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Antisemitic incident report: July 1-7

From Kim Kardashian’s reaction to her ex-husband’s hate speech and a former porn star’s blood libel to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeting about a “white Nazi army of Ukraine.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) at the 2021 AmericaFest in Phoenix, Ariz. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) at the 2021 AmericaFest in Phoenix, Ariz. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS publishes a weekly listing of antisemitic incidents recorded by Jewish, pro-Jewish and pro-Israel organizations, as well as international news 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.

July 1

Fox News agreed to pay $12 million to a former producer of Tucker Carlson’s show to settle a complaint over a work environment she alleged was hostile and antisemitic. A union-supported candidate for City Council in East New York beat out a candidate with anti-Israel views. “Disgusting” antisemitic fliers appeared in Indianapolis. YouTube has removed a podcast featuring Roseanne Barr (see last week’s roundup, June 24 entry), in which the comedian sarcastically spoke about the Holocaust, drawing criticism.

July 2

Following neo-Nazi protests at local synagogues, Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), who is Jewish, told a gathering in his state in Macon that the swastika isn’t just a hate symbol, but is also “a symbol of massacre, slavery, medical experimentation, extermination and genocide.” A teaser for the next episode of Kim Kardashian’s Hulu reality show claims that antisemitic rants from Ye (Kanye) West, her ex-husband, brought her to tears.

July 3

An expert for the Pittsburgh mass shooter’s defense claims that the convicted killer’s brain reflects signs of schizophrenia. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) tweeted that “Congress must stop funding this violent Israeli apartheid regime”—to which Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the ADL, responded by saying she was “fanning the flames and endangering Jewish people everywhere.” The season finale of the HBO series “The Idol” referenced Ye’s series of pro-Hitler remarks. When critics suggested David Draiman, who accused Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters of antisemitism, should defer to the better-paid rockstar, the singer replied: “He’s allowed to be a raging antisemite because he’s more successful than I am? … I’m a better human being than Roger Waters will ever be.”

July 4

Echoing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Holocaust distortion propaganda, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) accused Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) of voting “to send $113 billion to the white people and white Nazi army of Ukraine.” (The New York Post reported that it is unclear if Greene was referring to the entire Ukrainian military; her office didn’t respond to a JNS query.) Antisemitic fliers were found in Peterborough, Ontario. In Williamsville, N.Y., someone carved a swastika into the bathroom door of an ice-cream shop.

July 5

In the Pittsburgh trial, a prosecution expert disputed the claim (see July 3) that the defendant has schizophrenia or epilepsy. At an anti-Israel protest in London, activists chanted, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” In Canada, a man faces terrorism charges for helping produce neo-Nazi recruitment videos. CASEPAC’s series countering anti-Israel lies rebutted Tlaib’s tweet (see July 3). The new episode of Kardashian’s Hulu show (see July 2) did have a lot to say about Ye’s antisemitism.

July 6

A prosecution expert testified that the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter said, “I’m being held P.O.W. in the war. There is a war on white people orchestrated by the Jew.” London cars were vandalized with swastikas, pro-Hitler statements and anti-Muslim messages. Two swastikas were carved into a car in Levittown, N.Y. In Germany, seven men were charged with being part of an Islamist terror group supporting the Islamic State. HonestReporting Canada revealed that a teacher praised Palestinian terrorists on social media.

July 7

Mia Khalifa, a former prominent porn star, said: “The IDF are taught to aim at children.” (“Perhaps she should stick to what she does best, cause it’s certainly not political commentary,” tweeted Brooke Goldstein, executive director of the Lawfare Project.) In the United Kingdom, two hosts of a neo-Nazi podcast were found guilty of threatening Archie, the 4-year-old son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Another neo-Nazi, the podcaster Nick Fuentes, joined the new social network Threads. He lost no time calling the platform, owned by Meta, “totally censored, and it’s also for Jews,” according to a left-wing media watchdog.

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