Germany Sees 20 Percent Rise in Antisemitic Crime in 2018

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Antisemitic crime rose by almost 20 percent in Germany last year, the interior minister said on Tuesday, blaming most incidents on individuals espousing far-right world views.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said around 90 percent of the 1,800 recorded incidents were perpetrated by supporters of far-right groups. The main offenses included hate speech, antisemitic graffiti and displaying banned signs like the swastika.

This is a development that we have to confront, especially in this country,” Seehofer told a news conference, alluding to Germany’s Nazi past. “(That means) with all our means — this is a job for the police as well as for the whole society.”

Germany’s Jews are alarmed by the rise of the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, whose leaders have been accused of playing down Nazi crimes and calling a national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust a “memorial of shame.”

The AfD, which says Islam is incompatible with the German constitution, denies it harbors racist views and has blamed a rise in attacks on Jews and Jewish businesses on asylum seekers from majority Muslim countries.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose decision in 2015 to welcome almost 1 million asylum seekers mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan contributed to the rise of the AfD, vowed to fight all forms of racism with the full force of the law.

“We have a duty and responsibility to defend our values and constitutional laws,” she said at a separate event. “This is especially the case when we must stand up against racism, antisemitic hatred and violence using all legal means available.”

Even though antisemitic incidents were on the rise, the overall number of politically-motivated crimes was down 9 percent.

Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

{Matzav.com}

3 COMMENTS

  1. The rise in anti-Semitism worldwide is due to their hatred of President Trump, The World Leader, the one who wants to bring law and morality back to the world. The haters of President Trump hate anything and anybody that have any connection to him. Hence, they hate G-d because Trump is a strong believer in Him, which makes them hate, G-d’s Chosen People, the Jews even more today.

  2. To this day I have no idea why after the war people went back to Germany, Poland, or France, for by now or even before you don’t realize as before it is not only the government hated Jews but also the people. Now people are complaining again about the hate, don’t you all get it these people HATE you personally not only their government, and yet you all keep on returning. It is like self inflicting pain, keep on lashing yourselves it still is going to be as it was Hate the Jews.

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