Five anti-Semitic incidents per day reported in Germany – police – RT World News

While the Federal Criminal Police Office reported 1,555 anti-Semitic offenses this year, none led to an arrest

German police reported an average of five anti-Semitic incidents a day in 2022, statistics released by the Federal Criminal Police Office and published by Die Welt earlier this week reveal. The agency says it has documented 1,555 such incidents this year alone.

While a total of 936 suspects have been identified in connection with the offences, not a single arrest warrant has been issued, according to police. The category « antisemitic offensesis broad, including incitement to hatred, insult, property damage and the use of symbols of banned organizations – typically swastikas and other Nazi insignia – as well as violent crimes motivated by bigotry.

However, only 55 of the offenses recorded this year were classified as violent. Eleven of them took place during the third quarter of this year, and ten of them were classified as « politically motivated far-right crime.“The agency acknowledged that the figures were not yet final, and could be”subject to significant changes” if late reports have arrived.

Bundestag Vice President Petra Pau criticized the police for the perceived delay in recording anti-Semitic crimes. « In view of the general increase in anti-Semitism, I would like an accurate assessment to be produced more quickly« , she told Die Welt, explaining: »Only then can politicians and authorities recognize threatening developments in a timely manner.

As high as it may seem, this year’s figure of 1,555 anti-Semitic incidents in Germany actually represents a decrease from last year’s peak of 3,027 recorded incidents. That number, which included 64 violent crimes, was a 29% increase from the previous year’s total of 2,351 incidents.

A survey conducted earlier this year for the Berlin office of the American Jewish Committee found that 60% of respondents believe anti-Semitism in Germany is widespread, and nearly two-thirds believe it has increased in course of the last decade.

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