Global antisemitism soars by 1,180% amid war with Hamas

A surge of antisemitic incidents, including a 1,180% increase in antisemitic discourse, has swept across the globe during the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, according to a report released by Israel’s national institutions and government and coordinated by the Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism Ministry, the World Zionist Organization, and the Jewish Agency.

The report detailed an almost 12-fold increase in antisemitic discourse, including calls for violence against Israel, Zionists, and Jews. Almost all of it was in Arabic (71%) and English (28%), underscoring the profound impact of the war on Jewish communities both within Israel and in the Diaspora.

The surge in antisemitic events was particularly evident in physical and online spaces, significantly affecting the lives of Jewish communities worldwide.

The main figures in the report include:

• A 1,180% surge in global antisemitic incidents during the war

• One-third of the events occurred in the US, with hotspots in cities, including New York

• A 330% increase in violent antisemitic incidents

• 71% of the incidents originated from Arab and Islamic online groups

• 25% of Jewish students experienced hate and violence on campuses

• 87% felt less secure in Jewish communities.

About one-third of all antisemitic incidents were documented in the US, predominantly in areas with significant Jewish populations, such as New York, Florida, Chicago, and California, the report said. Furthermore, universities and colleges in these areas became hotspots for antisemitic activities.

There was a 330% increase in violent antisemitic events, a 128% rise in the desecration of Jewish sites, a 660% increase in harassment, and a 300% increase in threats.

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