Anti-Semitism on the Rise in Canada in 2009

Published: April 11th 2010
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House of Jacob synagogue in Calgary was vandalized in late 2009
Pic: courtesy of the Jewish Tribune

A report by the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University released Sunday (on the eve of Yom Hashoah) shows that during 2009 there was an increase of more than 100% in the number of anti-Semitic acts against Jews around the world.


According to the report, 1,129 violent incidents of anti-Semitic nature were recorded in 2009, up from 559 in 2008. This is the highest number of such incidents in the past 20 years.


The report’s authors ascribe the rise of anti-Semitic incidents in the world last year to Operation Cast Lead in Gaza and the mass demonstrations and verbal and visual expressions against Israel and Jewish people that it raised.


The data collected shows that the highest rise in numbers of violent incidents was in the United Kingdom (374 compared to 112 in 2008, with France behind in (with 195 violent events recorded compared to 50 in 2008). Canada is also on the list: 138 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in our country in 2009, compared to 13 in 2008.


The report’s authors explained that during the wave of anti-Semitic attacks in 2009, the tendency by Muslim radicals was to equate between Jews and Israelis. This equivalence is intended to de-legitimize the State of Israel and the Jewish people as a single entity. In addition, the report said that although extreme right activists still play a significant role in perpetrating anti-Semitic incidents, in 2009 most violent cases were carried out by individuals of Arab or Muslim background.

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