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Report: Online Anti-Semitism in Spain Doubled in 2011

By: JTA
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Online anti-Semitism in Spain doubled in volume last year, according to a Spanish Jewish community monitor.

In a report on anti-Semitism in Spain in 2011, the Observatory on Anti-Semitism in Spain counted more than 1,000 anti-Semitic sites and web pages that the observatory says were created in Spain. In 2010 the observatory counted only 400 such sites. The observatory includes Spanish Facebook pages and groups in its reports.

The document on 2011 is the observatory’s third annual monitor report. The observatory was co-founded by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain.

The observatory received a total of 57 reports of anti-Semitic incidents in 2011. Of those, it deemed 42 to be anti-Semitic. In 2010, the center received half this number of reports.

“There is growing public awareness of the [observatory] initiative,” a Jewish federation spokesperson said.

A few of the incidents reported involved heckling of Jews in public. On Sept. 17, a group of youths confronted members of a Jewish cultural group at a mall in Saragossa. The youths allegedly told the group that Jews were “fascists, racist murderers” and that “there should be no Jews in the world.”

Spain, a nation of some 47 million people, has approximately 50,000 Jews.

The similarly-sized Dutch Jewish community registered 123 anti-Semitic incidents in 2011 throughout the Netherlands, with a population of 17 million people. During 2011, “there has been notable progress in the legal field, as well as increased efforts in the fight against anti-Semitism,” the report said.

The observatory nonetheless called on the political establishment to address “ambiguous wording” in the penal code. This, according to the observatory, leads to “contradictions” in the fight against hate crimes.

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  1. Eve Folley says:

    Its all over the internet! It sickens me when I read comments on FB that r so anti Israel, anti Zionist, its just like the days leading up to Hitler’s reign of terror! My heart bleeds for the Jews, but there r some of us that love the Jews, the Holy Land n we love Jesus. I try n educate ppl where I go but some just r plain ignorant of History n true History, not their distorted world view!

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