Anti-Semitic Violence Has Risen 40 Percent

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 12:35 PM

Since last year, anti-Semitic violence has risen by 40, mostly in Europe. Some of the countries that saw a surge in anti-Jewish violence were the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Sweden. Yet, France turned out to be the worst offender, prompting many French Jews to consider their futures (via USA Today):

The number of violent anti-Semitic attacks around the world surged nearly 40% last year, according to a report released Wednesday by researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

The report found there were 766 recorded incidents against Jewish people in 2014 — the worst year for attacks since 2009. It was released ahead of Israel commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins Wednesday at sundown.

The attacks were "perpetrated with or without weapons and by arson, vandalism or direct threats against Jewish persons or institutions such as synagogues, community centers, schools, cemeteries and monuments as well as private property," the authors of the report, based at the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University, said. In 2013, there were 554 registered incidents.

"The overall feeling among many Jewish people is one of living in an intensifying anti-Jewish environment that has become not only insulting and threatening, but outright dangerous, and that they are facing an explosion of hatred towards them as individuals, their communities, and Israel, as a Jewish state," the study said.

There was a sharp rise in the number of incidents seen in the United Kingdom (141 in 2014 compared to 95 in 2013); Australia (30 vs. 11); Germany (76 vs. 36); Austria (9 vs. 4); Italy (23 vs. 12); and Sweden (17 vs. 3).

However, the highest number of violent cases recorded in 2014 was in France, which saw 164 incidences compared to 141 in 2013.

In the wake of the Danish shootings in Copenhagen–one of which involved a synagogue–Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged mass Jewish immigration to Israel. A declaration that was met with criticism from European and Jewish leaders. Regardless, the world’s oldest prejudice hasn’t gone away. In fact, it seems to have intensified. It’s a disturbing and sad statistic.