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Sunday, January 27, 2013
PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND DIASPORA AFFAIRS MINISTER EDELSTEIN TO BRIEF CABINET ON 2012 ANTI-SEMITISM REPORT

PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND DIASPORA AFFAIRS MINISTER EDELSTEIN TO BRIEF CABINET ON
2012 ANTI-SEMITISM REPORT
(Communicated by the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry
Spokesman)

Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein will, at the
weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 27 January 2013), on the occasion of
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Anti-Semitism+and+the+Holocaust/Documents+and+communiques/International_Holocaust_Remembrance_Day_2013.htm
review the findings of the 2012 report on trends in anti-Semitism.

The report indicates an increase in the number of terrorist attacks and
attempted terrorist attacks against Jewish targets, mainly by elements
identified with extremist Islamic movements or the radical Right, and a
sharp increase in the harassment of Jews, including verbal and physical
violence, mainly in Western Europe, in proximity to Jewish community
centers. The most severe incident was the deadly 19 March 2012 shooting
attack at a Jewish school in Toulouse
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/About+the+Ministry/MFA+Spokesman/2012/Victims_Toulouse_attack_buried_Israel_19-Mar-2012.htm
in which a teacher and three children were murdered.

Regarding online media, the report notes the continuing trend of expressions
of hatred and anti-Semitism on various Internet sites, social media and
smartphone applications. In this regard, the Ministry of Public Diplomacy
and Diaspora Affairs announces that following its appeal to Google, the
company has removed an anti-Semitic application in Arabic from its online
applications store. This was the so-called 'Hitler application' that, inter
alia, offered quotes by the Nazi dictator.

Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Edelstein said, "The report
clearly shows that the oft-used premise that this or that policy of the
State of Israel leads to an increase or decrease in anti-Semitic incidents
is absolutely without foundation. As evidence, one may note that during and
after Operation Pillar of Defense
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/About+the+Ministry/Behind+the+Headlines/BTH_Ceasefire_Pillar_of_Defense_21-Nov-2012
, there was no sharp increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents. There
is no doubt that against the background of anti-Semitic phenomena, there are
also anti-Zionist approaches and the delegitimization of the State of
Israel. However, to our regret, no policy by the State of Israel affects or
reduces these manifestations of racist hatred towards Jews."

For further details, please contact Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs
Ministry Spokesman Gal Ilan at gali@pmo.gov.il or 050-6207774.

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