Index - Abroad - Ipsos: no link between anti-Semitism and attacks on Jews

According to a survey by the Ipsos polling institute in 16 European countries, non-Jewish people are the most hostile to Jewry in Hungary, Poland, and Greece, yet, these countries have the fewest attacks on Jewish people.

In comparison, countries where Jewry is highly accepted are the most dangerous places for Israelis.

A survey conducted by Chief Rabbi Köves Slomó with the help of the Tett and Protection Foundation found that there is no link between anti-Semitism and attacks on Jews.

In Poland, 24 percent of respondents, in Greece, 23 percent, and in Hungary, 21 percent agreed with the statement that “it would be best if Jews left the country”. In contrast, in countries where there were several attacks on the Jewish community, this claim was rejected by a majority of respondents.

2351 anti-Semitic incidents were recorded in Germany last year, although only 7 percent of respondents supported the departure of Jews from the country. In the UK in the same year, 1,668 atrocities were committed, although several, 9.2 per cent, agreed with the statement.

Countries that are tolerant of Judaism in principle but abound in attacks include France, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Italy.

Although – points out the Times of Israel -, where the number of attacks on Jews is low, so is that of Judaism. For example, in Latvia and Greece.

In Hungary, on the other hand, there are about 100,000 Jews, which rivals the population of Jewish communities in Western European countries with a high number of anti-Semitic atrocities.

According to Slomó Köves, the survey points out that focusing on only one aspect of the fight against anti-Semitism (such as eliminating anti-Semitic stereotypes through education) is not enough in the long run, the study requires a more nuanced attention and holistic approach.

“Education and legislative measures, as well as law enforcement practices, are definitely key to our struggle for survival,” said the leader of the United Hungarian Jewish Community (EMIH).

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