This Week’s Anti-Semitism: Neo-Nazis Attack Jewish Restaurant in Chemnitz, Germany

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Photo Credit: Judisches Forum e.V. / Neo-Nazis attacked a kosher restaurant in Chemnitz, Germany

This is your weekly rundown of anti-Semitism around the world. Among the items in the headlines this week include: Neo-Nazis attack Kosher restaurant in Germany, and European musicians call for a boycott of Eurovision.  

Despite the hate, there were also some victories. London Mayor Sadiq Khan ordered the removal of offensive posters from bus stops labeling Israel a “racist endeavor."

Anti-Semitic Incidents, Hate and Disinformation

Vandals ripped the plaque off a monument dedicated to victims of the Holocaust in the Spanish town of Murcia. The culprits also scrawled far-right graffiti on the structure. The identity of the vandals remained unknown this week and they are still at large. Carlos Egio, a Cambiemos Murcia spokesperson, said the vandalism was a “serious” hate crime, labeling it a fascist and Nazi gesture. Read more:

Panels of an exhibition outside the Pantheon in Paris dedicated to French Holocaust survivor Simone Veil were vandalized. Read more:

German authorities are investigating reports that neo-Nazis attacked a Jewish restaurant in Chemnitz last month after far-right protests gripped the city. According to locals, more than a dozen masked individuals stormed the the kosher eatery Schalom on August 27 shouting “get out of Germany you Jewish pig.“ The neo-Nazis also threw stones and bottles at the restaurant damaging the building and injuring the owner.  Read more:

Last month, senior officials from the United Nations and several European nations visited an exhibition hosted by the Palestinian Authority featuring explicitly anti-Semitic images. Read more:

Anti-Semitic graffiti was found scribbled on the front of a school in San Benedetto del Tronto in the Marche region of central Italy. The words “Jews on Fire“ could be seen on a gate in front of the Miscia and Manzoni schools in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Read more:

Musicians from Europe and the Middle East have called for a boycott of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, which is set to be held in Israel. In a letter published by the Guardian on Friday, some 140 artists including Roger Waters, Brian Eno, and Yann Martel called for the song contest to be held elsewhere. Read more:

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan ordered the removal of offensive posters from London bus stops labeling the State of Israel as a ’racist endeavor.’  Among the key issues in the dispute between the a Labour Party faction led by Jeremy Corbyn and more moderate party members has been whether it is acceptable to brand the state of Israel racist. Read more:

An online post attributed to an Indiana University student claimed that a “bunch of hairy stink rude obnoxious Jews” are overtaking the school’s campus. The August 29 post had appeared on the Greekrank website, and has since been deleted, but not before screenshots could be taken. Read more:

Vandals struck the Northshore Jewish Congregation in Mandeville, Louisiana this week, spray-painting "Synagogue of Satan" on the back wall of the brick building on North Causeway Boulevard. The anti-Semitic message, in black and red paint, also includes swastikas and the numbers 14/88, which are frequently used by hate groups as a reference to Hitler and Nazism. Read more:

A city-organized street show in Prague celebrating Czech nationhood featured a skit apparently mocking an Orthodox Jew. During the performance, police characters remove a man dressed like an Orthodox Jew for demanding money from the event’s host, who wears traditional Czech attire. Read more:

Anti-Semitic flyers featuring crude caricatures of Jews were discovered Sunday morning outside the first united Methodist church in Ferndale and reported to police. The flyers were taped to three entrances of the church and expressed support for the far-right hate websites “The Daily Stormer“ and “". Read more:

Regional politicians from the far-right Sweden Democrats party were caught making anti-Semitic statements online, including using a picture of Anne Frank to mock Holocaust victims. Per Olsson, who represents the party on the City Council of Oskarshamn, a coastal Swedish city, earlier this year posted a picture of Frank captioned “coolest Jew in the shower room” on the Russian social network VKontakt. Read more:

Anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial graffiti daubed in the Kew district of London, England. The graffiti reads 'Hitler was right' and 'The holocaust was a lie,' with the perpetrators also drawing swastikas in graffiti. Read more:

Anti-Semitic graffiti targeted Patrick Levy, the president of the University of Grenoble-Alpes (UGA) in France. The dozen or so graffiti tags, were written on the walls of university buildings. The school has lodged a complaint with the French police over the vandalism. Read more:

A Scottish woman has been crowned “Miss Hitler 2016“ in a beauty pageant organized by a neo-Nazi youth movement. National Action, a white supremacist group, said they initiated the competition to raise awareness of their female supporters. Read more:

The Fight Against anti-Semitism

The UK Labour Party’s ruling body has finally agreed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism in full after a tense national executive committee meeting in which an additional statement put forward by Jeremy Corbyn was not accepted. Read more:

The United States Department of Education has re-opened a probe into 2011 allegations of campus anti-Semitism at Rutgers University. A pro-Palestinian group on the campus sponsored an event where they allegedly only charged Jewish students and supporters of the Israel for entry. Read more:

The bishops of the Church of England adopted the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism. They also issued a public call to reject any language or actions which could cause “prejudice, stigma or hatred towards people on the grounds of their religion, culture, origins, identity or beliefs”. Read more:

Germany's Central Council of Jews says an attack on a Kosher restaurant in Chemnitz by masked neo-Nazis shows problems in the region are deeper than simple concerns over new migrants. Read more:

The Metropolitan Police in the UK will investigate several Labour Party members over potential anti-Semitic hate crimes. Specialist officers will look into whether party members broke the law in making a series of offensive comments about Jews. Read more:

The head of mathematics at an English has been banned from teaching after making racist comments about Jews and using his school-issued laptop to browse alcohol and real estate sites during lessons. Harpreet Singh, 48, head of mathematics, at Sandye Place Academy in Bedfordshire, was dismissed by the school after staff raised concerns over racist posts on Facebook. Read more:

A watchdog group focused on combating anti-Semitism on American college campuses launched an “Antisemitism Tracker” on Wednesday, in hopes of helping the public more easily navigate incidents that have taken place nationwide since 2015. Read more:          

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