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“Just like sanitising our hands has become the “new normal”, so has Jew-bashing.”

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Mr. KKK in the 70's. His 53,000 followers will have to get their regular dose of Jew-hate from someone else on Twitter, after former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke was permanently banned by the platform (Photo from Wikimedia)

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AUSTRALIA

The repeated abuse of a pre-teen Jewish boy headed up the astronomical increase in antisemitic incidents reported in Australia in 2019. A resident of the state of Victoria, which had 127 complaints filed (second most in the country), the child was not only forced to kiss the feet of a Muslim student, in a separate altercation he was punched in the face, beaten, and hospitalized.

According to the Community Security Group report, one state, New South Wales, was identified as the site of 63 per cent of all reports, where 286 of the 451 complaints were filed. By the numbers:

Nationwide increase in complaints, year-over-year – 24%

Incidents during religious festivals or the Sabbath – 49%

Incidents during the High Holy Days – 21%

“Extreme right discourse” such as Nazi graffiti, gestures, and slurs – 40%

Year-over-year Increase in right-wing incidents – 42%

Among the 451 complaints were Jews in Melbourne and other centres being verbally threatened and pelted with objects, threats to bomb and burn synagogues, and an email in Sydney saying “we plan to kill Hundreds of Jewish students on the eve of Purim”. On top of that  another 617 reports of suspicious activities were received. With three states having no complaints filed, a caution as issued it is “highly likely that there is significant under-reporting of antisemitic incidents to CSG and law enforcement in Australia”.

An editorial in the Australian Jewish News observed “international sporting stars, rappers and religious leaders (are) openly spewing their antisemitic hatred on social media for millions to see, while sites like Twitter are slammed for failing to take prompt action to remove them. No wonder our kids are bullied for being Jewish, our streets daubed with swastikas, our community members attacked while walking home from shule … just like sanitising our hands has become the “new normal”, so has Jew-bashing.” 

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OHIO

A car belonging to a recent graduate of Ohio State University was marred by yellow paint and the gouging of swastikas and “Nazi bitch” onto the doors on July 22 near the campus in Columbus. Since May at least four other incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti have been reported on OSU grounds. On July 26, a swastika and vulgar graffiti was left on several buildings including the Jewish Learning Centre in the Cleveland suburb of University Heights, a predominantly Jewish community.

SOUTH CAROLINA 

The Holocaust Memorial in Charleston was vandalized by a hooligan with a green marker last Thursday. The following morning the police said the matter was being investigated as vandalism and not a hate crime, but by sundown, after details of the scrawlings on a plaque became publicly known, the City of Charleston announced that a hate crime investigation was underway. According to a police report the proclamations included:

“Ashkenazi Jews”, “FAKE JEWS”, “Wake UP Israel (Negroes) !!!” and “The so called ‘Negroes’ are the REAL JEWS of the Bible!!!” 

In late July, multiple properties were defaced with antisemitic tags in Westford, Massachusetts including one transposing a Star of David, the symbol of Israel, over a 'Dead End" road sign

Massachusetts

The Westford Police department asked for public assistance to help identify repeated incidents since July 20th of anti-Semitic graffiti, posting images of swastikas and a Star of David, with garage doors, private property, and a road sign targeted.  The town is about 10 miles outside of Lowell, Mass. In 2019, 61 cities and towns in Massachusetts reported anti-Semitic incidents. 

Michigan, reportedly:

An American gas station attendant named Tyler Kozdron protested pandemic-related mask directives by selling Holocaust-themed masks online using famous images of Nazi genocide. As a result of the backlash, the sale website is being closed on August 11 and “we have removed the items with the most complaints … Our goal here was to protest tyranny. Not mask wearing. Unfortunately and understandably, many had emotional reactions to the original designs and the concept behind them was not considered.”

In an interview he told journalist Ben Sales he’s “un-trivializing it by bringing it back into conscious awareness in this specific context … It appears to me that there are a lot of Jewish people out there that want to keep the Holocaust as some kind of virtue pedestal for them to raise a knee on when they want an opportunity in their own lives to talk down to somebody else without fear of retaliation or interrogation. I would say Jews who constantly use the event to embolden whatever they might have to say, is what really ‘trivializes the holocaust.’”

But it’s not all bad news: Twitter permanently suspended the account of David Duke, former KKK Grand Wizard who posted antisemitic conspiracy rhetoric about the coronavirus outbreak and “the incitement of violence against white people” by ‘Jewish-owned media’. According to BBC News, Duke’s final tweet contained a link to his interview with convicted Holocaust denier Germar Rudolf. 

With the steady rise of antisemitic incidents in Canada and around the world, we are continuing to feature ROUND UP: JEW-HATE IN THE NEWS – Sponsored by Shomrim Canada.

If you experienced an antisemitic incident and want to report it to our newspaper, please send an email to [email protected]

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Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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