Austria has seen a record number of anti-Semitic incidents

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VIENNA – Antisemitic events in Austria reached record highs last year, according to a report released on Friday.

Statistics compiled by the Vienna Jewish community recorded 965 incidents in 2021 – the highest number since the agency began registering them 20 years ago. This number increased by 65% ‚Äč‚Äčover the previous year, when 585 incidents were recorded.

Oscar Deutsch, President of the Vienna Jewish Community, said: “The challenge of the emergence of the Semitic phenomenon is a global one and we are working closely with all levels of society to combat the rise of anti-Semitism.”

Of the 8.9 million incidents reported in the Alpine countries in 2021, the majority – about 60% – had “abuse” accounts, including personal and online comments and messages. The next largest category, which made up 27% of the total event, was mass mailing and literature that contained Semitic messages and stereotypes.

About 1% of the total incidents involved assault or attempted assault, 2.5% involved threats, and 10% involved damage and impurity.

The largest proportion of events so far – 461, or 48% of all events – can be attributed to right-wing, ultra-right and neo-Nazi movements. Approximately 15% came from leftists and 11% came from Muslims. A quarter of the incidents could not be attributed to a specific population.

Most of the events covered in the report involve long-recognized types of Judaism, such as Holocaust revisionism, Israel-related comments, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

However, coronavirus-related semitism – such as the treatment of people who refused to be vaccinated or refused to wear masks with Jews under the Nazis – accounted for 28% of all cases recorded in 2021.

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