HRC Published In The National Post: ‘Globalize The Intefadeh’ Campaign Paved Way For Dagestani Jew Hunt

In recent years, a growing number of anti-Israel rallies began chanting a now-common refrain: “globalize the intifada”.

Referring to a period of Islamist terrorism in Israel called the intifada, anti-Israel followers are growing increasingly bold in calling for Jews to be targeted around the world, as they have been, most notably in Russia’s far south, where a flight from Israel was mobbed by fanatics looking to assault any Jew they could find.

On November 2, our Executive Director, Mike Fegelman, was published in The National Post about how in the face of this pernicious and resurgent hatred, the news media and society writ large, must strongly condemn this evil that has taken root in our midst.


‘Globalize the intefadeh’ campaign paved way for Dagestani Jew hunt

In a 2022 anti-Israel rally in New York City, in front of Israel’s consulate, hundreds of protesters chanted “globalize the intefadeh.”

The rally was organized by multiple groups, including Samidoun (an organization with alleged ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a recognized terrorist organization in Canada). Although it received relatively little media attention, it was part of a larger, significant shift in the messaging at anti-Israel demonstrations, which were increasingly calling on supporters to “globalize the intefadeh.”

But what does “globalize the intefadeh” mean, and why is it so dangerous?

Intefadeh is the Arabic term for “shaking off,” which has come to refer to violent uprisings against Israel. The first intefadeh took place between 1987 and 1993, and the second, which took place between 2000 and 2005.

In the second intefadeh, roughly 1,000 Israelis were massacred by Palestinian terrorists, including in suicide bomb attacks and other mass murders which intentionally targeted innocent civilians in city buses, restaurants, discotheques, grocery stores and more.

Accordingly, calls to “globalize” the intefadeh represent an unmistakable encouragement of violence against Israelis — and Jews — anywhere in the world.

The message appears to have been received.

Over the last three weeks, the world has witnessed not only anti-Israel protests, but demonstrations with unambiguous antisemitism.

In the days following Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack, in Sydney, Australia, a group of anti-Israel protesters chanted “gas the Jews” and “f–k the Jews” outside the Sydney Opera House, leaving little room for uncertainty about their meaning.

In Milan, Italy, anti-Israel demonstrators shouted “open the borders to us, so we can kill the Zionists.”

In Berlin, an anti-Israel demonstration featured harrowing scenes of protesters chanting “Death to the Jews! Death to Israel!”

In Calgary, anti-Israel activists held signs calling for Jews to go to Auschwitz, an unmistakable call for Jews to be burned in ovens again.

In Vancouver, anti-Israel activists lauded the “amazing, brilliant offensive” waged by Hamas on Oct. 7.

In Winnipeg, police believe the recent shooting of a home in a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood may have been a hate crime.

In Kingston, Ont., police contend that a man intentionally drove his truck into a crosswalk, almost hitting participants of the city’s Jewish community rally, a hate-motivated crime.

In rallies around the world, including Toronto, anti-Israel demonstrators openly displayed the emblem of Hamas, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by Canada, the United States, the European Union and elsewhere.

In the immediate aftermath of the Oct. 7 attacks, crowds in New York City gathered to celebrate the massacre, chanting “resistance is justified” and “globalize the intefadeh.”

And in perhaps the most shocking scene, on Oct. 29, a mob made up of hundreds of people stormed onto the tarmac of an airport in Russia’s Muslim-majority Dagestan region, yelling antisemitic slogans and searching for passengers whose flight had recently landed from Israel. Surreal footage of the pogrom shows the crowd of crazed demonstrators charging throughout the airport in search of Jews.

While Russian security forces eventually arrived and were able to disperse the crowd before there were any injuries, the scene was eerily reminiscent of Holocaust-era pogroms where Jews were hunted down by their neighbours.

Although there were no deaths from the attack in Dagestan, the images sent a clear message to Jews around the world: that anti-Israel protesters now have the blessing to target Jews, wherever they are, largely because there are no consequences. It’s open season.

For years, Jews have suffered antisemitic harassment throughout the western world, far disproportionate to their relatively small populations. As anti-Israel activists harness global attention on the Israel-Hamas war in order to “globalize the intefadeh,” their intent is obvious: to target Jews, wherever they are.

In the face of this pernicious and resurgent hatred, the news media and society writ large must strongly condemn this evil that has taken root in our midst.

National Post

Mike Fegelman is executive director of HonestReporting Canada, a non-profit organization ensuring fair and accurate Canadian media coverage of Israel.

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