Anti-Semitic incidents surge in 2012

2013-04-07 20:14

Tel Aviv - Israeli researchers warned Sunday of a sudden upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, topped by a deadly school shooting in France, noting a link to the rise of extremist parties in Europe.

The warnings emerge from an annual report on anti-Semitism in the world, released on the eve of Israel's memorial day for the 6 million Jews killed by German Nazis and their collaborators in World War II.

The report noted a 30% jump in anti-Semitic violence and vandalism last year, after a two-year decline. It was issued at Tel Aviv University, in co-operation with the European Jewish Congress, an umbrella group representing Jewish communities across Europe.

The report recorded 686 attacks in 34 countries, ranging from physical violence to vandalism of synagogues and cemeteries, compared to 526 in 2011. It said 273 of the attacks last year, or 40%, involved violence against people.

The report linked the March, 2012 shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, where an extremist Muslim gunman killed four people, to a series of attacks that followed - particularly in France, where physical assaults on Jews almost doubled.

The report by the university's Centre for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry found little correlation between the increase of anti-Semitic attacks and Israel's military operation in Gaza in November. While there was a spike in incidents at the time, it was much smaller in number and intensity than the one that followed the Toulouse school attack, said Roni Stauber, the chief researcher on the project.

"This shows that the desire to harm Jews is deeply rooted among extremist Muslims and right-wingers, regardless of events in the Middle East," he said. An Israeli offensive in Gaza four years earlier led to a significant spike in attacks against Jews in Europe.

This year, researchers pointed to a correlation between the strengthening of extreme right-wing parties in some European countries and high levels of anti-Semitic incidents, as well as attacks on other minorities and immigrants.

They said Europe's economic crisis was fuelling the rise of extremist parties like Jobbik in Hungary, Golden Dawn in Greece and Svoboda in Ukraine.

Neo-nazis legal

Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, called for strong action by the European Union, charging that governments - particularly in Hungary - were not doing enough to curb these parties' activities and protect minorities.

"Neo-Nazis have been once again legalised in Europe. They are openly sitting in parliaments," Kantor complained.

Kantor, a Russian-Swiss businessman, said the EU should even consider expelling Hungary and Greece. "If they do not protect their own population against neo-Nazism, with all the lessons Europe had already, maybe there is no place for them in the European Union," he told The Associated Press after the presentation of the report.

First, he said, his group has asked the European Parliament to hold a special hearing on Hungary. The parliament is planning the hearings, said parliament spokesperson Jaume Duch.

The president of the parliament, Martin Schulz, has been openly critical of anti-Semitism in Europe.

There was no immediate reaction from European officials, but the chances of punishing any country for the results of a democratic election are slim. The EU has never suspended a member state, much less tried to expel one.

Golden Dawn swept into Greece's parliament for the first time in June on an anti-immigrant platform. The party rejects the neo-Nazi label but is fond of Nazi literature and references. In Hungary, a Jobbik lawmaker has called for Jews to be screened as potential security risks.

The leader of Ukraine's Svoboda denies his party is anti-Semitic but has repeatedly used derogatory terms to refer to Jews.

  • Arné Verhoef - 2013-04-07 21:21

    what about anti-islamism?

      Doberman Love - 2013-04-07 23:18

      What about it? Read the Koran and you would conclude why almost every conflict involves the religion of "peace" from Thailand, to Russia, from India to world terror, never have Christians been persecuted in Pakistan, Gaza, Iraq or Iran as much as they are now... Christians are dying today for their religion in Egypt while mosques are being build by Saudi authority in joburg when Saudi Arabia has outlawed churches in Arabia. So tell me what about anti islamisem that you do not understand? Israel is the only place in the middle east where Christian numbers are increasing so why should I support the side that treats my people far worse then apartheid treated blacks in our own land. I dare you to google Christians in Pakistan and come back here to tell me that I should change my attitude towards those that call me a non believer.

      Arné Verhoef - 2013-04-08 06:41

      oh lord, you frightful little christians.

      Arné Verhoef - 2013-04-08 06:47

      how can it be 'your' people, you dont know any of them? Also, I doubt Jesus would support the fascist state of Israel, in very much the same way he would not be happy apartheid or nazi germany. Down with all fascists, including the religionuts. - 2013-04-08 08:10

      I am not a religious nut. I believe in something so why am I nuts (I do not slate you for being an atheist so why belittle me?)... All I ask for is respect to practice my religion in Arab lands in the same way they (Islam) demand religious freedoms in the West & SA. What is so wrong about that? Is it truly too much to ask for? I have nothing to say about Islam accept to defend myself when I am called a non-believer because it hurts - nothing more nothing less. Why should dish respect if I am called names? Four Christians were murdered yesterday for being ‘Christian’ in Cairo – is it wrong for me to speak up? Am I a ‘religious-nut’ for speaking up for a persecuted minority in Egypt? If these 4 were killed in some random crime I could recognize it as just normal crime - but they were murdered for being Christians - so why is it a crime to stand up for them? The only nut job here is you - for if you have been to Israel you would see Israeli Jews, Christians and Muslims living in peace and not the propaganda you are fed by the media. The Israeli - Palestinian conflict is just that, a conflict between two people - but to describe Israel proper as fascist or criminal just because they stand up and defend themselves is nonsense. Israel is an island of freedom in a vast see of hatred. Christians are not persecuted in Israel! Gays are not hung in the streets like they are in Iran. Women have full rights unlike Saudi etc etc

  • Michael Ndalama Mwale - 2013-04-07 22:28

    Love them or hate them, the Jews are here to stay. If there is one race that I admire the most, it is the Jews. For what would we be in this world if it was not the intelligence of the Jews? The civilisation that we are enjoying today, underpinned by the technological advancements that have made our lives so comfortable is all courtesy of the Jews.

      GB Garratt - 2013-04-08 04:23

      I share your sentiments but it would be fairer to state that Jews made a very significant contribution to science and many of the advances we enjoy today. Certainly ground breaking scientists like Newton and Darwin were not Jews. Anti-Semitism is simply the last refuge of the dull who have lost the race and envy those who worked harder to succeed.

      Larry - 2013-04-08 06:43

      Appreciate the sentiment, however we do not acknowledge this. Too busy with making this world a better place for our children.

      Fidel Chavista - 2013-04-08 06:43

      Can't people like you try and address the actual article without trying to paint Jews as the only true begetters of civilisation. The world and the human race are older than the Zionist state. How much of what you consider "Jewish technology" (If there was such a thing) is really stuff coming partly from Israel/Jews and partly from other places and people.

      Arné Verhoef - 2013-04-08 06:54

      Larry, 'Too busy with making this world a better place for our children', yeah, whilst killing other children. How about leaving better children to the world? Israel has broken 65 UN resolutions, and nothing has happened(Keep in mind Iraq only broke two), they are a tyrant state, and most certainly cannot complain about the violence of the jihadists, when they themselves are in the business of killing women and children, whilst imprisoning whole communities.

      GB Garratt - 2013-04-08 07:25

      Oh jeez. See the hatred spewed by the commentators. They hate each other for no reason other than they have different opinions as to what the invisible sky fairy is, does and wants them to do. And the sky fairy that is so flattered by both sides and is constantly begged to support one side or the other. The sky fairy does nothing. Absolutely never ever does anything at all but provide an excuse to make very comfortable livings for the preachermen. - 2013-04-08 08:38

      "Israel has broken 65 UN resolutions...Iraq only broke two" There are over 50 Arab & Muslim sates in the UN that constantly vote against ONE... add to that the natural anti-Semitism from some others… and one would be surprised that Israel doesn’t break 65 UN resolutions per day! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Israel's hands are clean, they have fought many wars in self defence and sometimes they make mistakes like the use of use of white phosphorus in Gaza in 2009 is a war crime for example. However, why are rockets fired from Palestinians schools and mosques into Israel by Hamas ignored by the UN? Why is Hamas’s use of human shields not condemned? When Sudan, Iran, (the old) Libya or Syria votes to sanction Israel on human rights - one has to start questioning the UN's legitimacy is condemning certain countries. The UN ignores the fact that Christians are been persecuted under Pakistan's blasphemy laws some ending in death sentences - over 40 years the UN has ignored every attempt to bring this to light. Or that fact that Gays are publicly executed in Iran to the UN's silence - plz Google "Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni" for the video and realise why I take everything the UN states with a pinch of salt.

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