Jewish organizations warned of the trivialization of the Holocaust and the increase in attacks on the community in 2021

The President of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, Stephan Harbarth, the President of the Bundestag Baerbel Bas, the Speaker of the Israeli Knesset Parliament, Mickey Levy, the German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and the Premier of the state of Thuringia, Bodo Ramelow, take part in a wreath-laying ceremony. at the Berlin holocaust memorial (John Macdougall/Pool via REUTERS) (POOL/)

Jewish organizations warn of risk of “banalization of the Holocaust” and the global increase in incidents against Jews in 2021, “the most anti-Semitic year of the last decade”, on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day celebrated today.

”The average number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2021 was more than ten per day. However, the actual number is significantly higher, as victims do not report out of fear and inaction by law enforcement agencies.”, notes a report by the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency, both based in Israel.

The report notes that the main anti-Semitic incidents included vandalism and destruction, graffiti and desecration of monuments, as well as an increase in propaganda spread in the digital environment and social networks.

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Incidents of physical violence accounted for less than a third of all anti-Semitic acts, and in 2021 there were no killings for this reason.

”Anti-Semitism is not new, but a phenomenon that is reinventing itself. Jewish communities around the world face the challenges of growing and ever-changing anti-Semitism,” said Racheli Baratz-Rix, head of the department for combating anti-Semitism at the World Zionist Organization.

He also recognized advances such as the adoption in many countries of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism; and the approval of new laws in different countries that prohibit the use of symbols of the Holocaust.

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The Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. Brandon Bell/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Brandon Bell/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP) (BRANDON BELL/)

Another milestone in this fight was the adoption in the UN General Assembly – with the sole opposition of Iran – of a resolution, proposed by Israel and Germany, to condemn the denial and distortion of the Holocaust on January 20, when the 80 years since the Wannsee Conference, the meeting of Nazi leaders in which the “final solution” was planned, the extermination of the Jews in Europe.


Anti-Semitic acts intensified during the month of May, coinciding with the escalation of tension in occupied East Jerusalem and mixed cities in Israel, and with the escalation of the war with Palestinian militias in Gaza, according to the report.

They also denounce that in demonstrations that took place all over the world, especially in Europe, against confinements, vaccines and restrictions due to covid-19, Holocaust motifs were included, such as the yellow star, and theories were fueled. of the conspiracy that accuses the Jews of spreading the pandemic to control the world.

Anti-Semitic graffiti written on Irvine's Congregation Beth Jacob Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images/AFP
Anti-Semitic graffiti written on Irvine’s Beth Jacob Congregation Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images/AFP (Allen Berezovsky/)

”These accusations were directed at Jews in key positions, such as the CEO of Pfizer and others. The use of these symbols has created a worrying phenomenon of trivialization of the Holocaust, whose main objective is to underestimate its dimension and historical singularity”, lament these organizations.

Europe is at the forefront of anti-Semitic incidents in 2021, with close to 50% of the total; followed by USA, where they were produced 30% of these discriminatory and xenophobic acts against Jews.

”The most surprising was Canada and Australia, where there was a dramatic increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2021 compared to the previous year”, warns the report.

“Hitler should have killed them all”: the heinous anti-Semitic attack of a woman on a child who was jaba with his brothers
“Hitler should have killed them all”: a woman’s heinous anti-Semitic attack on a child who was playing with his brothers

Anti-Semitic acts grew 100% in New York, 60% in Los Angeles or 49% in the United Kingdom, according to police statistics in these places.

In Austria, these incidents doubled in the first half of 2021 and in Germany there has been a sustained increase in departments that belonged to the former GDR, including Berlin, with an increase of 27%; while in Russia anti-Semitic acts have decreased.

Another report published this week by the Hebrew University of Israel reveals that 53% of Israelis believe that the situation of Jews in Europe is going to get worse and France is now perceived by the Israeli population as the most anti-Semitic country on the continent, closely followed by Poland.

(with information from EFE)


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