Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world.
In 2018, Minnesota residents elected Ilhan Omar, an openly anti-Semitic, Muslim, as their U.S. Congresswoman. Democratic Party lawmakers, including Speaker Pelosi, defended Rep. Ilhan Omar.
In 2018, German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a warning about what she called a “shameful” and rising level of anti-Semitic intolerance.
Anti-Semitism is also on the rise in Australia, where a 2017 report notes an increase of anti-Semitic incidents in Australia by almost 10 percent – ranging from physical assaults, abuse, and harassment; to vandalism, graffiti, hate and threats communicated directly by email, letters, telephone calls, and leaflets.
And that is in addition to the 10 percent increase from the previous year.
According to the Australian publication, The Age, a 12-year-old Jewish student was forced to kneel down and kiss the shoes of a Muslim classmate, while a five-year-old boy was allegedly called a “Jewish cockroach” and repeatedly hounded in the school toilets by his young classmates.
The two incidents this year – the first involving a 7th grade boy at Cheltenham Secondary College and the second a prep student at Hawthorn West Primary School – have prompted the Anti-Defamation Commission to sound an alarm about what it says is a “rapidly spreading” crisis involving anti-Semitic bullying in Victorian state schools.
Both boys, whose parents have asked to remain anonymous, have since left the schools where the incidents occurred, with the five-year-old boy currently being home-schooled.
The older boy’s act of kissing another student’s shoes, under threat of being swarmed by several other boys, was filmed, photographed and shared on social media.
The outrageous act of anti-semitism caught the eye of the Imam of Peace, a popular Imam in Australia who regularly calls out his religion for extremism, and defends Christians and Jews who are victims of persecution at the hands of radical Muslims. The Imam of Peace tweeted a link to the Australian publication “The Age.”
According to the Australian Jews News – It was later revealed that the young boy was being bullied on a daily basis by five classmates in the school bathrooms. It started when he was questioned about being circumcised. Then came the barrage of antisemitic insults, including “Jewish vermin,” “the dirty Jew,” and a “Jewish cockroach.”
But when raised with the school, the mother says they were “dismissive” of the antisemitic element. The school’s solution was to keep the student from using the regular bathroom, offering the facilities of another bathroom instead.
“But we felt uncomfortable because obviously, you’re not addressing the issue,” remarked the student’s mother.
The parents called for an education policy about antisemitism to be rolled out. But the school declined.