The number of antisemitic incidents has been “curbed” for the first time in a decade, a report released by the Department for Combatting Antisemitism of the World Zionist Organization on Tuesday shows.
Nevertheless, there were 10 antisemitic incidents a day worldwide in 2022, and a rise in the number of antisemitic events on social networks. The researchers view the situation as still concerning.
“Antisemitism on social media is increasing at an alarming rate….We raise a clear black flag in view of the increase in incitement on the networks and call on the heads of state to raise the fight against antisemitism to the top of the list of priorities,” World Zionist Organization Chairman Yaakov Hagoel said in a statement.
Among the report’s findings was a sharp increase in antisemitism in the United States in recent years, with a 61% jump “in the number of cases of violence or planning of violence against Jewish institutions.”
It also noted a rise in Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) activity on U.S. campuses. “One out of three students in the USA testified that they experienced antisemitism during the school year, with almost 80% of students experiencing it more than once,” the report states.
“The constant increase in antisemitic trends in the last decade is a matter of concern, while the significant reduction in the number of incidents this year is not a sigh of relief either,” said Raheli Baratz Rix, who heads the Department for Combatting Antisemitism.
“Antisemitism is everywhere, at any point in time and space, and we must not be silent and indifferent about this phenomenon. I call for a joint integration of efforts to deal with areas of awareness and information in order to provide a broad response to this disturbing trend,” she said.
The findings were based on local and international reports, reports of research bodies, local police, Jewish communities and other sources.