Attacks on Jews down, anti-Semitism up
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Attacks on Jews down, anti-Semitism up

Tel Aviv University report notes 19% reduction in violent incidents worldwide in 2013, but more acceptance of anti-Jewish rhetoric

Anti-Semitic harassment is on the rise in the world. Demonstration of the extreme right-wing Czech Workers Party (Illustrative photo; credit: Uri Lenz/ Flash90)
Anti-Semitic harassment is on the rise in the world. Demonstration of the extreme right-wing Czech Workers Party (Illustrative photo; credit: Uri Lenz/ Flash90)

An annual report by Tel Aviv University researchers shows that violent attacks around the world against Jews dropped in 2013 but warns that anti-Semitism is becoming more widespread in Europe.

The report, released Sunday, recorded 554 violent anti-Semitic acts in 2013, including attacks on people and vandalism against synagogues, cemeteries and other Jewish institutions.

The figures showed a 19 percent reduction compared to 2012, when a deadly shooting at a French Jewish school sparked a series of copycat attacks.

It said that anti-Semitic attitudes are becoming more acceptable, particularly among European youth, amid a rise in popularity of extremist parties in Hungary, Greece and elsewhere.

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