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The 'hotbed of antisemitism' isn't a foreign country. It's U.S. college campuses, a new report says.
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The 'hotbed of antisemitism' isn't a foreign country. It's U.S. college campuses, a new report says.

As violent attacks against Jews worldwide drop to their lowest in more than 10 years, the United States, particularly college campuses, have been the “hotbed of antisemitism,” according to a new report. 

The report by researchers at Tel Aviv University, which covers data from 40 countries, found that violent antisemitic incidents, which include attacks with and without weapons, arson, and vandalism or desecration, have been on a downward trend in the past few years. Last year, for instance, logged 361 incidents, a 12 percent drop from 410 in 2015. The highest recorded in nearly 30 years — 1,118 incidents — was in 2009.

The report, published Sunday — the first day of the week-long Days of Remembrance — is from the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, Tel Aviv University’s antisemitism watchdog.

Researchers found that antisemitic incidents dropped by more than half last year in European countries like France and Belgium. They attribute such decreases to more rigorous security measures and law enforcement presence, and heightened surveillance on extremist groups. France, for example, sent 10,000 soldiers to patrol the streets, particularly in Paris.

The drop in the number of violent incidents, however, does not indicate that antisemitism is dissipating. It simply means that anti-Jewish sentiments have been manifested in other ways. 

“The enemies of the Jewish people have found new avenues to express their antisemitism — with significant increase of hate online and against less protected targets like cemeteries,” Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, said in a statement. “This means that in fact, the motivation has not declined and the sense of security felt by many Jewish communities remains precarious.”

A research by the World Jewish Congress, for instance, found that antisemitic messages from around the world were posted every 83 seconds last year. Many were on Twitter. Such online threats and harassments are more common in English-speaking countries that have traditionally been welcoming to Jews, according to the report. 

The United Kingdom, for instance, saw 557 antisemitic incidents in the first half of 2016. That’s 11 percent above those recorded within the same time frame in 2015. The total includes vandalisms, hate mails, verbal abuse and social media threats.

In the United States, campuses, which the report describes as “a hotbed of antisemitism,” saw a 45 percent increase in anti-Jewish sentiments. 

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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