Political scientist: incidence of hate speech following Hamas attacks relatively low in Czechia

Illustrative photo: Magdalena Hrozínková, Radio Prague International

Since the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7 there have been reports of increasing harassment, hate speech and sometimes even physical assaults against members of both Jewish and Muslim communities in countries around the world. So what is the situation like in Czechia? I spoke to Miroslav Mareš, a political scientist at Brno’s Masaryk University whose research focuses on political extremism, terrorism and security policy in Central Europe, to find out.

“The situation here is relatively quiet in terms of open expressions of anti-Semitism. Of course, we can see increasing anti-Semitism in the Czech Republic, but not in the same way as in Western European countries.

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Author: Anna Fodor