Anti-Semitism is the oldest hatred in history, it always starts with words and almost always has devastating consequences. And this year was no different.
In that sense, the Simon Wiesenthal Center produced a report detailing the 10 Worst Incidents of Global Antisemitism of 2022.
It is not exhaustive, but rather tries to highlight the most significant acts of hatred towards the Jewish population during this year. “We had made the decision to grant a place to Nicolas Maduro for having considered that the attack on AMIA headquarters it was a false positive, adopting the denialist discourse of his Iranian partners and allies. In turn, the diplomatic incident caused by President Boric’s sudden refusal to receive the credentials of the Israeli Ambassador could have qualified, had it not been overcome. However, the obvious seriousness of the 10 facts chosen means that 10 facts are too few,” said the doctor. Ariel Gelblungdirector of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Latin America before the consultation of Infobae.
“Moreover, the Iranian Center for Jewish Studies, included in the report, is already operating in Latin America. During the pandemic, he produced images that identified COVID-19 with the State of Israel, indicating it as a virus that had to be exterminated.”
In 2022, the rapper Ye (Kanye West) used his unparalleled influence on social media to transform historical tropes (such as Jews being greedy, rich, obsessed with money and controlling the economy/wealth or controlling the media and/or Hollywood) in a storm of anti-Semitism in real time, absorbed by millions of people and inspiring acts of hate against Jews living and dead.
That led to a wink from dave chappelle millions of viewers on the show Saturday night Live of the nbc.
Kyrie Irving shared the promotion of an anti-Semitic film on Twitter with his 22.5 million followers on social media. The smears against the Jews were then defended, supported and reinforced by hundreds of thousands, including white supremacists and extremists among Black Hebrew Israelites.
West’s next contribution to the generalization and spread of anti-Semitism came when he dined with former President Trump, along with far-right activist Nick Fuentes.
2-UN Human Rights Council
The demonization of Israel and the normalization of anti-Semitism by Middle East-related diplomats continues to escalate without the United Nations holding them accountable.
Italian lawyer Francesca Albanese was appointed earlier this year as UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories. Albanese is a walking anti-Israel encyclopedia and has hurled anti-Semitic chants, such as that the “Jewish lobby” runs America. Albanese has openly expressed her sympathy for Palestinian terror groups, she has accused “oppressor” Israel of possible war crimes, compared Israel to Nazi Germany and legitimized what she calls Palestinian “resistance.”
To date, the UN has not taken any action to sanction or remove Albanese from this sensitive position. Nor has he dealt with a trio of diplomats in charge of a new open-ended anti-Israeli Commission of Inquiry at the UN Human Rights Council. The Commission is so biased against Israel from the start that it became the first UN investigative body to be condemned by the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. Yet Member States continue to finance this endless diplomatic assault.
3- Abbas + Palestinian Authority
Germany has the toughest laws against Holocaust denial. It was therefore fitting that the German prosecutor’s office opened a four-month investigation into a statement that Israel had committed “50 Holocausts” against the Palestinians. This came from the same person whose PhD questioned whether 6 million Jews had really been murdered.
Guilty? The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, who made the statement while standing with German Chancellor Scholz during a press conference in Berlin. The Chancellor only condemned the statements the following day.
Meanwhile, Abbas has stepped up his Palestinian Authority (PA) reward program for killing and maiming Jews. In a macabre example of this depraved policy, the AP increased the salary of the terrorists who murdered 9 people at the Hebrew University on the 20th anniversary of the attack. Apparently, Abbas has no reason to fear that donor nations will turn off the financial spigot. So the budget line to pay for killing Jews continues to rise as the number of Israelis killed and wounded increases.
4-Hate sponsored by the Iranian State
The world continues to be fascinated by the unprecedented protests against Ayatollah Khamenei, led by the women of Iran. The protests have already exceeded 100 days and have spread to 280 cities, leaving more than 750 fatalities and some 30,000 arrests throughout the country. The regime’s thugs have killed and raped, showing no mercy to their fellow Iranians who demand their dignity and freedom.
In an unprecedented move, concerned Jewish leaders have advised members of their communities not to gather in synagogues as the protests continue. And the increasingly nervous regime issues a detailed threat to annihilate Israel with massive missile attacks if Israel threatens to destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
The Iranian regime’s hatred of Jews is directed by a so-called Center for Jewish Studies, which has published more than 1,000 blatantly anti-Semitic essays weaving together a toxic mix of theology, historical Jew-hatred and anti-Israel rants on behalf of Khamenei’s nefarious regime. This includes a version of the “blood libel”, which maligns Judaism, claiming that the roots of the “murder of children” by Zionists in Palestine lie in the Torah. Another article states that Jewish Kabbalists agree that Satan is their guiding light. Another states that Muhammad and his daughter Fatima were murdered by Jews (Muslim tradition says that both died a natural death). The Center for Jewish Studies in Iran is run by a Muslim cleric, Kayvan Ezzati, who has published articles claiming that Jews are behind pedophilia, drug trafficking, prostitution and all of Iran’s problems.
5-Taking hostages in a Texas synagogue
On January 15, 2022, in the morning of Shabbatan incident took place on US soil by a foreign terrorist who traveled thousands of miles to attack a small synagogue in Colley ville, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Malik Akram, an armed British Pakistani, took four hostages at Beth Israel Congregation. Akram was demanding the release of an al Qaeda operative convicted of attempted murder of Americans. Hours later, Akram was gunned down by an FBI rescue team, and none of the hostages were injured.
The incident left many questions unanswered: Who was behind the attack? Who financed Akram’s escape? Who chose the target? Why a synagogue?
That hostage-taking drama, combined with the skyrocketing anti-Semitic hate crimes, led the Simon Wiesenthal Center to urge FBI Director Christopher Wray to create a Special Task Force on Anti-Semitism.
6-Attacks on Jews
Crime has increased a lot in NY, including hate crimes. Physical assaults on openly identifiable Orthodox Jews in New York City are the highest in decades. They have been beaten, spat at, had their hats ripped off their heads and insulted in a barrage of attacks over the last year.
In November, two men, Christopher Brown and Matthew Mahrer, they were arrested by the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force and the NYPD Bureau of Intelligence and Counterterrorism for threatening an armed attack on a synagogue. The two were detained before they could carry out their plan to murder members of the local Jewish community. Several weapons were found on them, including a Glock semi-automatic pistol and a ghost pistol with a 30-round magazine and laser sight. “It was not an idle threat,” denounced the mayor of New York, Eric Adams, “it was a real threat.”
Also in November, FBI Director Christopher Wray spoke in New York and confirmed that 63% of religiously motivated hate crimes in the country are motivated by anti-Semitism – targeting a group that represents only 2.4 % of US population.
In Chicago, hate crimes shoot up 71%. Main targets: Jews and blacks. Parents and students at a Jewish school for parent-teacher conferences witnessed a Chicago man threaten to “burn a rabbi in a gas oven” just days before the Hanukkah holiday. The man was arrested and released on bail. Other incidents carried out by manifestly religious people occurred in Jewish neighborhoods during 2022.
At a Hanukkah celebration with Jewish leaders in London, Mayor Sadiq Khan declared that Jewish Londoners should not hide from anti-Semitic attacks. The problem is that the attacks continue. The Shomrim Society of London reports that a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl was threatened by a vociferous fan who shouted: “I am Adolf Hitler and I will kill the Jews” while making a “gun gesture” at her with her umbrella.
In November, a German Iranian was arrested for multiple Molotov cocktail attacks on synagogues. The latest attack took place in a synagogue in Bochum, Germany. A witness, also German-Iranian, told police that the suspect tried to recruit him for the attack and assured him that he would allow him to return to Iran without repercussions.
In the western city of Essen, several shots hit the house of a rabbi and the old synagogue. Commenting on the attack, German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann tweeted: “Anti-Semitism must have no place. ….It is our duty to protect Jewish life.”
In berlin Two attacks on Jewish passengers on a train took place on the same day. One of the victims, Ariel Kirzon, an Orthodox rabbi who heads the community in Potsdam, a Berlin suburb, said he was speaking Hebrew on a mobile phone outside a commuter train station when a man pushed him and called him names. anti-Semites, calling him – schrecklicher Scheissjude – a terrible fucking Jew. That same day in September, another Jew was insulted and beaten at another commuter station. In October, the German federal police reported that by 2022 there had already been 1,555 anti-Semitic incidents in the country.
7-Anti-Semitism on university campuses
AMCHA reports that in 2022 there were more incidents of anti-Semitism in the Harvard University -the pinnacle of America’s elite universities- than at any other university in the United States. Some examples of anti-Semitic conduct at Harvard include tearing down Harvard Hillel posters; anti-Israeli stickers affixed to tubs of kosher hummus in canteens and the placement of anti-Harvard College Israel Trek posters. Attempts were also made to disrupt pro-Israeli speakers. A swastika was found in a dorm, the school newspaper endorsed the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and Harvard’s Palestine Solidarity Committee erected a wall of Holocaust images replete with anti-Semitic statements.
Rutgers University professor Noura Erakat gave a lecture at the University of Illinois supporting an armed campaign to destroy the State of Israel. Incredibly, the conference was sponsored by the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
The City University of New York (CUNY) provided first- and second-generation Jewish American students and faculty with a welcoming environment for intellectual growth. In 2022, a toxic environment beset Jewish students and teachers, leading to lawsuits by Jewish teachers, New York City Council hearings, and a US Department of Education investigation. A joint Hillel survey and the ADL reveals that a third of CUNY Jewish students suffered from anti-Semitism on campus, leading some to drop out.
Meanwhile, the US Department of Education has also launched an investigation into nine groups of students from the University of California Berkeley School of Law. The groups amended their charters to prohibit Zionists or anyone who supports Israel from speaking at campus rallies. In the last century, this type of behavior was associated with Nazi or communist regimes. In fact, Berkeley was at the forefront of the free speech movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Now, Zionism is banned and Zionists are demonized and shunned at Berkeley.
At the University of Arizona, Professor Thomas Meixner he was shot dead in October, because his killer, graduate student Murad Dervish, mistakenly thought Meixner was Jewish. Dervish shot Meixner after making numerous anti-Semitic threats on his life. The threats were reported to the authorities, but not enough was done to prevent the murder.
8-Art in Documenta
In Germany, Jew-hatred continues to be fueled by elements of the German government and art elite who supported the inclusion of anti-Semitic themes in the prestigious sa Documenta, by a group that supports the boycott of Israel.
Visitors from documents, a prestigious art exhibition that takes place every 5 years, they were exposed to ugly and pernicious caricatures of Jews. In one area, an Israeli soldier with a pig’s head and a Star of David on his scarf is shown. A Jew is also shown with peyote (side curls), a hat with SS symbols and a cigar. The scandal went on for months.
The mural was removed, but those in charge of the Documenta organization were widely condemned by civic organizations and politicians for allowing it to appear in the first place. As if that were not enough, a brochure for another proposed exhibition shows an Israeli soldier with a monkey face and a star of David. Claudia Roth, the German Minister of Culture, declared at the time: “In my opinion, these are anti-Semitic images.”
9-Movement Negro Hebrew Israelite
The extremists of black hebrew israelite movement (BHI) have emboldened themselves since Kanye West’s recent anti-Semitic rants and Kyrie Irving’s tweet by sharing an anti-Semitic film that introduced the movement’s ideology to millions of people via mainstream media and over 70 million followers on social networks.
Hundreds of people demonstrated in front of the Barclays Center, headquarters of the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA, which counts Kyrie Irving among its stars, in support of Irving, who had been sanctioned by the NBA. The BHI theology holds that blacks, and sometimes Hispanics and Native Americans – not Jews – are the true descendants of biblical Israelites.
Hundreds more gathered near one of Brooklyn’s predominantly Jewish neighborhoods, where they could be heard chanting: “We are the real Jews” and “Time to wake up.”
Although these extremist views are currently held by a very small part of society, thanks to West they have had unprecedented access to the mainstream media and to millions of people through social media. The group’s hateful ideology had already led to violent and deadly attacks against Jewish Americans.
Telegram, with more than half a billion users, is one of the most popular messaging applications in the world. However, it is also a cesspool for anti-Jews and other extremists who are generally banned from other internet platforms.
CSW investigators have identified more than 400 Telegram groups and channels, including the racist and anti-Semitic manifesto whose author is the terrorist who murdered 51 people in New Zealand in 2019.
Periods of uncertainty, social crisis and dislocation, such as the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, provide fertile ground for conspiracy theories. Many conspiracy theories blame a small group of people, the usual scapegoats of history: the Jews.
Telegram channels shamelessly promote anti-Semitic libels, such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, along with images of Jews with hooked noses, accompanied by calls to murder them. White supremacist and neo-Nazi groups openly organize on this platform, sharing propaganda in order to recruit new members for their movements.
CSW’s complaints to Telegram administrators and their requests to remove material that incites hate and violence continue to fall on deaf ears.
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