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More anti-Semitic incidents in French-speaking Switzerland

regarded As the employees of a Parisian branch of the fast food chain Bagelstein in the past week, your shop window, it was smeared with a yellow Graffiti that showed only one word: "Jews." The anti-Semitism in France is again in a strong way. 541 Times by 2018 anti-Semitic Attacks were displayed, an increase of 74 percent compared to the previous year.

Not only in France seems to be the ugly Face of Jew-hatred to return. Last December, nine out of ten Jews in Europe, noted in a survey done by the EU a significant increase of anti-Semitism.

And in Switzerland? Johanne Gurfinkiel, Secretary-General of the Western Swiss coordination unit against anti-Semitism and defamation (CICAD), says: "There is a clear increase in anti-Semitic incidents in French-speaking Switzerland compared to previous years." In 2017, the CICAD reported 150 anti-Semitic incidents in French-speaking Switzerland, with Comments in social media are the most common. How much is the increase in the past year was exactly, don't want to Gurfinkiel with reference to the soon to be released annual report known.

Common right-wing greeting

last year, it had been mainly Right-wing extremists and conspiracy theorists, for the large number of anti-Semitic incidents were responsible, says Gurfinkiel. He calls that an increasing number of already in schools, it is taught, what are the dangers of conspiracy theories emanates.

Several people in the Romandie showed in the past years, the so-called "Quenelle" greeting, also in front of synagogues. This is a Hand on the other, by the stretched Arm. The gesture was popularized by the French comedian Dieudonné, infamous for anti-Semitic statements.

Gurfinkiel: politicians and the media take the hatred of Jews is not serious

The latest Figures from German-speaking Switzerland come from the year 2017, for the of the Swiss Israelite community Federation (SIG) and the Foundation against racism and anti-Semitism (GRA) reported in a report 39 anti-Semitic incidents. Figures for 2018 are not yet available. SIG Secretary General, Jonathan Kreutner says: "a massive anti-Semitic Expressions have increased, especially in the Social media. Jewish stereotypes would be passed around, invective expressed, and also insulted and even threatened."

"politicians and the media to trivialize anti-Semitism," said Gurfinkiel. Symptomatic of a RTS journalist, referred to the hatred of Jews as part of a General tendency to discriminate. You do not would like to deal specifically with anti-Semitism, the mean in France, too often, murder.

is Like Switzerland in international comparison, is difficult to answer. The reports of SIG and CICAD, based on reports, official statistics are missing. The dark figure is very likely to be large. The Geneva Gurfinkiel is, in part, with a bodyguard on the road, "fortunately, only very rarely," he says.

(Sunday newspaper)

Created: 17.02.2019, 13:24 PM

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