Anti-Semitic crimes in Germany are at their highest level in five years, according to a new report that also highlights the country is seeing more incidents than any other European Union state.
The report, published by the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), found that there were 1,596 recorded hate crimes against Jewish people last year in Germany, the highest level since 2009. In 2014, the figure stood at 1,275 incidents.
1,342 of the perpetrators were classed as “right-wing”, seven were “left-wing” and 176 were motivated by “foreign ideology”, according to the report. The latter figure has risen from 31 in 2013.
The FRA warns that terrorist attacks in France and Denmark this year are part of a “climate of intolerance,” and the FRA interim Director Constantinos Manolopoulos said, “There are many positive initiatives around the EU, but in the current situation this is not enough.
“The EU and its member states need to take immediate and decisive action to combat extremist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic discourse and crimes.”
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