Anti-Semitism up in Argentina


Anti-Semitic incidents in Argentina jumped by more than 50 percent last year, according to a new report.

The 2006 Report on Anti-Semitism in Argentina, unveiled Thursday in New York, cited 586 anti-Semitic incidents in Argentina, more than 200 more than in 2005.

Marisa Braylan, the report’s author and the director of the Center for Social Studies at the main umbrella group of Argentine Jewry, attributed the increase to Israel’s war last summer with Hezbollah, which caused a spike in anti-Semitic graffiti. Despite the overall jump, Braylan said Jews still fared better than most other Argentine minorities.

The report on anti-Semitism in Argentina has been published annually since 1998 by the Argentine Jewish Associations Delegation, the country’s main Jewish umbrella body, known as DAIA. This year’s edition, which for the first time included an analysis of other Argentine minorities that suffer discrimination, was presented at the headquarters of the Anti-Defamation League.

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