Researchers announced on Sunday that anti-Semitic hate crimes in Europe are up this year.
The report was released by Tel Aviv University in Israel, which worked with the European Jewish Congress, a group that represents Jewish communities in Europe.
According to the statistics presented, anti-Semitic hate crimes increased by 30 percent in the last year. The 686 attacks in 34 countries reported is a significant increase from the 526 reported attacks from 2011. Most of the crimes involve vandalism, but 40 percent of last year’s attacks (273 in total) were against people.
The report highlighted the Jewish school shooting in Toulouse last March, when a extremist Muslim gunman shot and killed four people.
According to Tel Aviv University’s Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, the Toulouse shooting was more so an instigator of anti-Semitic violence than Israeli’s Gaza Strip offensive last November.
The report also highlighted the rise of extremist groups across Europe, noting that the European economic crisis has fueled the creating of these groups, such as Jobbik in Hungary and Golden Dawn in Greece.
President of the European Jewish Congress Moshe Kantor has called for governments to take stronger action against these groups, even going so far as to suggest to the European Union expel Hungry and Greece if the countries continue to fail to mitigate the threats these groups pose to the Jewish communities.
“If they do not protect their own population against neo-Nazism, with all the lessons Europe had already, maybe there is no place for them in the European Union,” Kantor said.