Anti-Semitism in 2020

What is Anti-Semitism? 

  • Anti-Semitism is hostility or prejudice towards Jewish people
  • Anti-Semitism stems being minorites in a predominantly Christain society, where Jewish people were seens as “outsiders” due to refusing to adopt non-jewish lifestyles and values
  • Jewish people were often scapegoats for major events 
  • Nazi ideology is often associated with anti-semitism
  • Jews account for less than 3% of the American population, but the majority of reported hate crimes
Opinion: Fighting anti-Semitism online requires a global effort - CNN

North Shore Hebrew Academy hacked

  • December 15th, on the fifth night of Hanukkah, North Shore Hebrew Academy’s website was hacked 
  • Hacker manipulated the school’s website to gain access to student’s sensitive information including credit card info, home addresses, etc. and have released it.
  • Anti- semestic slurs, images, and songs were posted on the website 
  • Homepage plastered with Swastikas and clips of marching Nazi SS guards. 
  • One page read “North Shore Hebrew Death Camp” 
  • Emails sent with link to a page titled “Field Trip to Auschwitz” 
  • Emails also contained slurs directed towards students and parents 

Temple Emanuel in Davenport, Iowa

  • On the first day of Hanukkah, December 10th, this Jewish temple was vandalized in an act of anti-semitism. 
  • “John 8:44” was marked near the entrance using spray paint, which was used in hateful context.
    • The biblical verse references Jesus telling his critics that they are the spawn of the devil
Davenport synagogue vandalized on Hanukkah
  • Jews, in turn, are told they are the spawn of the devil through this reference
  • Rabbi Bertenthal said the message and its timing are hurtful, as it is occurring during the opening night of the Jewish Festival of Lights
  • Currently undergoing investigation, although there are no suspects and arrests made as of now

Anne Frank Memorial

Anne Frank memorial in Idaho defaced with Nazi swastika stickers
  • The only Anne Frank Memorial in the US in Boise, Idaho was defaced with Nazi propaganda
  • It was discovered on the morning of Tuesday, December 8th
  • Nine stickers with swastikas were placed around and on the memorial
  • One said, “We are everywhere” 
  • The precise placement of each sticker was extremely hurtful to the local community with the dangerous and evil message portrayed
  • The community has rallied behind Jews, with visitors leaving flowers and signs of encouragement around the memorial.
  • The center announced it would be starting a fundraising campaign to purchase a security system

Jewish Man Ran Over in Anti-Semetic Attack 

  • A Jewish Man in Lexington, Kentucky was ran over during a Hanukkah celebration
  • A car pulled up, almost hitting the volunteer camera crew and the driver began to yell anti-semetic slurs 
  • A community member stepped in between the driver and Chabad house, due to several children being present in front of the room 
  • The attacker grabbed onto the man’s arm and dragged him for a block, running over his leg in the process, and then driving off.

Belgium Train Incident

  • On the first night of Hanukkah, 4 men took over the PA system on a Belgium train
  • Using the system, they threatened to blow up the vehicle unless the Jewish passengers stepped off
  • The incident occured in between Antwerp and Mechelen, a city that once housed a Nazi internment camp used a dispatch station for Jews who were later sent to be murdered in Poland
  • The Jews on the train were referred to as “cancer Jews” and told to leave immediately
  • Security on the train were unable to find the 4 men, and police are still searching for them

Ukraine Menorah Toppled

  • A Ukrainian man filmed himself taking down a Hanukkah menorah in Kyiv while shouting at Jews
  • He proceeded to post his video to Facebook, which depicted him saying “Jews to the graves”
  • The man also attempted to destroy another statue, but was unsuccessful as it was bolted into the ground
  • He has since been identified by Ukranian police 
Public menorah - Wikipedia

Anti-Semetic Graffiti at Amherst Regional High School

  • Amherst Regional High School in Amherst, Massachutes found racist and anti-semetic graffiti drawn in chalk in front of the school 
  • Matter is currently being investigated by Amherst Police

Anti-Semetic graffiti found in Queens, New York 

  • In Forest Hills, Queens, Anti-Smetic graffiti was found spray painted on the fence of a home. 
  • The graffit contains crude reference to sexual acts on Jewish women 
  • NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is now investigating the incident 

Call to Action/Raising Awareness

  • Anti-Semitic attacks rose to an all time high in 2019 and continue to rise in 2020.
  • Continuing to raise awareness about Anti-Semitic attacks, especially during Hanukkah, is very important.
  • The frequency and intensity of anti-semitic incidents continue to harm Jewish communities and make them feel unsafe

Resources to learn about Anti-Semitism

Book – Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel | Audiobook | Audible.com

Book – Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl By Anne Frank: ANNE FRANK:  Amazon.com: Books

Movie – Sarah’s Key

Sarah's Key - Wikipedia

Documentary – Numbered

Numbered (2012) - IMDb

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