Anti-Semitism in Austria up by more than 80%

The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in Austria increased more than 80 percent last year, the Austrian Forum Against Anti-Semitism said on Wednesday, according to the Reuters news agency.


The group said that reported internet postings denouncing Jews more than doubled during that time.


The forum, which began monitoring anti-Semitic incidents in 2003, said 465 incidents were recorded during 2015, over 200 of them being internet postings hostile to Jews.


The total number of internet postings reported to Austria’s constitutional protection authority as offensive remained stable in 2015, but the number of postings liable to be used in criminal proceedings doubled compared to 2014, according to an interior ministry spokesman.


“The whole picture is terrifying,” Oskar Deutsch, president of the Jewish Communities of Austria (IKG), said, according to Reuters.


Anti-Semitism has been on the rise in Europe in recent years, and Austria has seen its share of such incidents as well.


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