Antisemitic incidents increase for American Jews; Man charged in NYC attack; Leaders condemn vaccine passport/Holocaust comparisons

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April 02, 2021


More than half of American Jews continue to experience or witness antisemitic incidents in the form of comments, slurs or threats, according to a new ADL poll. A man suspected of brutally assaulting an Asian American woman in New York City in broad daylight was arrested after surveillance video of the attack drew widespread condemnation. Conservative politicians, including former Trump cabinet member Richard Grenell and freshman congressman Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), drew fire on Tuesday for comparing a potential vaccine passport system to the Holocaust.

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1) American Jews Report Increasing Incidents of Antisemitism, Mostly Online

“In the past year, many of the anti-Semitic incidents took place online, with 36% saying they had experienced some form of online harassment, mostly on Facebook. Most Jews said they had been called offensive names, but 13% said they were physically threatened online. The poll showed the vast majority of Americans want online platforms to better address harassment and make it easier to report hateful content.” Religion News Service: FULL STORY

+ READ: 2021 Survey on Jewish Americans’ Experiences with Antisemitism

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: Nearly 60% of Jewish Americans feel less safe in the U.S. today than they were a decade ago. That’s unacceptable. We all must do more to combat #antisemitism…

2) Suspect Arrested, Charged with Hate Crime Assault in NYC attack on Asian American Woman

“The attack occurred before noon Monday outside a luxury apartment building in Midtown Manhattan. The suspect hurled anti-Asian sentiments and assaulted the 65-year-old woman, New York Police Department said.” USA Today: READ MORE

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: Infuriating to see another targeted anti-Asian hate crime. Enough is enough. We must #StopAAPIHate.

+ ADL Resource: Challenging Anti-Asian Bias and Acting as an Ally

+TAKE ACTION: Speak up against Anti-Asian hate

3) Jewish Leaders Speak Out Against Comparing Vaccine Passports to Holocaust

“Rep. Cawthorn told Fox News that ‘proposals like these smack of 1940s Nazi Germany.’ And the Libertarian Party of Kentucky compared the passports to Nazi Germany’s practice of mandating Jews to wear yellow Stars of David: ‘Are the vaccine passports going to be yellow, shaped like a star, and sewn on our clothes?’ they asked on Twitter.” Forward: LEARN MORE

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: This is an ignorant and shameful comparison. The Holocaust was one of the darkest periods in our history with millions of lives lost, not a word to get thrown around to fit a narrative…

+ ADL Resource: Let’s Avoid Holocaust Analogies in the Public Square