Antisemitic incidents in France rise by 75%

4 Feb 2010 by CST

The French Jewish community organisation, the Jewish Community Protection Service, has recorded a 75% rise in antisemitic incidents in 2009:

PARIS -- A group founded to protect France's Jewish community says anti-Semitic acts in France soared 75 percent last year - many coming as Israel pressed an offensive against Hamas in the Middle East in January.

The Jewish Community Protection Service tallied 832 anti-Semitic acts in 2009, up from 474 a year earlier. Most involved graffiti and threatening gestures; about 17 percent involved vandalism and violence.

The group said Wednesday that 354 took place in January 2009 alone, when Israel ended a three-week offensive against Palestinian militant group Hamas in response to rocket attacks from Gaza.

The full SPCJ report is here, for those Francophones amongst our readers.

CST's report on antisemitic incidents in the UK in 2009 will be published tomorrow.


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