Jews Are Concerned About An Upsurge In Anti-Semitism And Accusations Of Spreading The Coronavirus
The European Jewish Congress noted the surge in anti-Semitism associated with the pandemic and drew attention to accusations of Jews spreading the infection. The report on anti-Semitism in the world in 2019 and early 2020 was presented by the President of the Congress, Moshe Kantor.
According to him, since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been numerous accusations against Jews, both individually and collectively, who are behind the spread of the coronavirus or directly profit from the epidemic.
"The words and images used in this case are reminiscent of medieval blood libels when Jews were accused of spreading diseases, poisoning wells and managing economic systems," Kantor said.
According to him, in the past few years, there has been a steady increase in anti-Semitism, especially online, on the streets, as well as in mainstream media and politics. Far-right politicians in Europe and the United States, as well as Iranian politicians, are behind some conspiracy theories blaming Jews, the report says.
The President of the Congress said that the world community should not only focus on fighting the pandemic and mitigating the consequences of the economic crisis, but also address the problem of growing populism and extremism based on the crisis.
In 2019, the Cantor Center recorded 456 serious violent incidents based on anti-Semitism, compared to 387 the year before, the report said. Seven people were killed. The number of victims of physical violence in 2019 increased by 22%, the number of threats to life increased by 47%. Also, 25 objects of private property were damaged (24% more than a year earlier).