Sweden reports sharp rise in antisemitic hate crimes since Hamas attack on Israel

More than 100 antisemitic hate crimes were reported in Sweden between October 7 and the end of 2023, almost five times the number of the same period a year earlier, a report showed Thursday.

A total of 110 complaints were registered by police between October 7 — when Hamas launched an attack on southern Israel — and December 31, according to the report by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (BRA).

In 2022, the figure was 24.

Around 20 percent of the complaints contain “some form of reference to the Hamas attack… or the following violence in Gaza,” according to BRA.

“These include antisemitic placards and statements in connection with demonstrations, but also threats and offenses against individuals who, based on their Jewish background, have been blamed for Israel’s actions in Gaza,” Jon Lundgren, an investigator at BRA, said in a statement.

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