According to the 22nd annual Antisemitism Worldwide Report, visibly identifiable Jews, particularly Haredim, are the primary victims of violent antisemitic assaults in the West.
The 22nd annual Antisemitism Worldwide Report was published on April 17, revealing that the Haredim (ultra-Orthodox) Jews are the primary victims of antisemitic attacks. The Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University conducted the study in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), reports the Jerusalem Post.
Visibly identifiable Jews, particularly Haredim, are the main victims of violent antisemitic assaults in the West, including beatings, being targeted not only because they are easily identifiable but also because they are perceived as vulnerable and unlikely to fight back, said the report.
The attacks examined in the report are legally defined as antisemitic hate crimes; however, due to the difficulty of discerning the perpetrators’ motivations, the attacks could stem from various motives.
The report examined dozens of reports from cities with the most assaults in the United States and Europe, namely New York and London, along with several other cities. The comparative study suggests that physical attacks on Jews tend to occur in a concentrated number of areas in major urban centres, usually on the street or public transportation, rather than near or in synagogues or other Jewish establishments.
The research indicates that effective policing, indictments and educational campaigns can lead to a significant reduction in the number of violent antisemitic attacks.
„The fight against antisemitism must include more practical, measurable and transparent objectives and fewer declarations and cries of Gevald [Yiddish for help or an exclamation of alarm],” said Uriya Shavit, head of the Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University.
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said, „It is alarming to see the significant increase in antisemitic incidents and trends across the US and in several other countries.” Also, the authors of the report cited a disturbing trend of the „normalisation of crazy conspirations” in public discourse in America. A rise in recorded antisemitic incidents, compared with 2021, was also found in other countries, including Belgium, Hungary, Italy and Australia.
On the other hand, other countries, including Germany, Austria, France, the UK, Canada and Argentina, had a decline in the number of antisemitic incidents compared with 2021.