Traditional antisemitism is back, global study finds
Feelings of insecurity are widespread among European Jews as a result of the resurgence of the extreme right, anti-Zionist debate on the left and radical Islam, according to a global study of antisemitism.
Last year the number of recorded violent antisemitic incidents fell by about 9% compared with 2016 – and by almost 50% compared with the 2006-14 average – but there was a notable increase in harassment and abuse, according to a survey published by the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University. The report highlights a strengthening of the extreme right in some countries, “accompanied by slogans and symbols reminiscent of the 1930s” and “the intensity of the anti-Jewish sentiments expressed in a variety of ways [...] especially on street demonstrations … Expressions of classic traditional antisemitism are back and, for example, the term ‘Jew’ has become a swear word.”
The report examines antisemitism in Europe, the post-Soviet region, the US, Canada, Australia, South America and South Africa. It records 327 major incidents of violence, vandalism and desecration in 2017, compared with a peak of 1,118 in 2009 and a low of 78 in 1989.
The report says that, as a result of insecurity, an increasing number of Jews were no longer wearing identifying items in public or attending synagogues on Jewish holidays.