Global Anti-Semitism: Select Incidents in 2019

March

  •  Argentina
    • Buenos Aires: Graffiti reading “Genocidal Israel” was painted in the “Pasteur-AMIA” subway station near the AMIA Jewish community building. The graffiti was spray-painted in one of the memorial walls at the subway station commemorating the victims of the 1994 terrorist attack.
  • Belgium
    • Aalst: A carnival float featured caricatures of Orthodox Jews with money and rats and anti-Semitic songs.
  • France
    • Paris:  
      • Graffiti calling for the murder of Jewish children was found on a bench of a playground in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. 
      • A woman was verbally assaulted by an individual in the Paris metro who said, "Jews control the world. You are evil." 
    • Strasbourg: A memorial marking the site of the former synagogue of Strasbourg, dynamited by the Nazis in 1941, was vandalized.
  • Finland
    • Estonia:
      • A 27-year-old man accosted Rabbi Shmuel Kot and his two children while they were walking to synagogue, shouting “Sieg Heil” and “Heil Hitler” at them.
  • Germany
    • Chemnitz: Street signs near the synagogue, commemorating Rabbi Hugo Fuchs, were torn down and destroyed.

 

February 

  • Argentina
    • Buenos Aires: Chief Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich in Buenos Aires was violently beaten by intruders who entered the rabbi’s home at 2 a.m. and said “We know you are the AMIA rabbi” while beating and robbing him.  
    • San Luis: Nine graves in a Jewish cemetery in western Argentina were desecrated with Nazi symbols.
  • Australia
    • Sydney: A mural at famed Bondi Beach was defaced with 20 swastikas.
  • France 
    • Montrouge: A Jewish school in southern Paris received a letter with anti-Semitic messages, including "France is the base for Zionism in Europe" and "If Adolf Hitler had exterminated all the Jews, the Arab countries would live in peace.”
    • Paris
      • Writer and philosopher Alain Finkielkraut was verbally assaulted by Yellow Vest protestors who shouted “Dirty Jew,” “dirty Zionist shit,” and “go back to Tel Aviv.”
      • “Juden” was spray-painted on a Bagelstein’s café during a Yellow Vest demonstration.
    • Quatzenheim: Vandals spray-painted swastikas and neo-Nazi graffiti on nearly 100 graves at a Jewish cemetery in this village near the city of Strasbourg.
    • Saint-Genevieve-des-Bois: Two trees planted in memory of Ilan Halimi, the 23-year-old Jewish man abducted and killed over a decade ago by a gang of Islamist thugs, were chopped down just before the anniversary of his death.
    • Sarcelles: A Jewish man wearing a kippah was attacked with stones and tear gas by a gang of young men.  He had to be transported to the hospital by ambulance.
  • Oman
    • A number of virulently anti-Semitic titles were featured for sale at Oman’s annual state-run book fair. 
  • United Kingdom
    • London: A 69-year-old Jewish man walking with a cane was brutally beaten, after a man walked up to him and asked if he was Jewish.

 

January 

  • Australia
    • Melbourne: Neo-Nazi extremists posted swastikas outside of a nursing home that houses many Holocaust survivors. 
  • Bulgaria 
    • Sofia: A man threw stones, breaking the windows of the Great Prayer Hall at the Sofia Central Synagogue.  
  • United Kingdom
    • Hertfordshire: A number of locations in the area were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti including the words “Jew Ghetto” along with a Star of David.
    • London: Thieves stole Jewish prayer items (tefillin and a tallit) from a car and dumped them in a nearby pond.
  • France
    • Sarcelles: A car belonging to a Jewish family was broken into, filled with trash and a mezuzah glued to the windshield. 
  • Germany
    • German Jewish leader and Holocaust survivor Charlotte Knobloch was threatened by supporters of the far-right German political party AfD following her speech about Holocaust victims to German parliament.
  • Peru 
    • The Governor of the Junin region used anti-Semitic statements alleging Jewish control of politics, the economy and finances in Peru. 
  • Poland
    • Auschwitz: Polish far-right extremist leader, Piotr Rybak, who had been convicted multiple times for anti-Semitic acts and statements, led a march of extremists at Auschwitz on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, proclaiming “It’s time to fight against Jewry and free Poland from them.”
  • Ukraine
    • Drogobych: Rocks were thrown through the windows of the Great Choral Synagogue.