Internet Attacks Against Czech Jews Nearly Doubled, Annual Survey Shows

Czech government's support for Israel cited as one reason for the rise, from 82 incidents in 2012 to 156 in 2012.

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Visual arts curator of Jewish Museum in Prague Michaela Sidenberg points to details on a synagogue textile in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
Visual arts curator of Jewish Museum in Prague Michaela Sidenberg points to details on a synagogue textile in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, March 26, 2014.Credit: AP

A new study by Prague's Jewish community released on Monday registered a significant increase of attacks against Jews on the Internet for the second straight year.

The annual report on anti-Semitism said the number of Internet attacks, including texts, photos and videos, jumped to 156 in 2013 from 82 in 2012.

The report said the pro-Israeli stance of the Czech government was among the reasons for the attacks.

Besides the Internet attacks, it said anti-Semitism in the Czech Republic remains at a relatively low level with one physical attack registered last year and three attacks on Jewish property.

The anti-Semitic materials, the report said, include the incitement, support and justification for killing Jews, their demonization, denial of the Holocaust, and the de-legitimization of the state of Israel, among other things.

The report concluded that the situation regarding anti-Semitism has been "quiet" in the Czech Republic compared with other European countries such as Hungary and France.

Also Monday, police said they broke up a Czech branch of an alleged Russia-based neo-Nazi organization known as Wotan Jugend. In a statement, spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova said the local branch was established by a 21-year-old foreigner of unspecified origin, and a total of five people are under investigation in the case. They face up to five years in prison if tried and convicted of racism.

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