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Anti-semitism in Western Europe and the World

In UK news, there has been a spotlight on Jewish culture over the past few days. Shimon Peres, one of the founding fathers of Israel, died this week; the ADL added Pepe the Frog, a cartoon frog, to their list of anti-semitic symbols; allegations of anti-semitism have once again arisen in the Labour Party.

We wanted to understand the intolerance Jews experience around the world. These are statistics that Jewish communities are likely to be extremely aware of, but other communities may not.

Anti-semitic attacks are on the increase in Western Europe, but are generally dropping around the rest of the world.

Anti-Semitic Incidents Have Surged in the UK This Year

“U.K. saw a 11% rise in hate incidents between January and June 2016”

N.B. This is pre-Brexit.

Read more in Time

[An example] Anti-Semitic Attack In Tottenham Hale

“Jewish shoppers were pelted with gas canisters and told “Hitler is on the way to you” during an attack in London on Wednesday.”

Read more in Huffington Post

Anti-Semitism Elsewhere

ADL commissions a regular survey on worldwide anti-semitic views. To see the questions asked in the survey please click here. To see the whole survey with country comparisons, please click here.

ADL Stats

Anti-Semitic Incidents Explode in France

“Anti-Semitic acts accounted for 51 percent of all recorded hate incidents in France in 2014, even as Jews “account for only one percent of the population” and as recorded racist acts, excluding anti-Semitic ones, decreased by 5 percent that year, the report said. ”

Read more in Forward

Attacks rising in Western Europe, but Decreasing Around the World

Anti-semitic attacks are rising in Western Europe. However, they are decreasing around the world:

“The number of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide declined in 2015 by nearly 50 percent compared to the previous year, hitting the lowest level in a decade, Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry said in a study released on Wednesday.”

Read more in Haaretz

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Alice Thwaite

Alice Thwaite is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Echo Chamber Club. Her twitter is @alicelthwaite. She reads as many independent blogs as she can find, and uses social media monitoring to identify common opinions that liberal metropolitans hold, or where they need a little extra information.