ISRAEL - Global Antisemitism Drops 12%

Arno Froese

While violent incidents of antisemitism dropped 12% worldwide in 2016, US campuses saw a surge of 45% in antisemitism, according to data released.

The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, in collaboration with the European Jewish Congress, released its Annual Report on Antisemitism for 2016 during a press conference held at the university.

A total of 361 antisemitic violent incidents were reported worldwide, down from 410 in 2015.

The decrease in the number of all types of antisemitic incidents, as monitored by communities and governmental agencies, is most evident in France, where the interior minister announced a 61% decrease in incidents, as well as in Belgium, which witnessed a 60% decline.

In contrast, English-speaking countries saw a rise in antisemitic incidents: The UK saw an increase of 11%, though the rate of violent incidents decreased by 13%, while antisemitic incidents in Australia increased by 10% last year.

The report also found that the recent immigration of some 2.5 million refugees to Europe did not contribute to an increase in antisemitism, despite a fear that it would do so.

Instead, the study noted that the far-right leaders in Europe, as well as to some extent in the US, have turned their focus to immigration issues, mainly targeting the Muslim refuge-seekers, with many of these leaders denouncing antisemitic statements.

Despite this, antisemitic activity is still popular among these parties’ supporters.

-www.jpost.com, 23 April 2017

Arno's commentary

The conclusion of the Annual Report on Antisemitism is certainly surprising. Antisemitism goes hand-in-hand with anti-Zionism. Antisemitism targets the Jewish people, who in most cases exhibit success, to the envy of those who have not achieved the same. Anti-Zionism is fueled primarily by various pro-Palestinian movements, which deny Israel’s right to exist, would make Jerusalem the capital city of a Palestinian state, and simply ignore or deny historical, Biblical facts. This theory is also supported by many church denominations, which throughout the decades—even centuries—have neglected to read and take Holy Scripture seriously. In the end, however, God’s prophetic Word will be fulfilled. “Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame” (Zephaniah 3:19).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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