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Roger Waters, Roseanne Barr and Code Pink at Nancy Pelosi home 

Antisemitic incidents roundup, Dec. 4-5

Part of the exhibit "Treasures of Egypt," a recreation of the tomb of Tutankhamun ("King Tut") authorized by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Photo by Menachem Wecker.
Part of the exhibit "Treasures of Egypt," a recreation of the tomb of Tutankhamun ("King Tut") authorized by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Photo by Menachem Wecker.

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, referred to a vocal demonstration outside of the Jewish-owned, Israeli-style falafel restaurant Goldie in Philadelphia on Sunday as “a blatant act of antisemitism—not a peaceful protest.” The protesters chanted “Goldie, Goldie, you can’t hide. We charge you with genocide.”

The governor added: “A restaurant was targeted and mobbed because its owner is Jewish and Israeli. This hate and bigotry is reminiscent of a dark time in history.”

The Baltimore City Council rejected a resolution on Monday condemning Hamas and expressing solidarity with Jews, which Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, one of two Jews on the council, introduced “less than an hour after pro-Palestinian protestors disrupted the council’s meeting.”

Speaking about Egyptian pharaohs on Bill Maher’s Club Random podcast, Roseanne Barr said, “I believe that something affects you after thousands of years of inbreeding. … That DNA thing is different from other humans, except the Jews, which also inbreed.” After a moment, Barr said that she was joking.

Takoma Park Middle School in Montgomery County, Md., suspended a teacher Angela Wolf, who reportedly called wealthy Jews “gluttons and thieves.” Wolf remains on the board of the Montgomery County Education Association, a teacher’s union.

Anti-Israel protesters blocked the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, N.Y., chanting, “New York did nada … long live the intifada” and “five, six, seven, eight, Israel is a terror state.”

Cornell University students occupied a campus building over the weekend and held a mock trial of the school’s president, whom they accused of complicity in genocide.

Code Pink organized a demonstration calling for a ceasefire outside of a San Francisco home belonging to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

London’s Metropolitan Police are searching for a suspect who spray-painted antisemitic words on the office of parliamentarian Feryal Clark. “Next time, just try emailing,” the MP wrote in a since-deleted X post, which appeared to show the words “Free Palestine” and “No genocide.”

Anti-Israel protests blocked train stations in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland.

Two people were arrested in Brescia, in northern Italy, for spreading Islamist propaganda in support of Palestine Islamic Jihad, Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, all on the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

“How can they still be trying to cast the Israelis as victims?” Roger Waters, a musician who has long been accused of antisemitism, said in an interview with TRT World, which claims to be independent of the Turkish government (and right off the bat asked him about “your music and your activism involving Palestine”).

Waters replied: “It’s so unspeakable what the Israelis are doing in Gaza that, that I feel my whole body revolting against it with every breath I take.”

He insisted during the interview that he’s not antisemitic.

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