The number of anti-Semitic crimes in Germany has increased by 13 percent last year, German media report on Sunday, based on an annual report from German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and Federal Investigation Service chairman Holger Münch.

In 2019, Jews and Jewish institutions were victims of crimes with an anti-Semitic motive about two thousand times. In 2018, 1,799 anti-Semitic crimes were committed in Germany.

The most famous incident of the past year was the attack on a synagogue in the city of Halle on October 9, an important Jewish holiday. Two people died in the process.

Not only the number of anti-Semitic incidents increased in 2019. Other politically motivated incidents also occurred more often last year than in 2018. In 2019 there were more than 41,000 politically motivated incidents and in the previous year 36,062. That is an increase of 14 percent.

In just over half of the cases (approximately 22,000), the perpetrator had a right-wing ideology, an increase of 9 percent over 2018. In approximately ten thousand crimes, the perpetrator had a left-wing ideology. That amounts to an increase of 24 percent.

The greatest growth occurred in the East German states of Brandenburg (52.5 percent) and Thuringia (40 percent). No explanation for the increase is given.