US report: World anti-Semitism on the rise

US report singles out Ahmadinejad and Chavez as leaders who "fan the flames" of hatred.

Ahmadinejad Chavez 224.  (photo credit: AP)
Ahmadinejad Chavez 224.
(photo credit: AP)
Worldwide anti-Semitism has increased over the last decade, a US State Department report showed Friday morning. The report states that today, more than 60 years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is very much an existing phenomenon rather than merely being a historical occurrence. Without detailing exact statistics, the study concludes that US embassies the world over have, in the last 10 years, recorded a rise in attacks against the Jews as well as damage to their property and to their religious institutions. The report notes that in addition to traditional anti-Semitic acts, new types of the phenomenon have surfaced, manifesting themselves in harsh criticism of Israel which has fostered generalizations about Jews. This form of anti-Semitism, said the report, has gained a certain degree of encouragement from UN agencies. The study singles out several leaders and regimes who "fan the flames" of hatred against the Jews, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the Syrian government and Egyptian and Saudi Arabian state media.