Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Rise in violent antisemitic attacks

Reported in Ha'aretz:
Despite an overall decline in anti-Semitic incidents around the world in 2007, the Tel Aviv University anti-Semitism research center recorded a 6.6 percent rise specifically in violent anti-Semitic attacks, including arson and the use of firearms with intent to kill.

The Tel Aviv University report, published Wednesday on Holocaust Remembrance Day, encompasses 632 incidents of violent anti-Semitic attacks. The report maintains that the number of severe violent attacks has risen threefold with 19 incidents in 2006, and 57 incidents in 2007.
Six hundred and thirty two violent attacks might not seem like a lot to some, but we should remember that reported violent attacks like that are the tip of the iceberg. The FBI Uniform Crime Reports lists a mere three cases of hate-motivated murders for 2006, yet this is hardly proof that the US lacks violent racism.

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