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Anti-Semitism Highest in 2009 since WWII

Samara Greenberg

2009 saw the most anti-Semitic incidents than any other year since World War II, according to a Jewish Agency report released Sunday. France recorded the largest increase; worldwide, eight people were killed.

The report considered acts that sought to delegitimize Israel as anti-Semitic. According to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, anti-Semitism in its current form “is mixed with a new intention of trying to deny the Jewish state the right to self-defense.”

Kenneth Marcus first noted this changing face of anti-Semitism in the spring 2008 issue of inFOCUS. As Marcus explained, anti-Semitism has mutated into a political ideology that now justifies verbal and physical attacks against the Jewish state of Israel.