HRWF (13.03.2018) – After a continuous increase from 2008 to 2016, the number of vandalism incidents targeting Christian and Muslim graves and places of worship decreased in 2017 but violent acts against Jews were on the rise and vandalism cases against Jewish sites increased by 22% in comparison with 2016, according to the Ministry of the Interior.
The global statistics in 2017 are clear: 950 racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim incidents in 2017 v. 1128 in 2016 (-16%).
The number of anti-Muslim incidents (121) dramatically decreased by 34.5%.
The number of racist incidents (518) dropped by 14.8%.
The number of anti-Semitic incidents (311) diminished by 7.2%.
However, the number of acts of violence against Jews has dramatically increased: 97 in 2017 v. 77 in 2016.
Concerning acts of vandalism against religious sites and graves, Christian sites were less targeted: 878 in 2017 v. 949 in 2016, and Muslim sites were also less targeted: 72 in 2017 v. 85 in 2016.
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