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.
Nearly three weeks into Russia’s invasion, the number of Ukrainians fleeing abroad passed 3 million, the United Nations said. Following an advocacy campaign by national Jewish and pro-Israel organizations, the Sierra Club reversed its recent decision to cancel trips to Israel. Amnesty International is under fire again after an official said that the organization is opposed to Israel continuing to exist as a Jewish state.
With approximately 3 percent of the world’s Jewish population residing in Latin America, ADL works in partnership with the organized Jewish communal institutions to lend our voices when needed. Going into 2019, as challenges to Jewish community grow worldwide, ADL’s focus on strengthening relations with local Jewish communities across Latin America will continue to be paramount, particularly in areas of common interest.
In a major decision about religious symbols, the Supreme Court ruled that a 40-foot-tall cross can continue to stand on public land. An apparent neo-Nazi sympathizer allegedly plotted to commit a mass shooting at a synagogue in the Bay Area. A new ADL report reveals that domestic Islamist terrorism decreased in 2018.
Online retail giant Amazon removed from its marketplace holiday ornaments, bottle openers and other products that displayed images from the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz. In related news, the International Skating Union (ISU) apologized after nominating a Russian skater, who donned Auschwitz-themed attire, for costume of the year. And in Montreal, McGill University’s student government was condemned after forcing one of its members to cancel a trip to Israel or resign.
The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Trump v. Hawaii upholding President Trump’s third Muslim Ban is the latest shameful stain on our nation’s history. Once again, the Court affirmed a policy rooted in xenophobia and bigotry. Once again, a Court majority has lost sight of our highest values and our Constitution.
In reaction to President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and begin the process of relocating the U.S embassy to Jerusalem, there have been a number of anti-Israel protests and anti-Semitic incidents in major cities across the Middle East, Europe and North America.