Survey: Global anti-Semitic attacks soar in 2014

2015-04-16 13:17
A monument commemorating Ghetto fighters who escaped the Nazis through a sewer during the Warsaw ghetto uprising 70 years ago. (Janek Skarzynski, AFP)

A monument commemorating Ghetto fighters who escaped the Nazis through a sewer during the Warsaw ghetto uprising 70 years ago. (Janek Skarzynski, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Jerusalem - Violent anti-Semitic attacks soared by 38% worldwide in 2014 according to an Israeli survey marking 70 years since the liberation of the Nazi death camps.

The Tel Aviv University study, which was published as Israel marked Holocaust memorial day on Thursday, said that figures from France and Britain were particularly disturbing.

Across the world it logged 766 violent attacks, including "arson, vandalism or direct threats against Jewish persons or institutions".

"In this regard 2014 has been the second-worst year of the decade, coming next after 2009," it added.

It said the highest number of incidents in a single country occurred in France, with 164 attacks in 2014 compared to 141 the previous year.

France has Europe's largest Jewish community, estimated at about 600 000.

In Britain, 141 attacks were recorded; up from 95 in 2013 and Germany logged 76 in 2014, more than double the figure for 2013, said the report, which is published annually.

"The overall feeling among many Jewish people is one of living in an intensifying anti-Jewish environment that has become not only insulting and threatening, but outright dangerous, and that they are facing an explosion of hatred towards them as individuals, their communities, and Israel, as a Jewish state," it said.

It said one of the contributing factors was last summer's war in Gaza which sparked many protests, largely in Europe.

Read more on:    germany  |  israel  |  nazis

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.