US report: Nearly a dozen European countries are failing to meet anti-Semitism challenges
Avoiding this designation was Norway, which has a comprehensive national plan to combat the scourge, as well as sufficient funds for security measures to protect the Jewish community.
BY FAYGIE HOLT
(April 15, 2021 / JNS) Nearly a dozen European countries are “insufficient” in their efforts to meet the challenges of anti-Semitism, a report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom found.
“Sadly, 2020 was another difficult year for global anti-Semitism” between COVID-19 unleashing an “avalanche” of anti-Semitic propaganda to physical attacks on Jews worldwide, said Gary Bauer, a commissioner with the organization, as well as president of the American Values think tank.
His comments came during an hour-long briefing on the just-released “Antisemitism in Europe: Implications for U.S. Policy” from the commission, a U.S. government body established by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.
“Even dead Jews were not allowed to rest in peace,” said Bauer, noting that Jewish cemeteries were frequent targets for graffiti and vandalism with headstones overturned.