Rising Global Anti-Semitism

May 21, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.


The full text of this week's commentary follows:

Anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide.

In April, Tel Aviv University issued its annual assessment. In Europe alone, there was a 30 percent jump in anti-Semitic incidents last year compared to 2011.

And this week, the State Department issued its 2012 report on global religious freedom.

Here’s an excerpt:

When political leaders condoned anti-Semitism, it set the tone for its persistence and growth in countries around the world.

Of great concern were expressions of anti-Semitism by government officials, religious leaders, and the media, particularly in Venezuela, Egypt, and Iran.

At times, such statements led to . . .violence.

The report also cited anti-Semitic incidents in Russia, Ukraine, and other countries.

Since 1906, AJC has been combatting anti-Semitism and, indeed, all forms of racism.

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This is David Harris of AJC.