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New Report Says Coronavirus Pandemic is Fueling Anti-Semitism

The coronavirus pandemic is fueling a rise of anti-Semitism around the world, according to an annual report published by the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University Monday.

Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), said in the first few months since the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a rise in “anti-Semitic manifestations relating to the spread of the disease and the economic recession triggered by the pandemic.”

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant rise in accusations that Jews, as individuals and as a collective, are behind the spread of the virus or are directly profiting from it,” Kantor said during the release of the Annual Report on Antisemitism Worldwide 2019.

“The language and imagery used clearly identified a revival of the Medieval ‘blood libels’ when Jews were accused of spreading disease, poisoning wells or controlling economies,” he said. “Unfortunately, these manifestations are continuing the consistent rise of anti-Semitism over the last few years, especially online, on the streets and in mainstream society, politics and media.”

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