The number of assaults increased by around 50% in 2023; includes arson attacks on synagogues and physical attacks

A report by Rias (German Federal Association of Departments for Research and Information on Antisemitism), released this Wednesday (May 22, 2024), revealed that in Berlin there was an increase of around 50% in cases of anti-Semitism in 2023.

1,270 episodes of prejudice were documented last year. It was the highest number in the German capital since Rias began its activities in 2015. Here is the full report (PDF – 720 kB, in English).

According to the association, more than 60% of the cases were registered after the attack by the Palestinian Islamic extremist group Hamas against Israel on October 7, 2023. Since the beginning of the war, around 29 anti-Semitic crimes have been registered per day.

Furthermore, the report states that recorded attacks include an arson attack on a synagogue in the central district of Mitte on October 18, 29 cases of extreme violence, 72 cases of property damage, 32 threats and 854 cases of abusive behavior.

As per the report, online anti-Semitism has also increased. There were 41 cases of abuse targeting Jewish users on social media. For every 11 threats recorded, 10 were accompanied by extermination phrases, including death threats.

According to Rias, the anti-Semitic violence in Berlin and across Germany highlights the urgent need to address and combat anti-Semitism in all its forms.


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