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Survey: 29% of European Jews Considered Emigrating due to Antisemitism

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.

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 E.U. 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.

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10 Responses to “Survey: 29% of European Jews Considered Emigrating due to Antisemitism”

  1. a sad state of affairs.

  2. Jews don’t belong with Edom. But they can go to Israel, while Israelis go to America! But I’ve got news for them. You may be a Jew anywhere who does not live as a Jew. It doesn’t matter. They’ll have your number. And in America we are of course surrounded by Christian Edomites who are attacking our dalim straggling behind, and will eventually attack the front. Hitler had a country then a continent yet fighting all the way. Next time it will be continents voluntarily playing Hitler for Jesus.

  3. Jews don’t belong with Edom. But they can go to Israel, while Israelis go to America! But I’ve got news for them. You may be a Jew anywhere who does not live as a Jew. It doesn’t matter. They’ll have your number. And in America we are of course surrounded by Christian Edomites who are attacking our dalim straggling behind, and will eventually attack the front. Hitler had a country then a continent yet fighting all the way. Next time it will be continents voluntarily playing Hitler for Jesus.

  4. Morris Rozen says:

    this makes me sorry that I fought during ww2 for their freedom

  5. My entire Family fought during Ww2, to liberate Europe and the pacific. Many died, and some told me tales of what they did to our people. Now, I see this. The rise of Neo Nazis and outright Facists again against us.What was the purpose of letting these entities become free public organizations again.

  6. I discovered three Nazi-like documents written by Polish racists. Translations can be seen at:

    http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/racism/racism3.html

    Ludwik Kowalski

    http://csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/life/intro.html

  7. the greatest fault that will end the Nation of Israel are the CT/NJ/NY/ jews who lost all sense of reality voting for that disguised muslim —- twice!

  8. Did you not fight for OUR freedom?????????

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