This Week’s Anti-Semitism: Leader of Britain Trade Unions Suggests Israel Created Labour Party anti-Semitism

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This is your weekly rundown of anti-Semitism around the world. Among the key items in the headlines: A Leader of a British Trade Union claimed Israel created labour party anti-Semitism, and a San Francisco transit company approved adverts on public transportation by a Holocaust denial group.

Nevertheless despite the racism, there were some strong moments in the fight against anti-Semitism. Notably Angela Merkel made a fiery address condemning the rise of neo-Nazis in the Germany

Anti-Semitic Incidents 

White powder was found at a synagogue in Middletown, Connecticut on Wednesday. The investigation is taking place at the Congregation Adath Israel synagogue on Broad Street. A letter was sent to the synagogue that contained a powder substance. Middletown police believe this occurrence is directly related to the incidents that happened in Hartford last week. Read more:

The district office of an Australian MP whose wife is Jewish was targeted by racists who threw pig’s entrails at the front door. The early Wednesday morning attack on Mike Kelly’s office comes less than two weeks after an attack on another of the lawmaker’s offices. In the first attack, the far-right Antipodean Resistance group plastered swastika stickers on the door.  Read more:

A Jewish cemetery was desecrated in Boizenburg, Germany outside Hamburg when unknown vandals spray painted a swastika on the main staircase of a memorial in the cemetery and smeared walls and pillars with paint, a police spokesman said. Read more:

Anti-Semitic flyers outing a white supremacist group have been found at five San Francisco based synagogues ahead of the Jewish High Holidays. The flyers were claimed by the “Daily Stormer Book Club” and promote anti-Semitism under the guise of promoting free speech. Read more:

Anti-Semitic signs were seen at a rally for Macedonia in Thessaloniki, last Saturday. They included: ”Talmud, Kabballah = the Enemy of the Humanity” amongst others. Read more:

The leader of one of Britain’s main trade unions has suggested that Israel created the anti-Semitism row that has engulfed the Labour party over the summer. Mark Serwotka, who leads the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and is a staunch supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, told the Trades Union Congress (TUC) conference that Israel “created a story that does not exist” to distract attention from “atrocities” he said it has committed. Read more:

Swastikas and other anti-Semitic slurs were written on walls in West Hull, England. Local politicians spoke out against the graffiti and shocking language directed towards Jews. Read more:

A Rutgers University professor who accused Israeli forces of deliberately sparing the lives of Palestinians to incapicitate them has been given an award by the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). Read more:

Swastikas and insults against Jews were written on a table in the foyer of the Teatro Rossi Aperto (TRA) in Pisa. Read more:   

An appeals court in Sweden overturned a deportation order against a Palestinian man who firebombed a synagogue, claiming he’d be in danger by the Israeli government if he were deported to the Palestinian Authority. The ruling Wednesday by the Court of Appeals for Western Sweden was on a motion filed by one of the three men convicted in June of the attempted arson of a synagogue in Gothenburg, hours after a march in the southern city against the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  Read more:

The San Francisco transit agency has approved adverts from a group that promotes Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic views, claiming the organization has a “free speech” right to buy train station billboards. Read more:

Ewa Jasiewicz, an anti-Israel activist who previously vandalized a wall of the Warsaw Ghetto with anti-Semitic graffiti, is set to be a guest of honor at a conference of the British Labour party later this month. Read more:

Fight Against Anti-Semitism

In a rare display of community solidarity, more than 2,500 British Jews demonstrated on Sunday in Manchester against the rising tide of antisemitism in the United Kingdom, and their discontent with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Read more:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that upgrades to ambassador level the position of special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism at the State Department. The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act was authored by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who helped write the 2004 law that created the monitor post. Read more:

The president of the Union of Jewish Students announced her resignation from the British Labour Party, citing the party’s “complete inability and lack of political will to tackle antisemitism.” Read more:

Angela Merkel has condemned the outbreak of far-right protests in eastern Germany, telling the Bundestag in a fiery address that shouting Nazi slogans and committing acts of violence in Germany are inexcusable. Read more: