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Anti-semitic Acts on Rise in Australia

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Anti-Semitic incidents have risen throughout Australia during the past year, which has also witnessed an expansion in the activities of Australian racist groups.

These were the grim assessments in reports presented earlier this month at the annual meeting of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.

The ECAJ, which maintains a central database of reported anti-Semitic incidents in Australia, recorded a 7 percent increase over the previous year in all types of such incidents from Nov. 1, 1993, to Oct. 31, 1994.

The council noted, however, that there was an 18 percent decrease in reports of violent anti-Semitic incidents.

Jews walking to and from synagogues in such cities as Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne found themselves the targets of verbal attacks, according to the council.

The ECAJ reported a nearly 60 percent increase in reports of intimidation and hate mail during the past year, with Holocaust-denial materials being mailed to Holocaust survivors a particularly prominent development.

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