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In 2018, there was a 74% rise in antisemitism in France. This is alarming and unacceptable. We join Le Crif, the umbrella organization of French Jewish organizations, in calling for a national effort to combat antisemitism. We hope the French government will not only condemn these acts, but also bring the perpetrators to justice. Read more: http://bit.ly/2GnN3Ok
Last week, the WJC report released a detailed report exposing on social media the antisemitic nature of the ultra-nationalist promoters and participants of the Lukov March in Bulgaria. The report found that Lukov March Facebook page has dozens of antisemitic posts denying the Holocaust and calling for violence against Jews. Read more: http://bit.ly/2GdBJUA
Every February a torch-lit demonstration draws neo-Nazis from across Europe to Bulgaria’s capital Sofia in honor of General Hristo Lukov. General Hristo Lukov, a Nazi collaborator helped send 11,300 Jews to their deaths in the Nazi death camp of Treblinka. Read more: http://bit.ly/2GdBJUA
Nearly half of 557 respondents in a survey of Dutch Jews said they were afraid of identifying publicly as Jewish. Of the respondents, 43 percent said they take active steps to hide their Jewish identity, such as wear a hat over their kippah or hide Star of David pendants. Read more: https://bit.ly/2QpWZes
The NYPD reported that New York City has experienced a 22 percent increase in hate crimes against Jewish people so far this year:. In 2018 there were 159 incidents compared to 130 incident during the same period of 2017. Read more: https://bloom.bg/2RWKjcl
The Boycott, Divest and Sanctions campaign against Israel has been categorized as anti-Semitic by the Berlin State Office for the Protection of the Constitution, an institution which monitors anti-democratic activities across the political spectrum in Berlin. The office's annual report for 2017, released last week, “refers to a grey area” between “legitimate criticism of Israeli politics to anti-Zionist anti-Semitism.” Read more: bit.ly/2LVNoFZ