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Israel says anti-Semitism on the rise

Israel says anti-Semitism on the rise
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Sixty years after the liberation of Auschwitz, Israel is reporting a sharp rise in violent anti-Semitism. A government document shows an increase in anti-Jewish incidents in Britain and Russia but also acknowledges efforts by countries, especially France, to combat the trend.

Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Natan Sharansky said last year had been a turning point in many world leaders’ understanding of the dangers of anti-Semitism for their own democracy and stability. He said governments had taken energetic steps in the struggle against the phenomenon.

The report comes ahead of the United Nations’ first ever commemoration of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.

UN boss Kofi Annan said before the special session that the evil of mass murder still threatened the world. It is hoped the event will transcend politics, but that may be difficult given the dominance of strong pro-Palestinian sentiment in the General Assembly.