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‘LA Times’ offers 44% lower attendance for Israel rally, Harris heckled, actresses cut, Title VI investigations

Antisemitism roundup, Nov. 21-22

A pro-Palestinian rally in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 12, 2023. Credit: Becker1999 via Wikimedia Commons.
A pro-Palestinian rally in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 12, 2023. Credit: Becker1999 via Wikimedia Commons.

Hillsborough County Schools in Tampa, Fla., and the University of Tampa joined a growing list of schools with open Title VI investigations for antisemitism and Islamophobia. The Education Department announced investigations on Nov. 16 of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; the University of Pennsylvania; Cornell and Columbia universities; the Maize Unified School District in Kansas; Lafayette College; and Wellesley College. Columbia appears to be under separate investigations, opened on Nov. 16 and Nov. 20.

“Pro-Palestinian” events outnumber “pro-Israeli” ones in the United States by about 100%, reported The Los Angeles Times, citing an analysis of 2,150 demonstrations, which a million people have attended since Hamas’s terror attack on Oct. 7, by the Crowd Counting Consortium. The LA Times referred to “a Nov. 14 rally on the National Mall that attracted 160,000 people,” although organizers said more than 290,000 attended the “March for Israel.”

Anti-Israel protesters shouted “Harris, Harris you can’t hide! You’re committing genocide,” among other things, as U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris attended a fundraiser in Brentwood, Calif., for President Joe Biden’s re-election. A guest inside interrupted the vice president demanding a ceasefire, as activists spilled red paint (“fake blood”) on the sidewalk and driveway of the private residence hosting the fundraiser, which reportedly raised $500,000.

Following actress Susan Sarandon’s antisemitic remarks, United Talent Agency cut ties with her. (Also in Hollywood, the actress Melissa Barrera was dropped from the horror movie “Scream VII” after a series of anti-Israel comments.)

American Airlines suspended the pilot Ibrahim Mossallam for allegedly calling Hamas terrorists “brave people” after the Oct. 7 terror attacks.

The Metropolitan Police in London has arrested more than 400 people since Oct. 7 and charged more than 80 for “alleged hate crimes and violence linked to pro-Palestinian protests.”

In Australia, 23 anti-Israel protesters were arrested at a Sydney port. Police said those arrested failed to disperse when asked and “damaged or disrupted a major facility.”

A Jewish-owned San Francisco ice-cream store is reopening in time for Thanksgiving, almost a month after it closed due to antisemitic vandalism. “Here in San Francisco, however, people feel about what’s happening in Israel and Gaza, we need to be clear that hate has no place here,” Scott Wiener, a state senator, told CBS News Bay Area. “Whether it’s antisemitism or homophobia, or any other form of bigotry, we’re not going to tolerate that here.”

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