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Nearly seven antisemitic incidents in Germany a day in 2022, notes report

Antisemitism was down in the country, though more “extreme violence” was exhibited against Jews.

Art from the Documenta 15 exhibit in Berlin, Germany, June 2022. Source: Screenshot.
Art from the Documenta 15 exhibit in Berlin, Germany, June 2022. Source: Screenshot.

A new report on antisemitism in Germany shows a slight decrease from the year before, though at the same time highlights nine “incidents of extreme violence”—the highest amount since the country’s record-keeping began in 2017.

The Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism (RIAS) released new findings about the state of hate in Germany, based on an analysis of a total of 2,480 events from last year, which averages to almost seven a day.

The report reveals that 20% of antisemitic incidents come from perpetrators with “a conspiracy theory background,” while 13% professed extreme right-wing beliefs and 53% had an indeterminate ideology.

Among the violent crimes from last year noted in the report include three that law enforcement believe were done with the assistance of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC.

In addition to documenting and researching antisemitic events throughout Germany, RIAS provides assistance to Jews who experience antisemitism, both writing up the incident and providing connections to law-enforcement agencies that focus on fighting Jew-hatred.

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