Roughly one in four Europeans harbors strongly negative attitudes toward Jews, according to a worldwide 2019 poll on anti-Semitism commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League.

While the report reflects little change in Western Europe, respondents from countries in Central and Eastern Europe showed a marked increase in anti-Semitic beliefs, with age-old stereotypes about Jews controlling business and finance, and being more loyal to Israel than their home country, still firmly entrenched.

The survey, which drew on 11 questions the ADL has used in global polling since 1964, queried over 9,000 adults in 18 countries in Europe, Canada, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil between April and June of this year. It found that anti-Semitic attitudes have risen sharply in a number of countries: Argentina saw a 6 percent increase, Poland 11%, Russia 8%, Brazil and South Africa 9%, and Ukraine 14% since the last such survey, which took place in 2014 and was updated in 2015.

Roughly 25% of Europeans gave anti-Semitic responses to a majority of the 11 questions, putting them in the ADL’s highest category for anti-Semitism. In addition to negative attitudes toward Jews, when gauging overall anti-Semitism the organization takes into account factors such as violent, verbal, and destructive anti-Semitic incidents, self-reporting on anti-Semitism by Jewish communities, and government policy.

“It is deeply concerning that approximately one in four Europeans harbor the types of anti-Semitic beliefs that have endured since before the Holocaust,” said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt. “These findings serve as a powerful wake-up call that much work remains to be done to educate broad swaths of the populations in many of these countries to reject bigotry, in addition to addressing the pressing security needs where violent incidents are rising.”

The survey also found that political discourse can influence anti-Semitism. In Poland, where the topic of restitution of Holocaust-era property and a law on Holocaust speech have stirred controversy in recent years, nearly half of all respondents — 48% — presented a negative view of Jews, up from 37% in 2015. Almost three-quarters of those polled agreed that “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.” In response to the same question, the Netherlands registered 31%, the UK 18%, and Sweden 15%.

Read the full article at Times of Israel

Related Articles:

US Congress overwhelmingly passes $1 billion funding for Israel’s Iron Dome

The United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill to fund $1 billion to Israel's Iron Dome self-defence system after an attempt to cut funding by...

Dozens of countries boycott UN’s Durban commemoration over anti-Semitic legacy – but NOT Ireland

Over 30 countries joined the UK, United States and Israel in boycotting the UN's 20th anniversary commemoration of the notorious 2001 Durban conference on racism, which infamously turned...

Biden capitulates and asks Iran to return to failed nuke deal

President Joe Biden addressed the United Nations General Assembly this week and gave a disappointing signal that he is appeasing the tyrants of Tehran. Instead of getting...

Nearly 80% of Palestinians want Abbas to resign, says poll

Some 78 percent of Palestinians want to see long-ruling Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas step down, according to a Palestinian public opinion survey released on Tuesday. The survey was...

Israel reacts to ‘butcher of Tehran’ Raisi’s first UN speech

Israel’s Foreign Ministry lambasted Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi as the “butcher of Tehran” after his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York Tuesday.“The regime of...

SIGN OUR PETITION

in support of a National Holocaust Memorial next to Parliament