Anti-Semitism can be found in nearly every corner of the globe, according to the 13th annual State Department Report on International Religious Freedom released on Tuesday, and it is on the rise.
"Trends include increases in the traditional anti-Semitic actions and accusations that have plagued the world for millennia–including desecration of cemeteries, graffiti, and blood libel accusations–as well as Holocaust denial, revisionism, and glorification," it found. Some is part of the campaign to delegitimize and demonize Israel.
The State Department is required to report regularly to Congress by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998; this edition covers the last half of 2010.
If found "spikes in anti-Semitic expressions" in private as well as official media, notably including cartoons, in several countries, including Poland, Spain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
In Saudi Arabia, where "The public practice of any religion other than Islam is prohibited" it reported "school textbooks continue to contain offensive statements about Jews and Christians." And it’s not just inside the kingdom but also in schools it supports abroad:
In the United Kingdom, media reported in 2010 that some part-time weekend schools and clubs taught approximately 5,000 pupils the official Saudi national curriculum, which contains anti-Semitic views, including an Arabic-language textbook that asks children to list the "reprehensible" qualities of Jews. In reaction to the reports, the British education minister rejected the use of anti-Semitic material in British schools.
Another alarming development was the growing occurrence of anti-Semitic expressions in official and government-affiliated media in Venezuela. It appears linked to Hugo Chavez’s increasing hostility toward Israel as he solidifies his alliances with Iran and Turkey.
The report noted
On July 13 Diario Vea published a political cartoon depicting the Israeli foreign minister with half his face as Adolf Hitler, holding up his hand tattooed with a skull with sharp teeth and an Israeli flag on its forehead. Such expressions often increased following government criticism of Israeli government policies or actions…
On October 13, 2010, the government-affiliated Web site Aporrea.com in Venezuela published an article recommending the anti-Semitic book Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
— Doug Bloomfield