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Lauder Business School quits Harvard, French Muslim petitions for ‘Day Against Antisemitism,’ Turkey rally against Israel

Antisemitism roundup, Dec. 26-Jan. 2

The Trains to Life-Trains to Death monument in Berlin, Germany. Credit: Anirut Thailand/Shutterstock.
The Trains to Life-Trains to Death monument in Berlin, Germany. Credit: Anirut Thailand/Shutterstock.

A man from Troy, near Charlotte, N.C., pleaded guilty to transmitting interstate threats for threatening the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte on Oct. 11 and 13. He wrote that he would “annihilate” Jews and called for their “public execution.”

The Fairfield Police Department in California arrested 14 anti-Israel protesters at the Travis Air Force Base in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In Berlin, anti-Israel activists vandalized “Trains to Life—Trains to Death,” a memorial to children who escaped the Holocaust through the Kindertransport.

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters chanted “Allahu akbar” and “Free Palestine” outside the World Trade Center site in Manhattan on Dec. 29.

Synagogues and a Jewish hospital in Ohio received hoax bomb threats. In Chicago, anti-Israel agitators blocked a freeway and marched en masse on Michigan Avenue.

In Lincoln, Neb., anti-Israel protesters outside a General Dynamics plant demanded a ceasefire. The facility was closed for the holidays.

In Los Angeles, a Kwanzaa march to City Hall featured demands for a ceasefire and accusations that Israel commits genocide. Police in Beverly Hills required anti-Israel marchers to disperse after declaring their demonstration an illegal gathering.

The Westport, Conn., school district defended its response to complaints that a student experienced antisemitic bullying. The student’s father wrote a Dec. 14 Newsweek article criticizing administrators’ response.

In East Rutherford, N.J., a Jewish family was harassed and assaulted after antisemites spotted a 16-year-old girl wearing an Israel Defense Forces sweatshirt. “You’re a whore, your mother is a whore, your grandmother is a whore,” they yelled.

Zara Store NYC
A Zara clothing store in Midtown Manhattan. Credit: Lollasp via Wikimedia Commons.

In London, anti-Israel activists swarmed a mall, attempting to shut down H&M, Zara and Starbucks stores. At a London bus stop, someone inserted a poster into an unlocked display case accusing Israel of murdering 25,000 “innocent men, women and children,” adding, “Wouldn’t you resist?”

In the London borough of Haringey, antisemitic hate crimes have shot up 750% since October. A poll of British Jews, conducted from Nov. 12-17, suggests that just 6% of British Jews do not identify as Zionists.

In Austria, the Lauder Business School disassociated itself from Harvard due to the Ivy League’s inability to combat campus antisemitism.

Half of New Zealand Jewish parents said that their children have experienced antisemitic abuse at school after Oct. 7, per a new survey.

In Istanbul, tens of thousands marched against Israel’s war with Hamas and for Palestinians, demanding “​​mercy for our martyrs and a curse on Israel.”

Former U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly asked Harvard privately to keep embattled university president Claudine Gay (who is said to be resigning on Jan. 2). Gay testified before a House committee on Dec. 5 that it would depend on context whether calling for genocide against all Jews would violate the academic institution’s policies.

Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich at Cannes in 2019. Credit: Georges Biard via Wikimedia Commons.

The actress Milla Jovovich apologized after supporting antisemitic activist Shaun King. Legendary Monty Python actor John Cleese apologized for jokingly comparing former President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.

On Tuesday, the ADL released a profile of Owen Benjamin, a former actor who descended into conspiracist and antisemitic ideology.

Hichem Mouttaki, 23, a Muslim student in France who opposes Hamas, started a Change.org petition to make Oct. 7 a “World Day Against Antisemitism.” More than 4,600 have signed on so the terroristic atrocities will not be forgotten, akin to “never again.”

“We will never, ever forget anyone who has refused, even to this day, to unequivocally condemn Hamas and their extensive war crimes,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) stated ahead of 2024.

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