An­ti­semitic at­tacks fall world­wide

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY NATHAN JEFFAY

THERE WAS a 27 per cent drop in the num­ber of ma­jor an­ti­semitic at­tacks world­wide last year.

Bri­tain fell from the top coun­try for at­tacks in 2010 to sec­ond place in an an­nual Tel Aviv Univer­sity an­tisemitism re­port. In 2010 there were 144 at­tacks in the UK, more than any­where else, but last year it dropped to 105 — nine fewer than in France.

Roni Stauber, co-au­thor of the re­port, com­mented on the global drop: “There is al­ways in­flu­ence from events in the Mid­dle East, and last year there were no ma­jor con­fronta­tions be­tween Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans.” He pointed out that 2009 was dom­i­nated by the af­ter­math of the Gaza War, and in 2010 there was anger over the Gaza flotilla.

An­other rea­son for last year’s de­crease, he said, is that an­ti­semites were dis­tracted. Across Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties peo­ple were pre­oc­cu­pied with the Arab Spring and, among the far right, as rhetoric has grown against Mus­lims and Roma, less en­ergy has been put in to at­tack­ing Jews.

But the re­port stressed that it is not all good news — ma­jor in­ci­dents may be less com­mon, but it says that ha­rass­ment of Jews, such as the shout­ing of abuse in the street, is on the rise.

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