New York, NY—December 29, 2014- Senior officials of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of the largest international Jewish NGOs, released its 2014 Top Ten Worst Global Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Incidents at a press conference this morning at its Museum of Tolerance New York, in Midtown Manhattan.
Rabbi Steven Burg, Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, in his introductory remarks noted: “The global campaign to demonize and delegitimize Israel is a major problem facing young Jews on college and university campuses nationwide. It is such a big concern, that our Top 10 List this year included Steven Salaita, an American Indian Studies professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign, who was fired after posting the following to his social media account: ‘At this point if Netanyahu appeared with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised?’”
“2014 was a year of unprecedented explosions of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hatred. Our top 10 this year shows how pervasive anti-Semitism has become around the world,” Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Founder and Dean and Associate Dean, noted in the introduction to the report. “The ten examples selected by the Simon Wiesenthal Center are tragically indicative of burgeoning threats and challenges to the Jewish people not encountered since the end of WWII.”