Rising European Anti-Semitism

November 5, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.


The full text of this week's commentary follows:

We’ve been saying for some time that global anti-Semitism is on the rise.

Now additional data are available – and it’s worrisome.

This week, the European Union is releasing the results of a survey of nearly 5,000 Jews in eight countries.

Here are some of the findings:

Over 40 percent of Jews in Belgium, France, and Hungary say they’re considering emigrating because of anti-Semitism.

Nearly half the respondents are worried about experiencing anti-Semitic attacks in the next year.

And almost a quarter say they avoid attending Jewish events out of fear.

Where does the anti-Semitism come from?

Many respondents, indeed as many as three-fourths in France, blame “Muslim extremist views.” Others point to the extreme right and left.

This is an intolerable situation. It demands stepped-up action by European governments – and now. At AJC, we’ll do our part.

To learn more, visit ajc.org.

This is David Harris of AJC.

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