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Spike In Anti-Semitic Acts Worldwide, According To New Report
According to a newly published report by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, in conjuction with the European Jewish Congress, 2012 saw a 30 percent rise in anti-Semitism across 34 surveyed countries. 686 separate incidents were documented this past year alone, with Hungary, the Ukraine and Greece leading the pack.
A number of factors are thought to have contributed to this alarming increase.
Firstly, last year’s tragedy in Toulouse, France generated an escalation of anti-Jewish sentiment, which lead to a surge of vandalism and violent acts against the country’s Jewish community.
Secondly, the economic downturn that shattered the European business market in recent years has led the countries populations to exhibit feelings of despair, and just like in previous generations, the Jewish people have served as the perfect scapegoats for internal crises. Following the banking crisis that crushed the economy of Cyprus, a demostration against “Jewish bankers,” was led by deeply frustrated citizens, a typical illustration of Jewish victimization.
Lastly, the growing popularity of far Right political parties across the European Union, who have openly declared their hate for Jews and who have shamelessly shown their fondness for Nazism, has been a primary factor in rousing discontented citizens to commit further anti-semitic acts against Jews.
The recent Operation Pillar of Defense was noted as having evoked additional uprising, yet not to the degree in which it had in France. This clearly evidences that extremist Islam and the strengthening of political opposition against world Jewry are on the rise without obvious correlation to current events in the Middle-East.
The EJC, in response to these worrisome findings, has sent a petition to the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, “calling on him to initiate parliamentary hearings and provide an official and regular monitoring of developments around these issues.”
Growing anti-semitism is certainly cause for concern and should not be allowed to proliferate like it has. Intervention by world leaders must occur in order to prevent additional threats to our people.