On Tuesday, a group tracking antisemitism in Germany revealed it documented more than 2,700 incidents in the country last year, including 63 attacks and six cases of extreme violence.
Based on the data gathered by The Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism, or RIAS, it was learned that the coronavirus pandemic with its anti-Jewish conspiracy narratives and the Middle East conflict with antisemitic criticism of Israel were the main drivers of the 2,738 incidents it documented.
RIAS said the incidents include both criminal and non-criminal incidents.
Meanwhile, the German government’s commissioner to combat antisemitism, Felix Klein, called the number of incidents — more than seven per day — frightening.
RIAS said their study has shown that right-wing extremists were responsible for 17% of the incidents, but more than half of the antisemitic incidents could not be assigned to a specific political view.
Two “extreme violence” RIAS recorded included an attack on a Jewish participant in a vigil for Israel in Hamburg and a shooting at a Jewish community center in Berlin.