update deskAntisemitism

New House email address for reporting Jew-hatred on campus, antisemites target Seinfeld

Antisemitism incidents, Dec. 12-14

Jerry Seinfeld tours Jerusalem's Old City on Nov. 23, 2007. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash 90.
Jerry Seinfeld tours Jerusalem's Old City on Nov. 23, 2007. Photo by Yossi Zamir/Flash 90.

Some three dozen Biden administration staff members demanded a ceasefire, which they apparently spelled out in candles, during a Wednesday night vigil outside the White House. The staff appeared to have covered their faces.

Those reporting Jew-hatred on campus can now send complaints to report.antisemitism@mail.house.gov, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce announced recently.

In the past week, the U.S. Education Department has announced that Rutgers University in New Jersey, the University of California-San Diego, the University of Washington-Seattle, Whitman College in Washington, Stanford University in California and the University of California-Los Angeles are being investigated under Title VI for “for discrimination involving shared ancestry.” (Rutgers suspended its Students for Justice in Palestine chapter.)

Anti-Israel protesters yelled “We will kill you all, occupiers” at people leaving a Chanukah celebration at the Israeli embassy in Washington. “The pro-Hamas demonstrators yelled, ‘Exterminate the Jews’ at us,” wrote William Daroff, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

An antisemitic staffer said “Free Palestine” to Rep. Max Miller (R-Ohio) in the congressional Cannon Office Building. The congressman, who is Jewish, told The Washington Free Beacon, this is a daily occurrence. He was talking at the time with Ali Vitali, of NBC News, who posted about it on social media.

“He definitely targeted me,” an Orthodox Jew told the New York Post of an attacker, who threw a rock at him and yelled “Free Palestine” last month.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation in Germany will no longer be part of a presentation of the Hannah Arendt prize for political thought to Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, after the awardee penned a New Yorker essay comparing conditions in Gaza to concentration camps during the Holocaust.

After they conducted a sit-in at Brown University, 41 students were arrested. They are part of a group calling for “a permanent ceasefire by divesting from companies that facilitate the genocide in Gaza.”

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, wrote that attacks on the leadership of Harvard University president Claudine Gay—who testified in Congress that calling for genocide against all Jews wouldn’t necessarily violate university policies—are “nothing more than political theatrics advancing a white supremacist agenda.”

Nikole Hannah-Jones, who founded the much-disputed New York Times “1619 Project,” said in an interview that Gay’s critics are “using the guise of pretending that this is about concern over antisemitism.”

“We have work to do, friends,” said Rabbi Hirschy Zarchi, founder and president of Harvard Chabad, at a Chanukah menorah-lighting on campus. He noted that the menorah had to be packed up after the ceremony for fear it would be vandalized overnight. Gay, the Harvard president, attended.

Protesters demanding a ceasefire blocked a freeway in downtown Los Angeles. Jewish “elders” chained themselves to a fence outside the White House calling for the same.

A swastika was found on a Holocaust memorial in Greensboro, N.C., and a Chanukah sand sculpture in Juno Beach, Fla.

Columbia University announced the members of an antisemitism task force that it had first mentioned on Nov. 1.

Anti-Israel protesters called Jewish comedian Jerry Seinfeld “complicit in genocide” and called for a ceasefire.

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