Germany: Antisemitic crimes at record high

Police have recorded from 2017 to 2019 a total of eleven anti-Semitic crimes with suspected or Proven Islamist background in North Rhine-Westphalia. This was announced by NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) in a response published on Tuesday to an AfD request. Insults and sedition as well as property damage or threats were registered.

In her request, AfD MP Gabriele Walger-Demolsky pointed out that the constitutional protection authorities had recorded more than 100 "anti-Semitic events with an Islamist background" nationwide in 2017 alone.

Reul replied that non-criminal matters were also recorded under these events. The state government is working together with the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, schools and numerous other actors on prevention programs “against any form of group-related misanthropy”.

According to a recent report by the Ministry of the Interior, the alleged criminal offenses against Jews in NRW have increased five-fold since 2018, from 7 to 35 last year. The vast majority of suspected cases were therefore assigned to the right scene.

Source: welt