Global Forum reveals rise in anti-Semitic acts

Monday, January 29, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
On world Holocaust Memorial Day, the Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism published a study revealing the rise in violent anti-Semitic acts, which have increased in 2006.

In an annual press conference, the forum said the escalation in events was characterized by the violent nature of attacks on Jews, Holocaust denial and increased comparison of Israel to the Nazis.

There were 360 anti-Semitic incidents in France in 2006 compared to the 300 attacks in the previous year. There was a decrease in incidents in the United Kingdom, but Russia recorded 300, a jump from 250 in 2005. There was also a rise in attacks in Scandinavian countries.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that national leaders abroad must understand that anti-Semitism is first and foremost their own problem.

“Anti-Semitic phenomena in Europe are very grave and countries like France and England are struggling to handle them," said Zeev Bielski, chair of the Jewish Agency.

Reports also revealed the following of European countries: A British parliamentary commission determined that Islamists and the radical left were responsible for increased anti-Semitism in the country. Research published in Germany indicated widespread use of anti-Semitic expressions in schools primarily by Moslem students while reports in the Ukraine found that about a third of the country's citizens had negative opinions of Jews.

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