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Israeli researchers say anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014 amid Gaza war, IS rise

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, people hold candles and a placard reading "I am Charlie" as they gather to commemorate the victims of a terror attack against French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Jewish communities around the world faced an "explosion of hatred" last year, with the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks rising by 38 percent, according to a report released Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Israeli researchers. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, people hold candles and a placard reading "I am Charlie" as they gather to commemorate the victims of a terror attack against French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Jewish communities around the world faced an "explosion of hatred" last year, with the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks rising by 38 percent, according to a report released Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Israeli researchers. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 file photo, family and relatives of four French Jewish victims of the attack on a kosher grocery store in Paris, attend their funeral in Jerusalem, Israel. Jewish communities around the world faced an "explosion of hatred" last year, with the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks rising by 38 percent, according to a report released Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Israeli researchers. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 file photo, family and relatives of four French Jewish victims of the attack on a kosher grocery store in Paris, attend their funeral in Jerusalem, Israel. Jewish communities around the world faced an "explosion of hatred" last year, with the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks rising by 38 percent, according to a report released Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Israeli researchers. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, people gather to pay respect for the victims of a terror attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine, in Paris. Jewish communities around the world faced an "explosion of hatred" last year, with the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks rising by 38 percent, according to a report released Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Israeli researchers. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

    FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, people gather to pay respect for the victims of a terror attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine, in Paris. Jewish communities around the world faced an "explosion of hatred" last year, with the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks rising by 38 percent, according to a report released Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Israeli researchers. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)  (The Associated Press)

An annual report by Israeli researchers says anti-Semitic incidents surged worldwide in 2014, with violent attacks on Jews ranging from armed assaults to vandalism against synagogues, schools and cemeteries.

The report, released Wednesday at Tel Aviv University, recorded 766 incidents, mostly in Western Europe, compared to 554 in 2013 — a 38 percent increase.

The report says the increase was partly linked to last summer's bloody war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip as well as a general climate of hatred and violence encouraged by the rise of the Islamic State group and its gruesome propaganda.

It says 2014 was the second most violent year for Jews in the past decade. It trailed only 2009, which also saw a spike in anti-Semitism following an Israeli war in Gaza.