In Germany, anti-Semitic Crimes Up 10 Percent in First Half of 2018

Right-wing extremists behind vast majority of 401 reported incidents, while those with religious ideology carried out 9, government says

Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, center, and Rabbi Segal Shmoel, right, inspect with a construction worker a giant Hanukkah Menorah, set up by the Jewish Chabad Educational Center, at the Pariser Platz in Berlin, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.
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The number of anti-Semitic crimes rose by more than 10 per cent in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2017, the German government revealed on Wednesday in response to a freedom of information request from a left-wing lawmaker.

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The number of anti-Semitic crimes reported in the first six months of 2018 was 401, a 10.7-per-cent increase on the 362 reported in the same period last year, the government said in its response to the request from Petra Pau of the far-left Die Linke (The Left) party.

Right-wing extremists perpetrated the vast majority of the crimes (349), while left-wing extremists carried out six, those with a religious ideology carried out nine and those with a non-German, non-religious ideology carried out 12 anti-Semitic crimes.

The largest number of anti-Semitic crimes was carried out in the capital Berlin, while the second largest number was carried out in the southern German state of Bavaria.