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Antisemitic incident report: June 17-23

A Finnish official apologies for attending a neo-Nazi rally, a new “Lies vs Truth” digital media campaign, and Australia gives Twitter notice of 28 days.

Screenshot of a new CasePac digital media campaign called “Lies vs Truth.” Source: Twitter.
Screenshot of a new CasePac digital media campaign called “Lies vs Truth.” Source: Twitter.

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 17

An official in the Suffolk County, Mass. district attorney’s office is on leave after prior antisemitic comments came to light. The longtime executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations supported the El Camino College graduate who delivered an antisemitic commencement speech.

June 18

Twitter faced criticism for Disney and Microsoft ads appearing alongside neo-Nazi content. Antisemitic fliers were distributed in Chico in Northern California. (The latter offender was reportedly identified on June 20.)

June 19

After the defendant in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial was found guilty on all counts, the prosecution sought to limit the defense’s arguments against the death penalty. A more than 770-pound bronze eagle with a swastika recovered from a sunken Nazi ship in Uruguayan waters was to be recast as a dove until criticism scuttled the plan to alter the artifact (albeit, a hateful one). Antisemitic fliers were distributed in Southern California and a Georgia neighborhood.

June 20

A synagogue in Taunton, Mass., was spray-painted with a swastika. Asra Q. Nomani, a longtime moderate Muslim voice against radical Islam, reportedly told a New York Times columnist that she considers “wokism” to be “more of a danger to all of our societies than Islamism. Especially when it comes to the kids.” A Michigan neo-Nazi was arrested for online threats. Antisemitic fliers were again distributed in Northern California. And there continue to be a series of antisemitic phone calls during town council meetings nearby. Charges in New Hampshire were dismissed against a purported neo-Nazi charged with a hate crime after he died. New Hampshire police are investigating Hitler salutes outside a drag event.

June 21

CasePac launched a digital media campaign called “Lies vs Truth,” designed to expose lies from members of Congress about Israel and Zionism. Swastikas were found at a California synagogue, a New York playground, and multiple times at a New Jersey park and a Florida beach. Antisemitic vandalism was also found at a children’s gym in Arizona. After Russian President Vladimir Putin called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a “disgrace to the Jewish people,” the latter called the former KGB operative “the second king of antisemitism after Hitler.”

June 22

A Finnish official apologized for appearing at a neo-Nazi rally. Ontario police are seeking a suspect who drew a series of swastikas on vehicles, businesses and signs. Australia is giving Twitter 28 days to reduce hate speech or face daily fines.

June 23

A recent University of California, Berkeley graduate is asking the school to take action against its Students for Justice in Palestine chapter, which aired a pro-BDS documentary. With Australia set to ban selling hate symbols, there is evidently an “avalanche” of interest in purchasing Nazi artifacts. Also Down Under, an aboriginal flag was vandalized with a swastika in a port. Antisemitic fliers were distributed in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

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