outside Disney World with Nazi flags (see June 11) as members of the Order of the Black Sun and the National Socialist Movement. Fliers, purportedly from the Ku Klux Klan, appeared in three Kentucky communities. CAMERA is launching a new website to counter antisemitism in education. Neo-Nazi groups in Brazil have reportedly increased massively since 2015. In Texas, a swastika was painted at a historically black school. A producer of a movie, which stars Mel Gibson, said in an interview that he didn’t consider the star’s history of antisemitism and domestic abuse in casting.

June 14

Antisemitic and anti-LGBTQ leaflets were distributed in Southern California. A swastika, racial slur and explicit drawing were found in a women’s bathroom near a lake in Kansas. In Alaska, vandals used chemicals to burn a giant swastika on a church lawn.

June 15

Hartford police arrested a 36-year-old man accused of painting a swastika on a Black Lives Matter mural (see June 11). The European Union threatened to fine social-media sites that fail to remove antisemitic content. 

June 16

In England, a neo-Nazi will be sentenced next week for trying to make a submachine gun. Also in England, a student who called Jews “apex predators” has been accepted into a Ph.D. program at Durham University.

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