The 16th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), a series of worldwide anti-Israel events, took place in the United States and Canada March 21-28, 2022. Activities included celebrations of Palestinian heritage and criticism of Israel’s policies that, while contentious, were not problematic. However, a notable segment of the events engendered intense controversy and accusations of antisemitism.
An estimated 25,000 people marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and then gathered for a community rally, co-sponsored by ADL, in a show of strength and solidarity in response to the recent spate of anti-Semitic violence in the New York City metro area. The U.S. attack that killed an Iranian military leader has spawned a range of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jews “pushing” war against Iran. Music-streaming service Spotify is under fire for failing to remove anti-Semitic content, including song titles praising Hitler and demonizing Anne Frank.
An ADL tip to law enforcement leads to the arrest of a Pennsylvania white supremacist who allegedly threatened to kill Jewish and black people; a coalition of Jewish groups calls on Israel not to annex the West Bank; and a university in Arkansas is catching heat for naming one of their scholarships after a Holocaust denier.
Suicide bombers, possibly motivated by ISIS, attack churches and tourist attractions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 250 people; lawmakers in Alabama compare abortion to the Holocaust in proposed legislation; and the leader of a New Mexico militia movement is arrested on gun charges after ‘detaining’ migrants on the Southern border. Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate this week, and the latest info about ADL from around the country.