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Report: Internet attacks against Czech Jews rise

Monday - 5/5/2014, 11:00am  ET

PRAGUE (AP) -- A new study by Prague's Jewish community released on Monday registered a significant increase of attacks against Jews on the Internet for the second straight year.

The annual report on anti-Semitism said the number of Internet attacks, including texts, photos and videos, jumped to 156 in 2013 from 82 in 2012.

The report said the pro-Israeli stance of the Czech government was among the reasons for the attacks.

Besides the Internet attacks, it said anti-Semitism in the Czech Republic remains at a relatively low level with one physical attack registered last year and three attacks on Jewish property.

The anti-Semitic materials, the report said, include the incitement, support and justification for killing Jews, their demonization, denial of the Holocaust, and the de-legitimization of the state of Israel, among other things.

The report concluded that the situation regarding anti-Semitism has been "quiet" in the Czech Republic compared with other European countries such as Hungary and France.

Also Monday, police said they broke up a Czech branch of an alleged Russia-based neo-Nazi organization known as Wotan Jugend. In a statement, spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova said the local branch was established by a 21-year-old foreigner of unspecified origin, and a total of five people are under investigation in the case. They face up to five years in prison if tried and convicted of racism.


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