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Germany recorded 2,738 antisemitic incidents in 2021, new report shows

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The report by the Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism, or RIAS, said the coronavirus pandemic with its anti-Jewish conspiracy narratives and the Middle East conflict with antisemitic criticism of Israel were the main drivers of incidents.

Germany recorded 2,738 antisemitic incidents in 2021, according to a report published by a greoup tracking these incidents.

The incidents included 63 attacks and six cases of extreme violence.

In its report, the German government funded Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism, or RIAS, said the coronavirus pandemic with its anti-Jewish conspiracy narratives and the Middle East conflict with antisemitic criticism of Israel were the main drivers of incidents.

The incidents include both criminal and non-criminal incidents, the group said.

Felix Klein, the German government’s commissioner to combat antisemitism  called the number of incidents ‘’frightening,’’ but also said that “at the same time, each of the reported incidents is also a step toward reducing the dark figures.”

Right-wing extremists were responsible for 17% of the incidents, but more than half of all the antisemitic incidents could not be assigned to a specific political view, the report said.

Among cases of “extreme violence,” RIAS included an attack on a Jewish participant in a vigil for Israel in Hamburg and a shooting by Islamist at a Jewish community center in Berlin.

964 people — both Jews and non-Jews — were directly affected by antisemitic incidents, Benjamin Steinitz, Executive Director of RIAS, told journalists at a press conference in Berlin on Tuesday.

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