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Is the virus of antisemitism breaking out again?

TJI Pick
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Published: 28 February 2017

Last updated: 4 March 2024

In Australia this week, New South Wales police evacuated a building occupied by the Sydney Jewish Museum, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, and other communal organisations following a threat to the facility. In the same week, the Jewish Museum in London was evacuated following a bomb threat. Jewish schools in the UK have also received threats.

Dozens of headstones broken at Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia – Debra Nussbaum Cohen & Barak Ravid – Haaretz 26.02.17
Desecration shocking, source of worry,’ Israel says in first statement of this type since Trump elected. Incident comes less than a week after vandalism occurred at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis. Includes video [2:15].

How did Jewish cemeteries become battlegrounds for bigots - again? – Jane Eisner – The Forward 27.02.17
Desecrating a cemetery is a particularly heinous act... It’s impossible not to see these incidents as part of a larger, more incendiary trend.

Fifth wave of bomb threats targetting Jewish Centres across United States – Eetta Prince-Gibson – Haaretz 27.02.17
At least 21 Jewish centres, including schools, in 12 states receive bomb threats day after massive vandalism at Philadelphia Jewish cemetery.

‘Pandemic’ of antisemitism taking shape worldwide, even threatens America, warns top US Jewish leader - Ralph Ahren - The Times of Israel 27.02.17
'It’s like a virus that spreads. And you have to declare it for what it is'

And see:

Antisemitism info disappears from State Dept website – Josh Nathan-Kazis – The Forward 24.02.17

Netanyahu’s betrayal of American Jewry – Nitzan Horowitz – Haaretz 22.02.17
During all these stormy months, when American Jews felt under attack, Israel and its leaders did not stand by them.


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