Report: Global anti-Semitism drops 12% but surges by 45% on U.S. campuses

Report: Global anti-Semitism drops 12% but surges by 45% on U.S. campuses

While violent incidents of antisemitism dropped 12% worldwide in 2016, US campuses saw a surge of 45% in antisemitism, according to data released on Sunday.

The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, in collaboration with the European Jewish Congress, released its Annual Report on Antisemitism for 2016 during a press conference held at the university.

A total of 361 antisemitic violent incidents were reported worldwide, down from 410 in 2015.

The decrease in the number of all types of antisemitic incidents, as monitored by communities and governmental agencies, is most evident in France, where the interior minister announced a 61% decrease in incidents, as well as in Belgium, which witnessed a 60% decline.

The report credited this drop to increased security measures, including the heavy presence of soldiers and police outside Jewish institutions, as well as the fact that an increasing number of Jews avoid appearing in public spaces while easily identifiable as Jews, for example by no longer wearing kippot on the street or in public transportation.

In contrast, English-speaking countries saw a rise in antisemitic incidents: The UK saw an increase of 11%, though the rate of violent incidents decreased by 13%, while antisemitic incidents in Australia increased by 10% last year.

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