Jerusalem, 1 June 1998

SHARP RISE IN GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM RECORDED OVER PAST MONTH

(Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat)

The Cabinet Secretariat, today, Sunday, 1.6.98, announced that during the past month a noted increase in violent anti-semitism has been recorded.

Cabinet Secretary Danny Naveh, who heads the Anti-Semitism Monitoring Forum, said that a number of the incidents are connected to the State of Israel’s Jubilee events. He requested that Foreign Ministry representatives around the world raise the matter in their capitals and ask that the various governments take decisive action to stop the phenomenon.

The recent incidents have included: two terrorist attacks against Jewish sites in Greece and Latvia; a string of attacks on Jews on the street (primarily in Britain) and desecration of gravestones and memorial sites (in Latvia, Canada, and Argentina). A dramatic increase in the amount of threats against Jews and Jewish institutions has also been recorded.