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November 27, 2013 5:01 pm

Australian Anti-Semitism Highest Ever on Record, Report Shows

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The grave of Ben Zygier. Photo: Facebook.

JNS.org The Executive Council of Australian Jewry’s annual report showed that the total number of reported anti-Semitic incidents in Australia in 2012 was the highest ever on record.

There were 657 reports of violence directed at Australian Jews, a 21-percent increase over the previous year. But the number of serious physical attacks was the lowest since 2005.

The case of Melbourne-born Mossad agent Ben Zygier, also known as “Prisoner X,” who committed suicide in 2010, triggered old anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jewish disloyalty, the report said.

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