Manifestations of Anti-Semitism in the European Union
Annex: Reporting institutions and data sources
Commissioned by the E.U. Monitoring Center on Racism
DISCLAIMER: This report was not released
by the European Union, presumably because it points out significant
Muslim involvement in European anti-Semitism.
The list of the National Focal Points (NFPs) presented
below does not primarily deal with monitoring and recording anti-Semitic
incidents. Therefore some NFPs experienced difficulties in collecting
data, but they have tried to overcome these difficulties in various
ways, as one can see from the list of sources.
Belgium: Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism
Denmark: The Danish Board for Ethnic Equality
Germany: European Forum for Migration Studies
Greece: ANTIGONE - Information & Documentation Centre
Spain: Movement for Peace, Disarmament and Liberty
France: Agency for the Development of Intercultural Relations
Ireland: Equality Authority (EA) /National Consultative Committee
on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI)
Italy: Co-operation for the Development of Emerging Countries
(COSPE) Luxemburg: Association for the Support of Immigrant Workers
Austria: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights; Department
of Linguistics of the University of Vienna; Institute of Conflict Research;
Portugal: Research Center on Human and Social Sciences
Finland: Finnish League for Human Rights
Sweden: EXPO Foundation
The following list gives an overview of the collation methods, databases
and data-collecting institutions in the EU Member States used by the
The Belgian report contained the following sources:
Forum of the Jewish Organisations of Antwerp
Various sources have been consulted in the data collection. The aim
was to speak to both official and unofficial sources in order to achieve
a full representation. The unofficial sources were identified by firstly
speaking to an information worker at The Jewish Community
(Det Mosaiske Trossamfund), by pursuing the links on The
Jewish Communitys homepage, and then by checking other links
on the Jewish sites visited. The Jewish Community in Denmark
systematically registers all anti-Semitic incidents in Denmark.
The following institutions and organisations have been consulted:
The Danish Civil Security Service (PET) as they collect
data on racially motivated crimes in Denmark.
For incidents of graffiti, vandalism, etc.:
The Jewish Community (Det Mosaiske Trossamfund), which is the
official representative of the Jewish community in Denmark;
Maichsike-hadas an Orthodox Jewish Community
Chabad a broad organisation promoting Jewish awareness;
JIF Hakaoh a Jewish sports club (via Carolineskolen);
Carolineskolen the main Jewish school located in Copenhagen;
Progressive Jewish Forum a small organisation working
for a reform Jewish congregation;
The Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies;
The Israeli Embassy in Copenhagen.
Internet was used to identify homepages with anti-Semitic content.
The German NFP based its report on the following sources:
Data from the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation;
An intensive analysis of the media;
Internet, the Websites of organisations;
Analysis of scientific studies: media analyses, opinion polls.
Information was mostly supplied by Jewish organisations
Jewish Representative Council of Ireland;
the Chief Rabbis Office;
the Israeli Embassy;
the Ireland-Israel Friendship League;
the Garda (Irish police);
Garda Racial and Intercultural Office.
Survey of national newspapers
Internet (right-wing websites)
Data was collected from three main sources:
Representative organisations of the Jewish Community in Greece
(Regional Boards and Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece).
A written request was sent by fax and e-mail to these organisations.
Members of the NFPs staff had interviews with members of the Board
of the other main Jewish Communities in Corfu, Larissa and Thessalonica;
The media were both monitored and studied. The monitoring of
the media, which is a routine activity of the INFOCENTER, provides us
with information to be further investigated. At the same time, the content
of the media reports is also studied since it constitutes an important
attitude-forming instrument. Detailed content analyses have not been
carried out in the context of the present report, as it was not within
its scope, but the essential primary material has been collected, categorised
and can be analysed further, if required;
The Internet was used basically as a source of data -mostly reports
from national and international organisations- and also as a source
of material pertinent to our inquiry, i.e. anti-Semitic web pages, discussion
The following information sources were used for the report:
Internet (oriented on neo-Nazi and racist groups);
Consultation with several organisations, especially Jewish ones.
The sources used to monitor incidents were:
All daily print press as well as press agencies;
Jewish Communities media (Actualité juive, antisémitisme.info,
Jewish groups (CRIF, UEJF), in particular the new structures
or initiatives recently set up to counter anti-Semitic acts or for the
purpose of victim support (Observatoire du monde juif, help lines such
as SOS Vérité - Sécurité or SOS antisémitisme);
anti-racist non-profit organisations (LICRA, SOS Racisme, MRAP,
The basic sources were made available by the Centre of Contemporary
Jewish Documentation (Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea,
CDEC) in Milan, which systematically collects data on anti-Semitism
Report on anti-Semitism in Italy, edited by A. Goldstaub, June
2002. The report had been presented at the national Congress of UCEI
(Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche Italiane, 20-23 June 2002)
Inquiries were made at:
Representatives of the Jewish community;
Secretary General of the Israelite Consistory;
Grand Ducal Police;
NGO working against racism and anti-Semitism;
Amnesty International Luxembourg;
Analysis of newspapers
The report is based on the compilation by the Center for Research on
Anti-Semitism, Technical University Berlin. Sources used are from:
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), online:
Second report on the Netherlands, adopted on 15 December 2000 and made
public on 13.11.2001.
Anti-Semitism Worldwide 2000/1, online, Netherlands;
Centrum Informatie en Documentatie Israel (CIDI), The Hague,
online overzicht antisemitische incidenten Nederland 2001 en voorloping
overzicht 2002 by Hadassa Hirschfeld;
Other NGOs: Anti Discrininatiebureaus in Nederland (ADBs),
Landelijke Vereniging van ADBs (LV), Meldpunt Discrimnatie Internet
(MDI), Landelijke Expertise Centrum Discriminatiezaken (LECD), Antifascistische
Onderzoeksgroep Kafka, Centraal Meldpunt Voetbalvandalisme, Monitorrapport
over Racisme en Extreem Rechts from the Anne Frank Stichting and the
University of Leiden; the Dutch Auschwitz Committee, the National Bureau
for the Fight Against Racism and the 4th and 5th May Committee;
The analysis is based on a balanced mix of sources:
NGOs related to the Jewish communities (Forum gegen Antisemitismus
[sub-organisation of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien], ESRA, Israelitische
Kultusgemeinden Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Graz);
Other NGOs (ZARA, Dokumentationsarchiv des österreichischen
Widerstands [DÖW], Ökologische Linke [OEKOLI], Österreichische
Federal Ministry of the Interior.
The media analysis included monitoring of the following dailies:
Der Standard, Die Presse, Wiener Zeitung, Salzburger Nachrichten, Kurier,
Kleine Zeitung, Oberösterreichische Nachrichten and Kronen Zeitung.
The NFP looked for the keywords anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic,
Jew(s) and Jewish in the online archives of
these papers. In addition, the following right-wing papers were scrutinized:
Zur Zeit published weekly by FPÖ-members, Aula edited monthly by
the National-freiheitliche Akademikerverbände Österreichs,
an umbrella organisation of the national-liberal fraternities,
and Der Eckart published monthly by the Österreichische Landsmannschaften.
The keywords anti-Semitism Austria Jews
Austria were used for the general search on the Internet.
The NFP gave reference to official institutions, Jewish organisations
and anti-discrimination NGOs and the media in a general way.
Data was collected from three main sources:
Interviews with a representative of the Finnish Jewish community,
a representative of the Friends of Israel Association and the Ombudsmans
Intrinsic problem: Although there are some institutions that monitor
the situation, they do it usually from a very narrow point of view,
specialising their efforts on some particular issue.
Sources and methods:
The only Swedish institution compiling a formal index of anti-Semitic
incidents is the Swedish Security Police (Säpo); however, such
statistics are only published annually the year following the incident.
To compile this report the NFP has made use of its contacts with all
three Jewish communities and is continuously receiving reports on registered
anti-Semitic incidents. The NFP is also in continuous contact with a
number of individuals researching the topic, either in a private or
in an academic capacity.
The gathering of information has been done basically through telephone
calls that were prepared by sending out the questions well in advance
of the calls.
Other information, especially about activities on the Internet and articles
in papers, stems from the normal daily collection of information by
This report is based on the compilation by the Center for Research on
Anti-Semitism, Berlin. Sources used:
Data from the Community Security Trust (CST), the monitoring
body, which has been accorded third-party reporting status by the police.
This allows it to report anti-Semitic incidents to the police and act
as a go-between between the police and those victims who are unable
or unwilling to report to the police directly. Michael Whine, Anti-Semitism
on the streets, in: Is there a new anti-Semitism in Britain?, online
Lawyers Committee for Humans Rights, Fire and Broken Glass. The
Rise of Anti-Semitism in Europe, Strasbourg, May 2002;
Amnesty International Press Release, AI Index: EUR 3.1.2002 (Public)
News Service No: 84, 10.5.2002;
Anti-Defamation League, Global Anti-Semitism: Selected Incidents
Around the World in 2002;
Anti-Semitism Worldwide 2000/1, online, United Kingdom;
Survey: Anti-Defamation League, European Attitudes Towards Jews,
Israel and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, 27. 6. 2002;
C.R.I.F. - Released by the European Jewish Congress