Rise in antisemitic attacks worldwide

By Isabel Janner, April 22, 2009

Holocaust images are increasingly used in antisemitic attacks worldwide, according to a new survey.

The survey, carried out by Tel Aviv University and the European Jewish Congress, shows the number of incidents increasing gradually from 1989 to 2007, peaking in 2007 and dropping slightly in 2008.

The start of 2009 saw sharp increases, triggered by the economic crisis and war in Gaza.

According to the report, “Antisemitic expressions during the last months of 2008 and beginning of 2009 were not classic stereotyping of the Jews but abuse of the Holocaust… as a political tool against Israel.”

The report survey blames widespread ignorance combined with a European weariness towards the Holocaust. “Its burdensome, lingering memory generates fatigue of the Jewish people because of what seems to be their constant harping on their image at the ultimate victim, without regret for the many other tragedies that have happened since in the world.”

Last updated: 4:17pm, April 23 2009