Jerusalem (EFE) released on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
“The report shows that the rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents has slowed after an increase in the last decade, but the situation remains alarming. Every day more than ten anti-Semitic incidents are reported around the world, while many remain unreported,” the report, carried out by the organization’s Anti-Semitism Department, states.
Anti-Semitic events in 2022 were carried out through propaganda (39%), vandalism (28%), physical (14%), verbal (11%) and delegitimization (7%) violence.
The United States saw “an alarming rise in anti-Semitism, manifesting itself in disturbing trends given the strengthening of white supremacist organizations along with the rise in anti-Semitic statements from the American progressive left,” the report said.
In addition, the presence on US campuses of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), a pro-Palestinian movement campaigning against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, increased.
More than 350 antisemitic incidents in 2022
During the year 2022, there were more than 350 anti-Semitic incidents on American campuses, and many of the Jewish students felt the need to hide their identity or their support for Israel. In addition, there were approximately 165 demonstrations and actions in universities and institutes.
On the other hand, the war between Russia and Ukraine “is accompanied by anti-Semitic statements towards the Jewish communities of both countries, together with conspiracies on social networks about Israel’s participation in the war”, a phenomenon that extends to neighboring Poland. the report stated.
“Anti-Semitism on social media is increasing at an alarming rate, and unfortunately, as history has taught us, it will also lead to physical acts. We call on heads of state to put the fight against anti-Semitism at the top of the priority list,” said WSO President Ya’akov Hagoel.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
On January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day is celebrated – which resulted in the death of some six million Jews at the hands of the Nazi German regime – and commemorates the liberation in 1945 of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The OSM study is based on local and international reports from investigative agencies, local police, Jewish communities, among others.
On the other hand, Tel Aviv University’s Center for the Study of Contemporary European Judaism released its annual report on initiatives by governments and citizens around the world to preserve Jewish heritage, teach about the Holocaust, and combat anti-Semitism.
According to their findings, recognition of the Holocaust and the teaching of the lessons derived from it have recently become widespread, even in countries where education about the Holocaust was rare, such as in Africa and the Arab world.
In addition, numerous educational, social and legal initiatives have been launched in Western Europe, the Americas and Australia to combat Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.