Tra­di­tional an­ti­semitism is back, global study finds

The Guardian Weekly - - International News - HS

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.

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