Anti-Semitic incidents rise in Argentina

Anti-Semitic incidents increased dramatically in Buenos Aires during the first two months of 2009, according to a newly released report.

A new anti-Semitism report published by the DAIA Argentine Jewish political umbrella group showed 253 anti-Semitic incidents in January and February of this years, compared with 302 anti-Semitic incidents in all of 2008. The spike was prompted by Israel’s military operation in Gaza, officials said.

“The Middle East conflict clearly affects the level of incidents,” Marisa Braylan, director of the DAIA department that produced the report, said at last week at the University of Buenos Aires. — jta