One in five Europeans believes that a secret network of Jews influences global political and economic affairs, a recent survey found.

The same number also agreed with the statement “Jews exploit Holocaust victimhood for their own needs.”

The poll queried 16,000 respondents from 16 European countries. It was conducted in December and January in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland, and other countries.

The results were presented Monday at a conference about anti-Semitism organized in Paris by the European Jewish Association.

Other findings:

  • A quarter of respondents said that Israel’s policies make them understand why some people hate Jews.
  • More than a quarter concurred with the statement that “Israel is engaged in legitimate self defense against its enemies.” A quarter of respondents disagreed and 46 percent did not express a position.
  • More than a third agreed with the assertion that “During World War II, people from our nation suffered as much as Jews.”

Holocaust revisionism and classic anti-Semitic stereotypes were more common in Eastern Europe, whereas anti-Israel sentiments, including anti-Semitic ones, were more common in the west.

Read the full article at Times of Israel

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