News Brief
Report:  Anti-Semitic attacks increase sharply"

JERUSALEM – A Tel Aviv university team issued its annual report on worldwide anti-Semi­tism this month, in which it reported a sharp increase in violent acts against Jews and Jewish property in recent months.  The number of inci­dents rose sharply after the Sept. 11 attacks and jumped again after Israel began its offensive in the West Bank.

All told, there were 228 anti-Jewish acts in the world in 2001, 50 of which were major attacks involving weapons.

The report, which cited a recent spate of attacks in western Europe on Jewish schools, synagogues and cemeteries, didn’t give actual numbers of post-9/11 incidents, but indicated a significant increase since the September attacks on the U.S.