Antisemitic Incident Report: June 3-9

The Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) publishes a weekly listing of antisemitic incidents recorded nationally by Jewish, pro-Jewish and pro-Israel organisations and various news media reports the Algemeiner. By the Anti-Defamation League’s count, an average of seven such instances of varying measures occur daily in the United States.

On the 3rd of June, a mother in Texas, United States, reported that her son’s T-shirt was vandalised with a swastika. In England, the BDS-supporting leftist filmmaker Ken Loach claimed that concerns about antisemitism in the Labour Party were „dishonest” and merely a tool to purge leftist politicians.

On the 4th of June, the teenage son of the Oregon House Minority leader Vikki Breese-Iverson apologised after a photo began circulating of him giving the Nazi salute in front of an image of a plane marked with a swastika. Two men in Melbourne were also spotted giving Nazi salutes while posing in red Holocaust-denial T-shirts. In Germany, neo-Nazis sent a threatening letter to a mosque.

On the 5th of June, a swastika was painted on a Ukraine memorial in England. In Germany, a politician was charged for using a Nazi expression in a speech. Calls have resumed for the firing of Fritz Berggren, a US State Department diplomat who runs a racist, antisemitic blog.

On the 6th of June, during the Pittsburgh synagogue mass-shooting trial, one of the police officers testified that when the gunman surrendered, he identified himself as „Robert Bowers” and said, „Jews are the children of Satan. They’re murdering our children.” The forensic pathologists who performed the victims’ autopsies also testified, describing the devastation of the rifle shots in detail. The State Department condemned a recent concert in Berlin by former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters as antisemitic. In Germany, a neo-Nazi was arrested for a 32-year-old arson attack.

On the 7th of June, during the testimony of the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue trial, a SWAT officer testified that the perpetrator, Robert Bowers, said he only surrendered because he was out of ammunition and wounded. Australia has banned the sale and display of Nazi symbols. In the UK, a teenager has admitted having painted Nazi symbols on a mural. A Canadian army sergeant was fined for making Holocaust jokes during a training session. Elon Musk, the world’s second-wealthiest man, is facing criticism for interacting with an antisemitic tweet. In California, a city council was bombarded with antisemitic phone calls. In Oklahoma City, a swastika was cut into a man’s front yard.

On the 8th of June, far-right American political commentator Tucker Carlson was accused of using antisemitic tropes on his new Twitter show to attack Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy, therefore labelled an „obvious antisemite” by the ADL.

On the 9th of June, Spanish politician Amparo Rubiales resigned from her role in the Socialist Worker’s Party after calling one of her opponents a „Jewish Nazi.” Police officers in California are investigating the distribution of antisemitic and anti-LGBTQ materials. Actor Mark Ruffalo faces criticism after calling the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism „propaganda.” In New Jersey, a 34-year-old man faces 36 counts for an antisemitic vandalism spree. UN Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories Francesca Albanese tweeted, „The ferocity unleashed against Roger Waters, an immense artist and true icon of our time, a champion of human rights and justice, is absolutely shocking. Full solidarity.”