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WEEKLY REPORT

Antisemitic incident report: Sept. 16-22

From a slew of bomb threats at synagogues across America and more arrests of the neo-Nazis who protested in Orlando, Fla., to a 15-year-old in Scotland apprehended for spray-painting swastikas on police cruisers.

Police in Steamboat Springs, Colo., said not enough evidence existed to continue to investigate the spray-painting of a swastika on a public picnic bench, Sept. 22, 2023. Credit: Police Department in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Police in Steamboat Springs, Colo., said not enough evidence existed to continue to investigate the spray-painting of a swastika on a public picnic bench, Sept. 22, 2023. Credit: Police Department in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

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. 16

Police responded to bomb threats at synagogues in Brooklyn, N.Y., and in Santa Clarita, Calif. “Stop sending Rosh Hashanah greetings, instead end antisemitism on social media,” wrote Archie Gottesman in the New York Post.

Sept. 17

Police in Orlando, Fla., charged Matthew Michael Robinson, 34, with spray-painting swastikas and homophobic messages at two LGBTQ centers. Antisemitic harassment has risen in schools in New Zealand.

Sept. 18

Bomb threats were directed at synagogues in Yuma, Ariz.; and on Long Island and in Rochester, N.Y. Police searched a Jewish Community Center in York, Pa., following a threat. Florida police arrested Anthony Altick, 36, who was charged with hanging an antisemitic banner from an overpass. Hate crimes are up 22% on average in the 10 biggest cities in the United States, according to a new report. The Combat Antisemitism Movement released a video about antisemitism on Wikipedia. A Goyim Defense League member filmed himself making antisemitic threats outside a synagogue in Corsicana, Texas, which is no longer in use.

Sept. 19

Antisemitic fliers were distributed several times in recent weeks in Cassville, Mo., and in Cincinnati. Police in Peterborough, Ontario, arrested a man for delivering anti-Jewish materials; police in Westchester, N.Y., arrested a man for making antisemitic statements at a synagogue. In Bristol, Conn., police investigated two hate crimes, including painted swastikas. Someone slashed tires of cards outside Shaarei Tefillah Congregation in Toronto on Rosh Hashanah.

Sept. 20

More than 40 Jewish graves were vandalized in Germany. Police arrested two more neo-Nazi protesters from a demonstration in Orlando. (See Sept. 3.) Louisiana police are investigating swastika drawings. A swastika was spray-painted at the University of Kansas. Antisemitic graffiti and materials were found in the Baltimore area, including at a cemetery. A former tenant called an Illinois property manager a “Jew bitch.”

Sept. 21

Police responded to a bomb threat at a synagogue in Dayton, Ohio. The Anti-Defamation League released a report on white supremacy and antisemitism in Texas. Police in Suwanee, Ga., are investigating antisemitic fliers. Nazi symbols appeared outside a fraternity at the University of Texas in Austin. A teen in the United Kingdom was sentenced to 19 months for antisemitic graffiti. “Sickening,” Mark Levin, the Fox News host, said of antisemitic attacks against him by Ali Alexander, a former Ye (Kanye West) political operative and organizer of the “Stop the Steal” movement.

Sept. 22

Prosecutors in Steamboat Springs, Colo., didn’t see enough evidence to press charges against a juvenile who allegedly burnt a swastika into a picnic table, according to local police. (See Sept. 1.) In Scotland, a 15-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly spray-painting police cars with swastikas. In Montreal, a man found guilty of publishing more than 800 antisemitic articles on the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer will be sentenced.

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