Antisemitism in Australia: CSG releases its report

March 6, 2022 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Community Security Groups across Australia have reported 490 antisemitic incidents in Australia during 2021, a 38% increase over 2020 and the highest on record.

Antisemitic incident targets

Abusive behaviour at 424 incidents (87%) tops the list, followed by 29 incidents of damage and desecration, 20 threats, 10 assaults, 7 incidents of literature and no acts of extreme violence.

New South Wales experienced the highest reported number of antisemitic incidents at 262 (53%), followed by 146 incidents in Victoria (30%), 30 incidents in Western Australia (6%), 28 incidents in Queensland (6%), 11 incidents in Tasmania (2%), 7 incidents in the Australian Capital Territory (1%) and 6 incidents in South Australia (1%).

There were 89 incidents in synagogues and 42 incidents in Jewish schools.

Three of the 11 physical assaults were targeted at schoolchildren.

Police across the country were notified of 222 incidents (45%). Separately, CSG was notified
of an additional 19 incidents by police. In New South Wales, 84 incidents were recorded by the NSW Police Engagement and Hate Crime Unit as having ‘Hate Crime Involvement’.

Offenders were charged in relation to 6 incidents, 4 of which occurred in New South Wales and 2 of which occurred in Queensland. Note, a large portion of antisemitic incidents do not constitute criminal offences.

The National 24 hour emergency response, incident reporting, advice and assistance hotline:

1300 000 CSG   1300 000 274


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