• Mon. Oct 3rd, 2022

One-fifth of Europeans believe a secret Jewish network controls the world’s politics and economy, reports a disappointing report on anti-Semitism, writes the Daily Mail.

One-fifth believe Jews are “exploiting the Holocaust for their own needs,” according to a study commissioned by the Action and Protection League in Hungary.

The figures were released at the same time as Jewish leaders called on European governments to take action to curb rising anti-Semitism in Europe.

The investigation was published just days after a right-wing extremist terrorist attack in Germany targeting Turkish society. The terrorist had expressed his belief in various anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

The survey showed a quarter of respondents agreed with the statement: “Israeli policy makes me understand why some people hate Jews”.

More than a third agreed with the statement that “During World War II, our countrymen suffered as much as the Jews.”

The study also showed that Holocaust revisionism and belief in classical anti-Semitic stereotypes are more common in the East, while anti-Israel attitudes and anti-Semitic beliefs are more common in the West.

The study was commissioned by the Action and Protection League in Hungary and was published at the European Jewish Associations’ (EJA) conference in Paris on Monday.

Researchers interviewed 1,000 people in each country – a total of 16,000 people in 16 European countries, including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland in the period Dec. 2019 Jan. 2020.

The European Jewish Association has called on all European leaders to adopt an action plan to combat anti-Semitism.

The plan includes the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism. Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn has been criticized for not fully adopting the IHRA definition.

Other elements of the plan include the appointment of a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism, education in anti-Semitic schools and legislation banning anti-Semitic symbols in public spaces – including Nazi images.

President of the EJA, Rabbi Menachem Margolin says of the fight against anti-Semitism: “As Jewish communities, we cannot eradicate anti-Semitism alone.”

-After 20 years of dealing with the subject, I have realized that no matter how many schools we visit and no matter how many delegations we bring to Auschwitz, it’s just a drop in the ocean, says Margolin

Therefore, we realized that the responsibility for fighting anti-Semitism also lies with the European governments, says Margolin

The study is based on data showing rising anti-Semitism across Europe.

France, Germany and the United Kingdom have recorded dramatic increases in the number of anti-Semitic hate crimes recorded in 2018, there has also been an increase in violent attacks.

Survey conducted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also found increasing anti-Semitism in Poland, Ukraine, Russia and Hungary in the period 2015-2019.

Read some of MIFF’s articles on anti-Semitism here:

Read MIFF’s article on IHRA definition of anti-Semitism here.

Read MIFF’s article about ADL’s study of the Danes’ attitude towards Jews here, including a brief overview of the history of the Jews in Denmark and anti – Semitic attacks in Denmark.

Read MIFF’s articles on anti-Semitism in Denmark here.

Read MIFF’s article on the terrorist attack on the synagogue in Copenhagen here.

Read MIFF’s minutes of Hanna Ziadeh’s article on anti-Semitism among Arabs in the Middle East and Denmark here.

A survey conducted by the EU showed that 89 per cent. of Jews in Austria, Belgium, Denmark , Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom feel that anti-Semitism has increased in the last decade. > Read the survey here.

Nearly half are worried about being insulted or harassed in public because they are Jews and more than a third fear being subjected to physical assault.

MIFF comments
There political action is needed to eradicate anti-Semitism. Denmark could start by agreeing with the IHRA’s working definition of what anti-Semitism is:

”Anti-Semitism is a particular view of Jews that can be expressed as hatred of Jews. Verbal and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism directed at Jews or non-Jews and / or their property and at Jewish cultural and religious institutions. ” [Adopted by the IHRA in Bucharest on May 26, 2016. MIFF unofficial translation.]

On 12 February, the Social Democrats’ (S) indigenous rights spokesman and foreigners and integration spokesman, Rasmus Stoklund, wrote in Berlingske Tidende that Denmark should agree with the IHRA’s definition of anti-Semitism.

One of Stoklund’s arguments for the rise of anti-Semitism – also in Denmark, the memory of the Holocaust is erased in step with the last survivors and witnesses of anti-Semitism’s ultimate evil is gone. Therefore, the Social Democrats, according to Stoklund, want a national conversation about the nature of anti-Semitism. Stoklund also emphasizes that we should take anti-Semitism seriously and that it must not be accepted no matter how it turns out. Stoklund therefore believes that the IHRA’s definition of anti-Semitism is a sensible tool in the fight against anti-Semitism. He also emphasizes that it in no way interferes with freedom of expression in Denmark.

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