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 at its Museum of Tolerance New York in Midtown Manhattan.
In his introductory remarks, Rabbi Steven Burg, eastern director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, 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?’”
In the introduction to the report, Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, dean and associate dean, noted that “2014 was a year of unprecedented explosions of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hatred.” They also wrote, “Our Top Ten this year shows how pervasive anti-Semitism has become around the world. 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.”