Report: Antisemitic incidents in Berlin increased by 50%, became more violent since October 7

File: People listen to speeches during a demonstration against antisemitism and to show solidarity with Israel in Berlin, Germany, on October 22, 2023. (Markus Schreiber/AP)
File: People listen to speeches during a demonstration against antisemitism and to show solidarity with Israel in Berlin, Germany, on October 22, 2023. (Markus Schreiber/AP)

Antisemitic incidents in Berlin increased by almost 50 percent between 2022 and 2023 and are becoming more violent, according to a report cited by German news site DW.

Germany’s Federal Association of Departments for Research and Information on Antisemitism (RIAS) documented 1,270 antisemitic incidents in Berlin in 2023, the report says, adding that over 60% of the events took place after Hamas’s October 7 massacre in southern Israel.

“October 7, 2023, was a watershed moment,” a quote from the report reads. “Since then, antisemitism has been significantly more present in Berlin, with previously existing forms of antisemitism hardening and intensifying.”

Antisemitism has surged globally since war erupted in Gaza, sparked by Hamas’s October 7 massacre, which saw some 3,000 terrorists burst across the border into Israel by land, air and sea, killing some 1,200 people and seizing 252 hostages, mostly civilians, many amid acts of brutality and sexual assault.

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