Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, released its annual report showing Anti-Semitic attacks worldwide rose 13 percent in 2018 from the previous year. Reported incidents ranked highest in Western democracies including the United States, France, Britain, and Germany. Anti-Semitism is no longer an issue confined to the activity of the far left, far-right and radical Islamists triangle – it has mainstreamed and became an integral part of life, the report said.
The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency, December 2018 survey on experiences and perceptions of anti-Semitism in Europe found 89% of Jews living in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK feel anti-Semitism has increased in their country over the past decade, while 85% believed it to be a serious problem. Almost half worried about being insulted or harassed in public because they are Jewish, and more than a third feared being physically attacked.
France’s National Human Rights Advisory Committee (CNCDH) concluded in 2018 anti-Semitic acts in France increased by more than 70% compared to the previous year.
Germany’s government database show anti-Semitic crimes, which include hate speech increased by 20%, resulting in 62 violent anti-Semitic attacks reported, compared to 37 in 2017.
The UK Community Security Trust, a nongovernmental organization, released data showing 1,652 anti-Semitic incidents in 2018, including 123 involving violence.
New York-based Anti-Defamation League, conducted a poll of 14 European countries in 2019 that found about one in four Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs.
The United States FBI 2018 stats show hate crimes overall were down slightly in 2018 from the previous three years on record. It should be noted that 1000 more agencies participated in delivering stats than in 2017. Crimes motivated by religious bias, most of the incidents, 57.8%, were anti-Jewish, according to the FBI. However, The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October 2018 is recorded as the deadliest attack ever against Jews on U.S. soil. The shooter is charged with making anti-Semitic statements during the slaughter. More recently, in December, in Jersey City, NJ, a shooter entered a Jewish Deli and killed six including a police officer and injured others. The assailant had links to the Black Hebrew Israelites, a movement listed as a Hate group, and reportedly was a follower of Louis Farrakhan.
Of the single-bias hate crime incidents in the FBI 2018 data:
- 57.5% were motivated by a race/ethnicity/ancestry bias
- 20.2% were motivated by religious bias
- 17% were motivated by sexual-orientation bias
- 2.4% were motivated by gender-identity bias
- 2.3% were motivated by disability bias
- 0.7% were motivated by gender bias
Hate crimes are generally under reported and some are hoaxes to influence social and political agendas. In the West, considerable effort is made by media and think tanks, to push a narrative that any political movement, other than the left, is a right-wing white supremacist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic movement fomenting hate. It is true there are a relatively small number of those who make up groups known as Neo-Nazi movements. But it cannot be denied that massive numbers of migrants, mostly Muslims fleeing conflicts in the Middle East, flooding into communities across Europe has made an impact.
Muslim migration into Britain has increased ten-fold in the last decade causing opponents of Brexit to accuse supporters of Anti-Islamic sentiment dismissing a sovereign self-governance defense. The Mayor of London, Khan, and the Leader of the UK Labour Party, Corbyn, have been most vocal smearing Brexiters with anti-Islamic hate labels. But there were 68 anti-Semitic attacks in Britain in 2018. The United Kingdom’s national human rights institution launched a formal investigation into anti-Semitism within the Labour Party, including whether the party has unlawfully discriminated against, harassed, or victimized people because they are Jewish. Corbyn recently resigned as head of Labor after his party suffered a crushing defeat in the National election.
France has seen a 70% increase in anti-Semitic attacks and it is home to Europe’s largest Jewish community. France’s Muslim population has boomed to over 5.7 million, increasing dramatically over the last five years. Between mid-2010 and mid-2016, France received more than half a million Muslim migrants. According to Pew, between 2010 and 2016, the number of Muslims living in Germany rose from 3.3 million (4.1% of the population) to nearly 5 million (6.1%), while the rest of the population shrank modestly from 77.1 million to 76.5 million.
Immigration has been a major factor in the growth of Germany’s Muslim population. In 2018 Germany saw a 20% rise in anti-Semitic attacks. In the United States, Pew reports a rise in Muslim Population from 2.3 million in 2007 to 3.8 million in 2018. While hate crime numbers, in general, decreased in 2018 from the previous year it increased when looking at anti-Semitic reported crimes.College campus’s have become incubators for anti -Semitic speech and actions. Last week, President Trump signed an Executive Order, addressing Anti-Semitism.
Correlation is not proof of causation. But correlation is the starting point for gathering data and applying variables to deduce causation. Do not turn away, Do not ignore the voices who serve as a witness. Have the courage to stand alongside them and ask the hard questions. Why did Jersey city domestic terror attack on Jews fall off headline news so quickly? If the shooter had been a Trump supporter or ties to white supremacy would it have disappeared? Why has this video not prominently been on a loop of cable news, with panels analyzing and assigning guilt from the press desk, as they do when a police is involved in shooting a black person? Check out the video report here: