Over 60 percent of Italian Jews considered anti-Semitism a large or a very large problem in Italy. Two-thirds believe it has significantly increased in the past five years, according to a new study released by the London-based Jewish Policy Research.
“From Old and New Directions Perceptions and Experiences of Antisemitism Among Jews in Italy” is based on data gathered only until the end of 2012, before Israel’s last summer conflict in Gaza, which is partly to blame for the strengthening of anti-Semitism, and the meteoric rise of the Islamic State group and its thousands of western disciples across Europe and the US.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem demographer Prof. Sergio DellaPergola authored the document together with the senior research fellow at JPR L. D. Staetsky.
However, despite the growth in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe and last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Italian Jewish leaders insist Italian Jews are alert and vigil, but not afraid.