Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Czech Republic: Number of antisemitic incidents unchanged in 2015

Via Prague Monitor:
The number of displays of hatred for Jews remained as high in the Czech Republic in 2015 as in the preceding year, and reached 221, the Czech Federation of Jewish Communities (FZO) says in a report released to CTK on Tuesday.

In 2014, the number reached 234.

Hatred was mainly spread via the Internet, the annual report says.

The rising number of issued books is dangerous, since the revenues from their sale may help finance extremist groups' activities, the report says.

"Although the Jewish community in the Czech Republic was not a target of terrorist attacks...we view this threat as very serious in the world context and we have adjusted our security measures accordingly," FZO Secretary Tomas Kraus said.

Nevertheless, the report says the Czech Republic still ranks among the countries where anti-Semitism is present only marginally.


No physical attack on people was registered last year, compared to one in 2014.

Five attacks on property were registered, the same number as in 2014.

The number of threat cases dropped to three and of harassment rose to 31.

Displays of hatred on the Internet were the most frequent like in the previous years. They made up 182 (82 percent) of the total of 221 incidents, the report says.

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