29% of European Jews considered emigrating due to extent of antisemitism

1 in 5 of the respondents said they had personally experienced at least 1 incident of physical assault or anti-Semitic verbal abuse in the year leading up to the survey.

By JTA

 

 

 

Nearly a third of respondents to a survey on anti-Semitism in Europe said they “seriously considered emigrating” because of perceived anti-Semitism.

Jewish man in front of swastika at Shoah memorial

Jewish man in front of swastika at Shoah memorial – Photo: REUTERS

In the survey among 5,847 Jews from nine European Union member states, 29 percent of all respondents said that they considered emigrating in recent years because they did “not feel safe” living in their countries as Jews, according to Morten Kjaerum, the director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights which conducted the research among Jews from Sweden, France, Belgium, Britain, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Romania and Latvia.

The figure for Jews contemplating emigration was particularly high in Hungary, France and Belgium with 48, 46 and 40 percent respectively, according to the report which Kjaerum presented Friday at a press conference in Vilnius.

Asked about their definition of an anti-Semite, 34 percent of all respondents indicated that it applied to “a non-Jewish person if he or she criticizes Israel.” In Sweden, only 21 percent of 703 respondents said non-Jewish critics of Israel were anti-Semitic compared to 42 percent of 1,137 French respondents. Nearly 90 percent of respondents said that people who did not consider Jewish citizens of their country as compatriots were anti-Semitic.

On average, 76 percent said anti-Semitism has increased over the past five years. One in five respondents said they had personally experienced at least one incident of anti-Semitic verbal or physical assault in the year before the survey.

Twenty percent of respondents said they avoided wearing, carrying or displaying things that might help people identify them as Jews in public. That figure was 34 percent in Sweden; 29 percent in France; 20 percent in Hungary and eight percent in Britain.

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor said the survey was “of great importance,” adding that the fact that “Jews are not able to express their Jewishness because of fear should be a watershed moment for Europe. He called on EU governments to study the survey’s results.

Overall, four percent of respondents said they had experienced physical attack or threats of violence in the year before the survey because they were Jewish.

Sixty-four percent of respondents who said they had experienced physical attacks also said that they did not report these incidents because they considered doing so ineffective.

 

View original Jerusalem Post publication at: http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Survey-29-percent-of-European-Jews-considered-emigrating-due-to-anti-Semitism-331002

3 comments

  1. This survey should be a wake up call for immigration to ISRAEL. All Jewish persons in the DIASPORA needs to reach out to the JEWISH agency for ISRAEL and make your plans for ALIYAH

  2. apina says:

    it is common knowledge that if a jew is truely loyal to my country and not to Israel then he is not anti-nordic. but if he puts Israel before the good of our people then he is anti-nordic and should be punished and sed away for treason.

    • Common knowledge??? After the country has permitted such blatant anti-Semitism in the name of Political Correctness?? That loss of trust & loyalty was basically forced on the Jews BY THE STATE.

      It doesn’t matter. Unless you’re Muslim…YOU or YOUR CHILDREN will be next. I suggest you think ahead before making such stupid comments.

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