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Israel notes increase in anti-semitism cases in Ukraine in 2017
16:21, 22 January 2018
Israel notes increase in anti-semitism cases in Ukraine in 2017

Many vandalistic cars against memorials, museums, and synagogues were reported

16:21, 22 January 2018

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In Ukraine, the number of reported anti-semitic incidents has increased in 2017 compared to 2016, as The Jerusalem Post writes citing the annual report on antisemitism of the Israeli Diaspora Affairs Ministry.

The report notes the worrying statistics of reported anti-semitic incidents in Ukraine. Compared to last year, the number of them doubled. Mostly these were attacks on memorials, museums, and synagogues. 

Related: Immigration from Ukraine to Israel increased by 20% in 2017

Ukraine isn’t the only country where anti-semitic tendencies appear to grow. In the UK, there was a 78% increase in physical attacks and a 30% increase in the number of overall antisemitic incidents. 

The same goes for the USA. The Anti-Defamation League’s annual report on antisemitism released in November found that there was a 67% increase in antisemitic incidents across the US from January 1 to September 30, 2017, in comparison with the same period in 2016.

According to Naftali Bennett, the Diaspora Affairs Minister, the rise of the far Right in various countries, the refugee crisis and the Internet are the major factors of these worrying tendencies.

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