Antisemitic crimes increase dramatically in Germany

There were 401 antisemitic crimes in Germany from January through June.

By JTA
August 11, 2018 03:22
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Antisemitic crimes increase dramatically in Germany

People wear kippas as they attend a demonstration in front of a Jewish synagogue, to denounce an anti-Semitic attack on a young man wearing a kippa in the capital earlier this month, in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018.. (photo credit: FABRIZIO BENSCH / REUTERS)

 
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The number of antisemitic crimes in Germany during the first half of 2018 increased 10 percent over the same period last year.

There were 401 antisemitic crimes in Germany from January through June, according to government data reported Wednesday by Politico. The vast majority, 87 percent, came from the far right, the government said. One-fifth were committed in Berlin.

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The figures included 12 violent crimes.

In July, a Jewish man was assaulted in a Berlin park by a group of young adults and teens after they noticed he was wearing a Star of David.

Days earlier, a Syrian man, 19, was found guilty of an April attack against an Israeli man who was wearing a kippah on a Berlin street.

Later that month, a Jewish professor visiting Germany was assaulted in a Bonn park — first by a Palestinian and then by police who slammed him to the ground and punched him repeatedly in the face, mistaking him for the attacker.

Amid those incidents, the German government increased state benefits for the Central Council of Jews in Germany for the first time since 2011, noting “the rise in antisemitism in our society.”



Days later, 40 Jewish organizations in Germany signed an open letter calling on the government to confront antisemitism.

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