Alerts over antisemitic threats and attacks in Europe and US

Alerts over antisemitic threats and attacks in Europe and US

German man arrested over Israel rally ramraid plan; Pro-Palestinians in US assault man helping a Jewish couple; death threats chanted in Milan.

Germany’s antisemitism commissioner has condemned the country’s recent increase in anti-Jewish violence, warning that it risks transporting the country back to its “most horrific times”.

In an interview with the Guardian, however, Felix Klein said he was also worried about an erosion of basic rights as officials sought to crack down on expressions of support for the Palestinian people.

Local media identify known jihadist Tarik S. as suspect detained in Essen, where authorities swooped in on him after being tipped off by a foreign intelligence service.

Milan’s Jews on high alert after death threats written in nightclub and chanted at pro-Palestinian rally. Some held signs with the image of Anne Frank wearing a keffiyeh, or Arabic scarf, at a large rally.

US Rabbi Alissa Wise is enraged as she scrolls through social media, where her feed is littered with videos of dead Palestinian children, parents holding their lifeless bodies with screams caught in their throats and eyes sunken with grief.

Wise and other Jewish American peace activists are mobilising to save Gazans with their calls for an urgent ceasefire – even when doing so puts them at odds with some groups within their own community, including the Anti-Defamation League, who have questioned their morals and even accused them of being anti-Israel.

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Rise in antisemitism ‘brings Germans back to most horrific times’ (Guardian)
Exclusive: Commissioner condemns incidents targeting Jews but supports ‘basic right’ to protest

Man arrested in Germany on suspicion of planning to ram pro-Israel event with truck (Times of Israel)
Local media identify known jihadist Tarik S. as suspect detained in Essen, where authorities swooped in on him after being tipped off by a foreign intelligence service

‘Not in our name’: Jewish peace activists across the US call for immediate ceasefire and justice for Palestinians (CNN)
As Rabbi Alissa Wise scrolls through social media, her feed is littered with videos of dead Palestinian children, parents holding their lifeless bodies with screams caught in their throats and eyes sunken with grief.

Watch: Pro-Palestinian protesters beat man leaving a ‘Solidarity With Israel’ event in Skokie (Ynet)
Pro-Palestinian counter-demonstrators who were marching near a Pro-Israel event, violently assaulted a young man helping an old Jewish couple. Jewish governor of Illinois calls for calm as Hamas-Israel war being fought well outside the Middle East

Milan’s Jews on high alert after death threats written in nightclub and chanted at pro-Palestinian rally (JTA)
Some held signs with the image of Anne Frank wearing a keffiyeh, or Arabic scarf, at a large rally.

At Brandeis U, founded as a nonsectarian Jewish university, resolution to condemn Hamas fails student senate (JTA)
On Sunday Brandeis’ student government voted down a resolution condemning Hamas and calling on the terror group to release all of its hostages. Only six members of the university’s Student Union Senate voted in favour of the resolution, while 10 voted against and five abstained, according to a representative who was present at the vote.

Israeli expats who organized to protest Netanyahu’s government are now mobilizing to ‘save Israel’ (JTA)
Israeli expatriate activists who once came together to protest the Israeli government have pivoted to delivering aid to their home country.

Photo: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks during a demonstration to show solidarity with Israel in Berlin, October 22 (AP/Markus Schreiber)