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.
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.