January 27, 2022
THE WEEK’S BIG 3
Nearly 100 candidates for political office and politicians across the country are increasingly embracing extremist talking points, endorsing hateful campaigns and promoting conspiracy theories, according to a new report from ADL. A Tennessee school board voted to remove "Maus," a Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust, from the district's curriculum after officials objected to instances of profanity and an image of a nude woman. A white supremacist group is alleged to have been behind hundreds of antisemitic fliers – falsely claiming the public health response to Covid-19 is “orchestrated” by Jewish people – distributed in neighborhoods in at least six states.
Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate and the latest info about ADL from around the country.
- New Report: 100+ "Problematic" Candidates Running for Office in 2022
“The ADL report outlines cases like Daniel Tooze who, according to his campaign website and state records, is running for the Oregon House of Representatives. Tooze is a member of the extremist group the Proud Boys and regularly tweets support for people who were arrested for their roles in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, the ADL report says.” USA Today: LEARN MORE
'Maus,' Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book About Holocaust, is Pulled from Tennessee School District
“The McMinn County Board of Education's Jan. 10 vote to remove the novel, published by cartoonist Art Spiegelman about his Jewish parents' experiences in Nazi concentration camps, was 10-0, according to meeting minutes. The district had sought to use the novel, first serialized in 1980 and later published in two volumes, as an ‘anchor text’ for eighth graders studying the Holocaust.” NBC News: FULL STORY
+ ADL Southeast tweet: Banning #Maus, on the eve of International #HolocaustRemembranceDay, is shameful on every conceivable level. It serves no purpose other than to rob the next generation of knowledge. Awful.
Antisemitic Flyers Distributed in Neighborhoods Across the Country
“Though the fliers appeared on opposite sides of the country, they all began with the statement that ‘every single aspect of the COVID agenda is Jewish,’ according to news reports. They also list several officials, such as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the head of pharmaceutical company Pfizer, that the unknown writers of the flyer claim are part of the so-called ‘COVID agenda.’” Newsweek: READ MORE
KEY ADL SOCIAL STATEMENTS
- On the eve of #HolocaustRemembranceDay, it's appalling to see Tucker Carlson & FOX invoke the kind of antisemitic tropes typically found in white supremacist media. There’s no excuse for this kind of fear mongering, especially in light of intensifying #antisemitism…
- Jews of Color are often subjected to the dual evils of racism and antisemitism, and through the Collaborative for Change fellowship, @ADL provides an opportunity for individuals to share their experiences. Congratulations to the new fellows!
- On International #HolocaustRemembranceDay, we remember the victims of this atrocity and take a moment to hear survivors’ stories. We must also recognize the deliberate work that needs to continue to be done every day to fight antisemitism in our community. #NeverAgain
IN THE COMMUNITY
- Opinion: The need for Holocaust remembrance is urgent (The Hour, CT – Stacey Sobel op-ed)
- Antisemitic flyers blaming Jews for ‘COVID agenda’ distributed across San Francisco neighborhood (ABC Bay Area – Teresa Drenick interviewed)
- After Colleyville: Hudson Valley synagogues eye security in wake of antisemitic attacks (Lohud, NY)
ADL IN THE NEWS
Post-January 6th, the Military is Addressing Extremism in Its Ranks. Sort of. (JustSecurity – Ryan Greer op-ed)
- ADL Blasts Tucker’s ‘Dangerous Antisemitic Dog Whistle’ on George Soros (Daily Beast)
- Leading U.S. Jewish Groups Urge Israel to Act Against 'Extremist' Settler Violence in West Bank (Haaretz)
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