The German government is deliberately misclassifying anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incidents as being of right wing origin when in fact they are being committed by recent Muslim immigrants, a new report by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) has found.

Quoting Daniel Poensgen, a researcher at the Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism, or RIAS, the JTA said that recent outbursts at the annual Quds Day march in Berlin, had for example, been classified by the authorities as forms of far-right anti-Semitism.

Poensgen told the JTA that the Quds Day march example and other mislabeled incidents are facilitating attempts to politicize anti-Semitism and complicating the apparently losing battle to solve it.

It means we cant really use the official statistics on anti-Semitism in Germany, Poensgen said.

During the Quds Day marchan annual even to express support for the Palestinians, with Al-Quds being the Arabic name for Jerusalemparticipants allegedly made frequent calls about killing Israelis, Zionist conspiracies and chants of free Palestine from the river to the sea, the JTA article continued, adding that Hamas and Hezbollah flags are also on display, and that imams regularly preach anti-Semitic verses from the Quran to the crowd in Farsi and Arabic.

Under the guise of Israel criticism, they use classic anti-Semitic stereotypes, identifying Israel as having Jewish characteristics: domineering, greedy or a child killer, sociologist Imke Kummer told the JTA.

Doubts about the ministrys methodology have become more pronounced as its data have increasingly diverged with information from across Western Europe and from the perceptions of German Jews themselves, the JTA said.

Last month, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that supporters of far-right groups were responsible for about 90 percent of the 1,800 recorded anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Germany in 2018, a 20 percent increase over the previous year.

In France, by contrast, more than half of anti-Semitism incidents, and virtually all the violent ones, are perpetrated by immigrants from Muslim countries or their descendants, according to the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism.

In Britain, the Community Security Trust suggests that far-right perpetrators are responsible for 5060 percent of the incidents where victims offered a physical description of their attackers. This happened in about 30 percent of 1,652 cases in 2018, a 19 percent hike from the previous year.