In its latest series of global reports, AntiSemitismWatch.con brings you the last news from around the world:
New Jersey, USA:
The owner of a Main Street deli in Matuchen, is furious after an incident of anti-Semitic vandalism hit the front window of the eatery.
“It was just so thoughtless,” said Erica Agliata, the owner of the Fresco Deli. “We’re just as upset as everyone else is.”
The word “JEW,” a few inches high, has been scratched into the front window.
What makes the incident even more confounding is that while they’re the victims of anti-Semitic vandalism, the owners aren’t Jewish.
Police are investigating the matter.
Meanwhile, Mayor Thomas Vahalla said the incident is shocking in a town like Metuchen.
“Metuchen is multi-cultural, and we enjoy each other’s cultures,” Vahalla said. “This is totally unacceptable behavior.”
Two Dutch mayors condemned the appearance of stickers featuring a cartoon nose on shops in a heavily Jewish suburb of Amsterdam. The stickers reportedly were on sale on a website for fans of Dutch soccer club Feyenoord.
The stickers were spotted on the shop windows of several businesses in Amstelveen, a municipality just south of Amsterdam, which is home to approximately one third of the 50,000 Jews living in the Netherlands.
Amstelveen Mayor Mirjam van ‘t Veld told the news website metronieuws.nl that the stickers were “unacceptable,” adding: “As the Jewish community is right to expect, we are looking into the case.” Rotterdam’s mayor, Ahmed Marcouch, on Tuesday wrote on Twitter: “Wrong! Police and prosecutors [to] find and punish Feyenoord hooligans posting ‘Jew stickers’ on shops.”
Fans of Rotterdam’s Feyenoord soccer team often call fans of Amsterdam’s Ajax team “Jews” and have chanted anti-Semitic slogans at matches.
The stickers feature a drawing of a nose with a red line across it – an image believed to combine racial stereotypes about Jews and to echo the “no Jews allowed” signs visible throughout Western Europe just before and during the Nazi occupation.
Buenos Aires, Argentina:
Antisemitic graffiti was drawn on a Jewish center and a Jewish cemetery was vandalized in the same Argentina city.
The Argentine Zionist Union of Rosario, or USAR, a Jewish community and sports center in a city some 200 miles north of Buenos Aires, was attacked this week with graffiti reading “F*** Jew.” The damages at the Rosario cemetery were discovered earlier this week.
Some 15,000 Jews live in Rosario among a population of about 900,000.
In January, 10 Israeli tourists were wounded in an anti-Semitic attack on a hostel in a small Argentine village.