Anti-Semitism in Europe has risen in the wake of the EU’s decision to move to criminalise antisemitism, with a total of 2,865 incidents recorded by the Anti-Defamation League in 2017, up from 2,500 in 2016.
The ADL’s report is based on a survey of more than 2,800 people in the EU and the United States.
“This report confirms the continuing rise in antisemitic attacks and attacks on Jewish people,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.
“While we must not overreact, the continued rise in attacks and anti-Semitism is a direct result of the European Union’s new anti-Semitic legislation and the US’s new presidential election.”
The current anti-Jewish hysteria is a symptom of deep anti-Muslim and anti–Israel sentiment that is fueled by hatred and fear, and we must do more to stop it,” he added.
The new law has already been condemned by the European Parliament, which said it “threatens to further stigmatise and delegitimise the Jewish community”.
“As an international organisation, ADL stands united in denouncing the anti-Israel BDS movement and in calling on the EU to withdraw its anti-BDS legislation.””
It is unacceptable to have a law that threatens Jewish and Jewish-Christian lives and undermines the dignity of the Jewish people, and it must be repealed,” the group said.
“As an international organisation, ADL stands united in denouncing the anti-Israel BDS movement and in calling on the EU to withdraw its anti-BDS legislation.”