Report: Anti-Semitism on the Rise in Australia

Study cites 35 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents from 2013

By Zachary Schrieber|November 11, 2014 4:23 PM

Anti-semitism is on the rise in Australia, according to a new report from the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. Cases of verbal and physical assault are up by more than a third from last year, JTA reports [1]. according to the annual Report on Anti-Semitic Incidents in Australia.

The report cited 312 incidents occuring between October 2013 and September 2014, up from 231 incidents the previous year—roughly a 35 percent increase.

This summer in particular brought news of several troubling anti-Semitic incidents in Australia. In August, five drunk teenagers boarded [2] a schoolbus carrying Jewish children from three Sydney-area Jewish day schools, yelling “Heil Hitler” and “Kill the Jews.” The teenagers, who were arrested [2] later that week, also threatened to cut the children’s throats.

Later that month, residents in the Sydney neighborhoods of Bondi Beach and Double Bay received [4] a flier in their mailboxes that read, “Wake up Australia, Jews have been kicked out of countries 109 times through history … Could it be that having them in a European country is harmful to the host?”

At the time, both incidents were attributed to the Israeli operation [5] in Gaza, and the new report cites the war as a likely trigger for the increase in anti-Semitic acts. But it’s unclear from the report whether the increase was a one-time hiccup or a long-term trend.

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