According to the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, there was a 12% decline in violent anti-Semitic incidents worldwide in 2016 but the number of reports about verbal and online anti-Semitic incidents greatly increased. In addition, there was a 45% increase in anti-Semitic incidents on US university campuses.







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According to the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry’s 2016 Annual Report on Anti-Semitism, there was an increase in online anti-Semitic incidents throughout the world but a drop in the number of violent incidents. “This was a dramatic year,” said Dr. Moshe Kantor, the president of the center, during a press conference on Sunday morning at Tel Aviv University. “The enemies of the Jewish people found new ways to express their hate for the Jews.”

Kantor said that anti-Semitic incidents online and at Jewish cemeteries increased during 2016. “This shows that the motivation hasn’t declined and the sense of insecurity in the Jewish communities is being felt,” he added.

However, Kantor noted that there was a worldwide decline in anti-Semitic incidents, especially the violent ones, in 2016. Even in the European countries where there was an increase in the number of refugees, there was not an increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents. According to Kantor, the decline in the number of anti-Semitic incidents indicates that the governments have succeeded in protecting the Jewish communities.







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The most concerning finding of the report, according to Kantor, is the widespread feeling of insecurity among Jewish people worldwide, stemming mainly from verbal statements during protests and online. In addition, there was a frightening rise of 45% in the overall anti-Semitic incidents on US university campuses. While several states passed anti-BDS laws during 2016, the anti-Israel movement is still very active, especially throughout American and Canadian campuses.