Published on : 09/09/2017
By : Arista Asmawati
Anti-Israel related antisemitism increased in 2017.
The German government reported to Green Party deputy Volker Beck on Friday an increase in the number of criminal antisemitic acts in the country. This includes Israel-related antisemitism, and the classification of Hezbollah’s crimes as far-right extremism.
Beck received the information in his role as president of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Bundestag.
There were 681 antisemitic incidents in the first half of 2017 – a 4% increase over the same period in 2016 (in which 654 criminal antisemitic acts took place), the federal government said.
Beck told The Jerusalem Post
: “The antisemitic and anti-Israel criminal offenses are only the tip of the iceberg.”
The registered offenses are only those where the victims came forward to report, he said.
“The estimated number of unreported cases, I fear, is clearly higher,” said Beck.
Dr. Emily Haber, from the German Federal Interior Ministry, said there were 20 “politically motivated criminal offenses under the category ‘Israel’” in the first half of the year.
The police conducted investigations of 12 alleged perpetrators. There were no physical injuries reported.
In the same period in 2016, 17 political crimes against Israel were registered.
The authorities investigated six suspects and no injuries were cited.
criminal acts were listed under the sub-topic “Israel-Palestine conflict.”
Starting in January 2017, politically animated attacks against Israel are listed under the sub-rubric “Israel.”
The suspects hailed from Germany, Jordan, Syria and Turkey.
Antisemitic acts not related to Israel accounted for 681 offenses in the first half of 2017. The authorities investigated 339 people, and nine people were injured. In 2016, the government registered 654 antisemitic criminal crimes, and 400 suspects were investigated.
Eight people were injured because of antisemitic offenses in 2016.
According to the federal statistics, 92.8% of criminal acts had a right-wing extremist background. However, the government’s classification system has been called into question.
Benjamin Steinitz, the head of the RIAS group in Berlin that tracks antisemitism, told Die Welt
paper on Friday there is a “discrepancy between the perception of antisemitic attacks, insults and taunts, and police statistics.”