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Chicago mayor calls for ceasefire, Jew-hatred quadruples in France, Tlaib gets glossy ‘Nation’ treatment

Antisemitic roundup, Jan. 18-25

Norman Finkelstein at the 10th anniversary conference of the Solidarity Youth Movement Kerala, a wing of the Islamic organization Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, in India in 2013. Credit: Zuhairali via Wikimedia Commons.
Norman Finkelstein at the 10th anniversary conference of the Solidarity Youth Movement Kerala, a wing of the Islamic organization Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, in India in 2013. Credit: Zuhairali via Wikimedia Commons.

“I had seen a few interviews but was unaware of Norman Finkelstein’s completely reprehensible comments,” wrote Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), after praising the anti-Israel professor. Bowman had said he was “a bit starstruck” by Finkelstein because he “watched him all the time on YouTube.” On Oct. 7, Finkelstein, who is Jewish and whose parents survived the Holocaust, wrote: “If we honor the Jews who revolted in the Warsaw Ghetto—then moral consistency commands that we honor the heroic resistance in Gaza.”

Jew-hatred nearly quadrupled in France in 2023. “We are witnessing a rejuvenation of the perpetrators of antisemitic acts. Schools are no longer a sanctuary of the republic,” according to a new report.

Brandon Johnson, the progressive mayor of Chicago, called for a ceasefire in Gaza. He is “apparently the mayor from the biggest American city to back a ceasefire,” per the Chicago Tribune. (“Dude, you can’t even get a ceasefire in River North. Chill,” wrote Emily Zanotti, a journalist, of the Chicago neighborhood with regular violence.)

“There’s some days I don’t want to do it because it’s too hard,” Doug Emhoff, the Jewish husband of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer of battling antisemitism. “I’m too beat up about it.”

Police officers in Ashland, Ore., arrested two students, charging them with hate crimes for hurling eggs at a Jewish center and yelling “Heil Hitler.”

Derek Penslar, the Harvard professor who called Israel “apartheid,” has reportedly considered stepping down as co-chair of the school’s antisemitism taskforce.

“I always outwork the hate,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) told The Nation. The so-called “Squad” member is widely accused of working hard to hate Israel.

Kanye West (“Ye”), who recently apologized to Jews in Hebrew, is drawing criticism for a shirt he wore recently that appears to glorify neo-Nazism.

The Toronto Police Service charged two anti-Israel protesters who allegedly assaulted security and law-enforcement officers. (Jew-hatred is up 211% in Canada since Oct. 7.)

Anti-Israel protesters repeatedly disrupted a campaign event in Manassas, Va., where U.S. President Joe Biden was speaking about abortion.

Illinois State Police arrested four protesters who shut down part of a state highway.

A substitute teacher at Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, N.Y. (the school’s coach was fired earlier this month and a player disciplined over antisemitism), who also happens to be the head of the local Yonkers NAACP, said his investigation suggests no Jew-hatred. The Jewish school, whose players were victimized, said the man’s “investigation” didn’t involve talking to any members of the Jewish community.

Antisemitic vandals targeted a bank in West Hartford, Conn.

At a San Francisco rally against abortion, antisemites performed Nazi salutes, and one wore a shirt accusing Jews of raping children, according to the JCRC Bay Area.

In Leeds, England, a man was sentenced for an April 17, 2022 act of antisemitic vandalism.

A German court ruled that a neo-Nazi party won’t be eligible for public funding.

The online war video game “Call of Duty” has added anti-extremism language to its code of conduct, which the ADL applauded.

At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a group chanting racist statements projected a swastika on a dorm.

A BDS student group organized a demonstration at Columbia University.

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