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BDS blow to Big Mac, London Jewish student assaulted, more synagogue bomb threats

Antisemitism roundup, Jan. 3-5

A McDonald’s sign near the Dead Sea in Israel. Credit: Gueztoub via Wikimedia Commons.
A McDonald’s sign near the Dead Sea in Israel. Credit: Gueztoub via Wikimedia Commons.

The Jewish Community of Chile said that Daniel Jadue, the mayor of Recoleta, earned his spot on the Wiesenthal Center’s 2020 top 10 list of antisemitism. Jadue recently referred to Judaism as a “supremacist” religion.

A group of boys reportedly assaulted a Jewish student in London after he refused their demand that he say “free Palestine.”

The BBC is being criticized for failing to include the word “Jew” in a promotion of a film about the Kindertransport.

Bomb threats were directed at six San Diego synagogues and one in Davidson, N.C.

Baltimore police arrested three people—ages 17, 18 and 19—who allegedly robbed and carjacked congregants at gunpoint in the parking lot of Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion, an Orthodox synagogue. The crimes occurred at about 6 a.m. on Thursday, just before morning services.

In Sacramento, Calif., protesters demanded a ceasefire at the state Capitol.

Of the 50 antisemitic incidents in Kentucky last year, the majority took place after Oct. 7, according to a report of the Kentucky Jewish Council to lawmakers.

The Chicago Police Department is investigating the distribution of antisemitic fliers.

Vandals drew swastikas at schools in Alabama and Massachusetts.

While shopping at a mall, a New Jersey family received vulgar antisemitic abuse. One family member was wearing an Israel Defense Forces sweatshirt.

In Newburyport, Mass., residents received antisemitic postcards.

Anti-Israel activists harassed the mayor of Bristol, England, after he expressed solidarity with victims of Hamas terror attacks. In London, two neo-Nazi podcasters received sentences of a combined 15 years in prison for calling for Prince Harry and his son Archie to be murdered.

The University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Credit: Katherine Daly Morris/Shutterstock.

McMaster University, a public school in Ontario, contains an antisemitic environment, according to a $77 million class-action lawsuit that the Lawfare Project filed on behalf of Jewish students.

Professors resigned at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and MIT in Cambridge, Mass., both citing inadequate responses to Jew-hatred.

Germany fined a teacher about $3,300 for comparing the COVID-19 vaccine to the Holocaust. France fined a soccer player, who reposted antisemitic materials online, about $49,000 and gave him an eight-month suspended prison sentence.

Rev. Al Sharpton led his National Action Network in a protest outside the New York City office of billionaire financier Bill Ackman, who is Jewish and who had said it was an “insult” that Claudine Gay, the recently resigned president of Harvard University, skipped a screening on campus of raw footage from the Hamas terror attacks. (Sharpton infamously helped provoke a pogrom in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., in August 1991.)

The NYPD reported 31 hate crimes in December, an increase of more than 50% from the same time last year but a decrease of about the same amount since the prior month.

Mcdonald’s reported that sales were down in the Middle East and elsewhere due to its perceived support of Israel and those affiliated with the BDS movement.

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