Nazi items on Amazon, Missouri Democrat booted, Biden campaign compares Trump to Hitler

Antisemitic incident roundup Dec. 19-25

Former U.S. Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and U.S. President Donald Trump on the campaign trail in 2020. Source: Trump campaign via Facebook/Biden Campaign via Facebook.
Former U.S. Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and U.S. President Donald Trump on the campaign trail in 2020. Source: Trump campaign via Facebook/Biden Campaign via Facebook.

The FBI reportedly believes that some 200 bomb-“swatting” incidents, in which threats were called into Jewish sites so armed law enforcement would be dispatched, started outside the country.

Rabbi Moshe Moskowitz of Baltimore believes his home was targeted for having a “We Stand With Israel” sign. Smashed watermelons found at his home and that of a neighbor, who had Chanukah decorations, can refer to the colors of the Palestinian flag. “Antisemitism in every form must be denounced unequivocally,” wrote Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott. “It’s my hope that a thorough investigation is conducted to hold whoever is responsible accountable.”

An account associated with U.S. President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign compared former President Donald Trump to Hitler. Trump has an Orthodox Jewish daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren; Biden’s vice president is married to a Jewish man. “Comparing a political opponent to Hitler was once nearly verboten in political campaigns,” Politico reported. “But it has become routine for the Biden operation.”

“Germany’s fierce policy on antisemitism smothers the arts,” reads a headline in The Washington Post. (An online version of the headline reads: “In Germany’s struggle against antisemitism, the arts are suffering.”)

A police chief in East Cleveland, Ohio is said to have sent antisemitic and homophobic text messages dating back several years. Some had “captions that are inappropriate to reproduce here,” Cleveland’s WOIO reported. The chief says the messages were “tongue and cheek.”

Democrats in the Missouri House expelled Sarah Unsicker from the caucus. She is accused of promoting “a series of conspiracy theories on social media,” posting “a photo with an alleged Holocaust denier” and making “antisemitic comments against one of her opponents,” per The Kansas City Star.

A Los Angeles Times article about how Palestinian Americans “fight charges of antisemitism” leads with a protester who says accusations that Israel is “apartheid” and guilty of “genocide,” and that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is comparable to Hitler are accurate, but “I don’t know if those words help right now.” (The article adds that “Israel says Hamas militants killed at least 1,200 people, most of them unarmed civilians, and took more than 240 hostage” on Oct. 7. The White House and many others have said the same.)

“If we discover a product was undetected by our proactive checks, we address the issue immediately,” an Amazon spokesperson said following criticism that the online marketplace continues to sell antisemitic wares. “We are in the process of investigating the listings in question.”

A family, alleging that an autistic, Jewish teen had a swastika carved in his back on March 9, is suing his Las Vegas school. The Clark County School District did not comment.

Hundreds of protesters called for a ceasefire during Biden’s visit to Milwaukee.

Facing protests, Starbucks is distancing itself from what it calls a misrepresentation on social media of its position on Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza.

Anti-Israel activists defaced Israeli hummus products in U.K. grocery stores, placing stickers on them saying their producer “profits from genocide.”

Vandals targeted the building of an Anti-Defamation League partner in Lyon, France, with anti-Israel graffiti.

The city council in Darebin, in Melbourne, Australia, voted unanimously to divest from “companies and suppliers that support the illegal occupation of Palestine or profit from it, especially companies which supply equipment to the” Israel Defense Forces. 

There is a “disturbing” level of antisemitism among Australian “mommy bloggers,” per Israellycool, a blog.

The social network TikTok reportedly no longer allows moderators, who hunt for objectionable content, to flag items in languages other than their own.

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