Tel Aviv University Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry’s alarming study on anti-Semitism finds that 2014 was “one of the worst years in the last decade, 2004-2014, in fact, it was the second worst year after 2009 [worldwide],” with “hundreds and sometimes over a thousand antisemitic manifestations and incidents of various types per country.”
“The overall feeling among many Jewish people is one of living in an intensifying anti-Jewish environment that has become not only insulting and threatening, but outright dangerous, and that they are facing an explosion of hatred towards them as individuals, their communities, and Israel, as a Jewish state,” says the Kantor Center study.
According to the Kantor Center, the numbers mentioned in the study are a “result of the monitoring and analysis system developed by the Kantor Center team that has been working together on these issues for more than twenty years.”
Overall, the Kantor Center registered 766 violent anti-Semitic acts “perpetrated with or without weapons and by arson, vandalism or direct threats against Jewish persons or institutions such as synagogues, community centers, schools, cemeteries and monuments as well as private property” during 2014. This is an increase of 38% compared to 2013, in which 212 fewer violent incidents were registered (554 total violent incidents were registered in 2013).
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