Number of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany in 2017 similar to previous year

German police record 1,453 incidents, including 32 violent attacks; almost all perpetrators identified as 'right-wing-oriented'

Illustrative: A broken window is seen at the center of the Jewish community center, after a suspected anti-Semitic attack in Rostock, northern Germany, January 8, 2009. (AP/ Thomas Haentzschel/File)

The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in Germany in 2017 remained about the same as the previous year, police statistics published Monday indicated.

The report published  in the Berlin daily newspaper Tagesspiegel showed there were 1,453 incidents reported in 2017 — about the same as in 2016, which had a total of 1,468. Right-wing-oriented perpetrators committed about 95 percent of the crimes, the report said.

The numbers were based on police statistics delivered to Bundestag Vice President Petra Pau of the Left Party.

Most of the incidents were so-called “propaganda” crimes involving verbal or written incitement to hate. There were 32 violent crimes and 160 cases of property damage in 2017.

Pau told Tagesspiegel that she suspected the real numbers were higher, since many incidents go unreported. The lawmaker has submitted official queries on anti-Semitic crimes nationwide for several years.

Concern about anti-Semitism is high in Germany, with some Jewish community leaders and politicians warning that anti-Jewish and extreme anti-Zionist attitudes among more than a million new refugees from the Middle East and North Africa are a ticking time bomb.

In January, the Bundestag voted to establish a commissioner to deal with anti-Semitism in the country, motivated in part by such concerns. Pau’s Left Party had abstained from the vote, saying the proposal overemphasized immigrants as a source of the problem.

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