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Vandalism Vandals defeated the old Jewish cemetery, located in the city of Delitzsch in Saxony. April 2010.

The period between 2014 and 2015 was marked by a wave of xenophobic vandalism, particularly against migrants. 229 cases of xenophobic vandalism have been recorded in 2014.

Most were targeted at immigrants (172), 39 cases were anti-Semitic, 7 cases were anti-Muslim, 4 cases targeted prisoners of Nazi concentration camps, 2 cases were anti-Christian. There have been 170 attacks on refugee centres, compared to 55 in 2013. In 2015, the wave of vandal attacks increased sharply. In total, 288 protest actions against refugees were registered this year. However, attacks on refugee reception facilities were recorded five times more than last year - 1,031 cases. These include 4 murder attempts, 60 injuries, 94 acts of vandalism and 8 cases involving the use of explosives.

In 2014, vandals attacked mosques in Gelsenkirchen (May 15 and July 14 ), Dresden (July 11 ), Baumveg (July 14 ), Wuppertal (25 and 29 July ), Aachen (29 July ), Hanover (August 3 ), and the monument to Holocaust victims in Wismar (4 July ), Berlin (11 and 14 July ), Chemnitz and Herne (July 24 )) Bad Nenndorf (July 28) .

In 2017, cases of desecration of graves in Jewish cemeteries, which, according to the investigation, were committed out of anti-Semitic motives, continued to be recorded in Germany. In general, the number of such violations constantly decreases. The situation with disclosure looks worser. From the response of the Federal Government to the question of the Left Party faction in the Bundestag, it follows that for the period from 2014 to 2017, 76 "attacks on Jewish cemeteries on anti-Semitic motives" were registered. Only in four cases have the perpetrators been identified and brought to justice. The vice-president of the Bundestag, Petra Pau, spoke in this connection with sharp criticism of the police and the prosecutor's office. The same category can be attributed to the desecration of commemorative plaques to the victims of the Holocaust by applying Nazi symbols on them. In December the swastika was found on a memorial plaque in Fürth (Bavaria). [2]

According to the Federal Statistical Office, 4'613 acts of vandalism, including 170 arson attacks, were committed in Germany in 2019. Of these, 929 were committed by right-wing extremists and 3'684 by left-wing extremists. Thus, left-wing extremists are much more likely to commit arson and other damage to the property of their opponents. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry reported that 126 acts of vandalism were committed against refugee hostels, 27.2 percent less than in 2018.

In 2018, there were when physical damage to property or violent acts are counted exclusively. Under a broader interpretation of "assault" (see below), the number reached 184. According to the leadership of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, the victims did not file a police report in all cases, so the actual number of such crimes must be higher. In 2019, there were 110 attacks on mosques alone. The initiative brandeilig.org keeps its own statistics on attacks on mosques, according to which in 2020 (at the end of November) there have already been about 100 such crimes. By "attack" the group's activists, like most human rights activists, mean a wide range of illegal actions, including right-wing extremist graffiti, protests in front of mosques with right-wing slogans, damage to doors, windows, or walls, arson, and actions that intentionally insult the dignity of believers.

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