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Jews are increasingly concerned about their security
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Jews are increasingly concerned about their security

Antisemitism is still a major problem for many Jews in Germany. This can be seen in the report of the Independent Expert Panel on Antisemitism of the Federal Government, published this Monday. According to this, many people of Jewish faith are increasingly worried about their everyday antisemitic experiences. Internet and social media have become the central propagating instruments of hatred and antisemitic agitation. The experts therefore call for improved detection and punishment of antisemitic offenses and the strengthening of advisory services. They also advocate the establishment of a national antisemitism commissioner.

For the President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), Moshe Kantor, there is no reason for the all-clear approach. The "enemies of the Jewish people had found new ways to express their antisemitism, on the Internet or by attacking unprotected targets such as cemeteries, Kantor said following presenting a report from the University of Tel Aviv on antisemitic violence worldwide.

He also believes that antisemitism is no longer a phenomenon of the political right: "Radical from all political camps break taboos and represent open antisemitic positions." 

Kantor pointed to the figures at the University of Tel Aviv report, in which antisemitic incidents in 2016 had decreased by 12 per cent compared with the previous year, but they also increased significantly in Anglo-Saxon countries. According to the report of the Kantor Center for studies of contemporary European Jewry, in the UK, there were increases  of eleven percent and in Australia ten percent in attacks on Jewish institutions and people of the Jewish faith. The situation in the US is also alarming. In the universities of the country, Jewish students are increasingly confronted with hatred and intolerance. The number of antisemitic motivated acts of violence has increased by 45 per cent at US universities. 

 Click here to read the full article in Die Zeit

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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