Germany sees spike in antisemitic crimes reports say

The number of registered antisemitic hate crimes in Germany hit a new upward trend in 2020, according to figures released by the German government and seen by the Tagesspiegel newspaper and the Evangelische Pressedienst news agency.

The authorities have logged at least 2,275 crimes with an antisemitic background until the end of January 2021. Some 55 of those were acts of violence.

Only five suspects were detained by the authorities, despite police investigating 1,367 cases- No arrest warrants have been issued.

This is the highest number of antisemitic hate crimes since German police started collecting data on “politically motivated criminality” in 2001. The preliminary numbers were released upon the request of Left party member and Bundestag Vice-President Petra Pau. The tally could rise further as various states give updates on their crime statistics.

The number of antisemitic hate crimes in Germany has been steadily growing from 1,799 recorded in 2018, to 2,032 in 2019.