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Global anti-Semitism reported highest since Holocaust

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

JERUSALEM (WJC)–Global anti-Semitism has reached its highest level since the end of World War II, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) has concluded in its latest report released in Jerusalem on Sunday. Jews in Europe were particularly affected by the dramatic rise of incidents in 2009.

The JAFI report says that the number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in the first three months of 2009 in western Europe surpassed that of the entire year 2008. The data showed a spike in anti-Semitic violence during and after Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip last winter. In France, for example, there were 631 anti-Jewish incidents in the first half of 2009, of which 113 were violent, according to the study. In Britain, some 600 anti-Semitic incidents occurred. In the Netherlands, around 100 anti-Semitic incidents were noted following the Gaza war.

The study also noted that election campaigns in Ukraine and Hungary had given rise to public displays of anti-Semitism, which was deployed as a tool by the some political parties. In Ukraine, a story surfaced during that country’s election campaign that Israel had brought 25,000 Ukrainian children to the Jewish state for the sole purpose of harvesting their organs.

World-wide, eight people were killed in attacks targeting Jews in 2009. Two murders linked with anti-Semitism in the United States in 2009 – one of a female university student in Connecticut and the other of a non-Jewish guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. This rise in anti-Semitism was noticeable on both the political Left and Right, according to JAFI.

At the press conference at which the report was presented, officials referred to a film that was making the rounds which alleges that Israel is stealing organs from patients treated at the IDF hospital in Haiti, the newspaper ‘Haaretz’ reports.

JAFI Chairman Natan Sharansky pledged to dispatch representatives from his organization to combat growing anti-Semitism at European universities. “Classical anti-Semitism is changing, and it has been replaced with a new anti-Semitism that takes its shape in the form of unbridled attacks against the idea of a Jewish state,” he told reporters in Jerusalem.

Read the summary of the report by the Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism here.

Watch Natan Sharansky’s statement on video (source: ‘JPost TV’) here.

Preceding provided by World Jewish Congress

  1. carol ann goldstein
    January 27, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Perhaps the Global anti-Semitism reported highest since Holocaust is occurring parrtly because of the actions of the Israel government and IDF and settlers towards the Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories which are seen in the world media as they occur including the Gaza war of December 2008. Israel must practice what they preach- democracy, equality and human rights.

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