Four anti-Semitic crimes a day in Germany in 2017 - report

2018-02-12 17:00


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Berlin — German authorities say the number of anti-Semitic crimes in the country remains high, with the equivalent of nearly four incidents per day in 2017.

Berlin's Tagesspiegel newspaper cites Monday a report prepared for The Left party in parliament showing that, based on preliminary figures, 1 453 anti-Semitic incidents were reported in 2017. Of those, 32 were acts of violence and 160 involved property damage, with 898 classified as "incitement," like hate speech.

That compared with 1 468 incidents in 2016 and 1 366 in 2015.

Jewish groups have expressed concern that the influx of over one million migrants since 2015 from primarily Muslim nations could make anti-Semitism a greater problem. The figures show 1 377 of the incidents involved far-right perpetrators, and only 25 were considered "religiously motivated" involving foreign-born or German Muslims.

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