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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-01-07 02:42 PM
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The rise of anti-Semitism
This is not at all surprising. I am still waiting for the report from the FBI for 2006 stats on anti-Semitism. But for now we have reports from the UK,...

'Wave of hatred' warning as attacks on Jews hits record high

Attacks on Britain's Jews have risen to the highest level since records began.

A study published today shows the number of reported anti-Semitic incidents has almost tripled in 10 years, with more than half the attacks last year taking place in London.

The findings prompted the report's authors to warn of a "wave of hatred" against Jews.

The number of incidents increased to 594 last year, up by 31 per cent on the previous year.

Violent assaults soared to 112, up by more than a third on 2005.

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...from Australia, and...

Australian Jews feel 'threatened' by upsurge in anti-Semitic acts

Australia has experienced an upsurge in anti-Semitism in recent months and the country's Jewish community is feeling increasingly "vulnerable and threatened" as a result, a leading communal figure said this week.

"Schools, institutions and synagogues have been targeted relentlessly over the past few months," said Manny Waks, executive officer of the B'nai B'rith Anti Defamation Commission, a national organization that aims to combat anti-Semitism and racism.

"People are used to seeing swastikas here and there, but when it becomes systematic and often, people are concerned. Over the last few months, the Jewish community has felt vulnerable and threatened," he added.

According to a recent report on anti-Semitism in Australia, during the 12 months preceding September 30, 2006, more than 440 reports of anti-Semitic acts were received by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. The report also noted a sharp increase in the number of violent attacks against Australian Jews.

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...a report from Europe, in general,

Marked rise in attacks on Jews in Europe over the past year

Last year saw a substantial rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany, Austria and the Scandinavian countries, according to the Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism.

In an annual press conference, the forum explained that 2006 was characterized by escalation in the number and violent nature of attacks on Jews, proliferation of Holocaust denial and increased comparison of Israel to the Nazi regime.

The Global Forum - a joint effort of the Jewish Agency, the Foreign Ministry and the Prime Minister's Office - counted 360 anti-Semitic incidents in France in 2006, compared to 300 in 2005. In the United Kingdom, the report listed a yearly decrease from 321 incidents in 2005 to 312 incidents in 2006. Russia recorded 300 incidents in 2006 compared to 250 the preceding year, and Austria saw a jump from 50 incidents to 83 last year. The Scandinavian countries saw 53 incidents in 2006, substantially more than the previous year's 35. The report cited a 60-percent rise in incidents in the Berlin area, although it did not include figures for all of Germany.

Spokesmen for the forum emphasized on Sunday the many difficulties in classifying and reporting anti-Semitic incidents that affect the accuracy of the figures, which are primarily valuable as indicators of trends in the countries examined.

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All in all, seems this "trend" is being seen and felt all over the world.
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Lurking Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-01-07 04:28 PM
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1. This comment made me very sad.
As a Jew living on London, while no-one would know I am Jewish unless I told them, I do hesitate sharing my religious beliefs with anyone but close friends.

I was raised in the States, and while there is hate everywhere - I never felt the fear of revealing my religion before as I do now in London.

- London Jew, London, UK



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leftynyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-06-07 05:01 AM
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2. That really is sad
I couldn't imagine being Jewish being something to hide (and never has been an issue here in New York).

As I read this story, I can't help but notice the irony of people complaining about being called anti-semites when they criticize Israel. As I stated in the I/P forum, I think people use it as a pre-emptive strike in order to say whatever hateful thing they care to about Israel or even Jews (did you know AIPAC rules the world?).

I'm afraid anti-semitism is very real and is on the rise as it has historically when the world seems out of control and a very scary place. Scapegoats abound.
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Lurking Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-06-07 08:19 AM
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3. I can imagine it because I do it sometimes.
But then I live in the South. It can be something of an issue here with the right wing whack jobs but it usually isn't a problem.

I'm usually too busy with my world domination plans to worry about it too much. :silly:
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