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Published on 28 July 2015

Anti-semitism in France, SPJC Press release

“Antisemitic violence always begets more Antisemitic violence”

The year 2015 began in blood: three terror attacks were perpetrated in France on 7, 8 and 9 January. The attack on 9 January had Antisemitic motive: 28 people were taken hostage because they were believed to be Jewish, and four were assassinated.
2015: Antisemitism has killed again in France.
 
From January to May, Antisemitic acts have increased by 84% in 2015 compared to 2014, and by 161 % compared to 2013.
This means 508 Antisemitic acts committed in France in 2015 against 276 in 2014 and 195 in 2013 over the same period.
 
From January to May, the category “violent acts” has increased significantly in 2015: +59% compared to 2014 and +124% compared to 2013.
In other terms, there were 121 “violent acts” committed in France in 2015 against 76 in 2014 and 54 in 2013 over the same period.
Antisemitic violence always begets more Antisemitic violence.
 
From January to May, the category “threats” is significantly higher in 2015: +94% compared to 2014 and +174% compared to 2013.

This means 387 "threats" committed in France in 2015 against 200 in 2014 and 141 in 2013 over the same period.
 
1: This number relates directly to the attack that was committed that same month against a kosher supermarket in Vincennes, in which four people were killed and 24 people taken hostage.
 
(Source: Interior Ministry and SPCJ)
 
Methodological note:
The census conducted by the Ministry of Interior and SPCJ include Antisemitic acts that were reported to the police or filed as complaints.  
Thus it does not include all Antisemitic acts committed on French soil.
This release is dedicated to the memory of the 17 women and men killed in the terror attacks on 7, 8 and 9 January 2015.

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