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Attacks on Jews and Muslims in Germany have rocketed since the outbreak of the recent Israel-Hamas war.  

Antisemitic incidents rose by more than 80% last year, compared to 2022.

Some 4,782 episodes were recorded – an average of 13 per day.

The figures from the monitoring group the Federal Association of Departments for Research and Information on Antisemitism (RIAS) show there was a major uptick following Hamas’s 7 October attacks.

In the three months following, 2,787 incidents were documented.

That’s more than the whole of 2022 when 2,616 were recorded.

While many complaints were linked to anti-Israel activism, authors of today’s report said Jews increasingly experienced antisemitism in their immediate surroundings: at work, in educational institutions, and on social media.

Violent attacks in this period also rose with around two-thirds of all cases of extreme violence, assaults, and threats occurring after 7 October, according to the report released today.

Examples cited include Molotov cocktails being thrown at a Jewish community centre in Berlin, flares being thrown at a Jewish family’s home in North Rhine-Westphalia and increasing “threats of extermination” against Jewish institutions.

“In all areas of life, Jews are being harassed, threatened, and attacked. Since October 7 threats against open Jewish life have become more acute,” said Benjamin Steinitz, managing director of the Bundesverband RIAS.

“The unprecedented rise in antisemitic incidents must be understood as a wake-up call: the state has the responsibility to ensure that Jews can safely participate in civic life.

“Last but not least, it is up to all of us to put a stop to the normalisation of antisemitism.”

Attacks on Muslims also shot up following 7 October according to a separate report released this week.

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