significant rise in anti-semitic attacks last year
Israeli researchers warned Sunday of a sudden upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, topped by a deadly school shooting in France, noting a link to the rise of extremist parties in Europe.
The warnings emerge from an annual report on antisemitism in the world, released on the eve of Israel’s memorial day for the 6 million Jews killed by German Nazis and their collaborators in World War II.
The report noted a 30 percent jump in anti-Semitic violence and vandalism last year, after a two-year decline. It was issued at Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress, an umbrella group representing Jewish communities across Europe. Worryingly, more than 40 percent (273 of the attacks) involved physical violence against people. In France, physical attacks against Jews have doubled, with nearly all the attacks conducted by extremist Muslims. Attacks occurring in Hungary, Ukraine, and Greece came at the hands of followers of the neo-Nazi parties that have gained parliamentary seats and growing support.