Anti-Semitic attacks in Germany rose by nearly 20% last year

German security officials say anti-Semitic incidents rose by 19.6% in the country last year.

Elad Benari,

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German security officials said on Tuesday that the number of anti-Semitic and anti-foreigner incidents rose in the country last year, despite an overall fall in politically motivated crimes, The Associated Press reported.

Anti-Semitic incidents rose 19.6% to 1,799 — 89.1% of those involving far-right perpetrators. Xenophobic incidents rose 19.7% to 7,701 amid an overall uptick in hate crimes to 8,113 from 7,913, according to the numbers presented.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that politically motivated crime overall was down 8.7% in 2018 to 36,062 incidents, praising the trend but saying the figures are still too high.

A report released last summer found that Germany had seen an increased number of attacks on Jews during the first half of 2018.

In November, Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned what she called a "worrying" resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany.

Several anti-Semitic incidents have taken place in Germany over the past year, including just last week when an Israeli musician was attacked by a mob of Arabs at an anti-Israel event in Berlin.

Last year, masked assailants hurled rocks and bottles at a Jewish-owned restaurant in the eastern German town of Chemnitz.

In 2017, Germany formally accepted the International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance’s definition of anti-Semitism in a move designed to provide clarity for the prosecution of related crimes.

In addition to classic forms of anti-Semitism, the definition offers examples of modern manifestations, such as targeting all Jews as a proxy for Israel, denying Jews the right to a homeland and using historical anti-Semitic images to tarnish all Israelis.




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