web analytics
March 30, 2015 / 10 Nisan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


European Report Finds High Levels of Anti-Semitism, Correlation Between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel Attitudes


Polish village life. 72% of Polish citizens agree or strongly agree that “Jews try to take advantage of having been victims during the Nazi era."

Polish village life. 72% of Polish citizens agree or strongly agree that “Jews try to take advantage of having been victims during the Nazi era."
Photo Credit: Alan Stanton

In a comprehensive yet troubling study of European attitudes on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, anti-Semitism continues to plague the continent and has been found to “color” perceptions of Israel.

The study, entitled ‘Intolerance, Prejudice and Discrimination: a European Report’ was undertaken by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a German organization aligned with the Social Democratic Party of Germany. The study surveyed 8,000 people in eight countries in Europe – Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, Italy, Poland, and Portugal.

Among its results, the study found that 72% of Polish citizens agree or strongly agree that “Jews try to take advantage of having been victims during the Nazi era,” and that 68% of Hungarians share this sentiment. Nearly 70% percent of Hungarians also think that “Jews have too much influence” in their country. The authors identified “Britain and The Netherlands manifesting the lowest levels of antisemitic attitudes.”

The study also surveyed European attitudes toward the state of Israel and the interplay between these attitudes and anti-Semitism. “About half the respondents in Portugal, Poland, and Hungary see anti-Semitic sentiments as based on Israel’s political activities,” the authors wrote.

“Around 40% of respondents in most participating countries affirm the drastic assessment that the Israeli state is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians,” they continued. Breaking down the results further, an astounding 63% of Polish citizens agreed with that assessment, while the number was 49% in Portugal, 48% in Germany, 42% in Britain, 41% in Hungary, 39% in The Netherlands, and 38% in Italy (The question was not asked of French respondents).

And even though Britain and The Netherlands registered the lowest levels of anti-Semitism, “in both [Britain and Holland] there was relatively high agreement with the statement: Considering Israel’s policy I can understand why people do not like Jews.”

One bright spot in the study is the finding that a majority in all of the surveyed countries agreed with the statement that “Jews enrich our culture,” with Germany, Britain, France, and The Netherlands all registering over 60%.

The authors concluded that “[i]f this observation is any measure of Europeans’ attitudes to Israel, then we must conclude that perceptions of Israel are colored by anti-Semitism.”

The results will be formally presented and discussed at Tel Aviv’s Beit Sokolov on May 1, with a keynote speech to be delivered by the prime minister of the German state of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “European Report Finds High Levels of Anti-Semitism, Correlation Between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel Attitudes”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
One-third of polled Republicans see President Obama as the biggest imminent threat to the USA.
One-Third of GOP Voters See Obama Worse for US than Assad and Putin
Latest News Stories
One-third of polled Republicans see President Obama as the biggest imminent threat to the USA.

A Reuters poll shows that America is increasingly polarized, especially about President Obama.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continued to lash out at a possible “bad deal” with Iran Monday and said, “The agreement being formulated in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price for aggression and on the contrary – that Iran’s aggression is to be rewarded.” Netanyahu said in a statement: The moderate and responsible […]

Jerusalem resident and Israeli citizen Khalil Adal Khalil arrested for joining the ISIS.

Release of a gag order reveals that the Israeli citizen and a friend traveled to Syria last year.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.

Lausanne has become the center stage of act that would put the world’s best novelist or Broadway producer to shame.

Inspections of Iranian nuclear sites won’t uncover possible nuclear activity in North Korea, or even China.

Colel Chabad and IFCJ have made sure thousands of Israelis will celebrate Passover with good food this year.

Former Secy of State Hillary Clinton says she wants to see US-Israeli relations on a “constructive footing” and Israel negotiating with the PA.

A rocket launched from Gaza landed in the Sinai, in the Egyptian half of the town of Rafiach (Rafah).

Rami Levi’s operating and net profit suffered from a 12% increase in the costs of selling, marketing, general and administrative expenses.

Matzah baking isn’t all just hard work. Sometimes it can be fun too.

Today on the Hebrew calendar is the 10th of Nisan – the day the People of Israel crossed into their new Land.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert found guilty of fraud and breach of trust in a retrial in the ‘Talansky Affair.’

Iran suddenly refuses to transfer its already enriched uranium, despite prior agreement.

The PA chose practical self interest (survival) and is backing down from its unilateral threats.

A man makes his cooking pots kosher for Passover by dipping them into boiling water, in a process called Hagala.

Israel’s Government Building Becomes ‘Greenest Parliament’ in the World

More Articles from Jewish Press Staff Writer

Last week an Islamist group rallied at Al Aqsa mosque, calling to erase ‘Jewish filth’ at the Temple Mount.

Israel Police asks the public to help find 19-year-old Bat-El Aminov, missing since Tuesday.

Palestinians are the only refugee group in the world with a relief organization dedicated to their issue. Other refugee populations have been resettled; why are Palestinians different?

Having a baby is hard work. But Israel really makes it worth all the effort – starting with one particular hospital in Jerusalem.

Israeli MKs from Likud and Labor plan to submit a bill allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israel Police received more than 9 million ‘100′ calls (Israel’s ‘911′) in 2013; 18 percent came from Tel Aviv.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/european-report-finds-high-levels-of-anti-semitism-correlation-between-anti-semitism-and-anti-israel-attitudes/2012/04/19/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: