Recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the EU

02/03/2009
EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) releases new data on anti-Semitic incidents in the EUThe EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) releases today its new report “Anti-Semitism. Summary overview of the situation in the European Union 2001-2008”.

FRA Director Morten Kjaerum: “The Agency’s research shows that during 2007 and most of 2008, the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the EU declined, but that it has been on the rise again since December of 2008. This recent surge in anti-Semitic incidents is reason for great concern. While it is too early to draw conclusions, there are indications that this rise could partly be affected by the situation in the Middle East, as well as by the global financial crisis.

Morten Kjaerum continued: “Everyone has the right to feel safe and protected, whatever religious belief or ethnic origin. Political and community leaders across the EU have an obligation to make it clear that intolerance and aggression in any form are completely unacceptable.

The Agency’s Report “Anti-Semitism. Summary overview of the situation in the European Union 2001-2008” is the 5th update of the Agency’s 2004 report “Manifestations of anti-Semitism in the EU”. It presents the latest available statistical data on anti-Semitic incidents, and illustrates developments in the EU for the period from 2001 to 2008. Yet, the report notes that a significant number of EU Member States do not maintain official or even unofficial data and statistics on anti-Semitic incidents. For these countries, the Agency provides lists of cases reported either ad-hoc by civil society organisations or through the media.

In light of current events, the FRA has also collected as much information as possible on anti-Semitic incidents since the latest outbreak of hostilities in Gaza. The FRA will continue to collect the relevant data in 2009, to present an elaborated analysis in its next year's update that will be published in early 2010.

The report “Anti-Semitism. Summary overview of the situation in the European Union 2001-2008” is available on the FRA Website.

For more information, please contact Waltraud Heller at media@fra.europa.eu or Tel. +43 1 58030-642