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November 8, 2013 2:01 pm

Survey: European Jews Consider Anti-Semitism a ‘Major Problem’

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The full results of a new survey presenting the first comparable figures on Jewish people’s experiences of anti-Semitic harassment, discrimination and hate crime in the EU was released Friday by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, and the picture isn’t pretty.

The report, which covers responses from 5,847 Jewish people in the eight countries in which some 90% of the estimated Jewish population of the EU live, offers a sobering picture of anti-Semitism on the continent.

A full 66% of respondents consider anti-Semitism to be a major problem in their countries, while 76% said the situation has become more acute over the last five years.

It said 21% of respondents have experienced an anti-Semitic incident or incidents involving verbal insult, harassment or a physical attack in the 12 months preceding the survey. More than a hundred people, 2% of respondents to the survey, told the pollsters they had been victims of an anti-Semitic physical attack over the previous year.

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The countries included in the poll were Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Italy, and Sweden.

Results leaked last month showed an overwhelming number of Jews in these countries were afraid to identify as such in public. It also revealed the perpetrators of anti-Semitic attacks to be evenly distributed across both the political and religious spectrum; 27% of the anti-Semitic attacks in the EU were carried out by Muslims, 22% by the far left, and 19% by far right. The full report can be read here.

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