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A New Era of Anti-Semitism?

Rabbi Eckstein with anti-Semitic graffiti in Ukraine (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

A report released this week showed a troubling rise in anti-Semitism in Germany, this coming as such attacks have spread across the rest of Europe and the world. The Jerusalem Post's Tamara Zieva and Benjamin Weinthal report that the continent's top rabbi says this news warns of the start of a "new era of anti-Semitism":

A top European rabbi warned that the world has entered a new era of antisemitism, in response to a report released Tuesday about rising antisemitism in Germany.

Juliane Baer-Henney, a spokeswoman for the German Justice Ministry, confirmed to the Post on the phone Wednesday that antisemitism in Germany has risen threefold in one year – 2,083 cases of attacks on Jews, Jewish property and hate speech against Jews last year, in contrast with 691 in 2014.

“There is a rejection of mainstream politics, and we need to be aware of the waves of antisemitism sweeping across Europe,” said Conference of European Rabbis president Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt. “As a society we must take measures to reject antisemitism and ensure that it does not become a new norm...”

Dr. Efraim Zuroff, top Nazi-hunter for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, does not believe that the reported numbers reflect the true extent of the phenomenon.

“I’m sure there are many incidents that are not reported,” he said, adding that the report is nevertheless cause for serious concern. “There is no question that the arrival of the millions of immigrants from countries where antisemitism is very rife led to additional problems,” Zuroff said.

The key to effectively tackling the issue of antisemitism, he said, is tied to the extent to which anti-Zionism is identified as a component.

“Invariably, [anti-Zionism] is motivated by antisemitism, and in countries where this is recognized, they understand the nature of the beast,” said Zuroff...

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