Significant rise in antisemitic crimes in Germany in 2018

The number of antisemitic crimes in Germany increased significantly in 2018 over the previous year, according to government statistics. There were 1,646 incidents recorded nationwide, compared to 1,504 in 2017.

Some 43 people were injured, though none fatally, in 62 acts of violence. At least 282 were instances of hate propaganda. With 37 acts of violence recorded in 2017, this constitutes an increase of around 60 percent in 12 months.

Police said that 19 people were arrested, but did not provide details as to how many charges were filed.
The numbers were released by the government’s office of criminal statistics, following a request from the opposition Left party in the Bundestag.

“The latest numbers are not yet official, but again show a tendency – and that is alarming,” said Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany – the country’s EJC affiliate – adding that it offered tangible proof of Jewish people’s subjective impressions.

Felix Klein, who leads Germany’s government antisemitism office, told DW he was “worried, but not really surprised. It corresponds to what I have learned in conversation with Jewish groups and representatives.”

“Unfortunately, antisemitism is rising all over Europe,” a problem that Germany will make its major priority when it takes over the EU Presidency next year, Klein added.

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