The Mossad received about $2.8 million to increase security for Jewish communities worldwide after surveys showed 40% of European Jews are considering emigrating because they don’t feel safe.
By Mordechai Sones
The Mossad recently received more than NIS 10 million from one of the government ministries, with the aim of increasing security of Jewish community institutions around the world.
The money is intended to support local security forces and help coordinate various actions to protect Jews in the Diaspora.
The Israeli decision to increase security around the Jewish communities was made against the background of the rise in anti-Semitism and the increasing fear of terrorist activity.
Only recently it has become clear that four out of ten Jews in Europe are considering emigrating because they do not feel safe, and 70 percent of Jews believe the various countries on the continent are not taking significant steps to eradicate anti-Semitism.
The findings were published in a survey conducted by the European Union’s European Commission and encompassed more than 16,000 Jews. A third of the respondents said they avoided visiting Jewish events or visiting Jewish sites because they did not feel safe.
A third of European Jews said they had experienced anti-Semitism in the past year, and nine out of 10 had witnessed anti-Semitic outbursts on the Internet and social networks.
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