Anti-Semitism Dips 46%, But Dangerous Trend Remains

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Violence against Jews declined globally in 2010, but overall, anti-Semitism remains at 30-year high, Tel Aviv University study reveals.

Global anti-Semitism was dramatically down last year, but the number shows less of a decline than a return to normal, a Tel Aviv University study revealed Sunday.

According to the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University, acts of violence against Jews dropped 46 percent in 2010.

European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor, however, speaking at an event held in conjunction with the study’s release, urged that the significance of the number not be taken out of context.

If one were to remove the spike resulting from Operation Cast Lead from the 2009 report then the 2010 report demonstrates many similarities in terms of numbers and types of anti-Semitic attacks as previous years,” Kantor said.

Looking at long-term trends opposed to year-by-year gradients, Kantor continued, anti-Semitic events remain at a dramatic high. “Anti-Semitism has not decreased in a noticeable fashion across the European continent,” he told the conference. “On the contrary, the reduction is minimal compared to the massive rise that has taken place over the previous two decades.”

In 2009, 1,129 incidents of documented anti-Semitism were reported worldwide, a record high that has been attributed to global backlash against Israel’s actions in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. In 2010, that number fell to 614. Despite the fact that the number of violent hate acts against Jews was practically halved, 2010’s number is still the third highest since 1990.

Roughly 60 percent of the acts noted in the survey occurred in England, France or Canada. Latin American acts of anti-Semitism, while amounting to a smaller percentage, are increasing quickly, with Chile topping the list of locations in which Jewish buildings and organizations were vandalized.