Wiesenthal Center publishes its annual top ten list for 2023

The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre announced the worst antisemitic outrages of the year 2023.

Not surprisingly, the Hamas massacre and mass hostage-taking of October 7 in Gaza border communities was ranked as the worst antisemitic outrage of 2023. The Wiesenthal Centre accused Iran and Qatar of being enablers; hence, the two regimes jointly took the second spot on the list. Moreover, the institution noted that several left-wing organisations embraced Hamas’s lethal antisemitic ideology and „have flocked to the forefront of anti-Israel/ pro-Hamas demonstrations.”

The centre detailed the actions of Hamas terrorists: they „brutally murdered 1,200 Israelis – men, women, and children – including infants. They mass raped women and kidnapped and took over 240 hostages, holding them in underground tunnels, some for over two months. The level of brutality included beheadings and mutilations, making October 7, 2023, the worst atrocity perpetrated against the Jewish people since the Nazi Holocaust.”

As regards Iran’s support of Hamas, the Wiesenthal Centre’s report explains that Tehran helped arm, finance and train Hamas terrorists, adding that „Iran’s Lebanon-based terror lackeys, Hezbollah, has launched thousands of rockets and drones into northern Israel.”

According to Wiesenthal, „Qatar openly maintains close ties with Western countries, including the United States. It also supports Hamas materially and politically, allowing Hamas to establish a political office in Doha where Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and associates live in the lap of luxury.”

„Qatar remains a key purveyor of antisemitism and anti-Israel invective throughout the Middle East and beyond via its powerful media outlet Al Jazeera,” the report reads.

The UN was ranked third on the list for multiple outbreaks of Jew-hatred among its top officials, including UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s declaration after October 7 that „it is important to also recognise that the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum” alleging „56 years of suffocating occupation” suffered by the Palestinians. He then added that Hamas’s massacres „did not warrant the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.”

Wiesenthal slammed UNRWA (United Nations Relief And Work Agency For Palestinian Refugees in the Near East) because allegedly its „staff is riddled with Hamas operatives and supporters who appropriated parts of UNRWA facilities to store weapons arsenals and launch missiles targeting Israelis.”

 The International Red Cross secured the fourth slot due to „its anti-Israel bias. Israelis looked to the ICRC for leadership in demanding proof of life of the 240 hostages kidnapped and held by Hamas. But the Red Cross only appeared when Israeli hostages were to be exchanged for Hamas terrorists held in Israel.”

Wiesenthal ranked the President of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Nihad Awad, as number five. Awad said he was „happy to see” the people of Gaza „breaking the siege” on October 7 when Hamas attacked Israel and murdered 1,200 Israelis. Awad also termed Gaza as an „outdoor concentration camp.”

Three Ivy League schools and their presidents took the sixth slot: Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania. When asked if calls to genocide Israel contradicted codes of conduct, all three said it depended „on context.”

Wiesenthal classified numerous elementary school educators in the Oakland, California Unified School District as the seventh worst outbreak of Jew-hatred because they „held an unauthorised pro-Palestine teach-in during December, shortly after the District’s teachers’ union condemned Israel as an ‘apartheid’ state.”

Eight on the list were a number of social media platforms, led by Telegram, „providing thousands of channels for terrorism tutorials targeting Israeli civilians, promoting antisemitism and nefarious conspiracy theories.”

The global pro-Hamas movement was ranked number 10, with Wiesenthal citing many examples. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the Post, „There is nothing new about Hamas’ genocidal hate. It is embedded in their founding doctrine and reflected in their unparalleled barbarity. While Nazis tried to hide evidence of their crimes, Hamas live-streamed them. What is shocking is the refusal of world humanitarian leaders to call out Hamas’ evil crimes against humanity.”


Original article: The Jerusalem Post

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