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Argentina Antisemitism Drops Overall, Grows Online

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in Argentina dropped in 2012 compared to the previous year, though the number of physical assaults and online attacks rose.

According to the annual report of anti-Semitic incidents in Argentina released last week by DAIA, the Argentine Jewish political umbrella organization, there were 243 acts of anti-Semitism based on recorded complaints — down from 263 in 2011, an 8.7 percent decrease.

However, the number of cases of physical assault and injuries increased in 2012, to five from one.

“For us, this figure about aggressions motivated by anti-Semitism is the most disturbing,” Marisa Braylan, director of the Centre for Social Studies of DAIA, who compiled the research, told JTA.

Some 40 percent of the anti-Semitic incidents occurred online, up from 33 percent the previous year. Of the online incidents, 40 percent occurred on Twitter, 20 percent took place on websites and 11 percent on Facebook.

According to the 165-page annual report, which is in its 15th year, 36 percent of the incidents involved Nazi symbols and 25 percent were characterized by xenophobic expressions.

Braylan called the increase in virtual hate “a constant trend.”

Argentina to Investigate Official for Incitement against Israel

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

An Argentinian prosecutor a government official of incitement against Israel and public intimidation.

Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA cultural center, said there is “concrete evidence to start an investigation” of acting Under Secretary of Family Agriculture Emilio Persico, who participated in an Aug. 2 ceremony marking Al Quds Day at the At-Tawhid Mosque in Buenos Aires.

On Aug. 14, the Simon Wiesenthal Center wrote to Argentina’s minister of agriculture, Norberto Yauhar, calling for Persico’s removal. “Apparently, the speakers at Al Quds Day in Buenos Aires feel energized and empowered by the Argentina-Iran agreement, and now foment hate with impunity,” Sergio Widder, the Wiesenthal Center’s director for Latin America, told JTA, referring to a much-criticized agreement between the countries to jointly investigate the AMIA bombing.

The next day, Persico went to the headquarters of DAIA, the Jewish political umbrella group, to explain his position. DAIA president Julio Schlosser then told media: “We understood his reasons and the situation is finished.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/argentina-to-investigate-official-for-incitement-against-israel/2013/08/24/

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