A fifth of hate crimes in Europe were against Jews last year, report finds

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A fifth of hate crimes in Europe were against Jews last year, report finds

Of 5,954 incidents on the continent last year, 1,311 were antisemitic, according to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

A total of 22 percent of hate crimes in Europe in 2019 targeted Jews, a report by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has found.

Considering a total of 5,954 incidents on the continent last year, 1,311 were antisemitic, according to the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

Despite Jews comprising less than one percent of Europe’s population, antisemitic incidents were the second highest category, behind ‘racism and xenophobia’. Hatred towards the LGBT+ community and other religions feature far less.

In one such reported incident, a woman had her hair and hat pulled violently from behind while speaking Hebrew on a bus in Berlin, while in another, an Iraqi Muslim man wearing a kippah and carrying several concealed knives, was intercepted by guards as he tried to enter an Antwerp synagogue in June. 

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