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Knesset speaker snubs UN chief, Irish basketballers rebuff Israelis, LA youth leader likes one-state solution

Antisemitism roundup, Feb. 6-9

Israeli minister of justice Amir Ohana speaks at the annual justice conference outside Tel Aviv on Sept. 3, 2019. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.
Israeli minister of justice Amir Ohana speaks at the annual justice conference outside Tel Aviv on Sept. 3, 2019. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Amir Ohana, speaker of the Knesset, canceled a scheduled meeting and photo opportunity with António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, in New York. The Israeli politician, who met with New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams, wrote in Hebrew on social media that his decision to snub Guterres “did not come in a vacuum” and followed the U.N. chief calling, the day beforehand, for a ceasefire “even if Hamas uses human shields.”

An Israeli women’s basketball team trounced an Irish team—which announced ahead of the game that it would not shake hands with its Israeli opponents before or after the game, or stand at mid-court for the national anthems—87-57 in a match to qualify for the 2025 EuroBasket competition.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), a member of the so-called progressive “Squad” with a long history of antisemitism, again called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “genocidal maniac” on the House floor.

Swastikas were found in a park in York County, Pa., and at the University of Rochester in New York.

Protesters, who interrupted Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s “State of the State” speech, demanded a ceasefire in Gaza. “I’ve done—been to—a few anti-war demonstrations as well in my day, and whatever the justice of your cause I think you do a disservice when you’re rude and disrespectful in a room like this, disrespecting the people like this, and disrespecting the audience,” the governor said.

A youth leader in Los Angeles of the anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace said, “I personally believe in a one-state solution, the complete dismantlement of the Israeli state, Palestinian self-determination and stewardship of the land returned. One nation, with equal rights, and democratic process for all its citizens.”

Some 50 handwritten, antisemitic messages were found on cars in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Lincoln Park in Chicago.

The Wausau Pilot & Review, an online publication in Wausau, Wis., edited its coverage of Goyim Defense League fliers, found on residents’ mailboxes, “to remove a link to an antisemitic website and its quoted content.” It stated it made the change “after receiving feedback from a member of Wausau’s Jewish community.”

Anti-Israel protesters, who gathered outside a Northrop Grumman building in Plymouth, Minn., accused the defense technology company of genocide.

The University of California, Berkeley said that a lawsuit alleging antisemitism on campus should be thrown out since Jew-hatred is protected by the First Amendment.

Students for Justice in Palestine organized anti-Israel protests at Suffolk University in Boston and Vanderbilt University in Nashville. A Suffolk student paper granted SJP members anonymity, noting “members of Suffolk SJP have requested to remain anonymous,” while a Vanderbilt student paper noted that an SJP representative was “granted anonymity for safety and privacy concerns.”

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