Iran was still the world’s worst offender in terms of antisemitic expressions and is the main perpetrator of spreading incitement and Holocaust denial.
Europe and the United States also saw an increase in Jew-hatred, and unlike previous years, antisemitic violence was mostly perpetrated by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
In Western Europe, right-wing parties continued to amass public support amid the immigration and refugee crisis. In these countries, the report said, “antisemitism went up a level and became more prevalent and trivial.”
In France, a two-year trend of decreasing antisemitic incidents saw a disconcerting reversal, with a 69 percent increase in the number of incidents. Germany also recorded an increase of antisemitic incidents, as did Great Britain. In the United States, as well, there has been more antisemitism. In January 2018, Jewish university student Blaze Bernstein was murdered, followed by a consistent rise in antisemitic attacks, including hate crimes on college campuses, and culminated in the horrific Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.
Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett presented the report at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.
“It is Israel’s responsibility to help our millions of brothers and sisters in the Diaspora against the rise of antisemitic crimes,” he said. “2018 was a record year for antisemitism in the streets, online and in the political arena across the globe.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told CNN on Sunday that there was a “new antisemitism in Europe, which comes from the extreme left and pockets of radical Islam on the continent.” According to the prime minister, these groups “disseminate lies and slander about Israel.”
The idea that Jews don’t have a right to their own country is the most fundamental form of antisemitism, Netanyahu said.