Kantor report on anti-Semitism: Violence against Jews is growing worldwide

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Kantor report on anti-Semitism

The number of violent anti-Semitic attacks rose again in 2018. 13 percent, as the cantor center in Tel Aviv now shows.

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Cleaning of smudged tombstones on a Jewish cemetery in Mecklenburg Photo: dpa

The number of violent anti-Semitic attacks worldwide is rising. The Tel Aviv Cantor Center's report, released Wednesday, notes that last year's thirteen murdered Jews reached a bleak record compared to previous years. Increased anti-Semitic attacks have “led to a feeling of calamity among Jews in some countries”. Last Saturday, a woman died in the attack on a synagogue in California.

According to the Cantor Center report, the number of serious violent attacks increased by 13 percent. In Europe, most violent acts took place in the UK with 68 attacks, and in France and Germany with 35 attacks each.

The Cantor Center published the annual report on the Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is celebrated in Israel on Thursday. “Anti-Semitism is no longer confined to the left-most triangle, the far right and radical Islamists,” it says, but is “mainstream” and often societally accepted.

“Unsurprisingly,” the phenomenon comes to Tuvia Friling, a lecturer at the Ben Gurion Research Institute for Israel and Zionism in Beersheba. The results of the report reflected “the political and ideological atmosphere”, which was influenced by “uncertainty and disorientation” – anti-Semitism was an outlet for it.

Demand for more commitment

A joint statement from the 27 EU countries represented in Israel states that “the potential for evil is everywhere”. In the face of increasing anti-Semitism, hatred and intolerance, it was more urgent than ever to uphold “the values ​​of democracy, human dignity and fundamental rights”.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin had already “shocked and sad” earlier this week about the attack in California. He was “another painful reminder that anti-Semitism and hatred of Jews still exist everywhere”. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was horrified by the fact that “the heart of the Jewish people” met.

Netanyahu called on the international community to “strengthen the fight against anti-Semitism.” According to the report of the Kantor Center, the “continuation of Jewish life in Europe is in question”. Although the Jewish Agency, which funds Jewish immigration to Israel, recorded an increase of 5 percent over the previous year. However, the largest group came from Russia and Ukraine. The number of immigrants from the US and France remained the same, but the number of new immigrants from Britain and South Africa actually declined last year. A connection between the rising anti-Semitism and the decision of Jews to move to Israel, can not be fixed on the figures of the Jewish Agency.

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