Register for updates

 
 

Arts & Culture
RSS Feed
Major Violent Attacks Against Jews Spiked 13% Worldwide in 2018
Thursday, May 02, 2019 10:24:00 AM

U.S. had more than 100 cases of severe violence, annual TAU Kantor Center study reports

Thirteen Jews were murdered as the result of anti-Semitic attacks in 2018, and the number of other major violent anti-Semitic attacks, including assault, vandalism and arson, spiked 13%, from 342 to 387 incidents worldwide, according to an annual report from Tel Aviv University's Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, published on May 1.

The United States registered the highest number of violent attacks on Jews — more than 100 cases — followed by the United Kingdom with 68 incidents and France and Germany, both of which saw 35 violent attacks on Jews in 2018. The report did not include figures from the recent attack near San Diego on the Chabad of Poway synagogue, in which one woman was killed and three others wounded.

Read the full report

"There is a growing sense that Jewish people in many countries are living in a state of emergency," Prof. Dina Porat, head of the Kantor Center and chief historian of Yad Vashem, told reporters at a news conference at Tel Aviv University on May 1. "Physical insecurity and the questioning of their place in society and in the parties that were once their political homes are more prevalent than ever."

"Anti-Semitism peaked recently in a manner that casts doubt on the very existence of Jews in many parts of the world," Dr. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, said in a news release. "As we have seen following the second mass shooting incident at a U.S. synagogue, many parts of the world are no longer safe for Jews as we thought they were in the past."

The Kantor Center's annual report, a global overview of anti-Semitic incidents, is based on surveys conducted by recognized watchdogs from dozens of countries, including nearly all European Union member states.

According to the report, "The year 2018 and the beginning of 2019 witnessed an increase in almost all forms of anti-Semitic manifestations, in the public space as well as the private one. Thirteen Jews were murdered during 2018, the largest number compared to previous years. Anti-Semitism is no longer a part of the activities of the triangle made of the far right, the extreme left and radical Islam. It has mainstreamed, and become a constant reality."

The report came a day after the Anti-Defamation League published its own report, which found that violent attacks against Jews in the United States doubled last year. The New York-based group counted 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents — harassment, vandalism or physical assault — in 2018. That represents a 5% decrease from the 1,986 incidents reported in 2017, but it is the third-highest total since ADL began tracking the data in the 1970s.

"People in Europe, in France especially, are on the front lines; they are dealing with anti-Semitism," Prof. Porat said. "But we have to address anti-Semitism in the context of broader racism in the world. We are not alone. Other minorities are suffering. We should suggest a coalition, an umbrella organization to work together in this fight, extending a hand to other groups who are suffering, like the Roma."

"We cannot fight anti-Semitism as if it is just a Jewish problem," concluded Adv. Arie Zuckerman, chairman of the Kantor Center Executive Board. "Anti-Semitism is always a moral barometer for the state of the world, for the broader context of widespread racism, and we are sounding a siren."




Latest News

TAU and Technion Researchers Wrest Control of One of World's Most Secure PLCs

Rogue engineering station instigated "hostile intervention" of Siemens programmable logic controller that runs industrial processes.

Novel Immunotherapy May Prevent Brain Metastases

Injection of synthetic DNA material found to activate brain's immune cells and kill invading tumor cells, TAU researchers say.

TAU Scientists Develop Novel Nano-Vaccine for Melanoma

Injection of nanoparticle has proven effective in mouse models, researchers say.

Genetic Screen Identifies Genes That Protect Cells from Zika Virus

Genes found to safeguard against infection as well as resuscitate infected cells, TAU researchers say.

Jennifer Gross Named Chief Executive Officer of AFTAU

Accomplished executive brings extensive experience from Jewish philanthropy and the financial services industry.

Fat Cells Play Key Role in Dangerous Transformation of Melanoma

Fat cells allow melanoma cells to penetrate the dermis, causing fatal metastases in vital organs, TAU researchers say.

New Antibacterial Fillings from TAU May Combat Recurring Tooth Decay

Novel material may prevent one of the costliest and most prevalent bacterial diseases in the world.

First Proof-of-Concept Demonstrates Genetic Sex Selection in Mammals

Crossed transgenic mouse lines struck males without affecting females, TAU researchers say.

2019 Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival Looks to the Future

International students, filmmakers and glitterati flock to 21st edition of festival, held throughout the city of Tel Aviv.

TAU Scientist Prof. Judith Berman Is Elected Member of European Molecular Biology Organization

EMBO promotes excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond.

contentSecondary
c

© 2019 American Friends of Tel Aviv University
39 Broadway, Suite 1510 | New York, NY 10006 | 212.742.9070 | info@aftau.org
Privacy policy | Tel Aviv University