Report: Anti-Semitic incidents drop worldwide

Monday, April 24, 2006 |    

On the eve of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), a report was released showing a worldwide drop of 20 percent in the number of violent anti-Semitic incidents in 2005 compared to the previous year. The report is compiled annually by Tel Aviv University. France and Canada experienced a large number of attacks, but registered the most significant drop in violence. The report said that the drop was due to an improvement in Israel’s image after the Gaza withdrawal and legislation and education in Western nations about anti-Semitism. While anti-Semitic incidents may have declined in the rest of the world, it is on the rise in the Ukraine and Russia. Knesset Member Rabbi Michael Melchior warned that, “Anti-Semitism is a deep and complex social process that does not necessarily express itself…it is important to remember that Auschwitz wasn’t built in a day.”

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