Antisemitic incidents in Germany increased by 80% in 2023, report finds

Cnaan Lidor is The Times of Israel's Jewish World reporter

German police officers stand guard in front of the building complex of the Kahal Adass Jisroel community after it was attacked by two incendiary devices, in the center of Berlin, Germany, October 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German police officers stand guard in front of the building complex of the Kahal Adass Jisroel community after it was attacked by two incendiary devices, in the center of Berlin, Germany, October 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

A watchdog group that monitors antisemitism in Germany recorded 4,782 incidents in 2023, it says in a report that shows an 80% increase over 2022.

The report by the RIAS group says that more than half of the tally for 2023 occurred after Hamas terrorists invaded Israel on October 7, killing some 1,200 people and abducting 251. Israel’s ongoing war against Hamas is a reaction to that invasion.

The incidents mentioned include a firebomb attack on a synagogue in Berlin and flares that were thrown at a Jewish family’s home in North Rhine-Westphalia, both in mid-October.

“On average, 13 antisemitic incidents were recorded per day,” RIAS notes in the report.

Jewish life “has become even less possible in Germany as well since October 7,” says Benjamin Steinitz, the director of RIAS, or Federal Association of Departments for Research and Information on Antisemitism, in a statement about the report.

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