Sunday, January 31, 2016

Europe: There is “gross underreporting of the nature and characteristics of anti-Semitic incidents”

Another reason for under-reporting is that victims will not report incidents, especially antisemitic slurs.  The general idea being: what's the point?

The Jerusalem Post reports: 
In a report issued last year, the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights said that European countries lack systematic methods of collecting data on anti-Semitism, contributing to “gross underreporting of the nature and characteristics of anti-Semitic incidents that occur.”

In its report, the agency said “few EU member states operate official data collection mechanisms that record anti-Semitic incidents in any great detail,” which “limits the ability of policy makers” to deal effectively with growing hate crimes.

According to a 2014 study by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, anti-Semitic violence rose by nearly 40 percent over the previous year. While steps have been taken to combat this rise in 2015 – including the European Commission’s appointment of the continent’s first coordinator on combating anti-Semitism – the violence is expected to continue to rise in the coming years.
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