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Israeli report: 2015 saw a 40% surge in violent anti-Semitism globally, more than 40% of EU citizens hold anti-Semitic views

Written by Maud Swinnen
Monday, 25 January 2016 08:49
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The report was presented by Israel’s Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day that will be marked on 27 January.

JERUSALEM (EJP)---2015 saw a 40% surge in violent anti-Semitism globally, according to a report presented Sunday at the Israeli weekly cabinet meeting. More than 40% of European Union citizens hold anti-Semitic views and agree with the claim that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians and behaving like the Nazis.

The report was presented by Israel’s Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day that will be marked on 27 January.

The report discusses the rise in anti-Semitism following what it calls a “triple alliance against the Jews : an increase in anti-Semitism on the part of Muslim immigrants, a rise in the extreme right, accompanied by xenophobia and violence against minoritie; and a rewriting of Holocaust history, mainly in Eastern Europe…and in Western Europe, dissemination of hate-filled propaganda by radical left-wing movements, which promote boycotts and the delegitimization of Israel and create a climate that encourages attacks on Jews for their identification with Israel.

The “new anti-semitism” explored in the report deals mainly with Jew-hatred among Muslims, rather than fringe parties in various European countries. The report states that “anti-Israel protests and accusations that Israel is a blood-thirsty, illegitimate country creates a slippery slope that eventually leads to the assault on Jews identified with Israel.”

The most blatant anti-Semitic attack in 2015 was attack against te Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris, in which four Jews were killed, two days after the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

The report also cites the growing trend of individual acts of anti-Semitism in France, and the rise in the desire of French Jews to leave the country and seek refuge elsewhere.

Minister Bennett noted that Jewish emigration from Western Europe had a “record year” in 2015, as he mentioned that 7,000 Jews from France who arrived in Israel over the past year.

Bennett also cited statistics indicating that anti-Semitic incidents in London rose more than 60 percent during the 12-month period ending November 15 and that incidents in France shot up 84% in the first quarter of 2015 when compared to the same period the previous year.

As for the United States, the report looks at the “new anti-Semitism” on campuses across the country, with 75% of Jewish students saying that they have either experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism.

According to results of a survey released by the World Zionist Organization (WZO), 67% of Israelis are concerned for the lives of Jews abroad, while 83% said they were willing to invest in absorbing immigrants, even at the expense of employing Israelis, and that the state should intervene in the labor market to aid such absorption.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2016 08:57


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