EU Fails to Document Anti-Semitism

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - A new report claims that most European countries fail to document anti-Semitic incidents in their respective nations.

The report by the Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights said sloppy record-keeping makes it difficult to assess the scope of anti-Semitic sentiment in its 27 member nations.

"The agency's data collection work shows that most member states do not have official or even unofficial data and statistics on anti-Semitic incidents," the report stated.

The report cited data collected in Austria, Belgium, Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, while also documenting anti-Semitic attacks in other EU countries to show its pervasiveness throughout Europe.

While the report stated that a lack of data disallowed a projection of the overall trend in anti-Semitic incidents between 2001 and 2008, the information it had indicated a decrease in attacks in 2007 and 2008.

According to the report's statistics, the number of officially reported incidents in France reached a low in 2007, with 219 incidents reported, compared with 974 in 2004.

Germany too showed a slight decrease, from 1,682 in 2005 to 1,561 in 2007.

In Britain, the Community Security Trust noted 541 anti-Semitic incidents in 2008, compared with 561 in 2007.

Source: The Associated Press

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