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New Survey Shows 25 Percent of Europeans Have Anti-Semitic Views

Will Maule | Contributor | Friday, November 22, 2019
New Survey Shows 25 Percent of Europeans Have Anti-Semitic Views

New Survey Shows 25 Percent of Europeans Have Anti-Semitic Views

A new survey conducted by the Anti-Defamation League shows that approximately a quarter of the European population holds negative attitudes toward the Jewish community.

The ADL surveyed some 9,000 adults from 18 countries in Europe, Canada, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil between the months of April and June of this year.

The shocking figures showed that there was a distinct increase in anti-Semitic beliefs among people in Central and Eastern Europe. According to the Times of Israel, Argentina saw a 6 percent hike in anti-Semitic attitudes, Poland an 11% increase, Russia 8%, Brazil and South Africa 9%, and Ukraine an astonishing 14%.

All in all, roughly 25% of Europeans gave anti-Semitic reactions to most of the 11 assertions that made up the survey.

The statements included “Jews have too much power in the business world,” “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to [this country/to the countries they live in]” “Jews have too much power in international financial markets” and “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.”

Those involved in the administration of the survey were profoundly troubled by the results.

“It is deeply concerning that approximately one in four Europeans harbor the types of anti-Semitic beliefs that have endured since before the Holocaust,” said ADL’s CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt. “These findings serve as a powerful wake-up call that much work remains to be done to educate broad swaths of the populations in many of these countries to reject bigotry, in addition to addressing the pressing security needs where violent incidents are rising.”

Over recent months, world leaders have been expressing their dismay at the distinct rise in anti-Semitic attitudes.

“I am alarmed by the growing use of antisemitic tropes by white supremacists, including neo-Nazis and members of radical Islamist groups, in slogans, images, stereotypes and conspiracy theories to incite and justify hostility, discrimination and violence against Jews,” said UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed last month, as reported by the Jerusalem Post. “I am also concerned about the increasing expressions of antisemitism emanating from sources in the political Left and about discriminatory state practices towards Jews.”

Left-wing British politician, Jeremy Corbyn, who is currently campaigning to become the UK’s next Prime Minister, has been personally accused of failing to stamp out anti-Semitism in his own party, “Labour.”
Earlier this month, the British paper The Jewish Chronicle, the longest-running Jewish publication in the world, ran a front-page spread warning Jews not to vote for Corbyn. “The vast majority of British Jews consider Jeremy Corbyn to be an anti-Semite,” the Chronicle explained in its November 8 feature piece. “In the most recent poll, last month, the figure was 87 per cent.”

The same poll indicated that half of British Jews would consider emigrating abroad if Corbyn was elected Prime Minister. The UK election is slated for December 12 and pits Corbyn against Conservative leader, Boris Johnson.

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