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Antisemitic incident report: July 8-14

From Islamist terrorists joining Meta’s new Threads app and a new algorithm to counter online hate to another big setback by the Muslim Brotherhood.

White supremacist political commentator Nick Fuentes. Source: Twitter.
White supremacist political commentator Nick Fuentes. 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. And on the subject of the ADL, the nonprofit turned 110 on July 10.

July 8

With antisemitic incidents on the rise in California, San Diego residents awoke to find fliers filled chock full of bigoted remarks on car windshields. In Georgia, antisemitic and anti-LGBTQ fliers were also distributed. Iran created a Threads profile for President Ebrahim Raisi but blocked access to the new Meta app for its citizens.

July 9

A forensic psychologist testified that the convicted Pittsburgh synagogue shooter acknowledged that he would have planned better to increase the body count. Israeli media reported that an Israeli technology company and a group of volunteers developed an algorithm to combat online antisemitism.

July 10

Twitter only removed previously reported antisemitic posts it had deemed kosher under the site’s terms of service after receiving legal notices from a German court. Following the release of Threads, a senior Taliban leader intends to continue to tweet on the Elon Musk-owned platform, which he said “doesn’t have an intolerant policy like Meta.” (Meanwhile, Palestinian, Syrian and Somali Jihadists joined Threads, per MEMRI, as have neo-Nazi agitators Richard Spencer and Nick Fuentes.) Ontario police announced that the Goyim Defense League has grown more active in the region. The antisemitic musician Roger Waters called for activists who tried to shut down the factory of Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems to be released.

July 11

The prosecution and defense rested their cases in the phase of the trial determining whether Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers would be executed. B’nai Brith Canada is urging universities not to host antisemitic Islamist extremist Abu Taymiyyah during his current speaking tour. A Jan. 6 rioter who made a Nazi salute was sentenced to three years for assaulting police officers with a flag pole. The Christian nationalist group College Republicans United—not to be confused with College Republicans—announced plans to host its national convention this month, with Fuentes on the docket.

July 12

Fresh off a $12 million FoxNews settlement with a former producer of his who alleged an antisemitic working environment, Tucker Carlson interviewed Andrew Tate, a recent convert to Islam who has said that “Jews are disrespectful to Muslims as a whole.” After restoring relations with Egypt, Turkey rounded up 60 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group known for its antisemitism among other hatreds. A British court banned an English fan, who yelled that “Hitler should have finished the job” at a soccer match, from attending games for three years. A Canadian judge said a three-month sentence, upon which prosecutors and the defense agreed for a neo-Nazi who published in the Daily Stormer, “trivializes the infraction.” Arizona Republicans slated to speak at the College Republicans United gathering (see July 11) said they were deceived and loudly condemned the inclusion of Fuentes, 24.

July 13

A Florida man who sought to fund the Islamic State accepted a plea deal sentencing him to 18 years. Critics said a fundraising email from former President Donald Trump’s campaign was antisemitic for depicting George Soros as a puppet master pulling strings on U.S. President Joe Biden. A man from New Jersey pleaded guilty for threatening a synagogue. Hamas praised a U.N. special rapporteur who said Israel had imposed “an open-air prison” on the Palestinians. The FBI found Nazi propaganda on a phone, which it unlocked, belonging to a mass shooter. The Arizona hotel slated to host the conference featuring Fuentes canceled the event upon learning the white supremacist would appear.

July 14

In New York City, police are investigating an attack on a Jewish woman as a potential hate crime. In the United Kingdom, a swastika and a misspelled “Sieg heil” were found graffitied at a Nottingham park, while in London, a private college insisted that it inadvertently supported an antisemitic group when it paid for a “Palestine fun day.” In Florida, a man was recorded placing neo-Nazi stickers on a local Democratic party headquarters. Police arrested a Mississippi man for allegedly making threatening antisemitic phone calls to Pennsylvania synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses. CAIR’s deputy director accused Israel of “abusing Palestinians because they think they can get away with it.”

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