Thursday, January 06, 2005
Seeing a pattern here?
AP From YahooNews
Anti-Semitism Rising, State Dept. Says
Tue Jan 4, 3:27 PM ET
By BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer
WASHINGTON - A rise in the number of Muslims in Western Europe, many of them poor and uneducated, is contributing to an increase in already deeply rooted anti-Semitism there, the State Department said in a report to Congress.
However, far-right groups still account for a significant proportion of attacks on Jews and Jewish property, the report said.
In eastern Europe, skinheads and other members of the radical political fringe are responsible for most anti-Semitic incidents, according to the report, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
In Russia, Belarus and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, anti-Semitism remained a serious problem, with most incidents carried out by ultra-nationalists and other far-right elements.
"The stereotype of Jews as manipulators of the global economy continues to provide fertile grounds for anti-Semitic aggression," said the report to the Senate and House foreign relations committees.
The report, which covered the period between July 2003 and December 2004, gave no worldwide totals but did include statistics provided by some countries.
There are dwindling Jewish populations in the North Africa and the Middle East, except for Israel, and there are few incidents involving Jews who remain in those areas. But Syria condones and supports "a virulent domestic anti-Semitism" as government-supported media demonize Israel and its leaders, the report said.