Germany Reports an Increase in Hate Crimes Motivated By Right-Wing Extremism

Despite having supposedly quashed anti-semitism decades ago, Germany has seen an uptick in the number of anti-semitic attacks.

In 2017, police recorded over 1,400 crimes against Jewish people or institutions. Those crimes included 32 violent crimes, 160 cases of property damage and 898 cases of incitement.

Because statewide data has not been finalized, the German government expects these numbers to rise. The data came in response to a government inquiry.

Police found a right-wing motive in 95 percent of the cases. Non-Muslim foreigners committed only 33 of the crimes. German or foreign-born Muslims committed only 25 of the crimes.

Many people would like to associate this increase with the increase of refugees and migrants, but the math does not support this xenophobic theory. A mandate was recently proposed to require migrants to visit a concentration camp in order to reduce anti-semitism, but the numbers clearly show that non-Muslim Germans, not immigrants, perpetuate most of the crimes. The call is coming from inside the house.

Jews are not the only group targeted by hate crimes. In 2016, Germany saw more than 10 attacks per day against migrants. In just the first quarter of 2017, more than 200 anti-Muslim crimes were committed.

“Unlike the racist attacks on refugees, there has been no decline in explicitly anti-Muslim attacks,” Congresswoman Ulla Jelpke told DW. “That suggests that Muslims in Germany have become a particular object of hatred for violent far-right extremists.”

By comparison, there were 97 anti-Christian hate crimes recorded in 2017.

Other forms of hate crimes also show an increase in far-right extremism and bigotry. About 300 homophobic or transphobic crimes were committed in Germany in 2017. In just the first half of 2017 these types of hate crimes were up almost 30 percent from the same time the year before. Authorities believe the actual number and that many of these crimes go unreported due to stigma.

None of these trends, however, are confined to geographical boundaries.

Anti-semitic crimes reached an all-time high the UK, with more than 1,300 incidents in 2017, including a 34 percent increase in violent assaults. In the US, anti-semitic incidents increased one-third in 2016. FBI data is not yet available for all of 2017, but the Anti-Defamation League reported an 86 percent spike in the first three months of the year.

The total number of hate crimes in the US increased 5 percent in 2016, due in large part to a 67 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes reported.

These numbers may actually paint the US in too positive a light compared to the UK and Germany, as the reported numbers are similar and the US has a much bigger population. However, though the FBI data is the most comprehensive we have to track hate crimes, it is “known to be woefully inadequate.”

The FBI reports between 6,000 and 10,000 hate crimes every year, but when the US Bureau of Justice Statistics surveyed large portions of the population looking for more accurate data, they found there are nearly 260,000 hate crimes per year.

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44 comments

Marie W
Marie W8 days ago

Thanks

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Clare O
Clare O6 months ago

One thing for sure, Jewish people do not kill and dismember student women. These right wing groups should save their ire for those who carry out atrocities.

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Clare O
Clare O6 months ago

Hate crime is wrong. Yet when people see an increase in people coming to live around them, with culture they find unpleasant, and see the consequences where crime, violence and killing of women occur - as in Italy recently where a women was killed and dismembered - what do you expect?

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Muff-Anne Y

People are fed up and this is what comes from greedy governments over indulging in immigration.

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Marija M
Marija M6 months ago

Agree with John. Tks.

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Paulo R
Paulo R6 months ago

hatred and stupidity are found on all continents. Not a good time to bring children into this world. ty

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Lisa M
Lisa M6 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M6 months ago

Noted.

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Ruth S
Ruth S6 months ago

Thanks.

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Peggy B
Peggy B6 months ago

Almost as bad as US.

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