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Anti-Semitic incidents rise across globe

by JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Anti-Semitic incidents worldwide rose slightly in 1998, reversing a trend seen in the past few years., Violent anti-Semitic attacks involving weapons dropped from 38 in 1997 to 36 in 1998, according to the Anti-Defamation League re

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During the past year there were anti-Semitic incidents in countries where they had not been reported in recent years, such as Russia, Argentina and Britain, the report said.

Russia's financial crisis, it stated, as well as the decision by two Swiss banks to reach a $1.25 billion settlement of Holocaust-era claims, likely had motivated some of the anti-Semitism.

Researcher Roni Stauber of Tel Aviv University, which was involved in the report, also cited the deadlock in the Middle East peace process as a factor.

Groups sympathetic to the Palestinian cause "feel the Israelis, the Jews, are doing injury to the Palestinians. This is translated into acts against Jewish communities in the world," Stauber said.

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