Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry

The Academic and Public Debate over the "New Antisemitism"

From the end of 2000 the number of violent incidents and acts of vandalism rose quite steadily, reaching a peak in 2006 when about 590 cases of violence and vandalism were registered worldwide. In addition, there was a considerable increase in verbal insults and threats directed against Jews, as well in the publication of antisemitic articles. Thus, between the end of the 1990s and 2006 the number of antisemitic incidents rose by about 300 percent. Moreover, in 2004, Tel Aviv University's Stephen Roth Institute gathered information on more than 500 incidents of violence and vandalism; about 40 percent of them were physical attacks on Jewish individuals compared to only 20 percent in 1999. This significant shift in targeting of antisemitic attacks has been one indicator of the growing involvement of young Muslims in street violence against Jews.

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