Assaults in opposition to the Jews accounted for roughly 25 p.c of the hate crimes recorded by the OSCE’s human rights watchdog throughout Europe final yr.
The brand new knowledge was compiled within the annual report by the Workplace for the Democratic Establishments and Human Rights (ODHIR) of the Organisation for Safety and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Out of 6,694 hate incidents recorded in Europe and Central Asia final yr, 1,704 have been anti-Semitic. This was the class with the second-largest variety of incidents after 3,033 situations listed underneath the extra basic “racism and xenophobia” class.
The third-largest group was bias primarily based on sexual orientation or gender id (1,278 instances), adopted by bias in opposition to Christians (577) and Muslims (511).
The information was collected utilizing reviews from 39 international locations, almost 150 civil society teams, the UN Refugee Company, the Worldwide Group for Migrations, and OSCE missions.
Authorities in international locations like France and Germany have been sounding the alarm on the sharp rise in anti-Semitic acts lately. The worrying development was oftentimes attributed to the spike in recognition of assorted far-right and neo-Nazi teams.
UN particular rapporteur on freedom of faith or perception, Ahmed Shaheed, warned in April about non secular leaders and politicians who have been exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic to “unfold hatred in opposition to Jews and different minorities.”
“It’s crucial for the civil society organizations and faith-based actors to sign a zero-tolerance coverage in the direction of anti-Semitism on-line and offline,” Shaheed stated.
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