New Survey: 25% of EU Jews Afraid to Identify as Jewish in Public
According to a survey set to be released by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights, a quarter of Jews living in nine European Union countries polled are afraid to identify as Jewish in public, Israeli daily Maariv reported.
The survey, the full findings of which are to be made public in November, covered Sweden, Romania, Belgium, France, Hungary, Britain, Germany, Latvia, and Italy– chosen, according to the FRA, “based on the estimated size of their Jewish populations and/or to ensure coverage of various regions of the EU.”
Taken independently, the percentage in some countries is far greater than 25%; 50% of Swedish Jews, 40% of French Jews, and 36% of Belgian Jews are afraid to identify openly as Jewish.
A considerable amount of Jews also say they have experienced anti-Semitism firsthand in the past year— 37% of Romanian Jews, 35% of Hungarian Jews, and 31% of Belgian Jews. In Britain and Sweden, the number is considerably lower, with 21% saying they have experienced anti-Semitism in the past year.
The report said 27% of the anti-Semitic attacks in the EU were carried out by Muslims, 22% by the far left, and 19% by far right.
Three out of four respondents who said they had experienced anti-Semitic attacks did not report the incidents to authorities, and half claimed that nothing would have been done if they had.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is a decentralized EU agency set up to provide expert advice to the institutions of the EU and its Member States on a range of issues, according to the FRA website.