The German government revealed a sharp increase in the number of anti-Semitic crimes registered last year. Annual increase of 1
It comes just a day after French politicians spoke of a sharp rise in incidents in their own country.
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner warned that anti-Semitism spread
Over the weekend there was a series of anti-Semitic incidents reported in central Paris – including swastika vandalism on post boxes with a portrait of a Holocaust survivor. from a member of Die Linke's left party. This information was then shared with the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.
The government said the final figures could still increase – but the latest data comparison has revealed a total leap of anti-Semitic crimes by about 10%. also revealed a 60% increase in physical attacks – with 62 reported violent incidents, compared to 37 in 2017
Joseph Schuster, head of the Central Jewish Council in Germany, said the news showed that government actions were " urgently needed ""
"The latest figures are not yet official, but at least they reflect a trend – and that's scary," he said in a statement to the BBC
"What has already solidified itself as a subjective impression among the Jews
"Given that actions below the threshold for criminal liability avarice is not covered, the picture becomes even darker. "
Jewish groups have warned of the rise of extremist right-wing groups in promoting anti-Semitism and hatred towards others across Europe.
Last year, a study of thousands of European Jews revealed that many of them are increasingly worried about anti-Semitism. attacked in Berlin
From 2017, the far-right alternative to Germany (AfD) is the main opposition party of the country
AfD openly opposes immigration, but refuses to hold anti-Semitic views.
However, a number of comments from their politicians, including the Holocaust, have neglected Jewish groups and other politicians.
Last year, the German government announced that a team of specialists would be sent to German schools to try and fight anti-Semitism.
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- There were also calls for the provision of special classes of anti-Semitism to some immigrants. Jews in Germany said the classes were needed after a large increase in immigration from the Muslim majority.
He came after a viral video showing a man crying in Arabic, attacking two Jews in Berlin.
Last month, Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was everyone's responsibility to have a "zero tolerance" approach to anti-Semitism and other forms of xenophobia.
"People who grow up today need to know what people are capable of in the past, and we have to work proactively to ensure that it will never be repeated," Merkel said in a video message marking Holocaust Remembrance Day