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April 15, 2015 1:25 am

Yom HaShoah Report Shows Unprecedented 400 Percent Rise in Antisemitic Incidents in 2014

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On eve of Yom HaShoah, reports indicate that antisemitic incidents rose by 400% in the year 2014. PHOTO: Wikipedia.

Since the beginning of 2014, there has been an increase of 400 percent in the number of antisemitic incidents in Europe and around the world as compared with 2013.

The data showing the increase was collected as part of a special project by Israel’s NRG news website and the Forum to Coordinate the Fight Against Antisemitism. The report, coming almost seventy years after the Holocaust and the end of World War II, shows that there is real concern for the future of world Jewry, and particularly European Jewry.

The report also said that in 2014, the lines and boundaries between anti-Israeli and anti-Zionist rhetoric and actions and antisemitism became increasingly blurred.

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According to the report, the intensity and nature of the antisemitic wave that erupted in Europe last summer during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza indicated cooperation between networks of extreme leftists and immigrants from Arab countries that hold extreme Islamist views. In the United States, the main growth came in the form of anti-Israel activity on college campuses across the country which had antisemitic overtones.

Moreover, according to the report, the internet, social media and mobile applications have become favorite and effective tools to spread antisemitic messages and propaganda, like the infamous antisemitic screed “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

The report’s conclusions dovetailed with the results of a survey conducted last year by the Anti-Defamation League across 102 countries and including more than 50,000 people, which found that one in four people holds antisemitic views or beliefs.

According to the ADL’s survey, the most commonly held antisemitic belief is that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their countries of residence, a belief held by 41 percent of respondents. An additional 35 percent think Jews have too much power and influence in the business world.

The highest rates of antisemitism in the world were found in the Arab world, where 93 percent of the residents of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank had negative views of Jews. Similarly high results were found among respondents from Iraq, Yemen and Algeria.

When it came to Holocaust denial, the ADL’s survey revealed that two-thirds of the world’s population did not know about the Holocaust or flat out denied its occurrence. In Western Europe, however, only 6 percent of respondents denied the Holocaust or were not aware that it occurred.

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  • Marty Goldberg

    Incidents rise and fall in number, but anti-semitism never really changes. Jews do have a disproportionate amount of education, power, compassion, tolerance and wealth for their small number of people. We also claim to be G-d’s Chosen People. The reasons for Jews being exceptional are many, not the least of which was persecution and resulting landlessness. We invested in education, became doctors, lawyers, diamond dealers and bankers, musicians and artists. We had little opportunity to live off the land so we chose to live off out wits and intelligence. This never sat well with our adversaries, ranging from the Babylonians to Hitler and Stalin and now a billion and a half Muslims. Unfortunately this will never change. It’s a little test by G-d keeping his Chosen People humble. A little like the book of Job.it’s not only a test of faith, but a statement of survival of the fittest. Anti-Semitism had toughened the Jews and distinguished them from the rest of the world’s population as this planet’s longest surviving major culture. We can’t ignore Anti-Semitic acts, but we’ll never eliminate Anti-semitism as it’s survived the Millenia along with the Jews. It’s G-d’s little joke on us. We were his chosen, but no matter how safe we feel, how accomplished we are or how rich we might be, there is a sadistic despot right around the corner who will taint us, persecute us and kill us. We are children of the survivors of the pogroms and the holocaust. We’re the fittest of our species for continuing survival.

    I know this sounds elitist and may exaggerate a bit, but I believe our survival over three Millenia is more than a bit miraculous. I also believe our ancestors who moved half way around the World to escape persecution, my own included, should be remembered on Yom Hashoa as the survivors who made our continuing existence possible.

    • Saul

      Anti-semitism continues to grow despite the scholarly efforts to document it combined with the social effort to condemn it. It is apparent that educational programs have failed to curtail anti-semitism. Indeed, many Diaspora Jews seem to ignore it. For example, when Netanyahu came to Paris and reminded Jews that they were welcome at home many got offended that people would think that they were not loyal Frenchmen. It appears to me that anti-Semitism constitutes a strategic threat to Israel; especially when both Jews and non-Jews try to distinguish anti-semitism from anti-Zionism. Such a distinction is not only intellectually false, it is a tactical manuver to divide the Jewish nation against itself. Perhaps it is time for a new approach to this problem. Assuming that it is a strategic threat, maybe Israel’s strategic thinkers should join with historians and psychologists in developing a more effective strategy against it.

  • Tony

    Does anyone believe this is antisemetic?. “According to the ADL’s survey, the most commonly held antisemitic belief is that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their countries of residence, a belief held by 41 percent of respondents”. The careless use of the term antisemetic only weakens its value.

  • Carly

    Please post the source where you got this information from (study article)

  • Fred

    What do the Governments do to combat anti Semitism, exactly nothing. In Europe & US anti Semitism does not go under the heading of hate crime as Islamophobia. The Muslim NAZI’s feel encouraged by the silence of the authorities to spread & incite through Mosques virulent preachers the idea of Jew hatred without qualms as the Authorities tacit approval. The Jew hatred is initiated
    in the Mosque.

  • Reform School

    If editors at ‘The Algemeiner’ do not edit stories before publishing them, just what DO they edit?

    “Since the beginning of 2014, there has been an unprecedented increase of 400 percent in the number of antisemitic incidents in Europe and around the world, as compared with 2013.”

    This opening sentence/paragraph is perfect claptrap. Beyond “unprecedented” and “compared with 2013” being self-contradictory, the “unprecedented increase of 400 percent” almost certainly happened in 1930s Germany, rending the statement historically inaccurate as well.

    Before today’s world can draw appropriate lessons from the Holocaust, it must reexamine the value of higher education being delivered by colleges and universities, if this article is the product of such educations.

    • esther

      good grief, reform school. Are you serious? All the garbage all over the internet with unbelievably poorly written nonsense. And you point out 2 (incorrectly!) “incorrectly written” sentences.

      First off, you can’t have the word “increase” without having “as compared to” following it.
      “Since the beginning of 2014, there has been an (….) increase of 400 percent in the number of antisemitic incidents in Europe and around the world, as compared with 2013.” There is absolutely nothing wrong with that sentence. The word “unprecedented” simply adds that there has never been such a high increase in previous years.

      Regarding your other “correction”:
      ..the “unprecedented increase of 400 percent” almost certainly happened in 1930s Germany, rending the statement historically inaccurate as well.
      Any intelligent person could point out that since no records were kept in Nazi Germany, any claim of a SPECIFIC PERCENTAGE increase would be, in your own words “historically inaccurate.”

  • Tomorrow is Yom Hashoa. Holocaust survivors, 2G’s, 3g’s and 4g’s and others who lost loved ones in the Shoah will light candles, say Kaddish, attend Holocaust memorial events and shed tears. In addition to crying for those we lost, we should have positive and loving thoughts of our parents. Enough talk of suffering. We should speak of accomplishments. I am proud of my parents, JACOB AND RACHEL who came to America with nothing, settled in Kansas City, could not speak English and created a safe and secure world for me, their only child. Like many of your parents, my father struggled through many business endeavors; eventually he did well in this, the Goldena Medina.

    Most of our parents could not write English well and spoke with heavy accents. Yet through determination and the “never give up” spirit, they accomplished the impossible. I was always amazed at how my father never complained about how hard it was to make a living and start over. He always came up with solutions to his problems. He could add a myriad of numbers in his head without writing them on paper; while he was not educated past the second grade, he was a business genius. My mother who worked in the garment industry, toiled to support my father in his business ventures; she too never complained.

    I grew up poor but never realized I wore clothes from Goodwill and played with used toys. All I knew was that my mother was a great cook.

    This story I am certain is similar to many of yours. Be proud of your parents’ accomplishments who overcame impossible obstacles. Today we and our children complain about the smallest things. I don’t remember that attitude as part of my parents’ philosophy. So tomorrow please think about the positive things in your parents’ lives: the joy they gave you and how they made it possible for us to attend universities and become professionals. L’Chaim ! They created new life and spirit. Do not remember the sorrow, celebrate their accomplishments. RABBI DR. BERNHARDROSENBERG

    • Neelie Kent

      You are so right! I will certainly think of that tomorrow.
      Thanks for the positive thoughts.

  • Tomorrow is Yom Hashoa. Holocaust survivors, 2G’s, 3g’s and 4g’s and others who lost loved ones in the Shoah will light candles, say Kaddish, attend Holocaust memorial events and shed tears. In addition to crying for those we lost, we should have positive and loving thoughts of our parents. Enough talk of suffering. We should speak of accomplishments. I am proud of my parents who came to America with nothing, could not speak English and created a safe and secure world for me, their only child. Like many of your parents, my father struggled through many business endeavors; eventually he did well in this, the Goldena Medina.

    Most of our parents could not write English well and spoke with heavy accents. Yet through determination and the “never give up” spirit, they accomplished the impossible. I was always amazed at how my father never complained about how hard it was to make a living and start over. He always came up with solutions to his problems. He could add a myriad of numbers in his head without writing them on paper; while he was not educated past the second grade, he was a business genius. My mother who worked in the garment industry, toiled to support my father in his business ventures; she too never complained.

    I grew up poor but never realized I wore clothes from Goodwill and played with used toys. All I knew was that my mother was a great cook.

    This story I am certain is similar to many of yours. Be proud of your parents’ accomplishments who overcame impossible obstacles. Today we and our children complain about the smallest things. I don’t remember that attitude as part of my parents’ philosophy. So tomorrow please think about the positive things in your parents’ lives: the joy they gave you and how they made it possible for us to attend universities and become professionals. L’Chaim ! They created new life and spirit. Do not remember the sorrow, celebrate their accomplishments. RABBI DR. BERNHARDROSENBERG

  • Wm. J. Levy

    When the same people who went through the Holocaust by not fighting, but dying horribly act the same way in 2015 then what do you expect.

    Our haters hate us and we continue to want to make nice and we get attacked, shot, burned alive and die instead of fighting back and those haters are all cowards.

    Jews have to fight. They didn’t do anything to stop Hitler in the 1920’s and look what happened.

    The Torah tells us to kill someone who wants to kill you.

    Next time trust the Torah.

  • Robert Weintraub

    Take it as a given. Every time there is conflict between Arabs and Israel anti-Jewish violence by Arabs everywhere will increase.

  • Bernhard Rosenberg · Top Commenter · Rabbi at Congregation Beth El, Edison NJ

    We can not sleep, our souls will not rest. There are less than 200,000 holocaust survivors left. We know that every day there are less and less to remind many of us we once had parents and grandparents. How do you tell someone you never had a bubie or zadie, how do cry out when no one understands except another survivor, 2g or 3g. This is a world, we did not make . The Hitlers and NAZIS STOLE OUR PARENTS YOUTH AND LEFT US ALL WITH BAGGAGE TO CARRY all our lives. Thursday we together will cry as one family. May G-d wipe our tears with the knowledge that we have become parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Who would believe that from the hell of the Shoah we would live to shep such loving nachas. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg.

  • Nico Roosnek

    The Dutch police has every reason to say her mea culpa towards the Jewish people. She did the handwork for the Nazi’s. The Hague policeman Maarten Spaans picked up 350 Jewish people of which 250 did not survive. He was ten years imprisoned after WWII. Of the Jewish population in the Netherlands 15% survived the war. In Belgium 70% survived the war. The Belgian government said her mea culpa. The Austrian government did the same. In Denmark 1% did not survive the war. The very honourable Danes had their organization to save the Jews, when it was so far. They had only to find them. The Dutch government did NOT say her mea culpa about her unresponsive behaviour towards the fate of the Jews.
    Still there is a discussion in The Hague police, if the Shoah has taken place. One policeman denies it even.

  • Paul Aarden

    One of thee oldest scapegoating tricks in the book which has entered common folklore ago, as things get globally tougher, so these incidents will continue to rise, there’s no way those in power and ever more responsible for the status quo will allow such a myth to die a dignified death. Rather, it’s rise suits them.

    The general dumbing down of whole populations by vested interest media etc is a great help too. It is far easier to drown the truth in a huge body of media than in a selective and intelligent media.

    QED

  • Two and two make four. There is indeed an unholy alliance between the ultra-left of the ignorant and uninformed (eg students, especially American students) and the very well funded Arab propagandists who are far more savvy about propaganda than the Jewish community, and particularly its leaders. You have not mentioned the well-known charities, such as Oxfam and Amnesty International that have been infiltrated by the Je-haters and actively encourage antisemites to address them at conferences.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    I am writing this response from my apartment in the neighbourhood of Ramot Bet, Jerusalem, the undivided capital of the Jewish State of Israel. The people of Israel, Am Israel, is alive and well in Israel. Our country, the sole democracy in the Middle East, is growing in its Jewish population both due to immigration and the strong desire for young Jewish families to raise children in this miraculous country. While we will never forget the Holocaust, our focus is on making Israel a place of refuge and home for every Jew who wishes to live here. We are proud of our country. We love our country. Although we are not a perfect society, we will do whatever it takes to maintain our high moral, social, water maintenance, innovative, environmental, military and security, educational, medical, health, and technological edge.

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