Antisemitic crime in Berlin doubles in prevalence in four years: report
Police figures show that 288 crimes classified as antisemitic were recorded by the capital’s police in 2017, which is slightly less than double the 149 crimes recorded in 2013.
Police figures also make clear that reported antisemitic crime has risen steadily in recent years. In 2014 there were 176 reported incidents and in 2016, some 197 antisemitic crimes were recorded.
It still remains unclear what type of crimes those that took place last year were.
Tagesspiegel reports that there is has been no analysis published explaining the rise in antisemitic crime, but that police and city officials believe it is connected to the increased number of migrants from the Middle East living in the city.
The crimes could also be connected to heightened mobilization of the radical right, the report states.
The current method for classifying antisemitic crime has been criticized for its accuracy in identifying motives. Unless there is specific evidence to the contrary, the crime is classified as far-right.
A special commission into antisemitism, which published a report last year, said that “there is likely a distorted picture of antisemitic crime which exaggerates right-wing motives and perpetrators.”