Report: Sweden saw 53 percent spike in anti-Semitic hate crimes since 2016

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 4th, 2019 12:16 pm

Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 10:19 am

Sweden saw a 53 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes from 2016 to 2018, according to a report from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.

There were 280 anti-Semitic hate crimes in 2018 compared to 182 crimes reported in 2016.

Sweden has also seen an uptick in overall hate crimes in the country. The number of racially motivated crimes rose by 69 percent over 2016, according to the report.

The study did not say who has been committing the crimes, but said that the data included “cases both when the offender belongs to the majority population and when the offender belongs to another minority group.”

Other European countries are also struggling with anti-Semitism. The UK saw a record number of anti-Semitic crimes in 2018, according to UK-based Community Security Trust. Similarly, France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that France saw a 74 percent increase of anti-Semitic hate crimes in 2018.

For some Jewish families, leaving Europe for Israel is seen as the best option.

“There is concern in Hungary. There is concern in France,” Alan Hoffman, CEO of The Jewish Agench told CBN News. “There is concern of a new and very ugly wave of anti-Semitism sweeping Western Europe, and I think we will see more Jews coming to Israel.”


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