LGBT+ rights activists in Israel have denounced a 54 percent increase in homophobic episodes recorded in 2018, relying on the report from the Nir Katz Center, a department of the Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel (Aguda) that reports on homophobic, transphobic and biphobic hate crimes and is named after a teen who was brutally murdered in such an attack a decade ago. The total number of anti-LGBT instances of harassment, violence or abuse reported in 2018 was 821, a 54 percent increase from the 533 recorded in 2017, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on S February 10th, which means that a new anti-LGBT hate crime is reported about every 10 hours in the country. The data showed that 45 percent of anti-LGBT incidents targeted men and 38 percent were against the trans community. he Nir Katz Center report also indicated that 25 percent of anti-LGBT+ incidents took place in public spaces, 22 percent on social media, 15 percent within a family environment, 13 percent in the workplace, 7 percent at school, 5 percent in the armed forces and 5 percent within government agencies. The report also identified that 8 percent of anti-LGBT statements recorded were made by public figures—of these, nearly half were uttered by media personalities and a third by rabbis.