OSCE Hate crime reporting in 2015
Forty-one participating States have submitted hate crime information to ODIHR, 17 of which provided detailed statistics in accordance with the bias motivations on which ODIHR reports.
One hundred eleven civil society groups have submitted information on 5,357 incidents, covering 41 participating States, which includes 4,197 incidents that were disaggregated by type of incident and bias motivation. This information is supplemented by data provided by IOM, UNHCR and OSCE missions covering 35 countries.
While the general level of reporting to ODIHR remains comparable to previous years, limited data on some bias motives continue to indicate under-reporting and gaps in recording.
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2015 Hate Crime Data Key Findings
For centuries, Jews were persecuted as a religious minority. In the modern era, antisemitism has emerged as a political ideology that claims Jews control the world and are to be blamed for phenomena such as capitalism and communism. Antisemitism, including the belief that Jews are racially inferior, was the driving force behind the Holocaust. Antisemitic narratives, such as blood libel, continue to be heard today. Complex contemporary challenges like the financial crisis or the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians are reduced to placing blame on Jews, drawing on such antisemitic stereotypes and conspiracy theories. Contemporary manifestations of antisemitism also revolve around the Holocaust, with some blaming the Holocaust on Jews or suggesting that Jews focus on this tragedy to gain advantage. Denying the Holocaust is one way of expressing antisemitism.