Annual report reveals a worrying rise in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017

The Israeli Diaspora Affairs Ministry’s annual report on anti-Semitism, which was released on Sunday, revealed that hate incidents against Jewish people worldwide increased in 2017. The highest rise was seen in the UK, where Jews have experienced a 30% increase in anti-Semitic incidents
A swastika and a reference to the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust on Rabin's memorial in central Tel Aviv Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson

Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett released the ministry’s annual report on antisemitism on Sunday, revealing a worrying trend towards a rise in anti-Semitic incidents worldwide. “Anti-Semitism is the dangerous fuel that has always ignited our enemies,” said Bennett in a statement. “We must ensure that every Jewish person everywhere in the world can live his life in security and pride.”

The annual report was issued ahead of International Holocaust Memorial Day, which will take place on Saturday. According to the data, the highest rise was seen in the UK, where Jews have experienced a 30% increase in anti-Semitic incidents and a 78% rise in general violent incidents. During 2017, the highest number of such incidents was recorded in the UK since 1984.

Anti-Semitic hate crimes also increased in Germany, where a rise of the extreme right-wing has been recorded. In France, however, the report described an opposite trend as the number of incidents declined, though the extent of the violence of the crimes rose.

In the US, the report mentioned the alt-right movement and the neo-Nazi march that took place in Charlottesville in August. It also cited that young Jewish American students are afraid to express pro-Israel stances on college campuses due to the potential response of left-wing movements.

Jews in Eastern Europe also experienced a surge of anti-Semitic crimes, with the number of incidents doubling in Ukraine. A poll conducted in 18 countries in Eastern and Central Europe revealed that 20% of the participants objected to the presence of Jewish people in their country.

In a section titled “New Anti-Semitism,” the report described online and worldwide anti-Israel incitement, claiming that social media users referred to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and stereotypes while discussing Israeli policies. The report also claimed that the US’ recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital brought forth a wave of anti-Semitic incidents in the Arab world.

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