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October 23, 2015  RSS feed
World News

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State Dept: Anti-Semitism ‘major problem’ around globe

(JTA) – Anti-Semitism “continued to be a major problem around the globe,” the U.S. State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report for 2014 found.

The 17th annual report, which was released earlier this month, noted that anti-Semitic incidents rose significantly in Western Europe during the 2014 Gaza War as well as in eastern Ukrainian regions when Russian rebels forcefully annexed part of the territory. The number of incidents overall in France doubled in 2014, to 851, over 2013.

The report, which analyzed levels of religious freedoms in regions across the globe, also found in Israel “an increase in interethnic tension and violence involving different religious communities.”

In addition to the 2014 Gaza conflict, the report cited the attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem that left five dead along with the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens before the war as incidents that heightened tensions between Muslims and Jews in Israel.


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