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More Than 2,000 Antisemitic Crimes in Germany in 2019, Highest Since 2001

German authorities announced on Wednesday that 2019 saw more than 2,000 crimes targeting Jews—the highest recorded number of antisemitic crime since 2001, and a 13% jump since the previous year.

The Berlin paper Tagesspiegel reported that “most offenses against Jews are assigned to right-wing offenders. The most brutal attack was the attack by Stephan Balliet on the synagogue in Halle in October. Balliet tried unsuccessfully to open the door to the fully occupied synagogue and then, in his anger, killed two passersby.”

The neo-Nazi Balliet was wedded to an antisemitic world view that included the “Zionist-occupied government” theory.

Germany’s statistical data about the causes of antisemitism have faced criticism over the years.

In 2017, the German paper Die Welt reported that an outbreak of Islamic-animated antisemitism was registered as right-wing extremism. According to Die Welt’s report, “the Islamic share of antisemitic offenses is clearly under-counted in police statistics.” (J. Post / VFI News)

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. —Deuteronomy 31:6

“God, we ask that you help us to face the evil and hatred in this world—by spreading your loving compassion, and healing grace.”