Antisemitic attacks worldwide rose 13 percent in 2018 from the previous year, with the highest number of incidents reported in major Western democracies including the United States, France, Britain and Germany, an annual study showed on Wednesday.
The report, by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, said far-right and far-left activists and Islamists were behind many attacks, but noted there was also evidence of antisemitism going more mainstream.
“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.
It cataloged 387 antisemitic attacks worldwide and cited among the causes growing fears in Europe and elsewhere linked to mass immigration, economic hardship and opposition to Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.
Physical attacks, with or without weapons, arson, vandalism and direct threats against Jews, synagogues and other Jewish institutions were included in the overall figure, with over 100 cases occurring in the United States.
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